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June 29, 2019: IRTF Fair Trade at Waterloo Arts Fest
12-7pm
Cleveland on Waterloo Rd between E.161st St and Calcutta Ave

The 17th Annual Waterloo Arts Fest is Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm and features more than 40 local bands playing a great mix of music, local handmade art vendors, CLE’s best food trucks, and an exciting mix of innovative and interactive art experiences for all ages. At the Waterloo Arts Fest, you can roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and give art a try.

This community event is produced by Waterloo Arts, a nonprofit art center whose mission is to enrich the neighborhood culturally and economically by creating a stimulating arts environment through exhibits, performances, special events, and educational programming for people of all ages. In addition to orchestrating this festival, Waterloo Arts manages an art gallery, public art projects, a community arts center and artist studios.

More information : http://waterlooarts.org/fest/

June 30, 2019: Guatemala Solidarity - NISGUA is looking for committed activists

(rolling deadline until positions are filled)

NISGUA is looking for committed activists who are passionate about transnational movements for justice and self-determination to join our team! Opportunities are available in both our Oakland and Guatemala City offices.

U.S. Operations & Programs Coordinator

The U.S. Operations & Programs Coordinator will work from our Oakland office. 

Our new team member will be responsible for U.S. base-building and program development, including coordinating the U.S. side of all cross-border exchange activities. The U.S. Operations & Program Coordinator will also lead grassroots fundraising initiatives together with the U.S. Director, as well as carry out the organization’s financial administration. 

Anticipated Start Date: June 10, 2019

Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP) Coordinator

The GAP Coordinator will work from our Guatemala City office. This new team member will ensure that Guatemalan partner organizations receive effective international accompaniment through the coordination of GAP, a transformative accompanier/fellowship program.

Coordinating GAP will include selection, training, and political education for accompaniers and fellows, who act as organizers to catalyze our U.S. base to take action in the cross-border struggle for justice. The GAP Coordinator will liaise with a network of U.S-based Sponsoring Communities who partner with accompaniers to financially and politically support their work. They will also work in collaboration with NISGUA’s Strategic Planning Committee to evaluate and implement new modalities for accompaniment.

Anticipated Start Date: June 16, 2019


NISGUA is an equal opportunity employer and inclusive organization.
People of Indigenous/Central American identity/descent, multiracial/POC, poor/working class, and queer people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply today!

July 11, 2019: Immigrant Defense Vigil
4-5pm
Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building, 1240 E. 9th St. (at Lakeside), downtown Cleveland

Why we gather

To show the love, concern, and compassion that the people of Ohio have for immigrants who are suffering under the harsh policies of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

About the vigils

People of faith and conscience have been gathering on Thursday afternoons outside the ICE office in Brooklyn Heights since September 2018. Why? To pray, sing, hold silence, and exhort those in power to change their ways, and instead, work from a place of justice and compassion. We name the reality of families being separated by immigration practices. We gather to raise visibility to the intense difficulty faced by thousands of families, not only on the US-Mexico border but in Ohio as well. We pray that God’s intervention, power, grace, and comfort enter into these situations of suffering and despair.

Our banner, “This Is About Family,” draws attention to the pain and suffering experienced by immigrant families. Near record levels of apprehensions, detentions, and deportations are tearing families apart.

Our demands

As people of faith and conscience, we are calling on the US government to:

1- give permanent legal status to immigrants with DACA and TPS

2- end family separation

3- decrease the number of detention beds

4- cut the budgets for ICE and USCBP (US Customs & Border Protection)

5- resume discretion in immigration enforcement and prosecution

*DACA=Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (aka “Dreamers”)

*TPS = Temporary Protected Status

Unreasonable, Unjust, Cruel Enforcement – and a waste of our tax dollars

Parents are getting picked up by ICE and Border Patrol while driving to work or dropping off their kids at school. This is absolutely cruel!! The US government should only pursue those who have been convicted of serious violent crimes. Other immigrants should be allowed to continue living, working, and raising their children until broader immigration reforms are put in place.

For those who are suffering from harsh immigration enforcement policies, we gather to bear witness to the inhumane treatment that is being funded by US taxpayer dollars. We hold them in the light of hope and pray for compassion. Please join us!

Questions? 

Check with irtf@irtfcleveland.org

(216) 961 0003 IRTF office

 P.S. These Thursday gatherings are vigils, not rallies. So please don’t bring your own signs. We will gather around the common banner, “This is about family.” Thank you.

 

July 17, 2019: Take Action to Protect Immigrants! Contact your senators by today

We Did It!

The DREAM & PROMISE ACT 2019 passed the House of Representatives.

Now let’s get it into the Senate!

On June 4, 2019—after years of advocacy by immigrant rights defenders—the US House passed the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 to give permanent legal status to immigrants residing in the US with TPS (Temporary Protected Status), DED (Deferred Enforced Departure), and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  This bill provides a path to citizenship for 2.5 million immigrants who are working, going to school, paying taxes, and raising their children. This is great news!

TAKE ACTION

Call your US senators. Tell them that you “hope they will stand up for immigrant families and urge the leadership in the Senate to introduce the Dream and Promise Act and move it along in committee. Will you let me know what the senator is doing to protect DREAMers and TPS holders?” 

Senator Sherrod Brown

(216) 522-7272 Cleveland

(202) 224-2315 Washington, DC

www.brown.senate.gov

 

Senator Rob Portman

(216) 522-7095 Cleveland

(202) 224-3353 Washington, DC

www.portman.senate.gov

This is urgent! Unless Congress legalizes the status of these immigrants, they could be placed into deportation proceedings, tearing families apart.

 

This legislation is an important part of broader immigration reform that needs to happen:

1- give permanent legal status to immigrants with DACA and TPS

2- end family separation

3- decrease the number of detention beds

4- cut the budgets for ICE and USCBP (US Customs & Border Protection)

5- resume discretion in immigration enforcement and prosecution

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Learn what else you can do to defend immigrants in NE Ohio

Connect with the Immigration Working Group CLE, a collaborative of community advocates and organizations, including Akron Interfaith Immigrant Advocates, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, DreamActivist Ohio, Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, InterReligious Task Force on Central America, Lorain Ohio Immigrant Rights Association (LOIRA), Ohio Immigrant Alliance.  Ask about the group’s Immigrant Defense Fund, Rapid Response Team, Bond Reduction Project, Electronic Bulletin Board (volunteer needs), visits to legislators’ offices, vigils, rallies, and marches.

 iwgcle@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/iwgCLE

 

August 1, 2019: Immigrant Defense Vigil
4-5pm
Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building, 1240 E. 9th St. (at Lakeside), downtown Cleveland

Why we gather

To show the love, concern, and compassion that the people of Ohio have for immigrants who are suffering under the harsh policies of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

About the vigils

People of faith and conscience have been gathering on Thursday afternoons outside the ICE office in Brooklyn Heights since September 2018. Why? To pray, sing, hold silence, and exhort those in power to change their ways, and instead, work from a place of justice and compassion. We name the reality of families being separated by immigration practices. We gather to raise visibility to the intense difficulty faced by thousands of families, not only on the US-Mexico border but in Ohio as well. We pray that God’s intervention, power, grace, and comfort enter into these situations of suffering and despair.

Our banner, “This Is About Family,” draws attention to the pain and suffering experienced by immigrant families. Near record levels of apprehensions, detentions, and deportations are tearing families apart.

Our demands

As people of faith and conscience, we are calling on the US government to:

1- give permanent legal status to immigrants with DACA and TPS

2- end family separation

3- decrease the number of detention beds

4- cut the budgets for ICE and USCBP (US Customs & Border Protection)

5- resume discretion in immigration enforcement and prosecution

*DACA=Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (aka “Dreamers”)

*TPS = Temporary Protected Status

Unreasonable, Unjust, Cruel Enforcement – and a waste of our tax dollars

Parents are getting picked up by ICE and Border Patrol while driving to work or dropping off their kids at school. This is absolutely cruel!! The US government should only pursue those who have been convicted of serious violent crimes. Other immigrants should be allowed to continue living, working, and raising their children until broader immigration reforms are put in place.

For those who are suffering from harsh immigration enforcement policies, we gather to bear witness to the inhumane treatment that is being funded by US taxpayer dollars. We hold them in the light of hope and pray for compassion. Please join us!

Questions? 

Check with irtf@irtfcleveland.org

(216) 961 0003 IRTF office

 P.S. These Thursday gatherings are vigils, not rallies. So please don’t bring your own signs. We will gather around the common banner, “This is about family.” Thank you.