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Economic Justice

All about taxes! Three new resources!

Jul 11, 2011 | By Page May

Here at NETWORK, we’ve been talking a lot about taxes lately: why are they important, where does our nation stand in terms of tax policy, and what are we advocating for? It’s a confusing, number-heavy, and sometimes dry subject but, without a doubt, it is an essential conversation to be having!

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Your Federal Taxpayer Receipt

Jul 07, 2011 | By Page May

Understand how and where your tax dollars are being spent. 

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Putting Tax Rates Into Historical Perspective

Jul 06, 2011 | By Page May

Remapping Debate has developed a new, interactive tool! It allows you to compare the current federal income taxes you pay this year to any other year since World War II. 

You may be surprised at what you see!

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NETWORK's Executive Director Discusses Federal Budget on PBS

Sister Simone Campbell appeared on the PBS show Religion & Ethics Newsweekly over the Fourth of July weekend. Read more

Mind the Gap! Resources

 

What's wrong with these headlines?

Combating the Poverty Crisis in Black America[1]

African Americans: The State of Disparity

New Resource: Being Mindful of the Gap

Jun 30, 2011 | By Page May

What’s wrong with these headlines?

Combating the Poverty Crisis in Black America 

African Americans: The State of Disparity

In 1999 Martin Gilens wrote in “Why Americans Hate Welfare” that:

  • 65 percent of poor Americans shown in network television news are African American.
  • 62 percent of poor Americans shown in newsmagazines are black.
  • In surveys, over half of the public says most poor people are black; only one out of four say most poor people are white.
  • In reality, African Americans make up only 29 percent of the country's poor.

Today this gross inconsistency- between people’s racialized perception of poverty in the United States and the actual diversity of experiences- persists and continues to undermine the movement for economic justice.

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Blog: Democratic Plan

Jun 30, 2011 | By Casey Schoeneberger

Early Thursday morning, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) laid out the Democrats’ plan to simultaneously work towards deficit reduction and promote job growth. Read more

Blog: Votes Just Aren’t There?

Jun 30, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Mr. Boehner, will blocking the vote to avoid default – for the sake of continuing huge tax loopholes for businesses and tax benefits for the wealthiest among us - really play well in the voting booth? Read more

Mind the Gap! Endorsements

The following organizations have endorsed the Mind the Gap! campaign:

The Spirit Level

Jun 30, 2011 | By Jean Sammon

Many of us at NETWORK were intrigued by The Spirit Level – Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, the book that shows why a less-equal society is bad for everyone.

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