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Economic Justice

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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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.

Down to the Wire: Final Farm Bill and Budget Negotiations

Join us for a special update on what is at stake in final farm bill and budget decisions – and why the time to act is now. Read more

Sister Simone Campbell Speaks to Congress about Poverty

On July 31, Sister Simone Campbell testified about poverty before the House Budget Committee, chaired by Representative Paul Ryan. Read more

Toolkit: Medicaid Expansion

NETWORK invites all nuns, and we are all nuns, to form teams of activists for Medicaid expansion in your state. Read more

We MUST Confront the Wealth Gap!

It is time to both "Mind" and "Mend" the wealth gap in our country! Read more

Blog: Looking at the Future through Two Lenses

Apr 28, 2016 | By Simone Campbell, SSS

NETWORK Recommits to Focus on Women and People of Color Affected by Economic Divides

Two societal events are tearing at my heart. The first is the level of anger and hate that have been unleashed this election season.

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Blog: US presidential candidates must honor the dignity of work

Apr 15, 2016 | By Simone Campbell, SSS

Supporting a living wage is one of the most effective ways people of faith can uphold the dignity of work. NETWORK and Catholic social justice teaching support an economy that puts people, not profit, at the center, where each person can find a job that provides for his or her family.

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