National Catholic Social Justice Conference to Host Record Crowd in Wake of Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In what is estimated to be the largest Catholic advocacy day of the year, more than 1,200 individuals will go to Capitol Hill on Monday, November 9 to urge members of Congress to address the moral issues raised by Pope Francis during his recent visit to the U.S., including climate change and immigration.

The day of advocacy is part of the 18th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) on November 7-9 in Washington, D.C., a national social justice gathering of 1,600 people, predominately students and young adults, affiliated with U.S. Jesuit institutions and the larger Catholic Church. The Teach-In comes on the heels of Francis’s September visit to the U.S., during which he addressed U.S. Congress and the UN General Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »

Nearly 20,000 Catholics Across the U.S. to Attend Watch Parties for Pope Francis’ Address to Congress

Nearly 20,000 people across the country will be participating in “Pope2Congress” watch parties when Pope Francis makes his historic address to a joint session of the United States Congress on Sept. 24.

pope2congress facebook (1)The Pope2Congress campaign was created by the Ignatian Solidarity Network to generate excitement about Francis’s address to a joint session of Congress, the first ever by a pope. Individuals and institutions that registered with ISN to host watch parties have received a party-planning toolkit from the organization that includes discussion questions, live-tweeting instructions, giveaway prizes, and even BINGO cards.

More than 200 parties have been registered in thirty-four states across U.S. and as far away as Rome, Italy, according to ISN program director Kim Miller. She says an estimated 19,000 people are expected to attend parties as of September 8, 2015.

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Panel Discussion: Legal Challenges Facing Central American Asylum Seekers

Join us for a panel discussion on July 16 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

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Join us for a panel discussion on July 16 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. 

Join us for a panel discussion on July 16 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Senators urge President Obama to allow more Syrian refugees to resettle in the U.S.

(Washington, D.C.) May 21, 2015 — U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today led a group of fourteen senators in calling on President Barack Obama to significantly increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed to resettle in the United States. The Syrian conflict has led to the world’s worst ongoing humanitarian crisis and the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

“Our nation’s founders came to our shores to escape religious persecution and the United States has a long tradition of providing safe haven to refugees,” the senators wrote. “The United States traditionally accepts at least 50 percent of resettlement cases from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). However, we have accepted only approximately 700 refugees since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, an unacceptably low number. While the United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, we must also dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees that we accept for resettlement.”

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Public Declaration from Civil Society organizations on the Situation in the Northern Triangle

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VII Summit of the Americas Public Statement

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Public statement by the Regional Network of Civil Organizations for Migration (RROCM); Jesuit Network for Migrants, The Children’s Shelter (Guatemala), the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), participants at the Forum for Civil Society and Social Actors in the Framework of the VII Summit of the Americas, developed in Panama.

Faced with the challenges that the new reality of migration has presented to us in the countries of origin, transit, destination, and return, social organizations that work to defend and promote the human rights of migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, displaced persons, and children and adolescents, call on all the States present at the VII Summit of the Americas, to dialogue and remain conscious of the situation of migrants and the need to maintain full respect for their human rights.

Conscious of the ways in which the human rights of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees have been gravely violated, we urge the States to implement a comprehensive approach, rather than a response confined to economic considerations, or that relies on deportations, security infrastructure and arbitrary detentions.

While it is true that the population of migrant workers and the remittances contribute to development, all the same, without dignified work, respect and a guarantee of their economic, social and cultural rights, these people and their families cannot fully integrate into their home countries or the countries where they arrive. Read the rest of this entry »

Former JRS/USA Outreach Coordinator Joins Ignatian Solidarity Network

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Kim Miller

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO – Kim Miller has joined the staff of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, assuming the role of program director on August 8, 2011.  The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) is a national social justice organization connecting members of Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes, current and former Jesuit volunteers, and many others, committed to working for justice inspired by faith in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Kim Miller graduated from Gonzaga University in 2009, earning a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Marketing and a minor in Broadcast Studies and Electronic Media.  Miller spent the next two years serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. During her first year, she worked with teens with developmental disabilities and provided programming and marketing services for STRIVE in South Portland, Maine.  In her second year, Kim served as an outreach coordinator for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA based in Washington, D.C. While at JRS/USA Miller created interactive refugee awareness programs and spoke to campus groups across the country.  In coming to work at ISN, she said this, “I am inspired by the Ignatian family members I meet, and look forward to continuing to empower students and parishioners to promote justice within their local and global communities.”

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Canisius College students ‘Spring Break’ for immigration reform

Several students from Canisius College visited Washington, D.C. as an “Alternative Spring Break.” The eight students, accompanied by a campus minister, spent March 13 to March 15 at the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Spring Teach-In on Immigration at Georgetown Prep, and then lobbied for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Capitol on March 16.

Students from Jesuit high schools and colleges around the country converged to study immigration from a Catholic social justice perspective at the weekend conference. The teach-in was organized by the Ignatian Solidarity Network and featured speakers from the world of academia and advocacy.
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