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Economic Justice

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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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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