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Solidarity festival connects students with workers' rights

Our university’s multi-year relationship with the Don Bosco Workers, a local organization funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, has helped our school, Saint John’s University (SJU), live out our Vincentian charism. By connecting with this ground-up community organizing group that advocates for worker and economic justice, we have brought our commitment to charity and justice into the classroom. Workers visit with theology students, engaging them around issues of wage theft and worker justice. In 2016, students and workers participated in a full day  Solidarity Festival, including a panel on wage theft, social justice artwork, fair trade, SJU CRS Ambassadors, and GLOBE, SJU’s academic program on microfinancing.  The day ended with a Mass for worker justice.