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Economic Justice

Blog: Today’s Poverty Data Release

Sep 16, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

No better, no worse! The U.S. Census Bureau released the poverty statistics for 2014. Compared with 2013, there were no significant differences in the percentages of people living in poverty. “No change” is NOT something to laud in our society!

Again, more than one in every five children (21.1%) lives below the poverty threshold.

Still, more women (16.1%) and more households headed by women (30.6%) live in poverty than is true for men (13.4% and 15.7%).

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Blog: Today, 9/11

Sep 11, 2015 | By Bethan Johnson, Grassroots Mobilization Associate

Two weeks ago as I boarded the Metro to work, I read that Marcy Borders had died of cancer at the age of 42. Her name likely is not particularly familiar to most Americans, since the media has called her ‘The Dust Lady’ for the last 14 years. The photograph of her as she evacuated the North Tower—her fancy dress and shoes coated in white dust, the hint of her pearl necklace still visible, and the overwhelming look of confusion and fear on her face—has been used in artistic efforts tocapture the national mood in the wake of the attacks.

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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      

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”:

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.