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IRTF Events Calendar

February 28, 2017: Make Art Not War Party
4241 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

Join us for a night of creating, healing and being together! 

We will be making signs, banners and patches to use at upcoming rallies and marches.

March 24, 2017 to March 26, 2017
IRTF joins CIW on The Return to Human Rights Tour
Columbus, OH

Join us on our caravan down to Columbus on Sunday March 26th for the Nationwide convergence! Keep watching for updates and more info.

Friday, March 24,National Day of Fasting

Dublin, OH
4:00pm 6:00pm
Wendy's Headquarters 3:00 PM: Begin arriving at vigil site (Wendy's HQ) / Reunir para vigilia en la sede de Wendy's

Saturday, March 25, Columbus Conference
10:30am 11:30am
Ohio State University 
More details coming soon!

Sunday, March 26, Columbus, OH
12:30pm 4:00pm
TBD Columbus, OH 
12:30 PM - Begin gathering for parade and march (Location TBD) / Reunir para el desfile

2:00 PM - Parade and march / Desfile y marcha



Wendy's has not only refused to join the Fair Food Program (FFP), but has stopped buying tomatoes from Florida since the implementation of the FFP there. Rather than support an industry setting new standards for human rights, Wendy's took its tomato purchases to Mexico, where workers continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections.


Instead of joining the FFP and its widely-acclaimed, uniquely successful worker-driven model of social responsibility, Wendy's released a new supplier code of conduct that contains no effective mechanisms for worker participation or enforcement. Wendy's new code represents the very worst of the traditional corporate approach to social responsibility driven by public relations rather than human rights. 


Wendy's stands alone as the last of the five major fast food corporations in the country to refuse to join the FFP: McDonald's, Burger King, Yum!Brands and Subway are all doing the right thing and participating in the Program. By refusing to join, Wendy's is deriving a very real cost advantage over its competitors, while continuing to provide an alternative market for less reputable growers. 

Sign the Petition to #BoycottWendys

April 21, 2017 to April 24, 2017
IRTF in DC for EAD: Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Washington DC

Confronting Chaos, Forging Community
Challenging Racism, Materialism and Militarization
Over the past year, our nation has experienced a divisive election in which racism, xenophobia, and religious bigotry were a constant.

When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. posed the question, "Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?" in his book of the same title 50 years ago, no one could have imagined that we would still be wrestling with this question today. In that same year on April 4, 1967, a year to the day before Dr. King was assassinated, he spoke at Riverside Church in New York addressing the intersectionality of "the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism" as the principal challenges of the time. Five decades later, Dr. King's prophetic insights and challenges - and the stark choice between chaos and community -- are incredibly current.

Join IRTF as we travel to renew our revolutionary spirit and learn about these important intersections

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June 15, 2017 to June 24, 2017
Delegation to Colombia

We will be going to small farming and mining communities in the rural areas of the Magdalen Medio region. A region caught in the crossfires of war and more recently hyper-development.

Cost: $1,000 delegation not including airfare 
applications can be found on CPT's website 

For more information please email and join the FaceBook event

CPT is an organization which accompanies grassroots initiatives to expose and transform structures of domination and oppression through active nonviolence.

October 21, 2017: Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo
9:30 am-3:30 pm
John Carroll University

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. More information to come on

November 5, 2017: IRTF Annual Commemoration of the Martyrs
4:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Beaumont School 3301 N Park Blvd Cleveland Heights OH 44118

On Sunday, November 5, 2017, the InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) will commemorate the 36th anniversary of the martyrdom of Cleveland women in El Salvador. 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.

Our organization was founded to carry forward their legacy. Since 1981, we have been promoting peace and justice in Central America by engaging Ohioans in education and action. 

To commemorate the martyrdom of the Cleveland women and empower people to carry on their legacy, we need your help!

We respectfully request that you consider a sponsorship or a donation (gift card or product for our auction) towards our Annual Commemoration of the Martyrs.

This event will be held at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights. Approximately 300 IRTF friends and supporters will gather for a social hour, sit down dinner and interfaith service. Our keynote speaker from Nicaragua will be Marlen Sánchez, National Coordinator of Agroecology for the ATC (Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo). In the 1990s, ATC helped found La Via Campesina, an international social movement that defends the rights of peasants, agricultural workers, women farmers, fishers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, and migrants in 80 countries around the world.