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Press Release: Campaign Launched to Address Extreme Wealth Gap in U.S.

FOR RELEASE: May 19, 2011                                                                     

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,

Washington DC:  NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and NETWORK Education Program today announced the launch of a new campaign – called Mind the Gap! – designed to mobilize people across the country to address the crisis of the enormous wealth gap between a tiny fringe of super-rich Americans and most of the rest of the country. This gap, which has grown to historic proportions, affects every level of society, and it damages us all. It helps keep people in poverty, erodes the middle class, and results in a decline in numerous measures of our nation's wellbeing, as is shown in recent research.

Such an extreme concentration of wealth translates into a concentration of political power, which cracks the democratic foundation of our nation. As noted on the campaign website: “The elite few can afford armies of lobbyists and legal expertise, and they can funnel enormous amounts of money into elections. This helps a small minority keep and grow their power and wealth – even though millions of people struggle and suffer at the economic margins.”

The Mind the Gap! campaign will reach out to both social justice activists and the general public using social media and other contact methods. The goal is to alert people across the nation about the causes and consequences of the wealth g