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IRTF Events Calendar

June 23, 2018: Poor People's Campaign Mass Rally in Washington, D.C.
10 A.M.
National Mall, 7th Street Stage, Washington, D.C.

The National Poor People's Campaign has launched their 40 Days of Moral Action across the country. They are calling attention to the issues that marginalized individuals face in our country by engaging in highly publicized, non-violent moral fusion direct action, over a 6-week period in at least 30 states and the District of Columbia. Between May 13, and June 23, the Campaign is forcing serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy during a key election year while strengthening connection informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state.

Throughout these 40 days of Moral Action, the Campaign will push forward a concretemoral agenda, and draw on art, music, popular education and religious traditions to challenge the nation’s distorted moral narrative.

This event is the culmination of all six weeks in Washington, D.C. Above is a flyer with more details for the event. We will be carpooling from the IRTF office at 2 A.M. to travel to D.C. on June 23. We are planning on returning by 12 A.M. on June 24. Contact for more information. 

June 27, 2018: Immigrants Rights Collaborative
5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Cleveland Jobs with Justice 20525 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River 44116. Suite #700

In Cleveland, we are joining together to create a humane and compassionate response to immigrants and refugees. We at IRTF—along with strong partners like Jobs with Justice, the ACLU, and IndivisbleCLE—have been convening an Immigrant Rights Collaborative since early 2017.  The Collaborative is a team of representatives of faith communities and immigrant defense organizations—as well as other committed individuals—that meet regularly to share information and plan coordinated strategies.  We work on a number of things that have been coming at us non-stop since January 2017:

-emergency responses to detentions or raids

-detention visits

-bond funds

-support for families of detainees

-accompaniment to ICE check-ins, to Immigration Court

-legislative advocacy

-faith communities’ pledges of immigrant defense

-sanctuary support

-public education

-public mobilizations: marches, rallies, direct actions

Forming a community of love and compassion, we recognize our government’s responsibility (and our own complicity) in the push factors that drive people to leave their homes, to flee violence and destitution. We must reject “zero tolerance” polices and instead exercise hospitality. We can and must turn this country into a place of welcome. We must demand that our government treat migrants from Central America as refugees and grant them their internationally-recognized right to seek asylum.  See them as our sisters and brothers who seek shelter and safety. Show them love and compassion. Welcome them with hearty hospitality. Be a people of solidarity.

Please join us.

June 28, 2018: Community Shares Power Lunch
11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
Windows on the River Banquet Facility 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony

More information to come. 

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June 30, 2018: June Juke Night - Fundraiser for NODS and AMP NEO
7:00 P.M to 10:00 P.M.
Mahall's 13200 Madison Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107

AMP NEO x NODS presents Juke Joint. A night of entertainment celebrating black music history month.

Find tickets HERE

AMP NEO = Amplifying Black, Indigenous and POC Voices in NE Ohio. AMP NEO is a local anti-racist organization that is using community collaborating efforts to change the narrative and promote anti-racism awareness in our everyday lives. Through meetings and direct action, we strive to educate those on the work that can be done.

NODS=Northern Ohio Immigrant Support Network. NODS is a collaborative effort to offer community and support to immigrants in detention.

Together we are fundraising for AMP NEO arts programming as well as material support for those impacted by ICE apprehensions and raids--detainees and their families. Raffle features works by local artists.

Live performances by:

Come and join the festivities!

June 30, 2018: Families Belong Together Rally Cleveland
10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Market Square Park/ West 25th & Lorain Cleveland, Ohio 44113

This isn't a partisan issue. Children are not bargaining chips. They are human beings and this current policy - government abuse of children to try to deter their parents - is beyond cruel. It is a misguided policy that amounts to child abuse. We cannot sit by HOPING others will speak out!

WE need to make our voices heard. 

These children need us! As a mom, as a human being, as someone with a beating heart and a conscience, I cannot take another minute of not doing SOMETHING to help these innocent children being used as pawns. It is simply heartbreaking and it must stop! 

Tearing families apart is not the solution. It is a cruel and unusual punishment whose victims are blameless. 

Please attend this peaceful rally on Saturday, June 30th, at 10:00am at Market Square Park on the corner of 25th and Lorain. Let our voices of outrage be heard!