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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: 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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Upcoming Legislation: Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Jan 19, 2016 | By Mary McClure

It’s hard for children to learn, pay attention in class, and flourish when they are hungry.

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Blog: A Message from Sister Marge Clark about the Federal Budget

Dec 16, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Dear NETWORK Members and Friends, 

There is GREAT excitement today!

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Blog: Today’s Poverty Data Release

Sep 16, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

No better, no worse! The U.S. Census Bureau released the poverty statistics for 2014. Compared with 2013, there were no significant differences in the percentages of people living in poverty. “No change” is NOT something to laud in our society!

Again, more than one in every five children (21.1%) lives below the poverty threshold.

Still, more women (16.1%) and more households headed by women (30.6%) live in poverty than is true for men (13.4% and 15.7%).

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Blog: Today, 9/11

Sep 11, 2015 | By Bethan Johnson, Grassroots Mobilization Associate

Two weeks ago as I boarded the Metro to work, I read that Marcy Borders had died of cancer at the age of 42. Her name likely is not particularly familiar to most Americans, since the media has called her ‘The Dust Lady’ for the last 14 years. The photograph of her as she evacuated the North Tower—her fancy dress and shoes coated in white dust, the hint of her pearl necklace still visible, and the overwhelming look of confusion and fear on her face—has been used in artistic efforts tocapture the national mood in the wake of the attacks.

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Blog: Reflecting on Hurricane Katrina Ten Years Later

Aug 31, 2015 | By Bethan Johnson, Grassroots Mobilization Associate

Ten years ago today, after Hurricane Katrina was downgraded from a Category 3 storm to a tropical depression, President Bush flew over New Orleans and saw that 85% of the city was underwater. Eight days after meteorologists began warning us of the storm, Hurricane Katrina had displaced more than one million people in the Gulf Coast region and killed scores.

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Blog: Important New Tax Information

Aug 28, 2015 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte

NETWORK continues