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NETWORK Analysis of President Obama’s New Budget Proposal

February 5, 2015

NETWORK strongly believes the federal budget is a moral statement of the priorities of our nation. We analyze budget proposals according to social justice teachings of our faith and call on elected leaders to write and approve budgets that serve all segments of society, particularly those struggling to overcome poverty, with an eye to future generations. The federal budget should aim to build a strong domestic economy and thriving communities for the 100%.

Blog: The Scandal of Sentencing Juveniles to Life in Prison without Parole

Feb 05, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

NETWORK, along with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other faith organizations, is an official supporter of the “Statement of Principles” of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth" (CFSY). These principles reflect our strong moral belief in human dignity and rights – as well as the need to respond to those without power.

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Press Release: NETWORK Responds to President Obama’s New Budget Proposal

FOR RELEASE: February 2, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, today released the following statement: 

Blog: Funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Beyond February 27, 2015

Jan 23, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Prior to the passage of H.R. 240 on January 14, NETWORK, along with 21 other representatives of the interfaith community working toward immigration justice, sent a letter to all members of Congress requesting that they oppose the proffered bill and any amendments that would repeal either the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).

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Blog: How Fear Led to Militarization of Community Policing

Jan 16, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

So many people hype the fear of crime and terrorism as an easy, quick way to rally support for more police with more weapons, tougher laws, and more prisons that they fail to realize that hyping fear means that truth suffers.

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Watch the State of the Union With Pope Francis

President Barack Obama will address the nation on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9pm ET. Use our Pope Francis BINGO card at your watch party! Read more

Blog: December 2014 Jobs Report Continues to Show Improvement

Jan 09, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The report on the December jobless rate released this morning was a continuation of the good news! The unemployment rate fell from 5.8% in November to 5.6% in December – with 252,000 new jobs created. This is the lowest rate of unemployment since 2008!

Long-term unemployment is a serious concern NETWORK has been working on over the last two years. Here also the news is good. During 2014, that rate fell by 27%. Related is the number of part-time workers seeking full-time employment. That number also fell by 12%.

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Press Advisory: Sister Simone Campbell to Speak Out on Trade Justice

Press Advisory
FOR RELEASE: January 7, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Leaders in Congress, Faith, Labor, Environmental and Consumer Advocacy to Show Breadth of Opposition to Fast Track Authority

Blog: Much Bad Policy Lurking in the Final Spending Bill for FY 2015, Known as the “Cromnibus”

Dec 19, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein

The “Cromnibus” – a hybrid of a Continuing Resolution (CR), funding the Department of Homeland Security until the end of February 2015 (giving those opposed to the president’s executive order on immigration a chance to work their budgetary legerdemain), and 11 omnibus bills for the remainder of the government – is riddled with policy riders that should have been thoroughly debated openly and voted up or down during congressional sessions in FY 2014.

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