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Our 50-Year Justice Journey

2013
Jun

Urging Immigration Reform

Urging Immigration Reform

The Senate passes the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a comprehensive immigration reform that NETWORK strongly supported, in a bipartisan vote. The bill is never brought to a vote in the House.

2017
Jun

Response to Trump’s Administration – Part I

Response to Trump’s Administration – Part I

Following Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration, NETWORK activated members for advocacy at an unprecedented scale to protect people and programs threatened by the President’s agenda. This included a 21-hour vigil on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to defend access to health care.

2018
Apr

Nuns on the Bus Drives On

Nuns on the Bus Drives On

2012’s first “Nuns on the Bus” tour — to speak out against the immoral federal budget proposed by former House Speaker Paul Ryan — wasn’t the last. NETWORK launched six more tours in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020 and mobilized hundreds of thousands of people across the country to address important justice issues like voting, healthcare, immigration, and tax policy.

2019
Jan

Rural Roundtables

Rural Roundtables

Throughout the year, NETWORK organized 17 rural roundtables in 16 states, meeting and listening to a diverse group of 250 people living in rural parts of the country. Their hopes and hardships were published in a report titled “Raising Rural Voices” to help guide federal policy decisions.

Jul

Response to Trump’s Administration – Part II

Response to Trump’s Administration – Part II

Following Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration, NETWORK activated members for advocacy at an unprecedented scale to protect people and programs threatened by the President’s agenda. This included the arrest of 70+ Catholic Sisters and lay people inside the Longworth Senate Office Building to protest immoral immigration policies.

2020
Aug

Equally Sacred Scorecard

Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, NETWORK publicly calls on voters not to re-elect Donald Trump. Countering the idea that Catholics must vote solely on one political issue, NETWORK publishes the “equally sacred” scorecard, using Pope Francis’ words naming concern about economic inequality, racism, and the situation of migrants as “equally sacred” to defense of the unborn.

2021
Apr

Mary Novak

Mary Novak

Mary J. Novak becomes the first non-Sister to serve as NETWORK’s executive director in April 2021. In July, Joan F. Neal joins the Executive Team as NETWORK’s first deputy executive director and chief executive officer.