View last year’s grand prize winning video. (*Note: the contest themes have changed for 2024.)

The Mercy Justice Team needs you, a Mercy student, to create a short, social media style PSA (public service announcement) video – think Reels or TikTok – that reflects the Sisters of Mercy’s Critical Concerns. Put those creative ideas and video skills to work and you could win $500!

What does it mean to be a faith filled, values voter?

What is your own immigration story?

What is the immigration story of someone you know?

How can voting with Mercy affect our community, our nation, our world?

To receive information, updates and reminders about this year’s contest, complete this form and we’ll be in touch. Click here to learn rules for entry and how to upload your video.

View the grand prize winning video from 2022. (*Note: the contest format has changed since 2022.)


For this year’s contest we are seeking short, PSA style videos (30 to 90 seconds) that are suitable for sharing on social media platforms such as TikTok or Reels. Video entries must focus on one of these topics:

  • Videos should reflect the Mercy Critical Concerns, especially the Critical Concern for Immigration, but do not need to identify the Critical Concerns specifically.
  • Videos should inspire action to address the injustices that cause people to immigrate or the injustices that immigrants face in their new countries.
  • Videos should explore the ways that faith and Mercy values can influence the choices we make on our ballots.
  • Videos should inspire faithful citizenship and active involvement in elections without promoting partisanship or individual candidates.

Contest Webinar

Watch our 20 minute webinar to learn more about this year’s contest.

Who Can Enter

Any student or group of students, high school age or older, enrolled in Mercy high schools, colleges/universities, or involved in a Mercy-affiliated ministry.

Use this tip-sheet to help you as you begin the process of creating your video.


Read the complete rules

Length: 30 to 90 seconds

Language: English or Spanish

Other Requirements

1. Title. Each video must have a title. The title must be indicated on the submission form. The title does not need to be included in the video itself.

2. Credits. Credits must include the name of those involved in the creation of the video. The credits must also include citations for any images, audio, or text used in the video that is not original. The credits do not need to be included in the video itself, but must be included in the submission form.

The Sisters of Mercy may delete title and credit screens before posting videos on social media.

Entrants are strongly encouraged to use original footage and graphics as much as possible.

Important Note on Rules: In order to honor copyright protections, rules regarding use of images and music were updated for the 2022 contest and remain in effect for 2024. See the complete rules for details.


All entries must be received by April 3, 2024.


A panel of judges will use these criteria to select the winning video. Individual winners will receive financial awards. The Grand Prize Winner receives $500.

Winning entries may be featured on the Sisters of Mercy Institute web site and social media channels. Winners and their winning institution will be formally announced.


If you think you might be interested in entering this contest, fill out this form to receive contest information and updates.

Past Winners

Click here to view all of our past winners.

Mission Statement: Nuns Against Gun Violence is a coalition of Catholic Sisters and their allies that affirms the value of human life through prayer, education, and advocacy for common sense, evidence-based, gun violence prevention. 

Nuns Against Gun Violence was founded in April 2023 to bring together congregations of Catholic sisters to speak with a united voice against the crisis of gun violence. Along with over 60 other communities, Mercy has been involved in building this collaborative which meets bi-weekly to share resources and events and plan advocacy efforts. 

Latest News:

NAGV call to action following the Lewiston mass shooting.

Join us on November 8th for Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence, a webinar with Shane Claiborne.

Nuns Against Gun Violence Condemns Racist Shooting in Jacksonville; Pledges to Continue to Work for Change.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day Vigils and Wear Orange 2023 

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Gun violence in society is ubiquitous and distressing. As a community, we are taking steps to prevent gun violence.

Video Contest Honorees: Mercy students address gun violence.

Policy Watch: Read about the policies for which Mercy advocates.

Pray with Us: Let the Shooting End

Mercy Calls for Action to End Gun Violence

“The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are outraged and saddened by the loss of nine lives and injuries to seven more in Allen, Texas. We offer our deepest sympathies and prayers for the families and victims of the mass shooting and to the community whose lives have been shaken by this horrible act. And we urgently and relentlessly add our voices to those saying it has been too long and our gun laws must change.” – May 9, 2023 following the mass shooting in Allen, Texas.

Read all of the Sisters of Mercy recent statements calling for action to end gun violence:

Speak out to end gun violence!

Engage active campaigns on our Action Alert page.

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Learn More

Each year, Mercy students are invited to enter our Social Justice Video Contest and put their creative ideas and skills to work by sharing stories of the Sisters of Mercy’s Critical Concerns. One of the topics for the 2023 contest was gun violence. Here are some of the top entries.

“Are you with us?” was one of two entries to share first prize. The video chronicles what it might be like to be caught in a school shooting and to deal with the aftermath.

Emma Lemieux, Maggie Misbach, Abigail Gomes, Katherine Grelotti and Georgia Baldini
“Are you with us?”
Mercy High School, Middletown, Connecticut

2023’s Honorable Mentions

In these videos that also received recognition, students continue to explore the theme of gun violence as it is present in their communities in the United States.

Ava Kolp, Katelyn McGuire, Jamie O’Donnell
“Together We Can End Gun Violence”
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania

Ana Sophia Butkus
“Life Is Not A Game”
Mercy High School, Middletown, Connecticut

Shannon Talley, Maggie Baker, Alivia Chieffo
“Stop the Violence
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania

Gracie Gavin, Maxine Schaffner
“Welcome to the Gun Zone”
Mercy High School Burlingame

The dangers of conflating Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism

November 2023 – Two terms that have surfaced over the past several weeks as the ongoing hostilities between Hamas and Israel and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza continue are Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism. While they are often used interchangeably, and any criticism of the government or the policies of the State of Israel is labeled anti-Semitic, Jewish Voice for Peace has highlighted the danger of conflating these terms.

Antisemitism is discrimination, targeting, violence, and dehumanizing stereotypes directed at Jews because they are Jewish and is totally unacceptable. It denigrates one of the great faith traditions of the world which is thousands of years old. Anti-Zionism, on the other hand, opposes a political philosophy (Zionism) that originated in the late 1800s and led to the formation of the State of Israel, a process that included dispossession (750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes in 1947- 48), ongoing occupation (Israel has occupied Palestinian the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem since 1967) and numerous violations of international law.

In a March 23, 2023 article in Georgetown Voice, contributor Annette Hasnas says, “Zionism as a political idea needs to be judged on its own merits and condemned for its own failings, and antisemitism needs to be taken seriously and actively combated. And conflating the two related but separate concepts actively hinders both pursuits.”

Red flag laws in jeopardy: faith voices speak to save them

Women are particularly vulnerable to gun violence in the United States, especially in the context of intimate partner violence. Just a few weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States vs. Rahimi, a case that centers around whether those subject to domestic violence restraining orders can legally own firearms. An article by Justice Team member Angie Howard-McParland details how the Sisters of Mercy participated in advocating for the continued protection of women and others vulnerable to intimate partner violence through red flag laws.