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March 28, 2017: Honduras and Nicaragua Delegation Report Back
7PM-9PM
Catholic Worker Storefront 4241 Lorain Ave, Cleveland 44113

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
:
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.