This weekend, I had the pleasure of witnessing the best and the worst parts of democracy in action. My home state of Michigan is a “battleground” with competitive governor and Senate races. We, the voters, have been attracting a lot of attention. Most of it comes from a good place. Some of it…not so much. Let’s start with the good.
Creating a commonsense immigration process, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus write in a Tallahassee Democrat Op-Ed, "Is fundamentally about protecting family values and defending the dignity of workers."
Remember Nuns on the Bus? This summer's inspiring anti-poverty movement arrived in New York City on Monday, where the nuns and their supporters promptly hopped off the bus and onto the Staten Island Ferry to highlight how Republican budget proposals would impact poverty programs throughout the state. The group's leader, Sister Simone Campbell, told ThinkProgressthat Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments about the "47 percent" were "shocking."
Usually you don’t hear a lot about nuns in the mainstream media. But everyone’s talking about the Nuns on the Bus these days and the ruckus made by Sister Simone Campbell and her band of sojourners. These Roman Catholic nuns chose the bus tour as a very public way to bear witness—to speak out against the House Republican budget authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).