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February 28, 2017: Make Art Not War Party
7pm-11pm
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 11, 2017: Women Speak Out celebrates International Women's Day
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Kan Zaman Restaurant 1616 W. 25th St (on the corner of Franklin)

Come celebrate the power of women with music, awards, activism and food.

Meet friends and make new ones while enjoying and extolling the talents of 

women. Have lunch, hear the stories of our 2 fabulous award winners, hear some

talented young people  perform and get connected on a project close to your heart.

No charge, but donations accepted. Just come—and leave energized.

Presentation of Ione Biggs Human Rights Award to 

Marge Townsend & Hanan Mahmoud

Free admission~includes lunch and entertainment

March 18, 2017: Rhythms of Latin America: Dance Gala
7:30 PM-12:00 AM
Viva Dance Studio 1541 East 38th Street (2nd floor) Cleveland, OH 44114

The InterReligious Task Force on Central America invites the public to its Latin Dance Gala on Saturday, March 18. Enjoy two dance lessons and two professional performances, raffles, refreshements and fair trade sales. From its location on the second floor of Asia Town Center at E. 38th and Superior, Viva Dance Studio overlooks the spectacular skyline of Cleveland. Don’t miss out! 


Refreshments
(served throughout the event)
-Latin American non-alcoholic beverages (complimentary)
-Latin American food, vegetarian options available (complimentary)
-wine & beer (cash bar)

Schedule

7:30 doors open (DJ & open dancing)

7:50 baile folklórico performance by Los Cañeros

8:00 salsa lesson

8:30 salsa dancing

8:50 bachata performance by Dance Konnection

9:00 bachata lesson

9:30-12:00 open dancing

Tickets

- On Eventbrite $20 
-At the door $25
-After 9:30pm, tickets are $10

Share and join the event on FaceBook

Interested in supporting the event with a financial sponsorship or raffle prize? Please fill out the sponsorship form or email us at promotions@irtfcleveland.org .

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

WHY BOYCOTT WENDY'S?

1) WENDY'S ABANDONED THE FLORIDA TOMATO INDUSTRY

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.

2) WENDY'S HAS CHOSEN PUBLIC RELATIONS OVER HUMAN RIGHTS

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. 

3) WENDY'S IS PROFITING FROM FARMWORKER POVERTY

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  https://www.change.org/p/wendy-s-we-re-boycotting-you-until-you-support-human-rights-for-farmworkers-boycottwendys

Flyers:
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

Add yourself to the FB event for more updates!
Apply for the conference scholarship by March 3rd on advocacydays.org

June 15, 2017 to June 24, 2017
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Delegation to Colombia
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 Chrissy@irtfcleveland.org 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 ohiofairtrade.com

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.