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Media Advisory: Sister Simone Campbell to Testify in California on Women and Inequality: Strategies to Promote Opportunity

Media Advisory Sent Out by the Office of Senator Holly J. Mitchell, California State Senate

Sister Simone Campbell and other witnesses to testify in California.

Media Advisory:

Senate Select Committee: Women and Inequality: Strategies to Promote Opportunity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2014

Pilgrimage to the U.S. Capitol in Support of the Unemployed

Jun 13, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

On Wednesday, June 11 about 50 people of faith joined Marge Clark, BVM and members of the Washington Inter-Religious Staff Community in a solemn walk through the halls of the House of Representatives reading aloud stories from men and women who have been without any income, for months. The only sound made by members of our group was the story being read. We walked in single file, drawing the desired attention from other visitors and the offices we passed.

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Witness Wednesdays on Capitol Hill in DC

Witness Wednesdays:  at the U.S. Capitol and live-streamed

3 million long-term jobless people and their families are going without unemployment benefits because Congress has failed to restore them. 

Witness Wednesdays on Capitol Hill in DC

"Witness Wednesdays" will take place on consecutive Wednesdays from June 11-July 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on the House Triangle located at the Capitol's East Front (just off of New Jersey Ave. SE and Independence Ave. SE). You can also follow the event on Twitter @ForEffectiveGov using the hashtag #RenewUI or via live stream at www.witnesswednesdays.org. Note that there will be no event on Wednesday, July 2 due to the Independence Day holiday on July 4.

Pilgrimage to the U.S. Capitol in Support of the Unemployed

Date: 
Wed, 2014-06-11 13:30 - 15:00

A Pilgrimage in Support of the Unemployed

When:  June 11, 1:30 p.m. following Witness Wednesday (12:30 – 1:15)

Where:  The House Triangle at Independence and New Jersey, at the Capitol

Why: Members of Congress refuse to be touched by the suffering of their constituents.

           2.8 million workers lost benefits on Dec. 28, 2013, and are still without support

Blog: House Republicans Gut Nutrition Standards Set by Institute of Medicine

May 30, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

House Republicans have inserted language into the 2015 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) appropriations bill that allows schools to opt out of the nutrition standards set by the “2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act” (and introduced in schools in the 2012-13 school year) if they can show the programs lose money over a six-month period.

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Blog: Targeting Companies That Move Overseas to Dodge Taxes

May 23, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Corporate tax-dodging deals known as “inversions,” in which a U.S. multinational shifts its tax domicile to a lower-tax country, would be restricted for two years under legislation proposed in both houses of Congress on May 19, 2014. Representative Sander Levin and Senator Carl Levin, brothers from Michigan, proposed both bills, each of which had more than a dozen co-sponsors, all Democrats. The rationale behind the two-year moratorium would give Congress time to pursue broad changes in the corporate tax code.

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Blog: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Work for Women and Families

May 23, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) celebrated its 20th anniversary in February of this year. Back in 1994, the legislation, which guaranteed up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to workers recovering from a serious medical condition and those caring for seriously ill spouses, parents or children or for new children, was a significant advance for this country. However, the law's shortcomings are glaring:

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Blog: National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

May 20, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The National Defense Authorization Act prioritizes the direction that will be taken by the Pentagon as it puts forward programs and weapons systems, continuing some that are in existence and authorizing the development of new ones.

At this time, when the war in Iraq has ended and the war in Afghanistan is to end by the end of this calendar year, NETWORK feels strongly that it is a time to pull back on some existing practices. Three areas are of particular concern to NETWORK:

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Blog: Overseas Contingency Operations and How the Fund Is Currently Used

May 09, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund is money set aside in the DOD portion of the federal budget for expenses such as: crisis response, infrastructure and coalition support for operations in Iraq/Afghanistan, humanitarian assistance in parts of the Middle East and North Africa and embassy security, among other needs abroad.

The OCO fund is the name given to it by the Obama Administration in 2009 when the nomenclature used by President George W. Bush -- the "Global War on Terror" -- was discarded.

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