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Economic Justice

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: Pay and Working Conditions at Wal-Mart Run Counter to the Joy of the Gospel Message

Jun 05, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein

Companies like Wal-Mart are notorious for exploitation of their workers. Take a look at how they can improve their business practices, and what other companies have done, to foster a more just "economy of inclusion." Read more

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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