Nuns on the Bus: Let Justice Roll Like a River

It was a beautiful fall afternoon, sunny and pleasant, when Nuns on the Bus: the Tax Justice Truth Tour rolled into Erie at Perry Square on October 22. The tour seeks to hold members of Congress accountable for their votes on the 2017 Tax Law and the many attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Nuns on the Bus effort is channeled into working for just tax policies that mend the gaps in the nation.

Nuns on the Bus was greeted with music from a gathered group of 150 people who joined in singing: “Let Justice Roll Like a River” led by Sister Marilyn Schauble. The program, planned by Benedictines for Peace under the direction of Sister Anne McCarthy, began with a welcome from Mayor Joe Schember. The rally included prayer, song, and stories to raise awareness about the need for tax reform. Religious women leaders from the Erie Benedictines, the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Mercy Sisters participated. Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, shared: “It was an honor to be part of this event. I left more hopeful and more aware of the responsibility we have to lobby for the common good. Sister Simone is deeply rooted in the Gospels that direct our lives. Our prayers continue to support the Nuns on the Bus.”

Among the speakers were Kathy Dahlkemper, County Executive and Gary Horton, NAACP president. Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, based in Washington, D.C. talked about the unfair structure of the tax law and described how cuts to human needs programs would further harm the most vulnerable members of our city. Nuns on the Bus are encouraging voters to focus electoral energy on reasonable revenue for responsible programs ahead of the 2018 midterms.

The rally ended with an invitation to all present to pledge their support by voting responsibly and initiating ongoing conversations about this important issue so as to effect necessary change. In conclusion, all were welcomed to sign the bus in support of the cause before the bus continued on its tour after a blessing prayer. The Nuns on the Bus Tax Justice Truth Tour launched in Los Angeles on October 8 and ends outside Mar-a-Lago, FL with a "Fiesta for the Common Good" on November 2. It will have included 54 events in 21 states over the course of 27 days.

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