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'Nuns on the Bus' founder to bring message to Hanover
Courier Staff Report
Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:00 AM
Sister Simone Campbell of “Nuns On The Bus” has traveled the nation speaking about social issues. Campbell will be at Hanover College on Jan. 23. Her talk is free and open to the public. (September 2012 photo by Thomas Altfather Good)
For me, policy is best when connected to the roots, and roots are best when connected to policy. So I encourage you all to stay connected...and walk with real people while doing the
activism. Lord knows we need folks who are engaged.
- Sister Simone Campbell
Religious leader and "Nuns on the Bus" founder Sister Simone Campbell will speak at Hanover College on Jan. 23.
Campbell's appearance, part of the Bill and June Rogers Speaker Series, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Withrow Student Activities Center and is open to the public free of charge.
Campbell, an attorney and public speaker with extensive experience in public policy, is the executive director of NETWORK. The Washington, D.C.-based organization educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation, particularly on issues of peace-building, public policy, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice.
Campbell's "Nuns on the Bus" tours have received attention across the nation from religious communities and elected officials. She has been featured in the national and international media, including recent appearances on "60 Minutes," "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
During the 2010 congressional healthcare reform debate, Campbell wrote the "nuns' letter" supporting the reform bill and received support from 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters, including Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Cited by many as important in passing the Affordable Care Act, President Obama thanked Campbell for her efforts and invited her to the ceremony to celebrate the act's signing into law.
In 2012, she organized the "Nuns on the Bus" tour of nine states to oppose the U.S. House of Representatives' approval of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget.
Early last summer, she led another cross-country "Nuns on the Bus" trip focused on comprehensive immigration reform.
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