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May 21, 2022 to May 22, 2022: 2022 Cleveland Asian Festival
11 am - 7 pm ET
E 27th St. and Payne Ave

The Cleveland Asian Festival is a grassroots festival that highlights Cleveland’s AsiaTown, Diversity, and Asian Culture in Northeast Ohio. Organized by the community, for the community to celebrate Cleveland’s diversity and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May.

Cleveland Asian Festival

Sat-Sun May 21-22, 11 am - 7 pm

E 27th St. and Payne Ave

The annual festival offers Free Admission, Free Parking with Free shuttle bus rides to and from the festival, Live entertainment including Cultural Performances and demonstrations on two outdoor stages, a World Marketplace of 100+ vendors and exhibitors, 25+ local restaurants, and caterers offering authentic Asian cuisines,  Free health screenings at the Health Pavilion inside Asia Plaza, Free activities, Free games, the Colors of Asia Fashion show, and an Asian Pop Dance Competition.

Voted “Best Festival” on the 2015 Cleveland Hot List!

Voted “Best New Ethnic Festival for 2010 — Cleveland Scene Magazine

“Excellence in Neighborhood Marketing Award — Live Cleveland!

“CAF has achieved ‘must-attend status” —



·        Strengthening the identity of AsiaTown and supporting its economic growth

·        Educating and promoting Asian culture and traditions

·        Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Cleveland’s Diversity

·        Uniting Cleveland’s Asian Community

May 22, 2022: Light & Legacy: Ben Linder's Work Continues
via Zoom

Sunday, May 22nd

3pm Eastern, 1pm Nicaragua, noon Pacific,

8pm Greenwich/UK


Please join us for this 75-minute webinar about the continuing legacy of Ben Linder in community-led projects of El Cuá-San José de Bocay, Nicaragua, as well as nationwide progress.

The “Light & Legacy” delegation will report their recent observations of hydroelectric and rural development projects, universal health care, the vaccination program, COVID-19 response, and 99% electrification of the country (with over 75% renewable energy generation).

The presenters are:

David Brookbank, social worker, former Witness for Peace long-termer

Susan Work Best, retired educator, 17-year resident of Ciudad Dario

Kathy Albrecht, longtime solidarity coordinator from New Mexico

Bear Albrecht, communications technician, Veterans for Peace member

Becca Renk, community development worker for over 20 years in Ciudad Sandino, delegation coordinator through Casa Ben Linder, a solidarity project of the Jubilee House Community

Bring your questions!  There will be ample time for discussion.


These events are part of a monthly webinar series on Nicaragua.  Additional organizational sponsors are welcome. Contact to sign on.

Current sponsors:

Alliance for Global Justice


Baltimore Club CPUSA

Casa Baltimore/Limay

Chicago ALBA Solidarity

Claudia Jones School for Political Education

Echoes of Silence

Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice – Canada

Frente Hugo Chavez para la Defensa de los Pueblos-Canada

Friends of Latin America

Friends of Sandinista Nicaragua

Friends of the ATC

Friendship Office of the Americas

International Action Center

InterReligious Task Force on Central America

Jubilee House Community

Massachusetts Peace Action

Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign

Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group

Rights Action

Task Force on the Americas

US Peace Council

Victor Jara Siempre Canta




May 24, 2022: Fair Trade: Equal Exchange New Member Orientation
7 pm ET
via Zoom

Consumer support and advocacy has been absolutely crucial to Equal Exchange since our founding in 1986. Over the decades, consumers have organized with Equal Exchange to gain placement in grocery stores across the US, organized distribution of Equal Exchange products in their communities, and spread the word about our alternative trade model to friends, family, and neighbors to help build our alternative trade economy. Our multistakeholder model would not be possible without the active participation of Citizen-Consumers like you.

Join us for our next new member orientation to meet the organizing team, learn more about Equal Exchange, and get involved in the Citizen-Consumer community! Now is a great time to get involved for the first time or to get involved again if it’s been a little while. 

Equal Exchange and IRTF = Partners in Fair Trade

Why Equal Exchange?

Equal Exchange was founded in 1986 as a 100% fair trade worker-owned cooperative. Many other big commercial coffee roasters or retailers are involved in fair trade simply as a niche item for just one of their many product lines; and that’s as far as it goes.  For companies who are fully committed to fair trade, like Equal Exchange (the first fair trade coffee company in the US) it’s about transforming the food system. Price is only a part of it. It is mostly about relationship and mutual commitment to each other. Look for products that are 100% fair trade. If only 5-10% of a company’s product line is fair trade, you should question their commitment to justice for the workers who grow, produce, and process the product.


Support the solidarity economy. Together we examine and challenge the current system of global capitalism dominated by big corporations, which exploits people and the planet. We are linked across the globe with small growers and producers—as well as authentic fair trade companies and nonprofits—in building an economy based on solidarity, putting people over profits. Another world is both possible and necessary; let’s build it together. Support authentic fair trade.

Read about Equal Exchange’s farmer partners across the globe here.

We hope to see you on May 24.   

For more info, contact

Tuesday, May 24 on Zoom

7:00pm Eastern | 6:00pm Central | 4:00pm Pacific


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Can't attend our event but want to stay connected to our community? Join Us.

May 24, 2022: High-Risk Feminism in Colombia
2pm-3:30pm ET
via Zoom

The abysmal security situation facing human rights defenders, social leaders, Afro-Colombian and Indigenous activists, and environmental defenders in Colombia is well-known. According to the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (INDEPAZ), from January 1 until March 30 alone, 48 social leaders and human rights defenders were assassinated and 98 massacres took place in the country. Women’s roles in conflicts—as peacemakers, mothers, victims, and revolutionaries—is well studied in academia. What has been less explored is why women engage in feminist mobilization, even when this exposes them to tremendously high levels of risk.

Dr. Julia Margaret Zulver, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, researched this question and recently published a book titled, “High-Risk Feminism in Colombia.” The book explores how three women’s organizations upended traditional gender norms to defy armed group’s control on their communities, exposing them to retributive punishment. Digging into the experiences of the Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas, Afromupaz, and la Alianza de Mujeres Tejedoras de Vida, Dr. Zulver’s book provides insights on how different feminist movements are major players in creating transformative change in Colombia. She will also discuss her recent article in the Washington Post where she analyzes how demands for gender justice are playing out in Colombia’s 2022 presidential elections.

Event Details:
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST 

Dr. Julia Margaret Zulver
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 

Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli
Director for the Andes


Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish will be available on Zoom.


May 25, 2022: Rural youth and the state of exception in El Salvador
12 PM ET
via Zoom

The Share Foundation and U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities (USESSC) would like to invite you to our upcoming webinar:

Rural youth and the state of exception in El Salvador

We will have the participation of three young persons from the regions of UCRES, La Libertad and Chalatenango. They will share what the state of exception has been like for them and the regions where they live since it was enforced in El Salvador on March 27.

The event will be facilitated by Zulma Tobar and there will be time for Q&A,


May 25, 2022

12 PM Eastern time / 10 AM El Salvador


1 hour  15 min



The event will be held in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation.


May 26, 2022: NEO Worker Center Open Meeting and Guardians for Fair Work Campaign
12 PM ET
via Zoom

Open Meeting

Save the date!  Our next Open Meeting is on Thursday, May 26th from 12:00 - 1:00pm.  This is a great meeting to check-in with the worker center, hear what's been going on, and meet other folks' involved with NEOWC.
Guardians for Fair Work Campaign + Pledge Cards!
The Guardians for Fair Work campaign continues!  We are partnering with a number of orgs and grassroots organizers to bring wage theft and unfair scheduling protections to workers in Cleveland.  City Council continues to signal support for our wage theft ordinance and we are working hard to continue to apply pressure for its speedy passage.  Here are some simple ways you can get involved with the campaign:
2. Request a packet of pledge cards by responding to this email.  Use this pledge cards to get signatures from friends, family, neighbors, and others to help build support for the campaign.  We will be dsitributing pledge cards through the month of May and will bring the completed cards to City Council as a demonstration of the support for pro-worker policies in Cleveland.
3. Share our recent op-ed in The Land or this article suggesting wage theft enforcement as a use for ARPA dollars.
4. Follow us on instagram and twitter @fairworkcle
5.  Check out our Fair Work Friday series where we are lifting up worker stories in a weekly email and video series.  See below for the email with easy links to share.
May 26, 2022: Cleveland Jobs With Justice Spring Celebration
6:30 PM ET
via Zoom

This year we recognize workers who are Building Power for Worker Justice by running organizing campaigns and striking to improve their rights in the workplace.

Join us on Thursday, May 26th at 6:30pm via Zoom to hear from workers at Starbucks and other workplaces across the country.

In January, we decided that we couldn’t take a chance by planning an in-person Spring Celebration and then have to cancel or try to postpone because of another COVID outbreak. We are hoping that this will be our last virtual Spring Celebration. The advantage to holding a virtual event is that we can include out-of-state folks, which we are doing this year. Please join us as we recognize the workers who are Building Power for Worker Justice here in Cleveland and across the country. Hear the stories from workers organizing Unions and striking for improved conditions in the workplace. 


May 28, 2022: Station Hope 2022
7 pm -10 pm ET
St John's Episcopal Church in Ohio City 2600 Church Ave Cleveland, OH 44113

Station Hope 2022

Saturday, May 28|7:00pm - 10:00pm (ET)



St. John's Episcopal Church in Ohio City & the surrounding neighborhood

2600 Church Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44113


Now in its ninth year, Station Hope is a jubilant community event celebrating Cleveland’s social justice heritage and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. Engage with over 200 artists and 50+ community and professional arts & cultural organizations from across Northeast Ohio 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. Station Hope is free, family-friendly, and open to all.

Due to the historic construction of the building, some interior spaces may not be accessible to people with limited mobility

Every year, over 2,000 people attend Station Hope, which features art and performance staged in and around one of the most historically significant sites in Greater Cleveland, St. John's Episcopal Church. Audiences tour St. John's sanctuary, parish hall, and basement to view an array of short performances of dance, theatre, spoken word, storytelling, and music. Visual art displays and interactive art activities permeate the event while choral performances set the atmosphere of the outdoor spaces in and around the historic church.


Station Hope 2022 will feature both new and returning artists, celebrating hope and tackling contemporary topics such as racism, police brutality, immigration, education, human trafficking, gun violence, income inequality, and gender discrimination—alongside historically-based original works that celebrate the people and stories comprising Northeast Ohio's Underground Railroad history. Stay tuned for more information about pop-up livestreams leading up to the main event!


Station Hope is diverse in types of performances, but also in the different groups from our community gathering together—residents of the nearby public housing estate at Lakeview Terrace join long-time and new residents of the Ohio City neighborhood, along with real estate developers, arts lovers, business owners, and politicians, to make up a highly economically diverse crowd.




June 7, 2022: Equal Exchange: Tea Lovers' Seminar
7 pm ET
via Zoom

Tea Lover's Seminar

Join Equal Exchange’s tea team for a journey into the world of tea! Learn more about why our alternative trade model is so important for tea farmers in an industry still dominated by plantations. Then, experience a selection of teas through a guided tasting as we learn about the crop and the farmers behind each blend. 

Tuesday, June 7 on Zoom
7:00pm - 8:30pm Eastern
Cost: $35 (includes Tea Tasting Kit)

Registration closes end of day 5/25 or when Tea Tasting Kits are sold out.

 Register & Buy Tasting Kit

Cost Includes:

  • Registration for our Zoom seminar

  • Tea Tasting Kit, shipped to the participant, with 6 boxes of Equal Exchange tea, a tea tasting worksheet, and an Equal Exchange tea brochure.

How to Register:

Call us at (774) 776-7366

June 8, 2022 to June 10, 2022: People's Summit 2022
Los Angeles, CA Location TBA

People's Summit 2022

More Information and Registration here

In June, the Biden Administration, alongside LA Mayor Garcetti and CA Governor Gavin Newson will use the 9th Summit of the Americas to showcase Los Angeles as the example of “economic prosperity, security, human rights, and dignity.” 

Prosperity for who?

LA has some of the starkest income inequality in the nation with billionaires living just within blocks from homeless encampments amidst the rising housing crisis. Working people in LA and across the country know that the U.S. gov’t has absolutely failed us, especially during a pandemic where we saw workers' lives sacrificed for the sake of profits.  

But it doesn’t need to be that way.

We, unionists, activists, grassroots organizations and progressive people of Los Angeles and of the Americas are calling for a People’s Summit. We call on the people of the U.S. to be bold in our belief that another future is possible, and to fight for it together.

On June 8th, 9th and 10th we will gather to demand solutions to the problems plaguing our communities as we gather to counter the 9th Summit of the Americas. We will be hosting three days of mobilizations, workshops, panels, and cultural performances concurrent with the Summit of the Americas to create a space and opportunity to discuss these dire needs of our communities.


June 18, 2022: Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls
Gathering 9 am, Start 10 am
Washington, DC

Poor People's Campaign Moral March on Washington and to the Polls

Any nation that ignores nearly half of its citizens is in a moral, economic and political crisis. There were 140 million people who were poor or one emergency away from economic ruin before the pandemic. Since March 2020, while hundreds of thousands of people have died, millions are on the edge of hunger and eviction, and still without health care or living wages, billionaire wealth has grown by trillions.

There are abundant resources to meet our needs, and we march to summon the political will to do so. America must have a moral revolution now. It is time to nonviolently disrupt, protest, shake up and alter the direction of our nation towards a moral agenda of love, truth, justice and equal protection under the law.

On June 18, 2022 the Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls will be a generationally transformative and disruptive gathering of poor and low wealth people, state leaders, faith communities, moral allies, unions and partnering organizations. 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 false moral narrative of religious nationalism!


“It is NOT just a day of action. It is a declaration of an ongoing, committed moral movement to 1) Shift the moral narrative; 2) Build power; and 3) Make real policies to fully address poverty and low wealth from the bottom up.”

—Bishop William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Check out the Poor People's Campaign's website for more information! 

June 26, 2022 to July 7, 2022: Human rights, dignity, and land: a call from the mining and farming communities of Northeast Antioquia
Delegation to Colombia

The mining and farming communities of Northeast Antioquia fear a new escalation of violence by different armed groups in their territory. The lack of implementation of the peace agreements signed between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia -FARC- in 2016 has created an environment where there is no guarantee for establishing a comprehensive and lasting peace. Faced with the panorama of abandonment, the communities that walk in resistance accompanied by the Corporation for Humanitarian Action and Peaceful Coexistence of Northeast Antioquia – CAHUCOPANA, weave alternatives to war and build paths to move towards peace with social justice.

In this delegation, you will share with communities and grassroots organizations that resist violence and oppression, building peace day by day. You will hear directly about their commitment to a dignified life based on respect for Human Rights, and you will discover how you can be part of the change. (You will also learn how to sleep in a hammock and keep mosquitoes away). It will be a transformative learning experience.

Join this delegation to meet and support these peacebuilding communities in solidarity!

Click here for information on costs, COVID protocols and to apply.

Got questions? Email us at

Delegation to Nicaragua

Dear Friends,

We are happy to share this opportunity to participate in an important delegation to Nicaragua focusing on women’s issues, August 6-15, 2022. The delegation will also include a virtual class component prior to travel, so there is the option to participate in the virtual part even for people who won't be able to travel. 




Where: Managua, Carazo, Matagalpa & Estelí, Nicaragua

When: 6 – 15 August 2022 (Arrive in-country no later than 6th Aug, leave 15th Aug)

Cost: $75 per person/per day all-inclusive 9-day brigade. Total cost: $675 per person*

To apply: Write to

Application deadline: 25 June 2022



Nicaragua is a world leader in gender equality. In just 15 years, Nicaragua has closed the gender gap by more than 80%. Today, Nicaragua is the number one country in the world for educational attainment for women and girls, number one for women cabinet ministers and number three in the world for women in parliament. How has this small Central American country made such a difference in such a short time? Join us to explore Nicaragua and find out!


Brigade Activities:

·         Meet with women in parliament

·         Talk with women entrepreneurs

·         Explore programs benefiting women in health, education & infrastructure

·         Visit women’s worker-owned co-ops

·         Learn about Nicaragua’s fight to end violence against women

Alliance for Global Justice and its project the Nicaragua Network are teaming up with Casa Benjamin Linder, a solidarity cultural center and education project of the Jubilee House Community-Center for Development in Central America to sponsor this important delegation to Nicaragua.

*Includes all in-country costs: meals, hotels, translation, and entrance fees. Airfare and COVID tests are separate.

For more information:


Blessings and Peace, 

The Friendship Office