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Economic Justice

Blog: What Is Congress Doing With The Federal Budget?

May 15, 2012 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Last Thursday (5.10.12) the House of Representatives took another whack at slashing the social safety net, ensuring that millions of members of our communities would go hungry, live on the streets, be in more crowded classrooms, be unable to work for lack of daycare, and become sicker as Medicaid funding would be more limited. Read more

Understanding the Current Budget Battles -- A Glossary

As Congress tackles urgent economic issues, a lot of jargon is being thrown around. Here is a basic guide to help explain some of the issues. Read more

We MUST Confront the Wealth Gap!

It is time to both "Mind" and "Mend" the wealth gap in our country! Read more

Economic Justice

Many Catholics today continue to be unaware of a simple sentence in the famous 1986 pastoral letter of the U.S. bishops, “Economic Justice for All,” which proclaimed that economic life is one of the “chief areas where we live out our faith, love our neighbor” and “fulfill God’s creative design.” (#6)

Blog: Will There Ever Be an End to Corporations Dodging Taxes by Shifting Their Home Bases Overseas?

Jul 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Allen Sloan, a business writer for the Washington Post and hardly a flaming liberal, wrote a long blistering attack in the Post's July 13 edition on the U.S. stampede of "corporate inversions." One might expect a liberal organization to write such an article, but not Allen Sloan!

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Low Wages and Real Lives

Jul 18, 2014 | By Simone Campbell, SSS

A couple of months ago I met Robin, a young woman in her mid-twenties, who works for minimum wage in a profitable clothing store chain. We were at the White House for President Obama’s signing of the executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers. She was excited that a good friend of hers would receive a raise because of this order. Her hope was that eventually she too would be able to get a raise.

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Blog: U.S. Jobs Report in June Shows Both an Improved Economy and the Legacy of the Great Recession

Jul 14, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a surprisingly strong jobs report on July 3 that clearly indicated that employers added jobs at a robust clip in June. While payroll employment jumped by 288,000 in June and unemployment fell to 6.1% (20% lower than a year ago), there was hardly any real growth in the labor force, leaving the percentage of people with a job well below where it was at the start of the Great Recession.

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Blog: The Children's Defense Fund's (CDF) Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign

Jul 07, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

If you are not already familiar with the CDF's nationwide campaign, launched back in 2007, we urge you to check out the its website for national and state-level information -- as well as CDF President Marian Wright Edelman's weekly Child Watch column in the Huffington Post. Not only do I support this ongoing campaign for social justice, but I notice how it dovetails with so many of NETWORK's own initiatives, primarily our efforts to reduce inequality in this country.

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Blog: 2015 Funding for HUD Looks Problematic for Low-Income Families

Jun 20, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The House passed its version of the Transportation, Housing & Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill on June 10 and, as of this writing (June 19), the Senate is handling housing within a “minibus” (including Commerce-Justice-Science (S-2437), Transportation-HUD (S-2438) and Agriculture (S-2389). The Senate T-HUD bill is less damaging to low-income households than is the House bill. But dozens of amendments have been offered by both parties, some damaging to housing vouchers and to providing additional housing units.

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