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.

ISN Encourages Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) is sending a letter to all of the Jesuit-educated members of Congress in order to encourage them to pass humane, comprehensive immigration reform. ISN hopes that the Jesuit connection as well as the logic and compassion behind Catholic Social Teaching will inspire these senators and representatives to take positive action. Their letter emphasizes the importance of fair process, workers’ rights, and family togetherness, promoting the same agenda that many of our member colleges took to the Hill as participants in the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.

ISN’s goal is to collect more than 5,000 signatures on the letter.  To learn more about the letter and to sign it yourself, click here.

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 2014

November 15 – 17, 2014

Washington, DC

Your institution is welcome to be part of the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the U.S.  Join over 1,300 to learn, pray, network and advocate for social justice during the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.

The Teach-In is organized by the Ignatian Solidarity Network and includes passionate keynotes, 50+ breakout presentations on national and international justice issues, advocacy training and an advocacy day on Capitol Hill, networking and a powerful closing liturgy.  This year will also mark the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador throughout the weekend.  Learn more and register at: