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November 6, 2016
Join us at Beaumont School as we mark the 36th anniversary of the four martyred church women in El Salvador. With keynote speaker Marlen Sánchez, we commemorate the work of these martyrs who sacrificed their lives to stay in solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized people of El Salvador.
October 7, 2016 to October 10, 2016
SOA Watch is moving their vigil to the US/mexican border. In October we will gather on both sides of the wall and raise our voices for an end of the militarization of the Americas!
Currently we are still in the planning process and open for your ideas. If you are interested, would like to get involved or have any other questions email Sophie[at]irtfcleveland.org
Together with our friends from CPT Colombia we ask the Colombian authorities to put a stop to the growing trend of judicial persecution and detention of campesino human rights defenders who are fighting for their rights to land and territory.
Alvaro Garcia, campesino leader from the communities of El Guayabo and Bella Union and member of the Victims Association of Magdalena Medio (ASORVIMM), remains incarcerated for almost two months now under false criminal charges.
January 3, 2017 to January 12, 2017
Join IRTF as we caravan to Washington, DC to witness against torture and call for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison. Contact: Chrissy@irtfcleveland.org to join the caravan. Please let us know which days you are available to join us. Cost is sliding scale (no more than $100) and no one will be turned away for inability to contribute monetarily.
October 18, 2016
Presentation by visiting artists Steve Cagan and Mary Kelsey, large prints produced for the artists’ exhibition at the Quick Center at Saint Bonaventure University in New York.
October 1, 2016
Estimada Señora Procuradora Arely Gómez González
Attorney General of Mexico
Estimada Señora Gobernadora Lic. Claudia Pavlovich Arellano
Governor of Sonora State
Dear Attorney General Gómez González and Governor Pavlovich Arellano:
We are extremely concerned about the break-in of the soup kitchen for Mexican and Central American migrants, run by the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) in the Mexican city of Nogales, on the US border.
September 26, 2016
Attempted assassination of Alexander Castro, a leader of the Petroleum Workers Union (USO) in Barrancabermeja, Santander Department, site of the largest oil refinery in Colombia.
September 25, 2016
Concern for the safety and well-being of Angélica Choc, a Mayan Q’eqchi’ human rights defender from the municipality of El Estor in Izabal Department.
September 24, 2016
Presence of paramilitaries in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in Antioquia Department. Located approximately 12 km from the city of Apartadó, San José de Apartadó is comprised of 28 hamlets and has a population of nearly 3,000.
September 23, 2016
Attack against Esteban Hermelindo Cux and Fredy Qib, two indigenous community leaders. On September 2, approximately 20 masked men armed with machetes and firemarms attacked the home of Esteban Hermelindo Cux, an indigenous Q’eqchi’ organizer in Panzós in Alto Verapaz Department.