Student Workshop: Activist Nuns, the U.S. National Budget, and Justice
February 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Gorecki 204 A
CSB and SJU Students are invited to attend a workshop on the activist work of Simone Campbell, D.C. lobbyist and executive director of NETWORK. Invited to speak at last year's Democratic National Convention, Campbell has also enjoyed appearing twice on the Colbert Report. At this event we will discuss her lobbying strategies for a just U.S. national budget, which includes her famous Nuns on the Bus campaign. Space is limited, so please email Stacy Penk, McCarthy Center coordinator, to reserve your spot.
Sister Simone Campbell is executive director of NETWORK, the Washington-based Catholic social justice lobbying group. She is an attorney and a poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change related to immigration reform, health care, peace, and economic justice. A member and former general director of the religious community Sisters of Social Service, Campbell led the "Nuns on the Bus" tour through nine states this past summer to educate Americans about current economic injustices and to encourage governmental officials and other citizens to embrace the ideas in the document "Priorities for a Faithful Budget" as a means of promoting greater economic justice for all. In the process, she and her companions on the tour highlighted the work of Catholic sisters in serving the poor and advocating for social justice. Cited for her "distinguished advocacy and commitment to economic justice and peace building," Campbell was awarded the 2012 Defender of Democracy Award by the Parliamentarians for Global Action, an international organization of legislators from 120 parliaments.
Co-sponsored by the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at St. John's University