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Economic Justice

Healthy Families Act (H.R. 2460)

Sponsored by Rep DeLauro (D-CT), this bill would guarantee workers up to seven accrued paid sick days to care for their own medical needs and those of their families, and to deal with an incidence of domestic violence. Read more

Why TANF Is a NETWORK Priority

NETWORK is strongly advocating for a more effective TANF program.

 

Background and History of TANF:

 

Stated objectives of the TANF Program include:

  • Provide support for low-income families for care of children in their home.
  • Limit welfare depend

TANF Overview

To see information about NETWORK's TANF findings contained in our 2010 report, TANF Tested, Lives of Families in Poverty during the Recession, click here.

 

Platform for the Common Good

During the 2008 election season, as the political parties developed their political platforms, many Catholics groups came together to develop a Platform for the Common Good.  This platform is based on principles from Catholic social tradition and addresses what we can do to make our nation “a more perfect union” focused on the common good.

Platform for the Common Good

Refundable Tax Credits

The tax code is one of the most effective ways to address the economic needs of low-income families and individuals. NETWORK believes that a just tax system includes refundable credits for low-income workers and their families. These tax credits can provide essential income assistance to working families and are a proven mechanism to alleviate poverty.

TRADE Act

H.R.3012/S.2821, the TRADE (Trade, Reform, Accountability, Development, and Employment) Act of 2009, lays out a fair path forward for U.S. trade policy. Read more

Trade

 

The reigning model for global economic integration follows the principle of “free trade,” which places its faith in the effectiveness of the market. The view has been that unfettered market economics would, without government intervention, do the work of bringing prosperity to all corners of the world. This theory was epitomized in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of the mid-1990s.

 

Ex-offenders

Our faith calls us to support humanity, especially those with struggle in society, as we are all made in the image of God. Ex-offenders, who are often some of the most vulnerable people in society, have a fundamental right to human dignity, including basic amenities such as food, housing and employment.

Our prison system is marked by very high rates of recidivism—the re-arrest and return to prison of individuals who have already served a sentence before.

Jobs and Labor Issues

Jobs and Labor IssuesCatholic Social Teaching says that human beings should not be a means to an end and that the economy must serve the people, not the other way around. NETWORK believes in the right to a living wage, a safe work environment, and meaningful work.

Federal Budget, Debt and Taxes

NETWORK firmly believes that the federal budget is a moral document because it presents the clearest expression of our nation’s priorities. Just as a family prioritizes expenditures and decides how it will cover those expenses, so does a nation.   

NETWORK analyzes aspects of the federal budget each year in light of our faith, calling upon the totality of our Catholic social justice tradition. We are reminded that we are responsible for all of humanity and our varied ecosystems; and that we are to treat others as Jesus has before us.

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