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Press Release: Sister Simone Campbell joins Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes in a discussion called, “Business and Faith for the Common Good.”

November 15, 2013
For Immediate Release

Contact: Therese Lang, Communications Director, Oregon Prosperity Initiative 503-913-9311

Portland, Or. – Based on their work for the Oregon Prosperity Initiative, Governor Kitzhaber, First Lady, Cylvia Hayes and special guests, Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and Duncan Wyse, president of the Oregon Business Council, assembled prominent leaders of Oregon’s business and faith communities on Friday, to discuss poverty, prosperity and economic justice.

Although Oregon has taken significant steps toward reforming health care, education, and public safety systems, far too many hard-working Oregonians are still struggling in poverty. Members of the business and faith communities have come together today to collaborate on ideas that will further the goals of Oregon Prosperity Initiative, which aims to ensure that every Oregonian has a pathway to economic security, a healthy life and engaged citizenship.

“Working on the Oregon Prosperity Initiative we found that the business and faith community frequently do not have the opportunity to collaborate on the issue of poverty, but that both groups are eager to find workable solutions,” said First Lady, Cylvia Hayes. “Sister Simone’s visit to Portland was the perfect opportunity to bring these groups together.”

Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In 2012, she was instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on