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Blog: A Year of Forgiveness is Necessary for Justice

Jan 04, 2016 | By Rachel Schmidt

On Tuesday, Dec. 8 Pope Francis established a Jubilee Year of Mercy, which is considered a “year acceptable to the Lord” (Is 61:2). Its origin comes from the Bible in Leviticus 25. The scripture states that every fiftieth year was considered a sacred time to return property, forgive debts, and free people who were considered “slaves.” It was a year to reset, refresh, and allow those subjugated by societal actions to reconnect with society in a more holistic way.

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Blog: “Hearts Starve as well as Bodies; Give Us Bread but Give Us Roses”

Nov 20, 2015 | By Rachel Schmidt

Some policymakers believe the more support the government provides the less motivated people in poverty will be to work. They couldn’t be more wrong. As Congress begins the annual appropriations process, it is crucial to point out the major flaws in this line of thinking, because legislators who buy into this narrative are less likely to allocate sufficient funds to human needs programs. This is not what people in the United States need, especially those living at the margins.

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Blog: Putting People First in Our Budget Crisis

Oct 13, 2015 | By Rachel Schmidt

The federal budget is a complicated piece of legislation, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. “Wonky” data, words like “sequestration,” and polarized political parties are enough to make anyone’s eyes glaze over. However, the budget is not merely something elected officials tend to busy themselves with. It is essential to bring about the common good, the development and fulfillment of all people in society, by creating a faithful budget.

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Blog: Looking at the Future through Two Lenses

Apr 28, 2016 | By Simone Campbell, SSS

NETWORK Recommits to Focus on Women and People of Color Affected by Economic Divides

Two societal events are tearing at my heart. The first is the level of anger and hate that have been unleashed this election season.

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Blog: US presidential candidates must honor the dignity of work

Apr 15, 2016 | By Simone Campbell, SSS

Supporting a living wage is one of the most effective ways people of faith can uphold the dignity of work. NETWORK and Catholic social justice teaching support an economy that puts people, not profit, at the center, where each person can find a job that provides for his or her family.

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Blog: NETWORK Applauds Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget that Works to Mend the Gaps

Mar 22, 2016 | By Marge Clark, BVM

NETWORK – social justice advocates, inspired by Catholic sisters – applauds the "People's Budget" released by the Congressional Progressive Caucus today.  At its core, the CPC funding priorities mirror NETWORK's policy vision to "Mend the Gaps" in wealth and income, as well as gaps in access to democracy, healthcare, citizenship, and housing.

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Op-Ed: Defining Disgraceful

Feb 24, 2016 | By Sister Simone Campbell, SSS and Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

Originally appeared in The Hill 

Donald Trump's repeated promise on the campaign trail to defend Christianity if elected President has been of concern to us.  When he recently called Pope Francis’ critique of his immigration stance “disgraceful,” we hit our tipping point. Mr. Trump cannot defend that which he does not seem to understand.

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Blog: Over 500,000 Adults will Lose Assistance to Keep Food on the Table

Feb 16, 2016 | By Mary McClure

In a matter of months, over half a million people living on the margins will no longer receive a critical tool to help them get enough to eat each day.

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Blog: Housing Bill H.R.3700 Passes Unanimously!

Feb 05, 2016 | By Bethan Johnson

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 the House of Representatives did something it hasn’t done in recent memory: passed a bill unanimously. While a significant event in and of itself, this vote is particularly important because it meant the passage of a sweeping piece of bipartisan legislation that will help millions of families and individuals live in dignity by increasing the availability of safe and affordable housing.

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