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Economic Justice

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

Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Budget Agreement

NETWORK’s reaction to the current congressional budget deal can best be described as decidedly mixed. Read more

Budget Choices: What would you pick?

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

Press Release: NETWORK Responds to President Obama’s Speech on Income Inequality and Shrinking Economic Mobility

NETWORK applauds President Obama’s powerful speech earlier today about our country’s rising income gap and shrinking economic mobility. He stated that inequality and lack of opportunity are “dangerous” for our nation, and that addressing these issues is "the defining challenge of our time." We agree. Read more

Join with Pope Francis to Pray and Act for an End to Hunger

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a lifeline for the one in six Americans that struggle with hunger. No more cuts. Read more

Join with Pope Francis to Pray and Act for an End to Hunger

Say YES to Pope Francis' invitation to prayer to end hunger. Read more

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