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Social Justice Conference to culminate on Capitol Hill
November 11, 2013

Social Justice Conference to culminate on Capitol Hill
The teach-in includes an Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, mobilizing hundreds of advocates for humane comprehensive immigration reform, an increase to the federal minimum wage, and continued access to food assistance for U.S. families in need. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)
"The Ignatian Solidarity Network's efforts to provide opportunities for those affiliated with Jesuit institutions to gather in this context is very important for our ministries around the country. I am deeply honored to celebrate the closing liturgy at this year's Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice." — Fr. Thomas H. Smolich. S.J., President of the Jesuit Conference of the United States

(Washington, D.C.) November 11, 2013 — More than 1,000 individuals connected with Jesuit institutions and the larger Catholic Church will converge at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) this weekend, November 16-18, 2013, in Washington D.C. The IFTJ is a nationwide social justice conference sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a national lay-led social justice organization that works primarily with Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes, and other ministries throughout the United States.

Keynote speakers at the IFTJ include:

• Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs with Justice
• Kyle Kramer author of A Time to Plant Life: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer and Dirt
• Rev. James Martin, S.J. author of A Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything and editor-at-large at America Magazine
• Dan Misleh executive director, Catholic Coalition on Climate Change
• Sr. Peggy O’Neill, director of Centro Arte Para La Paz

The teach-in includes an Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, mobilizing hundreds of advocates for humane comprehensive immigration reform, an increase to the federal minimum wage, and continued access to food assistance for U.S. families in need. On Monday, November 18, participants will gather for a rally adjacent to Capitol Hill before collectively meeting with more than 100 members of Congress.

"This year's Teach-In comes at a significant time for faith-based advocacy in our country," said Christopher Kerr, executive director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. "Not only will IFTJ participants be moved by powerful presentations and prayer, but their advocacy on Capitol Hill is going to make a difference. Now is the time for humane comprehensive immigration reform, greater respect for minimum-wage workers, and action in support of our most vulnerable neighbors."

Teach-In attendees represent more than 60 Catholic institutions in 23 states. Constituencies include students, faculty, alumni from the twenty-eight Jesuit universities and approximately twenty-five Jesuit high schools, Jesuit parish members, Jesuit Volunteer Corps communities and former volunteers. More than 50 faith-based and secular social justice organizations are represented as sponsors, advertisers, exhibitors, and breakout presenters.

"The Teach-In has been a place I return to each year to find energy and inspiration to continue working for social justice," said Natalie Terry, a graduate student at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University who has attended the teach-in since 2006. 

"The Ignatian Family gathered at the Teach-In illumines my path with hope. This is where I find a community and church that ignites and enlivens God's call for me to ministry."

Jesuit Father Thomas H. Smolich will celebrate the closing Teach-In Liturgy on Sunday, November 17. "The Teach-In is a tremendous opportunity for people to learn, pray, and act for social justice,” said Smolich, president of the Jesuit Conference

"The Ignatian Solidarity Network's efforts to provide opportunities for those affiliated with Jesuit institutions to gather in this context is very important for our ministries around the country. I am deeply honored to celebrate the closing liturgy at this year's Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice." Smolich will celebrate the closing Teach-In Liturgy on Sunday, November 17.

Summary of Events:

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington Ballroom and Adjacent Breakout Rooms
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA 22202
3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, November 17, 2013
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington Ballroom and Adjacent Breakout Rooms
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, November 18, 2013
U.S. Capitol Building
Rally — 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. (Rally will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol)
Advocacy Day — 10:00 a.m. (Advocacy will proceed after the public witness)

Click here to view the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Schedule of Events.

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