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December 14, 2019: Fair Trade Holiday Open House at IRTF
10am-2pm
IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland 44113

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Join us for the

 IRTF Fair Trade Holiday Open House

 Saturday, December 14, 10am-2pm

*  Warm up with delicious Equal Exchange hot cocoa, tea and coffee

*  Enjoy snacks and good company

*  Make your fair trade gift purchases

*  Pick up your Fair Trade Gift Bag order, or create one on the spot!

 GIFT BAGS

Choose one of these, or create your own .

¨ Equal Exchange Lovers - $40 :  select 1 coffee, 1 tea, 1 chocolate bar, 1 bag of nuts, 1 hot cocoa mix

¨ Chocolate Sampler - $45 : 10 bars; one of each variety

¨ Coffee Sampler - $30: select 3 coffees

¨ Tea Sampler - $25: select 4 teas

¨ Simple Bag - $20:  select 1 coffee, 1 tea, 1 chocolate bar

Gifts are packaged in a beautifully decorated, fair trade, reusable gift bag made from recycled cotton by a women’s cooperative.

 

Jewelry

silver rings, bracelets, earrings

eco-earrings, bracelets, necklaces

beaded earrings, bracelets, necklaces

woven friendship bracelets

 

Handbags

handbags, clutches, purses

coin purses, wallets

scarves, headbands

 

Fun items for kids

Minions, hacky sacks

finger puppets

seismic bobble-head creatures from Mexico

Equal Exchange products

Coffee $9: several varieties, including flavored coffees

Tea $5: 17 organic varieties

Chocolate bars $4, vegan and other delicious organic dark  or milk chocolate bars from both Equal Exchange and Divine

 

Nuts  $7

natural or roasted

pecans from New Communities in Georgia

almonds from family farms in California

cashews from Burkina Faso

 

Fair foods from the Middle East

maftoul (couscous) $10

freekeh (roasted wheat) $10

Medjool dates $15

olive oil $15

Cocoa $7

spicy hot cocoa mix (cinnamon & chili)

regular hot cocoa mix  (fat free)

dark hot cocoa mix

baking cocoa

 

About IRTF's Fair Trade Program

IRTF works towards justice and equity in the distribution, access to, and participation in the production and consumption of the world’s resources for the people of Central America and Colombia. The conventional trade model is accelerating a race to the bottom that hurts workers, consumers, and the environment. Moreover, it further divides us into “haves” and “have nots.” As an alternative model, fair trade sets a series of standards to ensure fair wages and human dignity for producers, community investment, environmental sustainability, and more. 

IRTF’s fair trade program generates thousands of dollars in much needed income for artisans and farmers in Latin America.  This happens through the generous invitations of schools, community groups, and congregations that offer us table space at 40-50 events each year. Fair trade is an important part of IRTF’s human rights mission: to call together people in NE Ohio to walk in solidarity with oppressed peoples of Central America and Colombia to achieve peace, justice, human rights and systemic transformation through nonviolence.

Volunteers needed!

If you can help for a 2-hour shift, please call 216 961 0003 or email us at OhioFairTrade@irtfcleveland.org .

Thank you. 

Can’t make it on Saturday? Order your holiday gift bag to pick up by Dec 20 at 2019holiday.eventbrite.com

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December 15, 2019: Present a Workshop at Consortium of North American Peace Programs

Call for Proposals

Call for Workshops, Panels, Papers, Projects, Performances, Artworks
Proposals due December 15, 2019, by 11:59 pm USA Eastern Standard Time
Submit proposals via GoogleForm
Questions may be addressed to conappgburg@gmail.com

Gettysburg is famous for the United States’ Civil War. Instead of letting violence have the last word, we will gather at this site to discuss peace and justice, and dare to imagine radical alternatives!

The Consortium of North American Peace Programs (CONAPP) invites proposals for the first undergraduate student-centered, peace and justice conference at Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania, USA), June 8 – 11, 2020. Masters and doctoral students, professors, and community members may attend, learn and dialogue, but presenters will only be undergraduates from Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

We invite proposals related to any of the following themes: peace, justice (food justice, restorative justice, prison abolition), sustainable development, human rights, conflict resolution/transformation, peace education, philosophy of peace and non-violence, climate change, and unsettling settler colonialism. You may also submit proposals that reflect peace-related themes not explicitly mentioned here.

Format: The format is fashioned after Freirean praxis: reflection and action. Each session will be 1.5 hours: 45 minutes for critical dialogues and the other 45 minutes for peace innovation labs. This format will create opportunities for radical praxis by centering student voices and co-constructing new futures with their ideas at the helm. Presenters will send their ideas in advance for attendees to review so that we walk into the room with questions. We will, therefore, start the sessions with critical dialogues and not just presenters talking at attendees with little time at the end for an authentically robust conversation. Praxis sessions will include peace innovation labs, in which attendees, along with the presenters, will discuss how to make some aspects of the dialogues actionable. These actionable ideas will be collected throughout the conference, and a few selected projects will be given seed money for implementation.

Proposals should specify the format: Workshops, Panels, Papers, Projects, Performances, Artworks

  • Panels: Propose a panel of at least three participants on any of the following themes: peace, justice (including, but not limited to themes such as food justice, restorative justice, prison abolition), sustainable development, human rights, conflict resolution/transformation, peace education, philosophy of peace and non-violence, climate change, unsettling settler colonialism. Each workshop proposal must include names and affiliations of proposed panelists, the proposed format, and an abstract of not more than 500 words.
  • Workshops: Propose a workshop that is participatory and inclusive. Describe the format and goals within 300-500 words. Be sure to include time for critical dialogues.
  • Individual Papers, Projects, Reports, Narratives: Proposals should include the title and an abstract of no more than 300 words. Accepted proposals will be grouped into panels.  
  • Performances: You may submit a proposal to render your own original song, dance, poetry, spoken word or other type of performance related to any of the conference themes mentioned above. Each performance should not exceed 10 minutes. Describe the performance and how it’s related to the conference themes in 300-500 words. Performances will also have critical dialogues.
  • Artworks: You may submit a proposal to showcase your own original artwork (painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, ceramics, etc) related to any of the conference themes mentioned above. Submit a description of the artwork and how it reflects the conference themes. The artwork will be showcased during the conference at specific times with space included for critical dialogues. Describe the artwork and how it’s related to the conference themes in 300-500 words.

Please submit all proposals via GoogleForm by 11:59 pm USA Eastern Standard Time, December 15, 2019.

Decisions will be sent out by the end of January 2020 so that students can begin to make plans for attending the conference.

Registration will become available in February 2020.

December 18, 2019: Ruth Building Fair Trade Holiday Open House
5:30-8pm
2140 W 38th St., Cleveland 44113

Come on inside and warm up with good friends on the Near West Side!

WHAT: Ruth Building Fair Trade Open House

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 5:30-8pm

WHERE: The Ruth Building, 2140 W 38th St (apartments 3 and 4), Cleveland 44113

(one block south of Lorain Ave, at intersection of Chatham St)

WHO: Your hosts are Samantha Musser, Kristina Walter, and Jonathan Cahill

QUESTIONS: Call/text Samantha 216 983 9444 or Kristina: 216 870 9456

DESCRIPTION: Our apartment building is bringing back an old tradition of hosting a fair trade sale with items from the InterReligious Task Force, Amani Beads, and Drink Local, Drink Tap. There will be plenty of wonderful items for sale from all around the world, as well as some refreshments to keep you energized. 

Please join us on Wednesday evening.  Bring friends; the more the merrier!

About the products: Give your friends and family gifts that support fair trade cooperative businesses that ensure living wages, community investment, and environmental sustainability.

Equal Exchange organic and vegan goodies: coffee, tea, chocolate, dried mangoes, almonds, cashews, pecans, hot cocoa mix

Mexico: silver bracelets and earrings with mother of pearl inlay from indigenous Nahua people of Guerrero

Guatemala: beaded ornaments, earrings, necklaces, headbands, wallets, scarves and handbags from women artisans around Lake Atitlan

Colombia: tagua nut bracelets, earrings, necklaces

El Salvador: hand-painted wooden ornaments in popular La Palma folk art style from Taller Jesus Obrero in Soyapango, coconut shell bracelets, necklaces, and earrings made by teens and their parents at Cooperativa Jaraguá in Tonacatepeque

About IRTF fair trade

IRTF works towards justice and equity in the distribution, access to, and participation in the production and consumption of the world’s resources for the people of Central America and Colombia. IRTF examines the corporate-dominated globalization of the economy through the lens of people in Central America and Colombia and how their reality is linked to ours in NE Ohio.  IRTF challenges the dominant economic model that results in exploitation both at home and abroad. IRTF offers an alternative through fair trade. 

Fair trade is a trade model that sets a series of standards to ensure fair wages and human dignity for producers, community investment, environmental sustainability, and more.  IRTF promotes fair trade as an alternative trade model to the conventional free market system of trade that currently dominates our world and further divides us into “haves” and “have nots.”

At community events throughout the year,  IRTF sells fair trade items that pay a living wage to artisans and farmers in Latin America.  Fair trade is an important of IRTF’s human rights mission: to call together people in NE Ohio to walk in solidarity with oppressed peoples of Central America and Colombia to achieve peace, justice, human rights and systemic transformation through nonviolence.

 

 

 

January 7, 2020 to January 13, 2020: Witness Against Torture’s Fast for Justice
Washington, D.C.

From the WAT website:

We invite you to gather with us in community in Washington, DC, January 6th to 13th for Witness Against Torture’s 2019 Fast for Justice.

Once again we will fast and witness through dramatic actions to mark a tragic and ongoing history. Seventeen years ago on January 11th, the prison camp at Guantanamo opened. To this day it remains a living symbol of US torture and human rights abuses, and is still a place of misery for 40 Muslim men.  And under this president we face the ominous threat that the number imprisoned there will rise again.

It is easy to lose hope in these troubling times. But hope resides in bearing witness to injustice, lifting up human dignity, and imploring our fellow citizens not to turn their eyes away. And so we gather. Learn about our actions in past years at http://www.witnessagainsttorture.com/


Please join us – for the week or for a day, but especially on Friday January 11th.  IRTF will RSVP on your behalf, all you have to do is complete this short application.

February 8, 2020: 20th annual IRTF Social Justice Teach-In
11:00a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Case Western Reserve University
Tinkham Veale Center 11038 Bellflower Rd Cleveland, OH 44106

What: IRTF has not yet publicized the theme of the 20th annual Social Justice Teach-In. (hosted by Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), in conjunction with the CWRU Social Justice Institute and the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning).  The Social Justice Teach-In on February 8, 2020, will showcase 40 workshops on domestic and global justice issues.

Registration: Registration, which includes brunch, is FREE for students of all ages and $10 for others ($15 at the door).  Registration is required to save your spot for brunch. Registration is requested ASAP (brunch might not be available for walk-ins). Register at https://2020teachin.eventbrite.com. To avoid credit card fees, mail your check payable to IRTF to IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave, Cleveland OH 44113.

Look for the Facebook event. Please share. 

When: Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 11:00a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check-in at 10:30am. Brunch at 10:30am. Welcome remarks at 11am.

Where: Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale Student Center, 11038 Bellflower Rd. Cleveland, OH 44106. Parking is free along the street, and there is paid parking in the Severance Hall parking garage

Who:  We expect more than 600 people (of all ages) to engage in a variety of workshops covering issues such as environmentalism, food justice, peacemaking, racial justice, refugees, state-sponsored violence, creative nonviolence, and worker justice. Most of the attendees will be high school and college students, who can attend for free. For the past two years, we’ve had students and teachers from 35 area schools!

Keynote address:  Olmeca is a Bilingual Hip-Hop artist, producer, activist and scholar who has been featured on Complex Magazine, Billboard, NPR, Huffington Post, Noisey, and Democracy Now.  His work has been featured on various documentaries on PBS, BBC World, as well as, featured films. He has written music for tv shows including “Sons of Anarchy,” and new series, “The Mayans” on FX and toured Latin American, U.S. and Europe. 

Currently, Olmeca is celebrating the release of his new album, “DEFINE". The album can be found on multiple playlists on Spotify and iTunes where some of the singles are reaching 100k plays.  He is faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Interdisciplinary Gender and Ethnic Studies Department teaching Latin American History, Latinx in the U.S. and Hip-Hop courses. For the next year, Olmeca will be a Kennedy Center Artist Fellow and is finishing a poetry book to accompany the album

Noisey says, "Olmeca is a 21 century shaman and one of the reasons bilingual music is a thing today..." 

Olmeca grew up in the barrios of L.A. and Mexico, a reality that brewed his blending of music genres and cultural sensitivity.  His bilingual music has earned him respect and praises in both English and Spanish news outlets and genres (Hip-Hop and Latin Alternative). Olmeca has collaborated with Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Latin Alternative band, Ozomatli, Hip-Hop legend, Ras Kass, and Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver).  Olmeca has toured Canada, Latin America and Europe and has helped spawn a new trend of bilingual Hip-hop. While everyday people respect his lyrical content, music connoisseurs value the production, and educators utilize Olmeca’s music in their classrooms.

This, along with his social commentary and community efforts makes Olmeca a stand-alone artist in how he can intersect various identities and demographics. It is also for this reason that he is not only a gifted performing artist, but a university lecturer doing guest lectures, residencies and keynote speeches in universities throughout the U.S.  His capacity to bring various campus programs, offices and academic departments together is not only unique, but also necessary.   His work has been noted by social justice dignitaries speaking alongside Dolores Huerta, Naomi Klein and many others.

Workshops: Attendees can choose from among 30 workshops by local and national people well-versed in justice issues. Some workshops will be organized or presented by CWRU students. The list of workshops will be available by mid-January at https://2020teachin.eventbrite.com.

Schedule:

10:30a.m. walk-in registration begins in the Tinkham Veale Atrium. We will also hold pre-registration check-in and brunch
11:00a.m. to 11:25 a.m. welcome remarks and intro to keynote speaker (Tinkham Ballroom)
11:25a.m. to 12:10p.m. keynote (Tinkham Ballroom)
12:10p.m. to 12:15p.m.  closing remarks and logistics (Tinkham Ballroom)
12:30p.m. to 1:25p.m.  workshop session 1
1:40p.m. to 2:35p.m. workshop session 2
2:50p.m. to 3:30p.m. Jolt for Justice (Tinkham Ballroom)

Questions?

Contact irtf@irtfcleveland.org or call 216.961.0003

February 13, 2020 to February 23, 2020: Sandino Vive! Delegation to Nicaragua

Sandino Vive! Delegation to Nicaragua

Join our solidarity delegation to Nicaragua, the beautiful Central American nation known as the “land of lakes and volcanoes.” Named by former U.S. NSA Security Advisor John Bolton as part of the “troika of tyranny” alongside Cuba and Venezuela, Nicaragua was subjected to an attempted coup d’etat in 2018 that left the international community wondering what is happening in the country. This is your chance to see what’s really going on in Nicaragua, 40 years after the triumph of the Sandinista Popular Revolution which overthrew the U.S.-backed Somoza dictatorship.

Our delegation will meet with different sectors of the Nicaraguan population, including workers, farmers, women, youth, and journalists. An important part of the delegation will be spent in rural areas in communities organized by the Rural Workers’ Association (Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo [ATC]), which is a founding member of the global peasant movement La Via Campesina. We will also visit important sites of the Sandinista Revolution as part of our efforts to preserve the historic memory of this nation’s long struggle for sovereignty. On February 21, we will remember the 86th anniversary of the assassination of Augusto C. Sandino, the “General of Free Women and Men”, who has inspired decades of anti-imperialist struggle in Nicaragua and around the world.

This delegation is co-sponsored by the Friends of the ATC solidarity network, La Via Campesina Nicaragua, and the Alliance for Global Justice.

WHEN: 

Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, February 23, 2020

WHERE: 

We will begin and end our trip in the city of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. We will visit urban and rural communities in different areas of the country, concentrating specifically in the northern mountainous regions. Lodging will take place in ATC schools, locally-run hotels, and family homestays.

WHO: 

Curious about or committed to peasant and worker rights, social movements, and internationalist solidarity? We’d love for you to travel with us! Most of all, we want delegates who wish to extend this experience to their own communities upon returning home.

COST: 

Sliding scale, $1000-$1500. Trip fee includes lodging, meals, in-country transport, translation, and staff coordination. You are responsible for international arrival (or other travel plans to Nicaragua) and personal expenses. We can provide ideas to help delegates fundraise to cover their trip fee.

QUESTIONS?

Visit Friends of the ATC's Webpage for more information about the organization.

Interested in applying? Please email info@friendsatc.org for an application. 

Applications are due Sunday, December 22, 2019.

February 17, 2020 to February 21, 2020: Unsettling Histories: Decolonizing Discipleship
Forest Home Camp, Oak View, CA

This year we will follow up on the BKI 2019, when we listened to and learned from a range of Indigenous voices concerning land, law and language (note: you do not need to have participated to join us in 2020).  The 2020 BKI, as Rev. Art Cribbs puts it, "aims to help us toward 20/20 vision," by:

Unsettling Histories: 

Cohorts will focus on the personal and political work required of settlers and immigrants, in order that we might more deeply:

  • understand how our narratives, communities and landscapes in North America are haunted by violence and injustice, past and present; and
  • heal the myriad layers of our colonization, and colonizing behaviors, inward and outward.

Participants will examine our own familial and communal immigrant/settler histories—where our people came from, where and how they/we settled, how they/we colluded and collided with the colonial project, then and now.

Decolonizing Discipleship: 

We will imagine and strategize how, as persons and communities of faith, to embody more meaningful practices of:

  • restorative solidarity and relationship with Indigenous communities; and
  • “response-ability” to name, understand and resist historical and current structures of settler colonialism.

hukišunuškuy: (pronounced hu-kee-shoon-óosh-kooy): A mitsqanaqan (Ventureño Chumash) phrase introduced to us by local Chumash scholar activist Matthew Vestuto that connotes a different kind of settling: “A promise to vision together.” Guest Indigenous leaders will serve as interlocutors through the process, encouraging us to become reliable “Treaty People” and to work together toward justice and a decolonized future.

Full registration includes a copy of Elaine Enns and Ched Myers’ forthcoming book Healing Haunted Histories: Decolonizing Our Landlines, Bloodlines and Songlines (Cascade, summer 2020). Note: you do not need to have participated in 2019 to join us in 2020. 

Accommodation Information and Registration >> click here
Transport Guide >> click here
Latest flyer - help us spread the word!

Questions? Email us.

Registrations close January 29th, 2020.

February 19, 2020 to February 29, 2020: Christian Peacemaker Teams - Delegation to the US/Mexico Borderlands

Delegation to the US/Mexico Borderlands

Witness the impact of immigration enforcement in the US/Mexico borderlands where foreign policy masquerades as domestic, and where life and death decisions are foisted upon our neighbors, relatives and friends, placing them in vulnerable and volatile situations. Journey with us through this zone of conflict, the gauntlet of the Sonoran desert, part of the lethal continuum that our neighbors from Latin America travel to reach the fields, factories and detention centers of the US. Come to observe, query, discern, contribute, learn and then take home the story of human struggle and hope.

With the lens of the borderlands, delegation members will examine how immigration reform does and does not impact US citizens' neighbors, and US citizens themselves. Delegates will meet some of those directly affected by public policy, including migrants, local residents, activists, and law enforcement personnel. They will walk desert trails and visit sites such as detention centers, human resource centers, and cooperatives, traveling back and forth across the border. Participants will see first hand the impact of militarism on migrants and border communities.

Delegation participants may expect relatively mild weather in February: cool nights, warm, dry days. Prepare for moderate level trail walking. A passport or border card is essential for this delegation. Spanish is helpful but not required.

FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: 

$900 USD, which does NOT include the cost of travel to Tucson, Arizona, USA.

APPLICATION:

apply through Christian Peacemaker Teams here. Or via the PDF attached to this webpage.

Flyers:
February 28, 2020 to March 8, 2020: WFP - Solidarity Collective Delegation Environmental Justice in Colombia

Confronting Climate Change and Building Peace: Environmental Justice in Colombia

OVERVIEW:

After decades of armed conflict, the people of Colombia are still fighting to achieve peace and resolution in their nation. However, ecotourism and megaprojects led by multinational groups are not only harming the environment but driving a wedge between the Peace Process.

In reality, the Peace Process opened up more space for multinational investment and business interests because it failed to change the neoliberal economic model. US-supported policies, such as aerial fumigation, facilitate greater business investments by forcing occupants to lear the land, thus leaving it open for businesses to move in.

This delegation will explore dual facets of climate change, how US policies contribute to continued environmental degradation in Colombia, how the narrative of climate change is used as a justification for displacement, and how the threat of climate change prevents indigenous and rural communities from protecting their land, and the opportunity to advocate for their right to peace and environmental justice.

COST:

$1,000 + international airfare
Price covers meals, lodging, interpreters, and transportation within Colombia, along with reading and activist tools. 
Fundraising help is available

DEADLINE:

Application & $250 deposit due January 15, 2020.
Remaining Balance due January 28, 2020.

​PAYMENT:

Payment should be made through Witness for Peace by following this link or mailing to 

Witness for Peace Midwest
PO box 6078
Minneapolis, Mn 55406
*Please note the name of the delegation on the check

QUESTIONS:

For more information contact carlissa.g.arrow@vanderbilt.edu and cgdyer@ncsu.edu

March 19, 2020 to March 26, 2020: CIS - Saint Oscar Romero 40th Anniversary Delegation
San Salvador, El Salvador

Saint Romero: Solidarity and the Struggle for Social Justice in El Salvador today, Program will include:

  • Romero Vigil and processions Saturday, March 22 and March 24
  • Visit Romero’s home and the chapel where he gave his life and Cathedral and tomb of Saint Romero
  • Visit women imprisoned for stillbirths and obstetric emergencies, accused of abortion, and women who have been released due to organization and solidarity.
  • Visit Romero and Paso Puente Communities and learn of their struggle for social inclusion after living years in squalor conditions – no water, plumbing, shacks made of plastic, tin and old bed springs, rampant illiteracy, discrimination by authorities, and injustice. Learn of the difference solidarity and working as partners with mutual respect can make.
  • Visit women empowered through CIS small business program /formerly SEW
  • Analysis:   the roots of violence and migration; the struggle for water as a human right, impact, and strategies of the new government of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador.  

Logistics

Travel: You are responsible for arranging your flight.

Arrival:   by Thursday, March 19th midday

Departure:   Any time on Thursday, March 26

Cost:

  • $700 per person in shared room (3-5 persons)
  • $800 per person in shared double room
  • $900 per person for single room

Costs include all in-country costs March 19 – 25: in-country transportation, to and from airport on designated dates, all meals starting lunch on March 19th and ending with breakfast March 26th, 8 nights in Hotel, program, translation/guide.

Costs do not include airfare or additional hotel, food, transport outside of delegation dates.   If a delegate arrives before or leaves after designated dates, CIS can arrange extra nights in hotel and/or taxi service to and from the airport. Hotel nights are approximately $30 per night and taxi ride to or from the airport is approximately $28.  

Applications are due by January 19 through an online google form, which IRTF will then pass on to CIS: https://forms.gle/WFMPX6nQGGhpdoFs5

Payment is due by January 19. All payments should be made through CIS, for more information: http://www.cis-elsalvador.org/index.php/en/payments

For more information on CIS as an organization, please feel free to visit their webpage: http://www.cis-elsalvador.org/index.php/en/

April 24, 2020 to April 27, 2020: Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2020

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:

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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