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April 7, 2020: Friends of Immigrants Meeting - Cleveland Heights
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St Dominic Church, 19000 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Friends of Immigrants supports migrants and refugees locally in NE Ohio as well as at the US/Mexico Border. Join us to learn about various initiatives in defense and support of our immigrant sisters and brothers. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic Church, Forest Hill Church Presbyterian, and St. Paschal Baylon Church.

Steering Committee
Bill Shaul - from Federated UCC
Sharon Shumaker - from Forest Hill Church Presbyterian
Peggy Murphy - from St. Dominic Church (MLMurphy0901@sbcglobal.net)
Dale Winsberg - unaffiliated
Anne Hill - unaffiliated 
(someone yet to be named)  - St. Paschal Baylon Church
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic, Forest Hill, and St. Pascal Baylon.

 

April 18, 2020: Women’s Suffrage Centennial Symposium: From Complex Legacy to Collective Action
9am-2pm
Tinkham Veale University Center at CWRU, 11038 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland 44106

This symposium brings together leading voices on the women's struggle for the vote and will reflect on the historical meaning of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the extension of the franchise to women.

Morning speakers:

    • Paula J. Giddings, retired professor of Africana Studies, Smith College, and author of When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America,  In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement, and Ida: A Sword Among Lions – Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching.
    • Dawn Teele, professor, Political Science Department, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Forging the Franchise: The Political Origins of the Women's Vote

Panel discussion “Where do we go from here? A Call to Action Moment”

    • Amy Hanauer, Executive Director of Ohio Policy Matters, will moderate. Panelists include:
    • Crystal Bryant, Co-project Director, Cleveland Votes
    • Destinee Henton, Ohio Outreach Coordinator, Alliance for the Great Lakes
    • Rebecca Maurer, Maurer Law LCC, Lead Member Cleveland Advocates for Safe Housing (CLASH) 
    • Jasmine Santana, Councilwoman, Cleveland City Council Ward 14

Lunchtime facilitated discussions
Keynote speaker 

    • Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the U. S., will wrap up during dessert, with a “charge” to move forward and get involved.

Cosponsoring with the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland are:  CWRU Flora Stone Mather Center for Women ★ CWRU Political Science Department ★ CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning ★ CWRU Center for Civic Engagement and learning ★ CWRU African American Studies ★ CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences ★ CWRU Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity ★ Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Omega Chapter ★ Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University ★ Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Women in Law Section ★ Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter ★ Facing History and Ourselves ★ Hispanic Roundtable ★ The Junior League of Cleveland ★ The Western Reserve (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated ★ National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland ★ Norman S. Minor Bar Association ★ Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Cleveland Chapter  ★ Urban League of Greater Cleveland ★ Women of Color Foundation ★ YWCA of Greater Cleveland

Link and registration info for the event is here

April 24, 2020 to April 27, 2020: Climate Change and Economic Injustice: Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2020
Washington, DC

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored

Around the world, the most marginalized communities disproportionately affected by hunger, poverty, and the structural history of colonialism and racism are experiencing the impacts of the climate crisis most profoundly. Women and children in these communities suffer the most.

Earth and its people are groaning and calling for us to respond in hope. We are all affected. Temperatures are rising dramatically and dangerously everywhere, disrupting ecological systems and every type of human activity. The generations of tomorrow depend on what we do today.

EAD 2020 will explore the intersection of climate change and economic injustice. This will galvanize our advocacy on behalf of policies and programs to chip away at the systems of oppression that keep people in poverty and push all life on earth to the brink of destruction.

In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis recognized the double injustice of climate change and poverty. He is part of a growing chorus of various faith leaders who are raising their voices. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its last report issued a call for urgent, scaled up, global and local action.

Churches continue to respond actively to the climate crisis with disaster relief to support low-income communities and ecosystems most impacted by climate-related disasters. They are also working to build resilient and sustainable communities and economies that can create jobs and prevent future disasters. Churches are partnering with youth, indigenous communities, civil and human rights organizations, the international community, and others to address inequality and strengthen the movement for climate justice.

2020 will be a pivotal year for the United States, and the world, with a U.S. general election that will set the course for many years ahead. As people of faith, we see the political reality of this time. Yet we also hold hope for a time yet to come when all people, regardless of race, gender, economic status, ability, or age will realize the full vision of God’s desire for a just community and a flourishing Earth.

To advance this vision, we are called to speak out for justice – climate justice and economic justice. Join us at EAD 2020 to imagine and advocate for an Earth and its people restored.

“This territory is not ours, it’s not mine, it’s not yours. It belongs to the generation yet to come.” ~ Maritza Naforo, Huitoto indigenous leader, Colombia

“We look for — and speed the coming of — the new heavens and a new earth, where justice is at home” (2 Pet. 3:12,13).

ABOUT EAD:

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

REGISTER:

Contact irtf@irtfcleveland.org if you would like to travel together from NE Ohio. Otherwise, see:

https://advocacydays.org/2020-imagine-gods-earth-people-restored/registration/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CONFERENCE:

https://advocacydays.org/2020-imagine-gods-earth-people-restored/

May 1, 2020: Deadline to Apply for WFP Delegation to Colombia

This delegation will June 13-23, 2020.

Overview

Join veteran delegation organizer Lyn Clark Pegg and WFP cofounder Gail Phares on two side by side historic delegations to commemorate 20 years of accompaniment and advocacy in solidarity with the Colombian people. We hope to coordinate two simultaneous delegations: one focused in Bogota and one that travels outside the capital, overlapping at the end for action planning and a celebration gathering with historical and current partners.    

 For the last six decades, Colombia has endured a brutal armed conflict. In many cases, US involvement and military aid have exacerbated internal disputes, leading to gross human rights violations and creating one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises with almost 8 million people internally displaced and over 220,000 people killed. Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective delegates will see the effects of US policy firsthand, analyzing the effects of military aid on communities, the impact of Plan Colombia, the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and Labor Action Plan, and US cooperation in the post-accords period. 

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  • Learn about issues of internal displacement and armed conflict, grassroots peacebuilding efforts and the peace process, and the work of human rights defenders throughout the country. 

  • Meet with human rights defenders, displaced Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities, and other advocates, and return prepared to act in solidarity. 

  • Reflect upon the impact of accompaniment, policy advocacy, and solidarity work, as we mark 20 years of on-the-ground presence and delegations.

  • Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to return to the United States and advocate against harmful US policies, striving for new policies that uplift human rights and support Colombian communities on the ground.

 

cost = $1,200 + airfare

fundraising and scholarship opportunities available.

May 1 deadline to apply with $250 deposit

Remaining Balance due May 13, 2020.

​Delegation fee covers meals, lodging, interpreters, and transportation within Colombia, along with reading and activist tools. 

MAIL CHECK (Save us $ on processing fee):

Witness for Peace Midwest, PO Box 6078, Minneapolis, Mn 55406

*Please note COLOMBIA DELEGATION on the check

May 5, 2020: Friends of Immigrants Meeting - Cleveland Heights
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St Paschal Baylon Church, 5384 Wilson Mills Rd, Highland Heights, OH 44143

Friends of Immigrants supports migrants and refugees locally in NE Ohio as well as at the US/Mexico Border. Join us to learn about various initiatives in defense and support of our immigrant sisters and brothers. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic Church, Forest Hill Church Presbyterian, and St. Paschal Baylon Church.

Steering Committee
Bill Shaul - from Federated UCC
Sharon Shumaker - from Forest Hill Church Presbyterian
Peggy Murphy - from St. Dominic Church (MLMurphy0901@sbcglobal.net)
Dale Winsberg - unaffiliated
Anne Hill - unaffiliated 
(someone yet to be named)  - St. Paschal Baylon Church
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic, Forest Hill, and St. Pascal Baylon.

 

May 7, 2020 to May 17, 2020: Human Rights Delegation to Honduras
Honduras

Human Rights Delegation to Honduras!

Join us in responding to the urgent call for accompaniment in Honduras! This delegation will focus on the Honduran Political Prisoners, the victims of political repression and on the human rights activists defending the environment and their communities. We will meet with Honduran organizations and grassroots movements representatives who are in the front lines of resistance. We will gather information and testimonies to hold US and Canadian officials accountable for their role in the human rights crisis increased in Honduras after the 2009 coup, for their support for Juan Orlando Hernández government, and for promoting the policies that force people to leave their country.

In the past, our delegations to Honduras have stopped an illegal eviction of a peasant cooperative in Rigores, accompanied cooperatives under threat of violence in the Aguan Valley, exposed fraud in the presidential election, and even accessed La Tolva Maximum Security Prison to visit Honduran Political Prisoners Edwin Espinal and Raúl Álvarez. Today, our friends and colleagues in Honduras ask for our solidarity. We count on you.

This delegation will be led by Vicki Cervantes (AFGJ board member/ Honduras Solidarity Network and La Voz de los de Abajo coordinator) and Eduardo García (AFGJ national co-coordinator). If you have any questions or are interested in joining the delegation, please contact Eduardo at eduardo@afgj.org or 202-540-8336 ext 7. As the planning goes forward, we will be able to share an agenda and more details.

Join this solidarity effort! Send an email today to eduardo@afgj.org to request your application form.

You can also click here to donate toward scholarships for black, indigenous and people of color youth who want to participate in the delegation but cannot afford the cost. Donate and send an email to eduardo@afgj.org to designate funds correctly.

This delegation is co-sponsored by La Voz de lxs de Abajo and Codepink, both members of the Honduras Solidarity Network.

In resistance,

Alliance for Global Justice

May 17, 2020 to May 23, 2020: Borderlands Learning Tour
Arizona/Sonora

MCC Mexico/U.S. Borderlands Learning Tour, May 17-23, 2020

Objective:

This learning tour is designed to bring awareness about the increasing migrant deaths, militarization, environment degradation, effects on habitat and effects on sister communities by the border wall along the Mexico/U.S. Borderlands. Participants will increase their understanding and knowledge of the social, economic, political and biblical/theological significance of migration in border communities, including advocacy tools and capacity building to engage others on borderlands and migration issues.

Participants will experience the complexities of the U.S immigration system, visa application process and visa quotas, asylum seeking process, family separation imposed by the “zero tolerance policy”, and the human factor on various sides of the spectrum. From interacting with migrants and their daily reality, passing to the affectations to sister communities at the border, continuing to the implementation of the Operation Streamline and being able to interact with the Border Patrol and their perspective related to the enforcement of migration law.    

MCC will be leading a seven day Borderlands Learning Tour on Sunday, May 17 to Saturday, May 23, with the option to stay and walk the Migrant Trail.

The cost of the Learning Tour is $550, which includes all meals, modest lodging and transportation on sites. We will cross the border to Mexico, so you will need to bring your passport. 

For more information for the delegation, please email JuanPacheco@mcc.org or KatherineSmith@mcc.org or call 574-534-4133 (Juan) or 206-306-3569 (Katherine). 

Group Leaders: Juan Sebastian Pacheco Lozano (MCC Great Lakes) and Katherine Smith (West Coast MCC)

Download the tentative schedule.

Download a promotional flyer in Spanish or English.

Register now!

Medical form (to be filled out with registration form)

The Migrant Trail walk will take place in Arizona following the learning tour. Additional information and registration available at azmigranttrail.com. 

June 2, 2020: Clone of Friends of Immigrants Meeting - Cleveland Heights
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forest Hill Church Presbyterian, 3031 Monticello Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Friends of Immigrants supports migrants and refugees locally in NE Ohio as well as at the US/Mexico Border. Join us to learn about various initiatives in defense and support of our immigrant sisters and brothers. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic Church, Forest Hill Church Presbyterian, and St. Paschal Baylon Church.

Steering Committee
Bill Shaul - from Federated UCC
Sharon Shumaker - from Forest Hill Church Presbyterian
Peggy Murphy - from St. Dominic Church (MLMurphy0901@sbcglobal.net)
Dale Winsberg - unaffiliated
Anne Hill - unaffiliated 
(someone yet to be named)  - St. Paschal Baylon Church
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic, Forest Hill, and St. Pascal Baylon.

 

June 20, 2020: Mass Poor People's Assembly & Moral March on Washington - bus from Cleveland
10am-4pm
Washington, DC

On June 20, 2020 we will rise together as a powerful moral fusion movement to demand the implementation of our Moral Agenda! The fact that there are 140 million poor and low-wealth people in a country this rich is morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent and economically insane. We are building power for an agenda that lifts all people by challenging the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism!

https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/june2020/

WHAT

  • The Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington will be a generationally transformative gathering on June 20, 2020 at the US Capitol in Washington DC. 
  • We are marching to Washington DC from across the nation to demonstrate the collective power of poor and low-wealth people. We demand that both major political parties address the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism by implementing our Moral Agenda.

WHEN

  • 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 20, 2020.

WHERE

  • Northeast corner of the National Mall in Washington DC on Pennsylvania Ave NW extending west from 3rd St NW.

WHY

  • We are coming to Washington DC to dramatize the pain and prophetic leadership of the poor and dispossessed and build power to enact our demands.
  • We are waking the nation to the interlocking injustices facing 140 million poor and low-wealth people, 43% of the nation.
  • But it’s not enough just to be awake. It’s not the waking, it’s the rising. On June 20, 2020, We Rise Together!
  • If the rejected millions—the poor without health insurance, without living wages, without clean water, without voting protections—unite, we can move the moral and political imagination of this country and revive the heart of the nation!

WHO

  • The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is made up of people of all backgrounds, we are Black, Brown, White, Native, and Asian; we are old and young; we are Christian, Sikh, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim; we are people of faith and not of faith; we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities; we are led by poor people and we are a cross-class movement; we are people of all abilities; and we live across this nation, from Alabama to Alaska, from Maine to California to Mississippi.

HOW

  • People will march, ride, bus, drive, fly, walk, run, train, bike and more to Washington, DC on June 20, 2020! 
  • First, go to www.june2020.org to let us know you’re coming. 
  • Spread the word in your networks and social media. 
  • Check out rally.co/poor-peoples-assembly to find a bus coming from your community. Don’t see one? No problem! Start a pick-up spot and if you get at least 5-10 people, Rally will route a bus to pick you up.
  • Register your delegation here.  Remember, if you organize a vehicle separate from Rally.co you will need to arrange parking.
  • Get connected to your state’s coordinating committee.

See the demands of our campaign here .

Bus from Cleveland: bmallory@organizeohio.org

June 24, 2020 to July 4, 2020: Colombia delegation: Campesinxs Solidarity
Colombia

Colombia

Christian Peacemaker Teams

June 24 – July 4

Armed groups and paramilitaries, unemployment, poverty, and state-sponsored, corporate-driven eviction. These are all elements that threaten campesinx (rural and peasant form worker) livelihood. 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.

APPLY HERE

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El Magdalena Medio (along the Magdalena River) 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.

cost = $1,300 + airfare

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

Questions? Contact delegations@cpt.org.