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February 11, 2018 to February 25, 2018
#Save TPS

#Save TPS

The Trump administration has revoked TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Haitians residing in the US, working and paying taxes, building communities, many with US-born children. Hondurans are likely next.

 Five things to know about TPS residents

1- 300,000 Haitian and Central American TPS recipients in the US work, pay taxes, and are parents to 275,000 US-born citizen children. Will we tear families apart by deporting their parents?

2- The US Chamber of Commerce opposes revoking TPS because it will be bad for the US economy

3- Mass deportation is bad for regional stability and US national security

4- TPS home countries cannot absorb all these returned deportees all at once.

5- TPS holders are well-vetted, with a background check every 18 months

 TAKE ACTION! Please insist that your congressperson and senators push for legal residency for people living here with TPS. Otherwise, they will be deported. Time is running out!

To contact your US representative and senators, call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or see

February 26, 2018 to March 6, 2018
Delegation to El Salvador with CIS
El Salvador
NOTE: Donations are needed to support election observers from Cleveland going to El Salvador. Please donate here. Thank you. 
IRTF-CIS (Center for Exchange and Solidarity) International Election Observer Mission to El Salvador 
Feb 26-Mar 6, 2018
Cost* depends on your choice of housing options. Airfare is additional.  

$725: shared room, 3-5 persons

$800: double room

$900: single room (limited)

$575: arrange your own housing 

*In addition, IRTF is requesting a $100 fee to help offset the costs of organizing this delegation from Cleveland. 

The purpose of this delegation is "to contribute to free and fair elections; generate a safe environment to stimulate democratic participation; observe and inform about the implementation of election reforms; deepen our understanding of the social and economic structures that govern the country and their impact; to promote people-to-people solidarity."

Please contact for an application or to get more info. Keep checking social media for updates!

A. Election Observers: Feb 26 - Mar 6, 2018 (arrival and departure dates)

B. Long-Term Volunteers: January 1 – March 25, 2018 (arrival and departure dates) $80/week

C. Special Spanish Program: Feb 11-25, 2018 (arrival and departure dates) $575
March 8, 2018: International Women's Day-DOLORES film screening and farmworker labor panel
Capitol Theatre 1390 W. 65th St. Cleveland, OH 44102

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE CLEVELAND COLECTIVO for granting NWFN funds to help us offer this exciting opportunity to the community! All funds raised at this event will support IRTF and their campaigns for farmworker, women's and labor solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the National Farmworker Ministry. 
-We work to support human rights for all people regardless of their gender expression, sexual orientation, citizenship or immigrant status, ethnicity, economic situation, environmental situation, ability, age, religion, familial status or veteran status. Additional tax-deductible gifts are warmly accepted.

You can purchase tickets Here

Make it a day - with these other awesome events!
2018 International Women's Day March Cleveland
Thursday, March 8 at 4:45 PM - 6:30 PM
601 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114-1012-FREE STAMP

#PressforProgress With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo,#TimesUp and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.
And while we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there's indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.
So we can't be complacent. Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
International Women's Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let's all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let's all Press for Progress.
Collectively we can all play a part
Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911. International Women's Day belongs to all communities everywhere - governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media and more. Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation - everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender parity.

International Women's Day Celebration
The Magalen - 5203 Fleet Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44105
Thursday, March 8 at 6 PM - 9 PM

April 20, 2018 to April 23, 2018
Stand with Immigrants and Refugees - Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Washington, D.C.

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:
extreme poverty
entrenched violence
political turmoil
militarized repression against pro-democracy movements

After the conference, we will go to Capitol Hill and meet in the offices of Ohio’s 16 congresspersons and 2 senators. We urge them to support policy changes that advance hope and overcome the devastating impacts of armed violence and climate change. We call for an end to US policies that exacerbate social inequality and violent conditions in Latin America, including the militarization of law enforcement in their countries and militarized immigration enforcement that hurts migrants traveling through Mexico and at the US-Mexico border.