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Economic Justice

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.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as Food Stamps) - updated

The largest nutrition assistance program—the “first line of defense” against hunger—is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. Read more

Press Release: NETWORK Marks Fiftieth Anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty

Exactly 50 years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson announced that his administration was declaring a War on Poverty. As he said that day, “The richest nation on earth can afford to win [this war]. We cannot afford to lose it.” He was right. Read more

Blog: Real Suffering Caused by Record-breaking Cold Weather

Jan 08, 2014 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

As we pray for those affected by the current extreme cold, we are also disturbed by national media coverage of this story.

We see constant reports about frigid sports stadiums and delayed or canceled flights.

Where are the daily national stories about the misery of homeless people and families in substandard housing with poor heating?

And is Congress actually seeing this suffering as they heartlessly vote to cut funding for human needs programs?

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Emergency Long-term Unemployment Insurance Must Be Extended

With a volatile economy and job losses rooted in the recession, unemployment insurance has become vital to families across the country. Millions of workers who lost their jobs have been denied this critical lifeline since Congress failed to extend longterm insurance, which expired on December 28. Congress must act quickly to undo the damage.  Read more

Budget Choices: What would you pick?

For where your treasure lies, there will you heart be also. Matthew 6:21 Read more

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