NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus is on the road again to hold members of Congress accountable for their votes on the 2017 Tax Bill and the many attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Nuns on the Bus “On the Road to Mar-a-Lago” tour will include 54 events in 21 states over the course of 27 days. The tour will launch in Los Angeles with a rally and end at Mar-a-Lago in Florida with a “Fiesta for the Common Good.” Sister Janet will join the tour in Ohio to be present during its last lap.
The goal for 2018 is to tell the truth about the Republican Tax Law and hold elected officials accountable for their votes. The tax policy hurts our communities while giving handouts to the wealthiest in our nation. Nuns on the Bus will encourage voters to focus electoral energy on reasonable revenue for responsible programs ahead of the 2018 midterms. They will discuss the connections between voters’ participation in the midterm elections, their elected officials’ votes, and these harmful policies. Then they will carry what we learn from voters across the country to President Trump’s resort at Mar-a-Lago. They will encourage all of us to work for just tax policies in our nation.
Sister Janet Kinney was also a Nun on the Bus in 2016. She rode as a Nun on the Bus prior to the 2016 election to help foster policies that” mend the gaps”, to bring a politics of inclusion to divided places, change the conversation to mending the vast economic and social divides in our country, and counter political incivility with the message of inclusion
Nuns on the Bus went this afternoon to Langhome PA – made a lobby visit to Rep Fitzpatrick followed by a rally. More CSJs came out to give support. Evening program was held at St. Joseph’s University. While a good crowd was present, disappointed there was not as large a youth and young adult presence as I would have hoped. Somehow we need to find creative ways to reach and encourage youth participation. In addition to the CSJs I saw tonight I was touched to meet a Sister of Mercy, Vincenzo who did prison ministry work with Elaine Roulet CSJ for many years. Amazing how paths can cross. The last picture on this blog is Vincenzo and me.
Had a very spirited group attend this evening at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington Delaware. Who did I meet but former CSJ member Arline M. Schoenberger, (pictured here with her husband) who wants me to give a shout out to Sisters Phyllis Esposito and Sue Sabol! Everywhere we have gone on the road folks have given us home made goodies. We have been fed well – this care package is filled with chocolate chip cookies baked by the Franciscan sisters who attended this evening’s town hall.