Online Resources

Articles/Papers

10 Commandments of Healthcare
By NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby, March 7, 2017

Healthcare is a human right that is essential for a dignified life. Each of these commandments seeks to protect that right to healthcare and provide health security for all.

Laziness Isn’t Why People are Poor. And iPhones Aren’t Why They Lack Health Care
By Stephen Pimpare, The Washington Post, March 8, 2017

The real reasons people suffer poverty don’t reflect well on the United States.

The Pope and Poverty
By Phyllis Zagano, National Catholic Reporter, Aug.7, 2015

“When Francis talks about the poor, most of the people who hear him have no idea what he is talking about. Most of the people who hear him are, relatively speaking, rich.”

Poverty is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around 
By Dean Paton, Yes! Magazine, Aug. 20, 2014

Having poor people in the richest country in the world is a choice. We have the money to solve this. But do we have the will?

Calling TPP a ‘Death Pact,’ Health Advocates Rally Outside Secretive Trade Talks
by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, Jan. 26, 2015
It’s a global health issue, says advocate. ‘Countries are trying to fight epidemics and this puts the process over people.’

Fast Track: An Undemocratic Path to Unfair “Trade”
Public Citizen, January 2015

Fast Track is an extreme and rarely-used procedure used to get around public debate and congressional oversight of trade agreements.

Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More
Oxfam, January 2015

In less than two years, if current trends continue unchecked, the richest one percent of people on the planet will own at least half of the world’s wealth.

Economy of Right Relationship: An Advent Reflection Guide for a New Economy
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, 2014

This four-week Advent series to help individuals, parishes and religious communities to pray, reflect and take actions to build towards the kin-dom vision of right relationship.

Joy of the Gospel Study and Action Guide
NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby, March 2014

The study guide summarizes each section of Joy of the Gospel and offers analysis and questions for reflection, while the action guide offers a variety of ways to join NETWORK in living Joy of the Gospel.

The Workers’ Scorecard on NAFTA
By David Bacon, Truthout, Jan. 23, 2014

Sold as a migration-preventing device that would produce more and better-paying jobs in all three countries, NAFTA has displaced jobs and people, weakened unions and ravaged US cities and rural Mexico.

“Trade Expert: Why TPP – NAFTA on Steroids – Must Be Stopped”
By Joshua Holland, Moyers and Company, Jan. 9, 2014

A transcript of Moyers and Company’s interview with Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach s about NAFTA at age 20, and what it portends for other trade treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

NAFTA at 20
By Ben Beachy, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, 2014

Jan. 1, 2014, was the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The promises made by NAFTA proponents and warnings issued by its opponents during the fierce  debate over congressional approval of the pact can now be measured against two decades of actual outcomes.

“U.S. Lawmakers Propose Fast-Track Bill for Trade Agreements”
By Krista Hughes, Reuters, Jan. 9, 2014

Lawmakers have proposed a bill to give the White House power to fast-track international trade agreements as the United States gears up for a hectic year of trade negotiations.

From Rome, Five Basic Insights on Inequality
By Sam Pizzigati, Inequality.org, Dec. 1, 2013

In plain yet powerful language, Pope Francis is challenging the givens of our deeply unequal world – and helping inspire resistance to it.

Who Belongs to the Lower Middle Class and Why Does it Matter
By Vauhini Vara, The New Yorker, Dec. 4, 2013

In recent years, the cultural conversation about inequality has focused on the rich and poor themselves. But the problem is structural. Over time, we have set up an economic system that breeds inequality.

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on the Global Economy
The Vatican, Oct. 24, 2011

A statement by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace regarding global financial reform

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: What ‘Free Trade’ Actually Means
Andrew Gavin Marshall, Dec. 1, 2012

Part three of a three-part exclusive series on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

51 Ways to Spark a Commons Revolution
Jay Walljasper, Yes! Magazine, Oct. 21, 2011

A list of 51 things you can do – alone and with others – to share life

“Main Street First: Fixing Broken Markets and Rebuilding the Middle Class”
Elizabeth Warren, Mario Savio Memorial Lecture, Oct. 28, 2010

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the driving force behind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is an expert on credit and economic stress, known for her ability to simplify complex financial issues and for her fierce independence and advocacy on behalf of middle-class families.

“What is Neo-Liberalism? – A Brief Definition”
Arnoldo Garcia and Elizabeth Martinez, Global Exchange, Feb. 26, 2000

The authors define “Neo-liberalism,” the set of economic policies that have become widespread and are behind economic globalization.

Videos

The Story of Broke

The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs and a healthier environment.

Oreo Cookie Simulation
True Majority

Check out what our government’s spending priorities really are.

 

Web Links

The Baseline Scenario

The Baseline Scenario is dedicated to explaining some of the key issues in the global economy and developing concrete policy proposals.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The center is a policy organization working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs affecting low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

The Center for Popular Economics

This site is part of a multi-faceted project on globalization to support research and education concerning issues of globalization in general and international finance, trade and production in particular.

The Citizens Trade Campaign

The campaign is rooted in a common belief that international trade and investment are not ends unto themselves, but instead must be viewed as a means for achieving other societal goals such as economic justice, human rights, healthy communities and a sound environment.

Coalition on Human Needs

The Coalition on Human Needs is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.

Fair Trade Resource Network

An information hub designed to grow the fair trade movement and create a market that values the people who make the food we eat and the goods we use

Kiva

Kiva lets individuals connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world.

National Priorities Project

NPP offers citizen and community groups tools and resources to shape federal budget and policy priorities which promote social and economic justice.

NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Through lobbying and legislative advocacy, NETWORK strives to close the gap between rich and poor and to dismantle policies rooted in racism, greed and violence.

Periodicals/Newsletters

Dollars and Sense

Online and print magazine focusing on progressive economics

The Economist

A London-based weekly news, economic and international affairs publication