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December 1, 2018 to December 20, 2018: Order your Fair Trade Gift Bags

IRTF & Equal Exchange = Partners in Fair Trade

Give a gift that supports small farmers in Latin America. Educate your friends and family on the benefits of FAIR TRADE

Choose from any of 5 Fair Trade gift bags OR make your own.

 Equal Exchange Lovers $40

1 gourmet coffee (12 oz., ground)

1 tea (20 bags per box)

1 chocolate bar (2.8 oz.)

1 fat free hot cocoa mix (12 oz.)

1 bag of dried mangoes (5 oz.)

1 bag of nuts (8 oz.)

1 Equal Exchange travel mug

1 fair trade recycled cotton gift bag

 Simple Holiday Bag $20

1 gourmet coffee (12 oz., ground)

1 tea (20 bags per box)

1 Equal Exchange travel mug

1 fair trade recycled cotton gift bag

Chocolate Sampler $45

10 chocolate bars (2.8 oz. each)

1 fair trade recycled cotton gift bag

 Coffee Sampler $30

3 gourmet coffees (12 oz. each, ground)

1 Equal Exchange travel mug

1 fair trade recycled cotton gift bag

 Tea Sampler $25

4 teas (20 bags per box)

1 Equal Exchange travel mug

1 fair trade recycled cotton gift bag

 Enhance your gift

1 handmade gift tag - $1

1 chocolate bar - $4

1 box of tea (20 bags per box) - $5

1 fair trade ornament - $6

1 bag of coffee (12 oz., ground) - $10

1 fair trade eco-gift bag - $5



December 19, 2018: Fair Trade Sale Ruth Building
Ruth Building Cleveland 44113

Support Living Wages. Volunteers Needed.

The InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) is looking for volunteers to staff tables, interact with the public, and sell fair items at these fair trade bazaars. It’s a great way to meet new people, educate the public about fair trade, and provide support for fair trade cooperatives in Latin America.

If you can help out for 2 hours, please contact .

If you’d like to host a fair trade bazaar at your school or place of worship (or throw a Fair Trade House Party),

 let us know and we’ll help you set it up! Thanks.


January 1, 2019 to January 31, 2019: Border Encuentro

 Border Encuentro 

In November we traveled with more than a dozen IRTF friends to the US-Mexico border in Arizona to stand with thousands of people from across the Americas to call for an end to repressive foreign and military policies that force too many families to flee their homelands in order to survive. We stood at the border wall –a wall that is meant to divide us—and together told stories, sang, prayed, and demanded changes in policies to better reflect our country’s humanitarian and welcoming spirit to people from around the world seeking refuge and a better life.

 Our delegation participants have put together a slide show about the Border Encuentro that addresses not only what migrants are facing when they reach the US border but the structural issues in their home countries that cause them to flee.

Contact us in January if you would like one of our Border Encuentro delegates to make the presentation at your school, congregation, or community group.

January 3, 2019 to January 13, 2019: Food Sovereignty & Agroecology in Nicaragua Delegation
Applications due November 15th

January 3rd – 13th, 2019:

Applications due November 15th


After November 15th, please write directly about application extensions.

Since its founding in 1978, the Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo (ATC) has trained, organized, and fought for the rights of Nicaraguan farmworkers and small-scale producers. Today the ATC, a member organization of La Via Campesina, the international peasant movement that represents over 200 million people, is a vital voice and actor in the global struggle to build alternatives to neoliberal economic policies, free trade agreements, and agribusiness corporations.

The Friends of the ATC — a solidarity network that supports the ATC and La Vía Campesina as they promote food sovereignty and agroecology in Nicaragua and internationally — invites you to join our January delegation. We will tour agricultural cooperatives and agroecological schools, meet with peasant-, youth-, and women-led organizations, and help with various installations and work projects. Through these exchanges and our rural homestays, we will learn about not only food sovereignty and agroecology, but also popular education, feminism, and socialism in Nicaragua.

This delegation will be a unique and important opportunity to study Nicaragua’s contemporary political context. We will also collaborate on how we can collectively build international solidarity, clarify Nicaragua’s current crisis, and spread the reach of the Friends of the ATC in the United States.


Globalize struggle, globalize hope!

Where: We will begin and end our trip in the city of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. We will visit urban and rural communities throughout the country, including in the mountainous regions and the Pacific Coast.

Who: Curious about or committed to agroecology, food sovereignty, and/or Latin American solidarity? We’d love for you to travel with us! Most of all, we want delegates who wish to extend this experience to their own communities upon returning home.

Cost: $1500 ($1000 for low-income individuals). Trip fee includes lodging, meals, in-country transport, translation, and staff coordination. You are responsible for international arrival (or other travel plans to Nicaragua) and personal expenses. Limited scholarships are available. We can provide ideas to help delegates fundraise to cover their trip fee.

To Participate: Email for a delegation application. Applications are due by November 15th, 2018. Please don’t hesitate to write us directly about application extensions after November 15th.

This delegation is organized by the Friends of the ATC solidarity network along with the ATC, La Via Campesina Nicaragua, Alliance for Global Justice, and Compas de Nicaragua.


January 6, 2019 to January 13, 2019: Witness Against Torture in DC 2019

We invite you to gather with us in community in Washington, DC, January 6th to 13th for Witness Against Torture’s 2019 Fast for Justice.

Once again we will fast and witness through dramatic actions to mark a tragic and ongoing history. Seventeen years ago on January 11th the prison camp at Guantanamo opened. To this day it remains a living symbol of US torture and human rights abuses, and is still a place of misery for 40 Muslim men.  And under this president we face the ominous threat that the number imprisoned there will rise again.

It is easy to lose hope in these troubling times. But hope resides in bearing witness to injustice, lifting up human dignity, and imploring our fellow citizens not to turn their eyes away. And so we gather. Learn about our actions in past years at 

Please join us – for the week or for a day, but especially on Friday January 11th.  To RSVP and to reserve your space at the hostel, send an email to We will get back to you with more information.

For more Information:

January 28, 2019 to February 5, 2019: 2019 IRTF El Salvador Presidential Delegation
application by Jan 3.

Join the IRTF Election Observer Mission for the upcoming presidential election in El Salvador

JAN 28-FEB 5, 2019


The purpose of this delegation is

1- to contribute to free and fair elections

2- to generate a safe environment to stimulate democratic participation

3- to observe and inform about the implementation of election reforms

4- to deepen understanding of the social and economic structures that govern

    and impact the country

5- to promote people-to-people solidarity


The election observers will

-meet with political parties and government offices

-visit communities to better understand the everyday reality for Salvadorans

-be trained and receive certification as observers by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal


Spanish language ability is not required.

For information and application, contact by Jan 3.

Phone: 216.961.0003



Cost depends on your choice of housing options. Airfare is additional.  

              $700 (shared room, 3-5 persons)                           $900 (single room)

              $800 (double room)                                                $575 (arrange your own housing)


Travel: IRTF will work with delegates to coordinate air travel. CIS, our partner in San Salvador, requests that we arrive by mid-day on January 28 in order to be present for the full orientation. The election is February 3. We plan to stay until the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 5, in order to participate in a morning press conference to relate our observer findings to the media.  


NOTE: If none of the candidates receives more than 50% of the popular vote, there will be a second delegation Mar 4-12 for the run-off election on March 10. Please inquire with IRTF by Feb 10.