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Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Syrian Crisis

As the world community debates what can or should be done to alleviate that suffering, NETWORK stands strong in our belief that violence is not the solution as it only begets more violence. Read more

Blog: Syria

Aug 27, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

What will be accomplished by military action against Syria? Read more

Response to the Killing of Trayvon Martin and Trial Verdict

Racism and violence continue to be two of the deepest stains on our nation. Each of us should take a moment to pray and reflect—but, only a moment. In our hearts, we already know that a moral nation does all it can to eradicate both. The time to act is now. Read more

Blog: The Guys With The Guns, and The Money, Won This Round

Apr 18, 2013 | By Rachael Travis

Sometimes it's hard to be a small lobby with not a lot of money to spend. Read more

Blog: Women United against Gun Violence

Feb 19, 2013 | By Jean Sammon

Women, nearly unanimously, support a multi-pronged response to gun violence that includes stronger gun laws and anti-bullying measures, mental health services and counseling hotlines. This is one of the major findings from a poll initiated by Women United for Gun Violence Prevention. Read more

Press Release: NETWORK Calls for Immediate Action on Gun Violence Prevention

NETWORK strongly supports the administration’s recommendations to address the crisis of gun violence in our nation. Sister Simone Campbell, who met with Vice President Biden last week and was present today when President Obama announced the recommendations, calls on Congress and all people to support life by limiting gun violence. Read more

Blog: In Iraq, Ancient Christian Communities Are Being Destroyed

Jul 08, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Christians in Iraq are one of the oldest surviving continuous Christian communities in the world. The vast majority are Aramaic-speaking Assyrians, Armenians, Arabs, Kurds and Turcoman. These are the lands in which Jesus’s apostles and their disciples made some of the first Christian converts. In an interview in Christian Today (July 2, 2014), Iraq’s leading bishop, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I. Sako of Baghdad lamented, “We are losing our community.

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Blog: 2003 or 1991? - Our Role in Iraq

Jun 18, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

I am befuddled each time I read a commentary tracking our war in Iraq to 2003. I vividly remember January 1991 when the U.S. led a massive offensive against Iraq. The intense destruction of facilities such as airports – and hospitals, schools and water purification plants – was enhanced by the U.S./U.N. sanctions prohibiting trade with Iraq. This resulted in the Iraqi people being denied the means to rebuild hospitals and water treatment facilities, obtain necessary medications, and so many other life-saving items.

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Blog: Action from the Supreme Court on Guns

Jun 16, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

One of the ways criminals get guns is to have someone else, who is able to legally own a gun, purchase for them. This is called “straw purchasing.” In a 5-4 decision, the court just concluded that this is NOT LEGAL: “one legal gun owner may not acquire a firearm on behalf of another.” The case is known as: Abramski v. United States.

This is one success in the attempt to reduce the number of guns used for criminal purposes. It is one step toward creating stricter controls on gun ownership.

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Press Release: NETWORK Calls for Diplomacy and Political Action in Resolving Crisis in Iraq

FOR RELEASE: June 13, 2014

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington DC: NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, today issued the following statement in response to current violence in Iraq:

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