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IRTF Events Calendar

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: 36th Annual Commemoration of the Martyrs of Central America & Colombia
4-8pm on Sunday, November 6, 2016
Beaumont School 3301 N Park Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

On December 2, 1980—four US women (including Cleveland’s Jean Donovan and Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel) paid with their lives for deciding to stay in solidarity with oppressed and marginalized peoples, despite political turmoil in El Salvador.

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

Keynote Speaker – Marlen Sánchez, National Coordinator of Agroecology for the ATC (Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo) from Nicaragua

Event will include social hour, sit down dinner, and interfaith service.


If you are interested in supporting our event with a sponsorship or in another way, please email
See the registration form for sponsorships below. 

January 3, 2017 to January 12, 2017
Witness Against Torture: Fast for Justice
Ohio to Washington, DC

Join IRTF as we caravan to Washington, DC to witness against torture and call for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison. 

We will participate in a liquid fast (as able) and join in direct actions, vigils and educational sessions around the topics of anti-militarism, nonviolence, anti-racism, anti-Islamaphobia, and more.

Contact: 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.  

More details to come... 

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!