Monday, December 10, 2018

Nuns on the Bus Arrive to Hope


















Networks’ Nuns on the Bus (https://networklobby.org/bus2018/) arrived to Hope CommUnity Center (South) in Apopka, FL on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.  For the first time in two years, since their tour in 2016 (https://networklobby.org/bus2016/blog/), the Nuns got back on the road. This time, their goal is to advocate for Tax Justice on what they are calling their “Tax Justice Truth Tour.” The purpose of the tour is to highlight the injustices to everyday working people that are built into the Tax Bill passed by Congress in 2017, and to call out the many attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would strip health care coverage from millions of Americans.  The Tax Bill is a giveaway to big corporations on the backs of working people throughout the country, though it was touted as being a boon for the middle class. Carrying the message from people they meet all around the country, the Nuns will conclude their tour at Mar-a-Lago in South Florida, to contrast the realities of grassroots communities with the opulence of the wealthy.

The Sisters got off the bus in Apopka (near Orlando in Central Florida) to be greeted by the Hope CommUnity Center youth group with beautifully handmade posters and cardboard butterflies to share the solidarity in the movement.  Inside HCC, members of the community surrounded the Nuns who encouraged them to vote in this upcoming midterm election.
 
Everyone then went outside to bask in the warm Florida sunshine. With the magnificently painted “Nuns on the Bus” in the background, those gathered together listened to words of hope in these troubling times, led by the inspirational words of Apopka’s own, Sister Ann Kendrick.  Before sending the nuns off on their next leg of their journey, those who had come together filled out pledge cards and added their signatures to so many others on the side of the bus, in their own way, traveling with the Nuns in spirit on their important mission and message.

Thank you to Nuns on the Bus for spreading love and hope throughout the country.

                  




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