Sr. Simone Campbell of ‘Nuns on the Bus’ Movement to Speak At Canisius College

BUFFALO, NY – Sr. Simone Campbell, SS, executive director of NETWORK and one of the founders of the “Nuns on the Bus,” movement, will speak on immigration reform in Canisius College’s Christ the King Chapel on Tuesday, July 1 at 7 p.m.   The event is free and open to the public. There will be a free will offering with proceeds to benefit Vive la Casa, the largest refugee shelter in the United States, located in Buffalo, NY.

Campbell, an attorney and Sister of Social Service, is the executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace that educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation. She formerly served as executive director of JERICHO, an interfaith public policy and advocacy organization in California. As an attorney, Campbell represented low-income people for 18 years in California, where she founded a community-based law center.

Campbell was also integral to starting the “Nuns on the Bus” movement by women religious to call attention to the U.S. government’s response to domestic poverty.  In 2012, she helped organize the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose the “Ryan Budget” approved by the House of Representatives. This budget would have cut programs to people in need. “Nuns on the Bus” received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. Campbell also led a cross-country “Nuns on the Bus” trip in 2013 which was focused on comprehensive immigration reform.

Campbell has been featured in the national and international media, including 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a “Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award” and the “Defender of Democracy Award” from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Campbell is also the author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change and Community (Harper Collins, 2014).

Campbell’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Canisius College Office of Campus Ministry and Vive La Casa.

For more information, contact the Office of Campus Ministry at (716) 888-2420.

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, and the premier private university in Western New York.