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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Next Social Movement — Riding With The Nuns On The Bus

The Next Social Movement — Riding With The Nuns On The Bus

The next time I hear someone groan about the current political climate as an excuse for his or her own indifference, I’m going to respond with three words: Sister Simone Campbell.

Campbell is a Catholic nun, an attorney and executive director of NETWORK, a national lobbying group of sisters who fight for economic and social justice. She and a handful of other sisters are in the thick of a 14-day, nine-state “Nuns on the Bus” tour across America. They are protesting the Republicans’ Ryan budget because it would further hurt those Americans who already are suffering.

In every news conference, interview and “Friend Raising” rally, Campbell rattles off what Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget would do:

–Raise taxes on 18 million hardworking low-income families while cutting taxes for millionaires and big corporations.

–Push the families of 2 million children into poverty.

–Kick 8 million people off food stamps and 30 million off health care.

The Nuns on the Bus are getting the kind of media attention that would make a presidential candidate swoon. Dozens of news organizations — including Time, The New York Times, CNN and NPR — have interviewed Campbell. She giggled in recounting her recent stint on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” on which she elicited applause by quoting Gospel and invoking Jesus.