Economic Justice

Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Reports that State Dept. Will Upgrade Malaysia’s Status in Human Trafficking Report

Washington DC: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, today issued the following statement regarding reports that Malaysia will move from “Tier 3” to “Tier 2”:

NETWORK Position on the President Obama’s Proposed Rule to Reform Overtime Pay

NETWORK strongly supports the Obama administration’s proposed rule to reform overtime pay for salaried workers.  Our position is based on our faith’s teaching related to the dignity of work and need for the economy to serve all people, not just those at the top.  Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. The dignity of work must be protected by providing workers basic rights, including the right to decent and fair wages.

Blog: African Palm Oil in Guatemala – A Fishy Situation

Jun 30, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

When I first watched the YouTube video one of our Guatemalan sisters sent me, I thought the white material coating the water of the La Pasión River was some sort of foam or other foreign substance that should not be present in a river used by many Guatemalans as a source of food and water. Little did I know that the “material” coating the water used to consider the river its home: the surface was covered by thousands of dead fish!

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Blog: Housing – The Other Supreme Court Case

Jun 26, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

All anyone has been talking about has been the Supreme Court recently, specifically its decisions on the Affordable Care Act subsidies and same-sex marriage. Yet there was a third, less-publicized decision that will also impact millions, though less directly than the two previous cases. The case is entitled Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v.

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Blog: June 22 Trade Update - Messy Business of Passing an (Unjust) Trade Bill

Jun 22, 2015 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte

The Obama administration is in the process of negotiating many significant trade agreements with countries around the world.  One such agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement with 12 countries accounting for 40% of world GDP, is nearing completion.  All trade agreements are negotiated in secret and informed by an elaborate system of official advisory committees that are overwhelmingly corporate.  That is why current trade agreements, while perhaps sounding good in theory, do not promote the commo

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Blog: Laudato Si’ -- A NETWORK Associate’s Perspective

Jun 19, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

When I was a kid, my family always took what I initially considered to be the strangest vacations. While my friends flew off to Disney World, I flew off to…Wyoming. And Alaska, Arizona, and California. While my friends enjoyed amusement park rides, I quickly grew to love hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and kayaking.

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Blog: A Long Row to Hoe Before We Reach a “Faithful Budget”

Jun 19, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

While both Houses of Congress are going through all the motions of voting on and passing various appropriations bills for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year (FY), there is an air of unreality about the whole process. This fiction is due to the fact that the budget plan adopted by Congress includes drastic sequester caps at the same time that President Obama has made clear that he will veto all spending bills that do not lift the sequester caps or that attempt to attack the Affordable Care Act (also a major part of the adopted budget plan).

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NETWORK Statement on Fast Track

It is particularly disheartening that on the day Pope Francis released his much anticipated encyclical Laudato Si’, which calls for greater recognition by policymakers of the full inclusion of the most vulnerable members of society in decision-making and care for the Earth, the House of Representatives would pass Trade Promotion Auth

Press Release: NETWORK Celebrates Pope Francis’s Encyclical

FOR RELEASE: June 18, 2015
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