On Saturday, November 3, Jesuit High School will host its second annual Jesuit Teach-In for Social Justice. This year's event focuses on immigration and racial justice and will feature keynote speakers from the Portland-metropolitan area along with a live-streamed speaker from the national Ignatian Teach-In, occurring the same weekend in Washington, D.C.
The Teach-In will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. in Jesuit's Clark Library.
The JHS Teach-In will occur in conjunction with the national Ignatian Teach-In in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Both gatherings will provide opportunities for students to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate in the context of the Catholic faith tradition. The 2018 Teach-In theme, "Discipleship at the Crossroads," invites participants "to think more deeply about issues of immigration reform and criminal justice reform."
"Last year, students who could not attend the national conference wanted to host a local event for the larger JHS community to learn about these important issues," said Scott Powers, Christian Service Director at Jesuit. Student leaders Skye Blount '19 and Reema Salhi '19 are taking the lead on organizing this year's local event.
"Both the Jesuit Teach-In for Justice and the national Teach-In are wonderful opportunities for our students to engage in real-world civic action," said Paul Hogan, Principal of Jesuit High School. "Students who have studied about immigration in the classroom and have done service with migrants are able to speak passionately with members of Congress about why humane immigration reform is needed. Our students, both here in Portland and traveling to D.C., are living the Jesuit mission to practice a 'faith that promotes justice.'"