Blog: Policing Reform—Good News at Last!

May 19, 2015 | By Joan Neal

In an effort to stem the increasing militarization of police, the Obama administration announced yesterday that the federal government will no longer transfer certain military-grade gear and weaponry to local police departments and will severely restrict access to other equipment without stringent assurances of its proper use.

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Press Release: NETWORK Issues Statement on Diplomacy with Iran

FOR RELEASE: April 9, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,

Washington DC: Today, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, issued the following statement about the recently announced nuclear deal with Iran:

Blog: Grounds for Better Understanding and Dialogue with Islam

Mar 10, 2015 | By Sr. Eucharia Madueke

At a timely lecture jointly sponsored by Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) and THE Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies (IPRCS) of the Catholic University on March 6, Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald, M.

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NETWORK Statement on Military Force Authorization Request Submitted by President Obama

NETWORK cannot support the proposed “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (AUMF), as submitted February 11, 2015. However, we are grateful that the president has finally submitted draft language for the authorization to Congress. Now Congress must have meaningful discussion of a new AUMF.

Blog: The Scandal of Sentencing Juveniles to Life in Prison without Parole

Feb 05, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

NETWORK, along with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other faith organizations, is an official supporter of the “Statement of Principles” of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth" (CFSY). These principles reflect our strong moral belief in human dignity and rights – as well as the need to respond to those without power.

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Blog: How Fear Led to Militarization of Community Policing

Jan 16, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

So many people hype the fear of crime and terrorism as an easy, quick way to rally support for more police with more weapons, tougher laws, and more prisons that they fail to realize that hyping fear means that truth suffers.

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Update on NETWORK’s Legislative Agenda

December 10, 2014

NETWORK continues to be strongly engaged in lobbying Congress during these last few days of the 113th Congress. At the same time, we are gearing up for new challenges in 2015. Here is a brief overview:

Press Release: NETWORK Responds to President Obama’s Authorization of Military Action to Counter the Actions of ISIL

FOR RELEASE: September 11, 2014

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,

Washington DC: NETWORK today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s speech last evening:

Press Release: NETWORK Statement on Michael Brown’s Death and the Ferguson Protests

FOR RELEASE: August 21, 2014

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,

The sin of racism taints our nation’s soul. Daily images of protests in Ferguson and photos of young Michael Brown and the white police officer who shot him break our hearts again and again.

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