Call for Submissions to ‘Voices from the Margins’ Film Contest

Last year, America Media and Ignatian Solidarity Network received more than 70 entries from over 50 colleges and universities to their annual college social justice film contest Voices from the Margins. Creighton University student Nico Sandi won both First Prize and the Audience Choice award for his short film “Stones,” a documentary on the death penalty in Nebraska, which was shown at the annual Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice (IFTJ) Filmfest in November 2015.

The call for submissions for Voices from the Margins ’16 is now open! All college and university students and recent graduates are invited to submit short social justice films. Submissions are due by September 30, 2016 for the chance to win production equipment from Blackmagic Design and a free trip to Washington, D.C. to screen the film at IFTJ 2016.

Read more about Voices from the Margins ’16 here!

Register for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

In its 18th year, the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) is a national gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. Click here to register for the 2015 Teach-In, which will take place November 7-9, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Speakers this year include:
Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., Anti-death penalty Advocate
Rudy Lopez, Executive Director, Interfaith Worker Justice
Maureen O’Connell, Assoc. Professor of Christian Ethics, La Salle University
Sr. Simone CampbellS.S.S., Executive Director, NETWORK
Justice Janine Geske, Director, Marquette University Law School Restorative Justice Initiative
Fr. James Martin, S.J., Editor-at-Large, America
Fr. Alejandro Olayo-Mendez, S.J., Migration Expert
Hector Verdugo, Associate Executive Director, Homeboy Industries

You can also apply to lead a breakout session at the Teach-In here.

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice – happening now!

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, an annual gathering of Jesuit schools, began in Washington, DC over the weekend and continues today with advocacy sessions on Capitol Hill. Foremost in participants’ minds is the 25th anniversary of the death of six Jesuit priests and two lay women, who were killed in El Salvador during their civil war. The Teach-In hopes to educate tomorrow’s leaders on their role in the world and their Catholic call to fight the many forms of injustice.

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