Economic Justice

Blog: Reflecting on Hurricane Katrina Ten Years Later

Aug 31, 2015 | By Bethan Johnson, Grassroots Mobilization Associate

Ten years ago today, after Hurricane Katrina was downgraded from a Category 3 storm to a tropical depression, President Bush flew over New Orleans and saw that 85% of the city was underwater. Eight days after meteorologists began warning us of the storm, Hurricane Katrina had displaced more than one million people in the Gulf Coast region and killed scores.

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Blog: Important New Tax Information

Aug 28, 2015 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte

NETWORK continues to advocate for making permanent the 2009 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit improvements set to expire in 2017 as well as to strengthen the EITC to include younger, childless workers. These essential anti-poverty credits have been hugely effective at helping families achieve financial stability. If the key provisions expire, 16 million Americans, including 8 million children, will fall into — or deeper into — poverty.

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Blog: Urgent Budget Update

Jul 29, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

There is real danger of holding human needs funding at very low sequester levels! The House and Senate are stalled on funding for Fiscal Year 2016 – which begins on October 1, 2015. With only eight legislative days in September, they will need to do a temporary funding bill (Continuing Resolution or “CR”) to give them time to figure out the full year. The CR holds funding levels at the current amount for the time designated – likely until December. One huge danger being discussed in Congress is to do a full-year CR – until September 30, 2016.

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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”:

NETWORK Position on the President Obama’s Proposed Rule to Reform Overtime Pay

NETWORK strongly supports the Obama administration’s proposed rule to reform overtime pay for salaried workers.  Our position is based on our faith’s teaching related to the dignity of work and need for the economy to serve all people, not just those at the top.  Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. The dignity of work must be protected by providing workers basic rights, including the right to decent and fair wages.

Blog: African Palm Oil in Guatemala – A Fishy Situation

Jun 30, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

When I first watched the YouTube video one of our Guatemalan sisters sent me, I thought the white material coating the water of the La Pasión River was some sort of foam or other foreign substance that should not be present in a river used by many Guatemalans as a source of food and water. Little did I know that the “material” coating the water used to consider the river its home: the surface was covered by thousands of dead fish!

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Blog: Housing – The Other Supreme Court Case

Jun 26, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

All anyone has been talking about has been the Supreme Court recently, specifically its decisions on the Affordable Care Act subsidies and same-sex marriage. Yet there was a third, less-publicized decision that will also impact millions, though less directly than the two previous cases. The case is entitled Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v.

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Blog: June 22 Trade Update - Messy Business of Passing an (Unjust) Trade Bill

Jun 22, 2015 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte

The Obama administration is in the process of negotiating many significant trade agreements with countries around the world.  One such agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement with 12 countries accounting for 40% of world GDP, is nearing completion.  All trade agreements are negotiated in secret and informed by an elaborate system of official advisory committees that are overwhelmingly corporate.  That is why current trade agreements, while perhaps sounding good in theory, do not promote the commo

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