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Blog: Voting Is a Start, Not an End

Nov 03, 2015 | By Rachel Schmidt

How great it is that we live in a democratic country where we choose our elected officials. We have a government “by the people and for the people” that rejects the notion that power can be concentrated into the leadership of the unelected few. Historically, democracy has been a cataclysmic shift to the idea that all have the right to take care of society. As people of faith, we participate in our democratic government through voting on election day and through advocacy the rest of the year.

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Blog: When a Speaker Can’t Govern, No One Wants the Job

Oct 20, 2015 | By Rachel Schmidt

The Speaker of the House is a high-power position that sets the tone for the House of Representatives and is second in line for the presidency; a dream for any ambitious politician. Yet, no one seems to want the job. Speaker John Boehner is resigning, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has made it clear he doesn’t want it, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the running. The reason for the widespread hesitancy could be related to the strong divisions in the Republican Party that have made Speaker Boehner’s job arduous.

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2016 "Mend the Gap!" Lenten Resources

Join us each week as we study the U.S. Wealth and Income Gap, the policies that can help us “mend” the gap by bringing the people at the economic margins closer together, and the gaps in access that are created by economic disparity.

Ash Wednesday is February 10, 2016. By signing up below, you will receive a packet of resources before Lent begins, as well as a weekly reflection email from NETWORK.

Blog: How We Remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and Work for Voting Rights Today

Jan 19, 2016 | By Marge Clark, BVM

This week our country celebrates the vision and the accomplishments of Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of us are reflecting on the freedoms and opportunities won in the United States through his years of work to bring about greater justice for all. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. King preached, protested and suffered imprisonment to overcome racism in employment, housing and government.

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Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Text

WASHINGTON - In response to today’s release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, NETWORK Executive Director Sister Simone Campbell said:

Blog: Criminal Justice Reform and Gun Violence

Aug 31, 2015 | By Joan Neal, NETWORK Strategic Advisor

The country may be reaching a tipping point for criminal justice reform. Both on Capitol Hill and on Pennsylvania Avenue, a steady drumbeat for some kind of reform is likely to reach a crescendo as early as September when Congress returns from their August recess. 

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Blog: Beyond the Surface - Putting Care for Creation to the Test

Jul 14, 2015 | By Sarah Kenny, NETWORK Intern

Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s revolutionary encyclical, has engendered a sustained media feeding frenzy since its release this June by successfully engaging individuals across borders, ethnicities and creeds.

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Press Release: Religious groups oppose State Department’s proposed upgrade of Malaysia’s trafficking status

For Immediate Release: July 10, 2015      

Contacts:
Stephanie Niedringhaus 202-347-9797, ext. 224 sniedringhaus@networklobby.org
Chloe Schwabe 202-832-1780 cschwabe@maryknoll.org

Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Reports that State Dept. Will Upgrade Malaysia’s Status in Human Trafficking Report

Washington DC: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, today issued the following statement regarding reports that Malaysia will move from “Tier 3” to “Tier 2”: