“Mind the Gap: Changing U.S. Income and Wealth Disparity" - Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby; attorney; author, “A Nun on the Bus”
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby, attorney and social justice advocate, will present a public talk titled, “Mind the Gap: Changing U.S. Income and Wealth Disparity,” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Sister Simone is the Wilson School's inaugural Judith H. Rawson and Robert Rawson Distinguished Visitor. A book sale and signing of “A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community,” will follow the discussion.
A champion of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice in America, Sister Simone is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. She has served as executive director of NETWORK since 2004.
During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill and recruited 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters, including the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, to sign on. This action was cited by many as criticall to passing the Affordable Care Act. She was thanked by President Obama and invited to the ceremony celebrating its signing into law.
In 2012, she was also instrumental in organizing the Nuns on the Bus tour of nine states to oppose the Ryan Budget approved by the House of Representatives. Nuns on the Bus received attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. From May 28 through June 18, 2013, she led a cross-country Nuns on the Bus trip that focused on comprehensive immigration reform.
Sister Simone is the author of “A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community,” and has received numerous awards, including a Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award and the Defender of Democracy Award from the International Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
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