BC High Takes on DC at Ignatian Family Teach-In

Carlos Tamayo '17, Staff Writer

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On Saturday, November 7, a group of 9 students and 3 adults flew to Washington, D.C. for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, a three day leadership experience which welcomed students from Catholic schools from all over the country and even some neighboring countries like Canada and Mexico. William Anderson ’16, Edward Blackburn ’16, Seamus Egan, ’16, Charles Hajjar ’16, Cameron Kubera ’16, Dylan Mazzarella ’16, Louis Petriella ’16, Carlos Tamayo ’17 and Paul Bonnarrigo ’17 were accompanied by Reverend Ron Perry SJ, Mr. Ahern, and Mr. McGonagle ’70 throughout the weekend.

The Ignatian Family Teach-In, which took place over the course of two days at the Marriot in Crystal City, featured different keynote speakers on social justice issues such as islamophobia, LGBTQ rights, immigration reform, and racism in America along with police brutality among many others. One of the speakers, Sister Helen Prejean, spoke about her role in advocating for the abolishment of the death penalty, which is still legal in many states throughout the South today. The Oscar-winning movie Dead Man Walking was based off of her book. After her keynote, she proceeded to take pictures with many attendees in the crowd outside the main ballroom.

Another speaker, Jane Barry from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, spoke about her experience in being both gay and Catholic, and how difficult it is for people to associate both in today’s society. There were various breakout sessions in between the keynote speeches, where attendees were able to ask questions, reflect, debate, and meet new people from other schools in the country. Aside from that, the audience also took time to remember the Jesuit martyrs who were killed in El Salvador in the 1980s through prayer and song.

The Teach-In concluded with an advocacy day on Monday, November 9th, on Capitol Hill. School groups from all over the country met with their states’ senators at their offices just a block away from the Capitol. BC High, along with students from Notre Dame Academy and Newton Country Day, met with Senator Ed Markey’s senior policy adviser, Philip McGovern. Students had the opportunity to ask Mr. McGovern questions on topics like climate change, immigration reform, and violence in Central America, to which he was very open.

After the meeting, the members of BC High headed over for a tour of the Capitol and a walk around the National Mall before heading back to Reagan National Airport. It was truly a memorable and enriching experience.

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BC High Takes on DC at Ignatian Family Teach-In