Economic Justice

Understanding the Federal Budget and Poverty

Learning opportunity presented by the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN):


Blog: National Housing Trust Fund - Update

Mar 02, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

It is no surprise that persons who become homeless are struggling in extreme poverty. There is no way to align homelessness with Catholic Social Teaching/Tradition. One who is living on the streets, in a shelter or their car, or even bunking in an overcrowded apartment is not living in dignity.

And certainly it does not show our nation as having a preferential option for people who are poor. For more than the ten years I have been with NETWORK, the organization has worked for passage of, and then funding for, the National Housing Trust Fund.

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Press Call: Religious Leaders Speak Out against Trade Injustice & Fast Track Authority

FOR RELEASE: February 17, 2015

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,

Blog: How to Respond to Implausible Claims about “Welfare”

Feb 13, 2015 | By Colleen Ross

We’ve all heard the claim -- at the Thanksgiving dinner table, in the church social hall, at the water cooler, or even in our own email inboxes -- that government programs are too generous and are disincentives to work. Last week, we were contacted by a NETWORK friend looking for guidance on how to respond to such an argument. Frustrated with the persistence of this claim and its popularity in our political discourse, I thought a succinct but thorough response may be useful to have on hand.

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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,

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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