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July 15, 2016 to July 17, 2016
Join us for a People’s Convention, co-sponsored by IRTF and many others, to discuss and learn about economic, racial, social, political, environmental, and international justice. This non-partisan, campaign-free event will lift up issues that will not be addressed at the Republican National Convention. The goal of the People’s Convention is to collectively develop solutions, a “People’s Justice & Peace Platform,” in order to achieve just, nonviolent, democratic and sustainable results.
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
June 26, 2016
detention of Alvaro García, a leader of the Victim’s Association of Magdalena Medio (ASORVIMM), and criminalization of other community leaders in Bella Unión and El Guayabo in the municipality of Puerto Wilches in Santander Department.
June 25, 2016
assassination of Diego Choc Pop, an indigenous and campesino human rights defender from the San Juan Tres Ríos community in Cobán Department which he represented at the General Assembly of the Highlands Campesino Committee.
June 24, 2016
repeated intimidation and surveillance of Pedro José Cruz and Bertha de León, human rights lawyers involved with corruption cases
June 23, 2016
murder of René Martínez, LGBTI rights defender and President of Comunidad Gay Sampredrana for Integral Health, an LGBTI advocacy group based in San Pedro Sula.
June 2, 2016
attacks, harassments, and threats against members of COPINH, including COPINH leader Alexander García Sorto, COPINH General Coordinator Tomás Gómez Membreño, and international observer accompanying COPINH Giulia Fellin.
June 1, 2016
appeal action and requested review of prison release of María Teresa Rivera, a woman who had a miscarriage but in 2011 was sentenced to 40 years in prison for aggravated homicide.
March 31, 2016
The InterReligious Task Force on Central America has placed posters around Cleveland reading “Greatly Missed.” These posters tell the stories of victims of police brutality and US state-sponsored violence around the world. The victims include Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, and Michael Brown—killed in recent years by police. They also include Oscar Romero, Jean Donovan, Dorothy Kazel, —disappeared and murdered by graduates of the US-based School of the Americas. Some of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in Guerrero, Mexico are present because of unchecked military assistance to countries with human right violations. Finally, you will see the story of Berta Caceres, Nelson Garcia and Soad Nicole Ham Bustillo, each brutally murdered in Honduras in the past 12 months.
March 10, 2016
Dear Secretary of State Kerry, We write in shock and deep sorrow regarding the murder of Honduran human rights and environmental defender Berta Cáceres, founder and general secretary of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). We urge a response from the State Department that is not business as usual but a profound change of direction towards improving the abysmal situation of human rights in Honduras.