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Blog: How Fear Led to Militarization of Community Policing

Jan 16, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

So many people hype the fear of crime and terrorism as an easy, quick way to rally support for more police with more weapons, tougher laws, and more prisons that they fail to realize that hyping fear means that truth suffers.

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Update on NETWORK’s Legislative Agenda

December 10, 2014

NETWORK continues to be strongly engaged in lobbying Congress during these last few days of the 113th Congress. At the same time, we are gearing up for new challenges in 2015. Here is a brief overview:

Press Release: NETWORK Responds to President Obama’s Authorization of Military Action to Counter the Actions of ISIL

FOR RELEASE: September 11, 2014

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

Washington DC: NETWORK today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s speech last evening:

Press Release: NETWORK Statement on Michael Brown’s Death and the Ferguson Protests

FOR RELEASE: August 21, 2014

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

The sin of racism taints our nation’s soul. Daily images of protests in Ferguson and photos of young Michael Brown and the white police officer who shot him break our hearts again and again.

Press Release: NETWORK Statement on Safety for Religious Minorities in Iraq

FOR RELEASE: August 18, 2014
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington DC: NETWORK today released the following new statement on the crisis in Iraq:

We know that "War is not the Answer." However, there are times when intervention is necessary to protect human lives. Today, we cannot sit by and watch atrocities happen to Christians, Ysidis and other religious minorities in Iraq.

Press Release: NETWORK Calls for Peace and Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

FOR RELEASE: August 8, 2014
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington DC: NETWORK today released the following statement on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq:

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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