Des Moines, Iowa — On the first warm and sunny Iowa day in about a week, somewhere around 300 people came to the steps of the state capitol to hear from the executive director of NETWORK, Sr. Simone Campbell, about her vision for democracy and 100 percent civic engagement.
"Friends don't let friends vote alone," the Sister of Social Service said to a cheering crowd.
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Citing the tour's theme, "We the People, We the Voters," Campbell likened voting to "having job interviews for a bunch of politicians." The idea of this year's tour is to "create a more perfect union" by engaging people in doing so.
Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic and longtime supporter of Nuns on the Bus, closed the rally, sharing his support for NETWORK's voter registration drive and for women religious.
"Democracy works best when everyone has a seat at the table," he said, adding that after 12 years of Catholic education at the hands of sisters, he knows they are uniquely equipped to bring about change.