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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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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      

Stephanie Niedringhaus 202-347-9797, ext. 224
Chloe Schwabe 202-832-1780

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”:

Blog: Intentional Diversity

Jul 08, 2015 | By Elizabeth Latham, Summer Intern

If I were to start in my driveway at home, I could walk for an hour before the percentage of white inhabitants would dip below 75%. If I were to walk in a certain direction during that hour, I would end up at the all-girls school I attended for eight years. In the time that I went to school there I could count the number of practicing Jews and Muslims I knew personally on one hand.

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Guest Blog: Remembering the Churchwomen, 35 Years Later

Jun 24, 2015 | By Lora Wedge, former NETWORK staff member and current NETWORK member

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan. Dedicated to accompanying the Salvadoran people during the civil war in El Salvador, these courageous churchwomen lost their lives, yet they continue to inspire people committed to peace and justice around the world.

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