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Economic Justice

Blog: Does the "Clean" Debt Ceiling Vote Augur Well for a More Effective Congress this Year?

Feb 18, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

On February 11, 2014, many witnessed a rarity in the House – a "clean" debt ceiling bill passed on a vote of 221 to 201. And on February 12, the Senate followed suit on a party-line vote of 55 to 43. These votes lift the U.S. Treasury's borrowing authority until March 2015, postponing the next showdown until after November's midterm elections.

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NETWORK Lauded on Senate Floor Twice in One Day!

On February 11, 2014, Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Barbara Boxer praised NETWORK, Sister Simone Campbell, and NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus in front of the U.S. Senate. We are deeply grateful for their acknowledgment of our faith-filled work for justice in our nation and our world.“I tell you, I have such respect for Sister Simone Campbell and the work of NETWORK. Because they don’t just read the Gospel, and go to church, and practice their religion; they live it. They live it.  And when they see things happening on this floor, that hurt the most vulnerable people, they speak out. That’s what Nuns on the Bus did. That’s what Sister Simone Campbell is doing.” - Senator Barbara Boxer Read more

2014: NETWORK's Year of Living Out Joy of the Gospel

In 2014, NETWORK invites you to live out Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium - Joy of the Gospel. Read more

Raising the Minimum Wage is Good for the 100%.

NETWORK has long advocated for raising the minimum wage as part of our strategies to Mend the Gap! in U.S. wealth.  Read more

Press Release: Today’s Shameful Refusal to Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance

FOR RELEASE: February 6, 2014                                                                           

Income Inequality

According to research in several disciplines, the extreme disparities of wealth and power that exist in our country are corroding our democratic system and public trust. They are leading to a breakdown in civic cohesion and social solidarity, values that have always been significant in American society, as well as in Christian teachings. 

Blog: On Today’s Farm Bill Vote in the House

Jan 29, 2014 | By James Luisi

NETWORK approaches today’s House vote on the passage of a new five-year Farm Bill with mixed feelings. We commend Congress for reaching a bipartisan agreement that avoided the absolutely unconscionable cuts to nutrition assistance proposed under the House-passed Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, which proposed nearly $40 billion in cuts over the next 10 years to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Blog: What Happens to People Who Are Homeless in This Frigid Weather?

Jan 25, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

As I checked my coat, warm hat, heavy boots, scarf and gloves early one dark morning on the way to NETWORK in sub-freezing temperatures, my thoughts turned to people who are experiencing poverty, those viscerally impacted by this frigid weather, and wondered how they coped.

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Raise the Minimum Wage

Currently, the average minimum wage worker makes about $15,080 per year if she or he is working fulltime (federal minimum wage has been $7.25/hour since 2009). For a family of two or more that is well below the federal poverty line. According to Catholic Social Teaching, a living wage is integral to our understanding of work. Wages must allow workers to provide for themselves and their families, and yet this is hardly possible if one is dependent on the current minimum wage.

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