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Rebuilding Communities: Facing Racism and Poverty Ignatian Family Teach-In

Loyola press release - March 2, 2007

(New Orleans)—Young adults and students from Jesuit high schools, colleges and parishes across the country will gather in New Orleans March 9-12 to discuss rebuilding the city in the face of entrenched poverty, racism, and Katrina-induced blight. Some of the events are open to the public.

Community leaders from New Orleans and policy experts on housing, employment and education will address the approximately 500 people expected to attend the teach-in, “Rebuilding Our Communities: Facing Racism and Poverty,” at Loyola University and Jesuit High School. Weekend events include tours of devastated areas, prayer services, a gospel concert, and breakout sessions. Participants will also be afforded opportunities to gut storm-damaged homes, tens of thousands of which still remain empty and uninhabitable more than 18 months after the hurricane.

Following on the heels of January’s march against violence at New Orleans City Hall, the inaugural teach-in is designed to help participants reflect on systemic failures that led to Katrina’s destruction and the social and economic inequities it revealed, to show visitors the real issues of Katrina directly from people who are still rebuilding their lives, and to learn something from our experience that they can take back to their own communities.

All events are open to the public. Individuals who wish to attend can participate in individual events or register for the whole conference Friday, March 9, 6 – 9 p.m. at Jesuit High School or Saturday morning, March 10, in the LUCAP office, located in The Wolf Den in the Danna Center basement of Loyola University New Orleans. There is a $20 fee to register for the whole conference. For more information about the teach-in and schedule of events, please contact either Rick Yelton, LUCAP director, at (504) 865-2141 or the Ignatian Solidarity office, at (415) 422-2408, email info@ignatiansolidarity.net, or visit www.ignatiansolidarity.net

Co-sponsors of the event are The San Francisco-based Ignatian Solidarity Network and the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a Roman Catholic religious order.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.