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CSA joins Network’s Thriving Communities Campaign

April 19, 2023
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

Pictured at right are Sisters Jean, Sue, Julie Ann, Clare and Eddie at a tour stop in Madison in 2016. 

From now through the end of May, NETWORK’s “Thriving Communities Campaign” is advocating to ensure that Congress rejects cuts to Medicaid, housing, and food programs—or the implementation of new bureaucratic hurdles to these programs—in any budget negotiations, and we need all hands on deck to make sure that all lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats alike, hear this message.

CSA joins these efforts. We call for federal policies that dismantle systemic racism, eliminate wealth and income gap, improve the wellbeing of our communities, and allow all people to thrive - especially those most often left out: women, people of color, people on the economic margins, and those at the intersections of these identities.

We encourage others to consider possible actions they can take to participate from this Thriving Communities Toolkit. There are call-in scripts, sample Letters to the Editor, social media graphics and sample posts, resources for a prayer vigil, and so much more!  

We know that we cannot balance a budget on the backs of poor people. We also know that if corporations and the ultra-wealthy paid their fair share of taxes, and if the Pentagon cut wasteful spending, we would have more than enough money to provide health care, housing, and food for all those in need. Join NETWORK today in calling on Congress for a moral budget that promotes the dignity and flourishing of all of us…no exceptions! Visit for more information.

NETWORK advocates for Catholic Social Justice. One of their most notable efforts is Nuns on the Bus. CSA Sisters and Associates have been involved with Nuns on the Bus for many years, speaking up for justice and advocating for adequate federal policies. Pictured here are CSA justice promoters at a tour stop in Madison, WI in 2016.

Sister Eileen Mahony, CSA, also recalls a bus stop near her home in Tucson and her meeting with Sr. Simone Campbell, former Network Executive Director who has been instrumental in the Nuns on the Bus movement. Sister Eileen shares: “From approx 2010 to 2015 many Church groups in Tucson had study- action groups to reflect on justice issues largely related to economics. When Sr Simone and the Network team visited Tucson, representatives of these many groups gathered to learn from the Network team and to learn how to reinforce each others’ good efforts.  The team’s broad US perspective helped strengthen, broaden  and deepen our efforts. 

My particular Tucson parish about that time expanded to include immigration and sanctuary issues as well as preparing and serving food to the homeless nightly from October through April.”


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