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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 2017 hosted by the Ohio Fair Trade Network and John Carroll University is scheduled for October 21, 2017 at the John Carroll campus in University Heights.  We have a range of workshops from basics of fair trade principles to fair trade certification.  This year, we have a special presentation during the lunch break.

Main sponsors are Ohio Fair Trade Network, John Carroll Univeristy, InterReligious Task Force on Central America, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Fair Trade America and Fair Trade Federation, Revy Fair Trade and the Presbytery of the Western Reserve.

We are thrilled to be hosting:
Coalition of Immokalee Workers — Immokalee, FL
Farmworker leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker human rights organization based in Immokalee, Florida, will be joining us. The CIW’s Fair Food Program (FFP) guarantees rights never before seen for farmworkers, such as rights to shade and rest breaks from their grueling work, and zero tolerance for sexual harassment and modern slavery. 

Jonathan Rosenthal, New Economy Coalition — Cambridge, MA
Network Weaving: Building Grassroots Power through Collaboration
Jonathan Rosenthal is the Executive Director of the New Economy Coalition. He has spent over 30 years working to transform the power of business from a destructive force of accumulation into a healing force honoring the interconnectedness of all people and our earth. He co-founded Equal Exchange, Oké USA and Belmont-Watertown Local First. 

Alex Escobar Prado, Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID) — Jalapa, Guatemala
In Defense of Land and Life
Alex Escobar Prado is an activist, educator, and member of the Guatemalan environmental justice organization Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID). Born out of the struggle for community self-determination and resistance to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine in southeastern Guatemala, JODVID uses the arts and popular education to mobilize youth in local and regional movements to protect the environment and defend territory. The group was founded in 2015 following the murder of 16-year-old Topacio Reynoso, a local artist and vocal opponent to mining activities in the area. Members honor her memory by using her art and music to strengthen the resistance to Tahoe Resources and other environmental threats in the region.

More information to come on

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 37th 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 and auction with live music by Chakai Manta, a sit-down traditional Central America meal, and interfaith service. Please join us as we welcome our guest speaker from COPINH (Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras). COPINH was co-founded by slain environmental and indigenous rights defender Berta Cáceres. COPINH is actively working with IRTF through the Honduras Solidarity Network to pass a human rights bill in the US Congress named for Berta Cáceres. 

Tickets Can be purchased at Eventbrite


November 10, 2017 to November 12, 2017
SOA Watch US/Mexico Border Convergence
Nogales, Arizona

November 10-12, We will join SOA Watch in ambos Nogales for their second bi-national convergence at the militarized U.S./Mexico border, to build the grassroots power necessary to challenge the racist status quo and push back against U.S. intervention in Latin America.

"As we call attention to the militarization of the border and Latin America, we also call for an end to state-sponsored terrorism and violence against our communities inside the United States. Similarly, the mobilization at the border in Nogales is one more way to fight for the closure of the School of the Americas/WHINSEC and put an end to U.S. intervention in Latin America."

Please contact if you wish to join us!

February 26, 2018 to March 6, 2018
Delegation to El Salvador with CIS
The Center for Exchange and Solidarity (CIS) presents the 12th CIS International Election Observer Mission
Dates:Feb 26-Mar 6
Cost Per person (not including airfare)
-$900 single room accommodation
-$800 double room accommodation
-$700 shared room (3-5 people)
-$575 have own housing
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 to get more info and keep checking social media for updates!
There is the ability of beginning the trip February 11th-25th for special pre-election Spanish courses. The cost of the extention is $600 and you would be housed by a Salvadoran family.