This past Saturday, December 17, the Catholic Social Justice Lobby Network celebrated its 40th birthday. There are similarities with Bread for the World. Both are faith-based organizations that were born in the 1970s. They both organize the grassroots to advocate on social justice issues.
And if I'm not mistaken, there was a time when you could reach the offices of the two organizations from the Rhode Island Ave. stop on the Red Line of the Washington Metro.
Here is a note from Network:
On December 17th 1971, 47 Catholic Sisters from many orders and from all over the country gathered for a weekend meeting in Washington, DC, where they voted to create a “NETWORK” of Sisters who would live out the Gospel call to work for justice.Happy, Happy Birthday to a like-minded organization. And as the saying goes after one sings Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to You.. And Many More....
These sisters were united by a faith-filled vision: by taking action together to lobby our government, concerned citizens can end policies that keep people in poverty and develop new policies that instead create paths of opportunity.
NETWORK began as a powerful example of what we can achieve as a community of engaged people who care deeply about the common good. As NETWORK celebrates its 40th anniversary year, we know that we’ll need to stay strong as a community to meet the challenges of this special year.