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IRTF Events Calendar

August 5, 2016: Summer Solidarity Coffee House
St. Paul's Community Church 4427 Franklin Blvd, Cleveland 44113

Short updates from IRTF staff who’ve traveled this year to



and special guests from

COLOMBIA –Caldwell Manners, Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT)

El SALVADOR -Leslie Schuld, Center for Exchange and Solidarity (CIS)


Outdoor celebration - in case of rain, we’ll be inside. 

Live Music. Poetry. Refreshments

Free will offering

7-9pm at St Paul’s Community Church, 4427 Franklin Blvd, Cleveland 44113

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!