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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.

More information to come on ohiofairtrade.com

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 36th 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, sit down dinner and interfaith service. Our keynote speaker from Nicaragua will be Marlen Sánchez, National Coordinator of Agroecology for the ATC (Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo). In the 1990s, ATC helped found La Via Campesina, an international social movement that defends the rights of peasants, agricultural workers, women farmers, fishers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, and migrants in 80 countries around the world.

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 Chrissy@irtfcleveland.org if you wish to join us!

February 26, 2018 to March 6, 2018
:
Delegation to El Salvador with CIS
Elsalvador
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 Chrissy@irtfcleveland.org 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.