By: Brandon Milliken, Aditi Chatradhi, and Arjan Warya


America has voted. Donald J. Trump is now on the road to the White House as the 45th President after his win over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, in what has become one of the greatest upsets in election history. When we take a step back and look into the numbers regarding this election, the factor that ultimately tipped the scales in Trump’s favor was education. CNN exit polls consisting of 24537 respondents revealed that 72% of white non-college educated men voted for Donald Trump, however, only 49% of white college educated men voted for him. Similarly, 62% of white non-college educated women voted Trump whereas among white college women, 51% voted for Clinton. These numbers revealed how in the white community, votes shifted more towards Hillary Clinton among educated voters but were very strong for Trump among non-college educated voters. Utilizing the votes of the non-college educated white community, Trump had some leeway to make up for Clinton’s strong support in the African American, Asian, and Latino communities. Regardless of ethnicity, the exit polls signified that those who were more educated with college and postgraduate degrees were more likely to vote Clinton rather than Trump. For instance, Wisconson, a major victory for Trump, followed this trend, with Dane county, which includes Madisona city Forbes named as one of the most educatedwas highly democratic with 71.4% voting for Hillary Clinton. However, in the rural parts of the state, Trump gathered enough support to win the state and its electoral votes. The trend continued in Pennsylvania where the counties with the three biggest cities, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Allentown, had more votes casted for Hillary Clinton. As in Wisconsin, the rural vote carried Trump to win the twenty electoral votes from Pennsylvania.


Along with that, state propositions, along with county bills, made headlines.  Prop 62, which would have repealed the death penalty, was voted against.  Its sister proposition, Prop 66, which would expedite death penalty cases, was voted for.  According to MAP’s views, along with the view of the Diocese of San Jose, this result is one we all have felt some remorse with the results.  However, for a measure closer to home, Measure A, which was the affordable housing act for Santa Clara county, passed.  Its passing would increase housing for the rising homelessness rate in the county.  As the cost of living becomes more challenging, Measure A helps those who struggle to find a home in our community.

In the next election, those of us who are still in high school will be voting. It’s important to keep in mind that it is not just the president of the United States that we are voting for. It’s also about the senators who represent us in Congress, our California State Senate and Assembly members who work on important issues that individual states face, propositions and measures that create major change in various areas, and our local officials who have a direct impact on our lives. Above all, it’s important that we are informed and aware about who and what we are voting for rather than simply reading headlines and scrolling through our social media feeds. Staying informed, and more importantly, clearly understanding the impact of who and what we vote for can help bring about the change that we, the people of America, deserve.



Across the nation, Trump’s victory over Clinton resulted in many people, specifically high school and college students, taking matters into their own hands through protests and demonstrations. One of the worst things that can occur in these events is crime of any sort, including vandalism and theft. Protests that result in crime will not lead to a change in the system. It’s important to exercise the right to freedom of speech, but it’s more impactful if those arguments are explained to the people who have the power to make governmental changes. In the Mitty Advocacy Project, we work to institute change through advocacy. Advocacy entails setting up a meeting with local assembly members or senate leaders to discuss bills and to ask for their support of the bill. By meeting with these powerful members of government, MAP expands its vision of aiding the common good. What makes advocacy so impactful is that it enables people to ensure government leaders act for the good of the people and it holds them accountable for their actions. Furthermore, to make change, exercise your right to vote and encourage others to do so. With this year being one of the most controversial elections, it was interesting to see a low voter turnout. Only 55.4% of eligible voters casted votes, a lower percent than the previous election where 60% of eligible voters voted. These votes have affected outcome of the election; therefore, it is important that in the next election, people go out and vote.

We may or may not be able to change the result of this election despite the dissatisfaction seen among many people, but advocating for specific issues that you are truly passionate about can and will stimulate and create lasting change in our society. Now that this election cycle has come to a close, don’t get discouraged if you feel that your vote didn’t count or you feel that your voice wasn’t heardit’s important to stay active and get involved in issues that you care about.

Social Media Campaign 2016


Archbishop Mitty and Notre Dame High School students gathered for a social media campaign to spread awareness this week.


It is a good chance to get information out to people prior to the Super Bowl to hopefully drive this crime from our community.


Students in MAP and other advocacy programs in the Bay Area are unifying and working on this issue.  Join the discussion on Twitter #stoptrafficking.

Check out our photo gallery of the evening  GALLERY

Join the fight against Human Trafficking tonight!



From 6-8 pst tonight January 13th students at Archbishop Mitty are using their phones, iPads, and laptops to combat a social ill that is affecting the Bay Area.  Although Human Trafficking is a perennial problem – evident spikes are seen around large events such as the Super Bowl.  

Our Plan

1.  We will release one major Human Trafficking fact every few minutes to spread on social media

2.  Join Twitter Feed #stoptrafficking to receive updates

3.  Help spread awareness tonight from 6-8 p.m. on your favorite social media outlets

At 6:30 we will play the gripping film Hark by Professor Jonathan Fung at Santa Clara University.


To help get the National Human Trafficking hotline # 1.888.3737.888 in the hands of one person to protect them from Traffickers.

Fr. Mike Kennedy’s Restorative Justice Initiative


In this time of harvest and thanks, we are grateful for our many collaborators who have made the last two years a success, including the passing of (State Bills) SB9 and SB260, giving juveniles with life sentences (or more) eventual review in front of a parole board.

During our many trips to Sacramento, both co-chaplain Arturo Lopez and I offered the state legislature a unique position, representing the real faces and stories of the young people who are currently feeding ground for state prisons. Because of our longitudinal commitment to young inmates transitioning into the adult penal system, we are able to testify directly to the tangible developmental differences we witness as they grow into adulthood. This poises us to be great collaborators with the various players, lawyers, and advocates to change cruel and unjust treatment of kids in the system.

We cannot do this alone. Please walk alongside us. Of the many ways you can join in our efforts, here are a few:

  • Make a tax-deductible contribution HERE or by check, addressed to Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative | 8501 Washington Boulevard | Culver City, CA 90232
  • Donate gas cards.  Our retreats cost an average of $200 roundtrip, and we do several per month.
  • Visit our Amazon Wish List.  There are many standard office items, both large and small, that will impact our outreach possibilities if gifted.
  • Share this email with 5 friends or colleagues who are share the values of JRJI, but are unfamiliar with our work.

Your partnership will enable us to continue providing Ignatian retreats, nurture seeds of hope and faith inside young inmates, and develop liturgy guides and materials for more than one thousand individuals and groups who also ensure that these communities of healing are built and sustained.

Sincerely in Jesus the Risen Prisoner,
Father Mike Kennedy, SJ

Catholic Leaders Stand up to Human Trafficking


Bishop Patrick McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose organized an informative workshop for Catholic leaders from the Dioceses of San Jose to Monterrey to combat spread of Human Trafficking in Northern California.  Bishop McGrath and Bishop Richard Garcia (Diocese of Monterrey) called for Catholics to spread awareness and remain vigilant about the complexities of this growing problem in California.



Bishop McGrath stated, “I will do all in my power to stop the spread of this horrific crime.   So what I ask is to Blitzkrieg the problem, flood our schools, parishes with posters and information to protect the freedom of these individuals.”


Bishop McGrath organized presentations from  Sr. Caritas Foster, Jennifer Chelf (FBI, Special Agent), and Sgt. Kyle Oki (SJPD, Human Trafficking Division).




Tips to get ready to meet with your legislator


The Mitty Advocacy Project is looking forward to leading Catholic Youth Advocacy Day on March 19th, 2013! It’s only three weeks away! See the steps below for successful legislative meetings:

1. Call or email the legislative staffer in advance to confirm the meeting. Have the contact information of the office on hand with you at all times.
2. Rehearse before entering the office. Check-in 8 minutes prior to the scheduled time to let them know you are here.
3. Be able to present your case: Present the facts, the bill, and ask the legislator for their support. Know the bill well—including its name, authors, sponsors, and where it is currently in the legislature.
4. Do some background work. Research the legislator’s voting record, activity in specific policy areas (has the legislator authored or sponsored bills on certain issues?), and which committees the legislator sits on. This will allow you to establish a personal connection.
5. Ask one question at a time. This will ensure clarity and stronger responses from the legislator.

Here’s a video session with then Assemblyman Jim Beall with Mitty students. Remember to confirm your appointments! Try and schedule them after lunch.