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July 9, 2016: Walk for Justice - Cleveland

Starts at 10 a.m. at the Free Stamp (East Ninth and Lakeside Ave.)

Followed at approximately 10:30 a.m. with the
Walk for Justice, ending about 1 p.m. 

There will be stops along the walk at:

  • The Free Stamp (East 9th and Lakeside)
  • The Plaza of the Federal Building (East 6th and Lakeside)
  • The Peace Memorial (Mall A off St. Clair)
  • Public Square
  • The Federal Courthouse (West 9th and Superior)

The focus of our efforts:

  • Comprehensive and Compassionate Immigration Reform
  • Family Reunification
  • Workplace Justice
  • Civil Discourse on Immigration Reform
  • Path to Citizenship and Due Process 

For more information:
call 216-696-6525 x3500
or 330-454-6754 

July 15, 2016 to July 17, 2016
A People’s Justice & Peace Convention

July 15-16, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, 8712 Quincy Ave., Cleveland
July 17, Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Open to the public. Free (donations accepted). Registration required.
Register online at  
Detailed information at

Currently, public policies benefit corporations, the wealthiest individuals, and support military expansion, while the concerns of the majority of people are ignored or manipulated for economic gain. Join us before the Republican National Convention (RNC) for the People’s Convention to hear a variety of voices and experiences which will lift up current issues in the U.S. while finding just, nonviolent, democratic, and sustainable solutions.

Speakers • Workshops • Edutainment • Participatory development of “People’s Justice & Peace Platform”
to be presented to both the RNC and Democratic National Convention (DNC)
• Michael Eric Dyson--academic, author, radio host and sociology professor at Georgetown
• Connie Burton--poet and poor people’s advocate from Tampa
• Rev. Lennox Yearwood—president of Hip Hop Caucus
• Medea Benjamin--co-founder of Code Pink

Workshops and Plank development in 5 areas: 
• Racial and Social justice
• Environmental justice
• International justice
• Economic Justice
• Political justice

Conveners of the People’s Justice and Peace Convention:
Black-on-Black Crime, CAIR-Cleveland, The Carl Stokes Brigade, CLEAN (Cleveland Environmental Action Network), Cleveland Human & Civil Rights Coalition, Cleveland Nonviolence Network, Cleveland Peace Action, Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future (FaCT), IRTF (InterReligious Task Force on Central America), NE Ohio American Friends Service Committee, NE Ohio Industrial Workers of the World, NE Ohio Sierra Club, Organize Ohio, Peace In The Hood, SpanOhio, STOP (Stop Targeting Ohio’s Poor), Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice, and others…

Additional events and programs:

Thursday, July 7

7pm- Living History: Hough Before and Beyond ‘66
Marking the 50th anniversary of the Hough neighborhood uprising, panelists include attorney James Hardiman, VP of the Cleveland NAACP
Info here.

Sunday, July 9
10am-1pm- Walk for Justice: Calling for Comprehensive, Compassionate Immigration Reform
Info here

Sunday, July 9
7-9pm- More than a Zip Code: A Justice & Solidarity Fashion Show
Info here

Friday, July 15 – at People’s Convention
evening cultural performances before the 8pm keynote by Michael Eric Dyson

Saturday, July 16 – at People’s Convention
afternoon educational workshops and continuous showing of “The Fixers," a collaborative film series about democratic process, public policy and who tells Cleveland's story during the 2016 RNC.

Sunday, July 17 – after the People’s Convention
evening performance by the PeacePoets from New York City at Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44115. See

Monday, July 18
March to End Poverty Now!
2pm rally at E.45th and Superior Ave.
3pm march to Perk Plaza (E 12th, between Chester Ave and Walnut Ave)
This is a national march with groups coming in from all over the Midwest and East Coast . 
See more at

July 18, 2016: End Poverty now - March for Economic Justice

We need your voice! Help us respond to the Republican National Convention!

Join our National Action on July 18, 2016:

July 18
th - Rally @ 2PM March Kick-off @ 3PM

East 45
th, just north of Superior Ave Cleveland, OH 44103

For more information:
July 23, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Growing Detroit Together

Still looking for an alternative Summer Break Program?

For the second summer, Growing Detroit Together will bring a cohort of fourteen volunters from Germany, the US, and beyond to Detroit. An educational program focusing on race-relations in Detroit, urban agriculture, and community-organizing will help us connect our work to larger political and social issues in Detroit and beyond.

Organized by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace:

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) was founded by members of the Protestant Church of Germany in 1958 as a sign of taking responsibility for the crimes the Nazis committed, particularly the Holocaust. For over 50 years ARSP has been committed to working toward reconciliation and peace, as well as fighting racism, discrimination and social exclusion. In co- operation with our project partners, volunteers develop their understanding of history and other cultures and societies, while experiencing and accepting different patterns of thought and behavior. 

For more information email Sophie[at] or go here.

October 1, 2016: Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In and Expo
John Carroll University

Mark your calendars!  The next Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo is scheduled for October 1, 2016.

Initiated in 2005, The Teach-In & Expo brings people together from across the state to learn about and become more involved in supporting FAIR TRADE – a model for socially and environmentally conscious consumerism.

Teach-In & Expo 2016 hosted by the Ohio Fair Trade Network and John Carroll University is scheduled for October 1, 2016 at the John Carroll campus in University Heights.  

Last year, our keynote speaker was Brian Backe, Catholic Relief Services Senior Director of US Programs & Resources.  We hosted artists from Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Soceity, a co-op in Palestine, selling items made of olive wood and mother-of-pearl.  We had a fabulous list of workshops ranging from the basic principles of fair trade, fair trade fashion, to the importance of fair trade pricing as well as a special program for high school students.  We even had some entertainment at lunch, a Fair Trade Musical!  You’ll have to come to next year’s Teach-In & Expo to see what it’s like!

October 7, 2016 to October 10, 2016
SOA Watch border vigil
Nogales, Sonora/Arizona, Mexico/US

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]

November 6, 2016: Commemoration
Beaumont School
Join us as we mark the 36th anniversary of the martyrdom of four church women in El Salvador: Jean Donovan, Ursuline sister Dorothy Kazel, and Maryknoll sisters Maura Clark and Ita Ford. For the past 36 years, the InterReligious Task Force on Central America has called together the people of northeast Ohio to walk in solidarity with oppressed peoples of Central America and Colombia to achieve peace, justice, human rights and systemic transformation through nonviolence. We recommit ourselves to this solidarity, inspired by the powerful witness and sacrifice of the church women.
February 4, 2017: Social Justice Teach-In
Case Western Reserve University

On Februrary 4 2017 we will hold our 17th annual Social Justice Teach-In in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University. Come and learn more about international activism, racism, sexism, intersectionality and the movement for social justice! 

Read more about our last year's event (where we had about 650 participants) here

We will be updating the event page once we get closer to the event, don't hesistate to contact us with any questions. We hope to see you around!