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January 7, 2018 to January 14, 2018
Caravan from Ohio to DC email email@example.com for transportation arrangements including dates attending. Cost flexible, scholarships available. We come together not only to call for the closure of Guantanamo and its legacy of institutionalizing Islamophobia, but also to invite our government and fellow citizens to choose the side of love, mercy and justice.
We continue to pray and act on behalf of the people of Honduras during this volatile time.
The incumbent president (Juan Orlando Hernández) is claiming victory in the November 26, 2017 election. The people disagree. There have been mass protests claiming fraud. Demonstrators across the country of 8 million people have been met by state violence, resulting in severe human rights violations, including at least 30 killed, many more injured, and hundreds arrested—many of them detained in military posts. The president has ordered a state of siege and nighttime curfew.
April 20, 2018 to April 23, 2018
Join IRTF at the annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference where we will join with hundreds from across the US to analyze current policies and envision ways to more fully and justly respond to the global and local needs of displaced communities.
US policies create migration push factors, forcing people to leave their homelands:
militarized repression against pro-democracy movements
February 10, 2018
18th annual IRTF Social Justice Teach-In with workshops on domestic and global justice issues, as well as hands-on skills you can use to organize for change
January 21, 2018
IRTF is hosting a Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner to benefit our full-time volunteer from Germany, Janna Hanke.
January 16, 2018
The US Department of Labor issued a progress assessment calling on Colombia to more fully comply with obligations outlined in the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement [of 2012], noting “lack [of] a national inspection strategy” and neglect of “associational rights of workers.” “Today’s update merely calls for continued consultation, monitoring, and assessment over the upcoming year – this is simply not good enough, given the depth of the problems and how long they have been festering. We need more proactive action and for this Administration to focus and engage with Congress to ensure all our trading partners have fair labor standards.” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), member of the Colombia Monitoring Group of the House Ways & Means Subcommitte on Trade, US Congress
January 13, 2018
In the last year, 170 leaders and social activists known for their various missions in defense of indigenous rights, coca rights substitution, Afro-Colombian rights, labor rights, and LGBTQ. The majority of violence has erupted in sectors left vacant by the guerrilla groups, which have since been invaded by paramilitary groups. Of all of these, trade unions have risen to the top in the number of the nation's homicides and victims of violence and death threats, making Colombia the most dangerous nation for union members in the world. Over the last 20 years, about 3,000 unionists have been murdered with an outrageous rate of impunity at 87 percent, with thousands of death threats never being investigated.
January 13, 2018
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled on January 9, 2018 that the 20 countries under its jurisdiction must enact marriage equality if they haven't already done so.
January 12, 2018
"[These threats are] reminiscent of the death threats which circulated in El Salvador before the murder of Jesuit Fr. Rutilio Grande," a Salvadoran Jesuit murdered in 1977. "This is an attempt to create terror in the people as a strategy to demobilize them," said the statement, signed by Fr. Roberto Jaramillo, President of the Conference of Jesuit Provincials in Latin America and the Caribbean. "We hold Juan Orlando Hernandez and his allies responsible for the safety and physical and moral well-being of the nine people falsely accused."