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April 25, 2019 to May 9, 2019: Thursdays (4pm weekly) – vigils at the ICE office in Brooklyn Heights
ICE Office, 925 Keynote Circle, Brooklyn Heights, OH

Weekly Interfaith Prayer Vigil to Protest ICE Policies

at ICE processing office, 925 Keynote Circle, Brooklyn Heights, OH

Thursdays, 4:00-4:45pm 

focus:  To show the love, concern, and compassion that people of faith have for immigrants who are suffering under the harsh policies of ICE.  


Please join us each Thursday at 4pm! All people of faith and conscience are welcome!

A group of clergy—Islamic, Jewish, Christian, other-- and others concerned for immigrants in our community are organizing weekly interfaith prayer vigils at the Immigration, Customs & Enforcement (ICE) office on Thursday afternoons.

At these vigils we pray, sing, hold silence, lift up prophetic values of justice and compassion, and exhort those in power to work from that set of values. Each week in prayer, we name the reality of families being separated by immigration practices. We pray that God’s intervention, power, grace, and comfort enter into these situations of suffering and despair.

Leaders and members of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian faith congregations gathered last fall and talked about what kind of public presence they would want to do together. The weekly vigils began the following week: to bear witness to inhumane treatment being perpetrated on many immigrant communities, and to hold them in the light of hope.

We are fortunate to find many neighbors around Cleveland who share our belief that faithfulness requires prophetic action in situations where abuse of power and great suffering exist.  Joining together in these weekly vigils is a step of prophetic faith witness.

Please join us each Thursday if you are able. Your presence matters!

Questions? Check with or (216) 961 0003


April 27, 2019 to April 28, 2019: Fair Trade this Earth Day weekend in Avon Lake
St Joseph Church, 32929 Lake Rd, Avon Lake, OH 44012

Come join us for a Fair Trade Sale the weekend following Easter!

April 27-28

location: St Joseph Hall

hours: 4-6pm Saturday, 8:30-2pm Sunday

purchases: cash, check, credit card

prizes: free door prize raffles

To volunteer at the IRTF table , contact or call 216.961.0003

Free Raffles at the door! 

Here are some of the shops that will be present:
Revy Fair TradeInterReligious Task Force on Central America. Shema Global - Shea Butters. Canaan Palestine - Olive Oil. SutiSana - Accessories and purses. Esperanza Threads - Baby Clothes. Women of the Cloud - Wooden Ornaments & ceramic luminaries . INTO - Scarves & Wraps . Around the World Treasures - Fair Trade

Fair trade is an institutional arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions. Members of the fair trade movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards.

Read more about fair trade here

Like and follow Ohio Fair Trade Network on Facebook

May 4, 2019: Station Hope - IRTF at the Activate Hope table
St John's Episcopal Church, 2600 Church Ave., Cleveland OH 44113
A Celebration of Hope. A Dialogue for Change.

Station Hope is a jubilant community event celebrating Cleveland's social justice history and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. Engage with over 250 artists as they envision, interrogate, and seek out hope on the grounds of Cleveland's first authenticated Underground Railroad site, St. John's Episcopal Church. Audiences explore the historic properties while viewing works of theatre, music, storytelling, and dance inspired by the most important issues of our time.

Activate Hope

IRTF will be one of several community partners represented at the Activate Hope table, to connect attendees to opportunities for advancing social justice causes throughout the Cleveland area. To volunteer at the IRTF outreach table, please call 216.961.0003 or email

Read more about the event here

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) mission:  producing adventurous and unconventional new work for the stage; supporting local artists; and undertaking important education programs that use theatre to change lives. 

CPT's projects include Teatro Públic Cleveland (Spanish-language theatre) and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi (Arabic language theatre).

Like and follow Cleveland Public Theatre on Facebook

May 6, 2019 to May 7, 2019: Clone of IRTF Phonathon -- volunteers needed
IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave, Cleveland OH 44113

Please consider volunteering for our annual phonathon to contact IRTF supporters.

MON, May 6, 5-8 

TUE, May 7, 5-8

If you can't stay the whole time, come for just 90 minutes or so.

This is EASY calling.

  1. We only call people on our mailing list who are already supportive of our human rights work.
  2. We provide a script.
  3. We mostly leave voicemail messages.
  4. We provide refreshments and good company.

 To volunteer, please come to the office any of the hours listed above*. Please bring your cell phone (if you have unlimited minutes) to make calls, or use one of our three phone lines.  If you would like to bring a snack to share, that would be welcome, too.

 Meet our board members; they’ll be here on the phones!

 If you would like to let us know to expect you, call 216 961 0003 or email

 *Volunteers are also needed during the daytime  MON-TUE-WED for clerical work in the office. 

Many thanks.

May 11, 2019: IRTF Dance Gala: Rhythms of Latin America
Franklin Circle Church, 1688 Fulton Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113

Saturday, May 11, 7:30pm-11:30pm 

The InterReligious Task Force on Central America invites the public to our annual Latin Dance Gala on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Enjoy free dance lessons and performances. We will celebrate right in our own neighborhood at Franklin Circle Church hall (1688 Fulton Rd Cleveland, OH 44113). Don’t miss out! 

Please share the Facebook event!


7:30-8pm................DJ & open dancing, refreshments

8-9:30pm................performances & dance lessons dancing to Latin rhythms

11pm......................raffle winners announced

Wine & beer available. Donation requested. 

Non-alcoholic beverages and food are complimentary.

Sponsors needed: Sponsorship packages are available from $100-$1000. To become a sponsor, choose your sponsorship level on the event site, or email us at .

Tickets: Mail $20 to IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland OH 44113 by May 9. Or purchase on the event site (which will charge a processing fee).  Discount tickets of $10 also available for open dancing, 9:30-11:30pm only (i.e., you'd miss the free dance lessons and performance, as well as the food). 

Tickets at the door are $5 more. 

Questions: 216 961 0003 or

May 15, 2019: Deligation:Solidarity with Nicaragua!

Explore the history and current context of Nicaragua through the eyes of the Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo (ATC, Rural Workers’ Association), a mass organization that represents the people who feed Nicaragua: farmworkers and small farmers. We will exchange with peasants and workers organized by the ATC and other groups in the city and countryside, studying the role of unions, cooperatives, women, and youth in building Nicaragua’s popular economy and national sovereignty.

July 11-21: Our delegation will focus on learning and recovering the rich history of internationalist solidarity with Nicaragua. As a tangible act of our internationalism, we will collect testimonies so that we can return to our communities with resources for sharing the current state of revolutionary struggle in Nicaragua. We will also show our solidarity with the ongoing fight to resist imperialism following 2018's failed coup attempt by joining with thousands of Nicaraguans in Managua to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution on July 19.

Delegation organizers: ATC and Friends of ATC (Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo), La Via Campesina Nicaragua, Alliance for Global Justice, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign. 

For more information about the delegation and how to apply, please visit Applications are due May 15, 2019.

May 23, 2019: Jobs with Justice awards dinner
DoubleTree Hotel, 1111 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland OH 44114

To sit at the IRTF dinner table, please email or call 216.961.0003

Thursday, May 23, 2019. 5-8pm

5pm - check-in, raffle, live music, cocktail hour with cash bar

6pm - dinner and program 

The Cleveland Jobs with Justice Annual Spring Celebration is the time we take to celebrate our victories and recognize our activists who have been champions of workers and social justice throughout the Cleveland area over the past year. We are honored to announce our 2019 award winners:

Brian Poindexter, Ironworkers Local 17 and City Council at Large, Brook Park, OH(Louis B. Stokes Award)

Anne Hill, community activist and former labor leader (Smilnak-Rosen Award)

Steve Holecko, retired teacher and community activist


M.C. for this event: Alex Bevan

We're excited have jazz-great Alex Bevan (Cleveland Federation of Musicians Local 4) as our M.C. this year. First known as "The Skinny Little Boy" from Cleveland, Alex will provide entertainment during the cocktail hour, and will then emcee the program.   

Keynote Speaker: Rollie Dreussi

Rollie Dreussi, Executive Secretary, Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild - CWA, Local 1, will talk about one of the local labor fights that has been ongoing over the last couple of years in Cleveland.

Special address: Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)


Get your tickets or become a sponsor in our program book here!

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June 17, 2019 to June 19, 2019: Poor People's Moral Action Congress
Trinity Washington University
Washington D.C.

During the Poor People's Moral Action Congress, we will launch the Poor People’s Campaign Moral and Constitutional Budget, hold a National Freedom School, and invite Presidential candidates for a forum on our demands and budget. We plan to visit Capitol Hill during the Congress and have requested a hearing at Congress. 

The IRTF will be taking a delegation to the PPC Moral Action Congress. If you are interested in traveling with us to the Congress, please contact Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez.

For more information regarding the Congress, visit the Poor People's Moral Action Congress site or on their Facebook page. We hope to see you there.

To learn more about the movement, visit the webpages for Poor People's Campaign, Organize Ohio's End Poverty Now campaign, and Ohio Poor People's Campaign web pages.

June 20, 2019 to June 22, 2019: 2019 Annual Equal Exchange Summit
Wheaton College
Norton, MA

Equal Exchange has hosted an annual gathering bringing together worker-owners, farmer partners and you! We believe you are an integral part of this movement and need your participation to succeed. Join our community for two days of workshops, celebration, and planning as we advance our vision of building a better food system, together.

The IRTF will be taking a delegation to the EE Summit. If you are interested in traveling with us to the Congress, please contact Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez.

For more information regarding the Summit- including an informational webinar and a bio of the Keynote Speaker, Santiago Paz López- visit the 2019 Annual Equal Exchange Summit site page or their event Facebook page. We hope to see you there.

June 26, 2019 to July 6, 2019: Christian Peacemaker Teams Delegation to Colombia
El Magdalena Medio Region

International English Speaking Delegation

El Magdalena Medio is a region rich in renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Due to its richness and strategic position in the country, the city of Barrancabermeja and the Magdalena Medio region have suffered high levels of violence. Massacres and forced displacements left whole communities uprooted where criminal interests took advantage to take the lands and develop their economic projects.

Armed groups and paramilitaries control Barrancabermeja and the region. High levels of unemployment and poverty have created a situation where young people see no other options but to get involved with these groups. When judicial efforts to evict communities from their lands do not work, paramilitary groups are used to threaten them.

Join our delegation to learn how national agrarian policies of development violate the human rights of campesinxs.* Delve into the history of the armed conflict and learn how its legacy continues to haunt campesinxs through violence and lack of access to fair judicial processes.

Listen to their stories and songs of resistance and be inspired to to take solidarity action.

Some physical rigors are involved in most CPT delegations, such as hiking in mud and heat or mountains, hours-long trips by boat or truck, and generally long days.

For more information and access to the application process, visit the CPT webpage for Delegations to Colombia. IRTF will not be traveling with this delegation but we greatly appreciate the work of CPT and are happy to promote this opportunity to you, our community.

*Small farmer. The 'x' is used for gender inclusivity.