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March 21, 2019 to April 25, 2019: Thursdays (4pm weekly) – vigils at the ICE office in Brooklyn Heights
4pm
ICE Office, 925 Keynote Circle, Brooklyn Heights, OH

A group of clergy—Jewish, Islamic, Christian, other-- and others concerned for immigrants in our community are organizing weekly interfaith prayer vigils at the Immigration, Customs & Enforcement (ICE) office. This is a step of prophetic faith witness, and we are fortunate to find many neighbors in this city who are trusted partners in this work and share our belief that faithfulness requires prophetic action in situations of where abuse of power and great suffering exist. Please join us each Thursday if you are able.

March 26, 2019 to March 28, 2019: Fair Trade Federation conference in Austin
Mar 26 at 8 AM – Mar 28 at 9 PM CDT
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin 6505 N Interstate 35, Austin, Texas 78752

The 360 Fair Trade Conference and Expo will be in Austin this year. The conference is a great place to network and gain practical skills for building the Fair Trade Movement. IRTF partner Equal Exchange, the first fair trade coffee company in the US, is one of the sponsors of this annual gathering of fair trade advocates. Check out Equal Exchange's Action Forum "Over time, we will take actions that challenge the corporate control of foodincrease the market viability of small farmers and their co-operatives, and reshape our food system in ways that benefit all of us."

Learn more about this 25th anniversary Fair Trade Federation Conference & Expo here

fairtradefederation.org

Email OhioFairTrade@irtfcleveland.org if you are interested in joining!

March 27, 2019 to April 7, 2019: Cleveland International Film Festival
Tower City Center, 230 W Huron Rd., Cleveland OH 44113

The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. In other words, we present the newest and best films from around the world, and we do everything in our power to make sure that our audience learns something along the way - about other cultures, about the topic at hand, about the experience from the filmmakers themselves.

Answers to all your questions about the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival can be found here

Special Programs

College Program: The CIFF is offering FREE morning, matinee, and late night screenings for college students who present a valid college I.D. Free films will be screened on each weekday of the CIFF43 between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. They will also be screened after 11:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Free tickets will be available one hour before screening start times and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Simply stop by the Film Festival Box Office with a valid college I.D. to obtain your ticket for admittance. One ticket per filmgoer per film. Use code COLLEGE to receive $1 off the ticket price for other Festival screenings. Discounts are also available to students at the Box Office. Don't forget to visit our Updates page for the latest Stand By listings.

Perspectives: CIFF is delighted to present year four of our immersive storytelling exhibition, where we’ll be continuing to showcase interactive media, virtual reality, and more. As technology evolves, so too does the way we tell stories. With a new generation of creators, comes innovative collaboration and the capacity to envision multiple perspectives within a single story. We invite you to navigate this new and exciting terrain with us and experience how immersive storytelling continues to evolve.

Film Forum panel discussions follow the screenings of these films. 

Film SlamCelebrating its 27th anniversary, FilmSlam® is the Cleveland International Film Festival’s media literacy program and mini-festival of films for students.  FilmSlam® aims to educate students about evaluating and critiquing the messages they perceive while viewing films. Film can be less intimidating than many other art forms because of its prominent role in American culture. Therefore, it is a logical conduit through which social messages (such as the importance of the prevention of domestic violence and the eradication of discrimination) can be sent to young audiences.

DReam Catcher: Recognizing LGBTQ filmmakers. In its inaugural year, the CIFF is thrilled to recognize award-winning director and Cleveland native, Jamie Babbit, as its first DReam Catcher program participant and award recipient. Jamie will spend her time in Cleveland meeting with LGTBQ community organizations and students. And the DReam Catcher Award will be presented to Jamie as part of the CIFF43 Closing Night Ceremony.

Director SpotlightIn 2003 at the 27th CIFF we launched our Director Spotlight Award. The purpose of this program is to showcase directors with distinguished careers by featuring a retrospective of their past films and screening their most recent work available. Over the years we have celebrated filmmakers who have had their talent embraced around the country and the world. This year we are proud to present the Director Spotlight Award to Jennifer Baichwal.

Someone to Watch . In 2003 at the 27th CIFF we launched our Someone to Watch Award series. The purpose of this program is to showcase the work of mid-career filmmakers who we believe are rising stars in international filmmaking. Over the years we have celebrated filmmakers whose talent has been embraced at movie theaters across the country and around the world. This year is no different. Rima Das is a self-taught filmmaker, who was born and raised in Chaygaon, a small village in Northeast India. When she was growing up, her father was the head teacher of a girls’ high school, and her mother ran a local bookstore and printing press. As a child, Rima was adventurous and creative, spending her days climbing trees and exploring nature. Her films reflect these experiences. 

Opening NightCIFF43 Opening Night will take place at Playhouse Square on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 and will include the film at 7:00 PM at the Connor Palace, followed by the reception at 9:00 PM at the KeyBank State Theatre. Tickets required. 

Closing Night Everyone in attendance at any of the films showing in the last round is invited to join us for the Closing Night dessert reception and awards presentation program around The Fountain at Tower City Center. The Closing Night Reception will include a brief program announcing the winners of the American Independents Competition, George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition, Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition, Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition, Local Heroes Competition, the ReelWomenDirect Award, and the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award.

March 30, 2019: CIFF - Tre Maison Dasan
1:50pm
Tower City Center, 230 W Huron Rd., Cleveland OH 44113
IRTF partners with the 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival to present this compelling documentary about the separation of children from their parents--here, by the US incaraceration system. An astounding 1 in 14 youths in the US have a parent in custody.
Director: Denali Tiller
With:Tre Janson, Dasan Lopes, Maison Teixeira, Alivia Bastien, Manuel Teixeira, Stephanie Moniz, Tyree Freeman, TeLisa Richardson, Luis Lopes, Inez Momiz, Shirley Teixeira, Kerri Janson, Derrick Scurry, Suzanne Hermiz, Joyce Dixson-Haskett, Charles Rardin, Heidi Brown.

1 hour 34 minutes

Official Site: https://www.tremaisondasan.com

From CIFF: Tre, Maison, and Dasan are all very different from one another. Tre, 13, is a rebellious and defiant aspiring rapper. Maison, 11, is a precocious and energetic young man whose vocabulary far exceeds that of most preteens. And Dasan, six, is a sweet and tender-hearted boy who is often shy in front of the camera. What unites Tre, Maison, and Dasan is that each of them has a parent in prison…and they are not alone. Currently, one in 14 children in the United States have an incarcerated parent. Providing insight into the many childhoods marked by the criminal justice system, TRE MAISON DASAN follows the lives of these boys and explores the empty spaces that remain when a parent goes to prison. Both poignant and insightful with its fly-on-the-wall approach, this documentary shows that when mothers and fathers serve long sentences, it is not only the perpetrators who are punished. —G.S.

Review: The United States is by far the world’s leader in incarceration, with the current trend toward privatization of prisons for profit assuring that dubious title is unlikely to be shed anytime soon. One under-discussed consequence of this lust for lockup is the fact that an estimated one in 14 American youths have a parent in custody. Denali Tiller’s potent, sometimes wrenchingly intimate “Tre Maison Dasan” follows three Rhode Island boys raised under those circumstances, with fathers behind bars (and one mother just newly released).

All have problems — different ones, but most at least partly traceable to the insecurity and instability bred by a parent’s long absence. This engrossing documentary focuses primarily on the kids as each grows through some rough developmental patches. But en route a few stereotypes get demolished, most notably the notion that every convict is a “deadbeat dad” or otherwise inherently bad person. Very well-crafted, this feature directorial debut is an excellent non-fiction drama with several layers of topical resonance to encourage its exposure in an election year.

Read more here.

Screenings of this film at Tower City Center:

Saturday, March 30, 1:50pm

Sunday, March 31, 4:15pm

See the full schedule of films for the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival at ClevelandFilm.org 

TICKETS. For $1 off the regular ticket price, use the code IRTFCA

1– online: www.clevelandfilm.org/tickets

2– by phone:  1-877-304-FILM

3– in person: Film Festival Box Office in the Tower City Cinemas lobby

TIP: Many films at the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will go on standby. Don’t wait until the day of the film to purchase your ticket. Make an early purchase for any CIFF film you’d like to see during the festival. Regular ticket price for non-CIFF members is $16. Students and seniors: $14. College students: films are free with valid ID, M-F 9am-3pm.

 

March 31, 2019: CIFF - Ghost Fleet
8:50pm
Tower City Center, 230 W Huron Rd., Cleveland OH 44113

Ohio Fair Trade Network partners with the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival to present this shocking documentary that exposes present-day slavery in its worst form and showcases the brave individuals refusing to leave their brothers stranded. 

Directed by: Jeffrey Waldron, Shannon Service

Runtime: 90 min.

From CIFF: Decades of illegal fishing practices have depleted the Gulf of Thailand’s seafood stock, forcing companies to cast their nets off more distant shores. To keep a $6.5 billion seafood industry afloat with no line of employees willing to work on these boats for years at a time, Thai fishing companies kidnap and coerce men into slavery to man their ships. Beaten, starved, drugged, and tortured on these ships out at sea that rarely see land, some men manage to escape by jumping overboard and swimming to small, remote islands dotting the ocean. Although dangerous, the risk outweighs the boat’s inevitable death sentence. GHOST FLEET joins Patima Tungpuchayakul, co-founder of the Labor Rights Promotion Network Foundation, and her dedicated team as they journey from Thailand to the distant islands of southern Indonesia to help these men finally return home. This shocking documentary exposes present-day slavery in its worst form and showcases the brave individuals refusing to leave their brothers stranded. (In English, Thai, Khmer, and Burmese with subtitles) —A.B.

Review: Thailand’s seafood industry is one of the largest in the world, but decades of illegal and unregulated fishing has forced boats to travel farther from Thai shores to find fish. As local fishermen have refused to be at sea for months, some companies have taken extreme measures to solve their labor shortage, paying human traffickers for duped or kidnapped workers from rural Thailand or impoverished neighboring countries like Myanmar and Cambodia. These unfortunate men have been kept at sea in slave-like conditions, brutalized by those in charge, fed amphetamines so they could work around the clock and rarely brought near land. Instead, the catch from their boat was picked up by a mother ship that also dropped off food for the crew.

Some of the men escaped by jumping overboard in remote Indonesian waters and making their way to land. Some of the escapees were caught by the fishing companies and left to languish in squalid private prisons while others managed to hide in the forest. 

Read more here

Screenings of this film at Tower City Center:

Sunday, March 31, 8:50pm

Monday, April 1, 6:35pm

Tuesday, April 2, 12:10pm

See the full schedule of films for the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival at ClevelandFilm.org 

Learn more about the Ohio Fair Trade Network here . 

TICKETS. For $1 off the regular ticket price, use the code OFTN

1– online: www.clevelandfilm.org/tickets

2– by phone:  1-877-304-FILM

3– in person: Film Festival Box Office in the Tower City Cinemas lobby

TIP: Many films at the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will go on standby. Don’t wait until the day of the film to purchase your ticket. Make an early purchase for any CIFF film you’d like to see during the festival. Regular ticket price for non-CIFF members is $16. Students and seniors: $14. College students: films are free with valid ID, M-F 9am-3pm.

 

March 31, 2019: CIFF - Tre Maison Dasan
4:15pm
Tower City Center, 230 W Huron Rd., Cleveland OH 44113
IRTF partners with the 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival to present this compelling documentary about the separation of children from their parents--here, by the US incaraceration system. An astounding 1 in 14 youths in the US have a parent in custody.
Director: Denali Tiller
With:Tre Janson, Dasan Lopes, Maison Teixeira, Alivia Bastien, Manuel Teixeira, Stephanie Moniz, Tyree Freeman, TeLisa Richardson, Luis Lopes, Inez Momiz, Shirley Teixeira, Kerri Janson, Derrick Scurry, Suzanne Hermiz, Joyce Dixson-Haskett, Charles Rardin, Heidi Brown.

1 hour 34 minutes

Official Site: https://www.tremaisondasan.com

From CIFF: Tre, Maison, and Dasan are all very different from one another. Tre, 13, is a rebellious and defiant aspiring rapper. Maison, 11, is a precocious and energetic young man whose vocabulary far exceeds that of most preteens. And Dasan, six, is a sweet and tender-hearted boy who is often shy in front of the camera. What unites Tre, Maison, and Dasan is that each of them has a parent in prison…and they are not alone. Currently, one in 14 children in the United States have an incarcerated parent. Providing insight into the many childhoods marked by the criminal justice system, TRE MAISON DASAN follows the lives of these boys and explores the empty spaces that remain when a parent goes to prison. Both poignant and insightful with its fly-on-the-wall approach, this documentary shows that when mothers and fathers serve long sentences, it is not only the perpetrators who are punished. —G.S.

Review: The United States is by far the world’s leader in incarceration, with the current trend toward privatization of prisons for profit assuring that dubious title is unlikely to be shed anytime soon. One under-discussed consequence of this lust for lockup is the fact that an estimated one in 14 American youths have a parent in custody. Denali Tiller’s potent, sometimes wrenchingly intimate “Tre Maison Dasan” follows three Rhode Island boys raised under those circumstances, with fathers behind bars (and one mother just newly released).

All have problems — different ones, but most at least partly traceable to the insecurity and instability bred by a parent’s long absence. This engrossing documentary focuses primarily on the kids as each grows through some rough developmental patches. But en route a few stereotypes get demolished, most notably the notion that every convict is a “deadbeat dad” or otherwise inherently bad person. Very well-crafted, this feature directorial debut is an excellent non-fiction drama with several layers of topical resonance to encourage its exposure in an election year.

Read more here.

Screenings of this film at Tower City Center:

Saturday, March 30, 1:50pm

Sunday, March 31, 4:15pm

See the full schedule of films for the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival at ClevelandFilm.org 

TICKETS. For $1 off the regular ticket price, use the code IRTFCA

1– online: www.clevelandfilm.org/tickets

2– by phone:  1-877-304-FILM

3– in person: Film Festival Box Office in the Tower City Cinemas lobby

TIP: Many films at the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will go on standby. Don’t wait until the day of the film to purchase your ticket. Make an early purchase for any CIFF film you’d like to see during the festival. Regular ticket price for non-CIFF members is $16. Students and seniors: $14. College students: films are free with valid ID, M-F 9am-3pm.

 

April 1, 2019: CIFF - Ghost Fleet
6:35pm
Tower City Center, 230 W Huron Rd., Cleveland OH 44113

Ohio Fair Trade Network partners with the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival to present this shocking documentary that exposes present-day slavery in its worst form and showcases the brave individuals refusing to leave their brothers stranded. 

Directed by: Jeffrey Waldron, Shannon Service

Runtime: 90 min.

From CIFF: Decades of illegal fishing practices have depleted the Gulf of Thailand’s seafood stock, forcing companies to cast their nets off more distant shores. To keep a $6.5 billion seafood industry afloat with no line of employees willing to work on these boats for years at a time, Thai fishing companies kidnap and coerce men into slavery to man their ships. Beaten, starved, drugged, and tortured on these ships out at sea that rarely see land, some men manage to escape by jumping overboard and swimming to small, remote islands dotting the ocean. Although dangerous, the risk outweighs the boat’s inevitable death sentence. GHOST FLEET joins Patima Tungpuchayakul, co-founder of the Labor Rights Promotion Network Foundation, and her dedicated team as they journey from Thailand to the distant islands of southern Indonesia to help these men finally return home. This shocking documentary exposes present-day slavery in its worst form and showcases the brave individuals refusing to leave their brothers stranded. (In English, Thai, Khmer, and Burmese with subtitles) —A.B.

Review: Thailand’s seafood industry is one of the largest in the world, but decades of illegal and unregulated fishing has forced boats to travel farther from Thai shores to find fish. As local fishermen have refused to be at sea for months, some companies have taken extreme measures to solve their labor shortage, paying human traffickers for duped or kidnapped workers from rural Thailand or impoverished neighboring countries like Myanmar and Cambodia. These unfortunate men have been kept at sea in slave-like conditions, brutalized by those in charge, fed amphetamines so they could work around the clock and rarely brought near land. Instead, the catch from their boat was picked up by a mother ship that also dropped off food for the crew.

Some of the men escaped by jumping overboard in remote Indonesian waters and making their way to land. Some of the escapees were caught by the fishing companies and left to languish in squalid private prisons while others managed to hide in the forest. 

Read more here

Screenings of this film at Tower City Center:

Sunday, March 31, 8:50pm

Monday, April 1, 6:35pm

Tuesday, April 2, 12:10pm

See the full schedule of films for the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival at ClevelandFilm.org 

Learn more about the Ohio Fair Trade Network here . 

TICKETS. For $1 off the regular ticket price, use the code OFTN

1– online: www.clevelandfilm.org/tickets

2– by phone:  1-877-304-FILM

3– in person: Film Festival Box Office in the Tower City Cinemas lobby

TIP: Many films at the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will go on standby. Don’t wait until the day of the film to purchase your ticket. Make an early purchase for any CIFF film you’d like to see during the festival. Regular ticket price for non-CIFF members is $16. Students and seniors: $14. College students: films are free with valid ID, M-F 9am-3pm.

 

April 2, 2019: CIFF - Ghost Fleet
12:10pm
Tower City Center, 230 W Huron Rd., Cleveland OH 44113

Ohio Fair Trade Network partners with the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival to present this shocking documentary that exposes present-day slavery in its worst form and showcases the brave individuals refusing to leave their brothers stranded. 

Directed by: Jeffrey Waldron, Shannon Service

Runtime: 90 min.

From CIFF: Decades of illegal fishing practices have depleted the Gulf of Thailand’s seafood stock, forcing companies to cast their nets off more distant shores. To keep a $6.5 billion seafood industry afloat with no line of employees willing to work on these boats for years at a time, Thai fishing companies kidnap and coerce men into slavery to man their ships. Beaten, starved, drugged, and tortured on these ships out at sea that rarely see land, some men manage to escape by jumping overboard and swimming to small, remote islands dotting the ocean. Although dangerous, the risk outweighs the boat’s inevitable death sentence. GHOST FLEET joins Patima Tungpuchayakul, co-founder of the Labor Rights Promotion Network Foundation, and her dedicated team as they journey from Thailand to the distant islands of southern Indonesia to help these men finally return home. This shocking documentary exposes present-day slavery in its worst form and showcases the brave individuals refusing to leave their brothers stranded. (In English, Thai, Khmer, and Burmese with subtitles) —A.B.

Review: Thailand’s seafood industry is one of the largest in the world, but decades of illegal and unregulated fishing has forced boats to travel farther from Thai shores to find fish. As local fishermen have refused to be at sea for months, some companies have taken extreme measures to solve their labor shortage, paying human traffickers for duped or kidnapped workers from rural Thailand or impoverished neighboring countries like Myanmar and Cambodia. These unfortunate men have been kept at sea in slave-like conditions, brutalized by those in charge, fed amphetamines so they could work around the clock and rarely brought near land. Instead, the catch from their boat was picked up by a mother ship that also dropped off food for the crew.

Some of the men escaped by jumping overboard in remote Indonesian waters and making their way to land. Some of the escapees were caught by the fishing companies and left to languish in squalid private prisons while others managed to hide in the forest. 

Read more here

Screenings of this film at Tower City Center:

Sunday, March 31, 8:50pm

Monday, April 1, 6:35pm

Tuesday, April 2, 12:10pm

See the full schedule of films for the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival at ClevelandFilm.org 

Learn more about the Ohio Fair Trade Network here . 

TICKETS. For $1 off the regular ticket price, use the code OFTN

1– online: www.clevelandfilm.org/tickets

2– by phone:  1-877-304-FILM

3– in person: Film Festival Box Office in the Tower City Cinemas lobby

TIP: Many films at the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will go on standby. Don’t wait until the day of the film to purchase your ticket. Make an early purchase for any CIFF film you’d like to see during the festival. Regular ticket price for non-CIFF members is $16. Students and seniors: $14. College students: films are free with valid ID, M-F 9am-3pm.

 

April 4, 2019 to April 8, 2019: Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World

Travel with IRTF to Washington, DC

 ADVOCACY DAYS ON CAPITIOL HILL

 April 4-8, 2019

 Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World

Join IRTF at the annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference where we will join with hundreds from across the US to analyze current policies and envision ways to move forward to build the kind of world we want, the world we need. Join us!

 We will stand together against

· racism

· sexism

· xenophobia

· poverty

· militarism

· and other social evils

 

“Troubling the waters” has a long and rich history in our nation and faith traditions. For centuries, courageous and prophetic leaders have “troubled the waters” to challenge authority and resist oppression. They stirred up #GoodTrouble to bring healing to our nation and world, pointing the way forward toward justice, respect, and inclusion.

The 2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference will draw on #GoodTrouble pioneers from the civil rights era—as well as inspiration from today’s young leaders—to learn from the past, share best practices, and encourage one another for the important work ahead. 

SCHEDULE

WED……....travel to Washington, DC

THU-FRI…..visits on Capitol Hill

SAT-SUN….conference

MON……....more visits on Capitol Hill, return to Cleveland

The conference is a gathering of hundreds of people of faith and conscience, sharing our common beliefs—from our many traditions—in justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. We’ll build our base of information and skills (including advocacy training) at workshops and plenary sessions. Then we’ll take our united voices to our legislators on Capitol Hill, calling for progressive policy change on a number of domestic and international peace, justice, and humanitarian issues. 

WORKSHOP AREAS: Africa, Asia-Pacific, domestic US issues, eco-justice, global economic justice, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East, and peace-global security

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Rev. Jennifer Butler (Founding Executive Director of Faith in Public Life), Rev. Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri (Presbyterian Ruling Elder and teacher), Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock (Senior Pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church), Rev. Teresa Hord Owens (General Minister & President of the Disciples of Christ), David LaMotte (songwriter, speaker and writer) , Rev. Adam Taylor (Executive Director of Sojourners), Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis (Co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival)

SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Scholarship assistance might be available for students or others. Tax-deductible contributions are needed for the fund. Donate online here, or mail to IRTF. Memo: advocacy delegation

 TRAVEL LOGISTICS: Contact irtf@irtfcleveland.org to coordinate carpools and overnight stays.

 

QUESTIONS? Call 216 961 0003.

 

Here is more info about

Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World

In 2019, we gather at a time in which people of faith and conscience are again called to stand in the prophetic stream of those who have come before us, those who were not afraid to stir up #GoodTrouble for the sake of God’s kindom.

The history of engaging in #GoodTrouble is embedded in our faith tradition and our history as a nation and in the world. In the Bible, we read stories of the midwives who resisted Pharaoh and preserved the lives of Hebrew baby boys. We see Moses challenging the authority of Pharaoh, and Jesus overturn tables run by money changers. Throughout our U.S. history, Native peoples resisted land theft and cultural assimilation by European settlers through many forms of resistance. Colonists resisted England’s imperial overreach and enslaved Africans resisted captivity both physically and spiritually. That spiritual resistance was especially pronounced in spirituals sung by those dehumanized by slavery. “Wade in the Water,” and other spirituals were messages of lament, hope and courage. They also included instructions on how to get to freedom. Years later, leaders such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and John Lewis drew on these same spirituals for inspiration as they stirred up #GoodTrouble in their time.

Today, we are deeply troubled by what we see in the world. The 2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference will draw on #GoodTrouble pioneers from the Civil Rights era as well as inspiration from young leaders to learn from the past, share best practices, and encourage one another for the work ahead. Through worship, educational and training workshops, and advocacy, we will beckon the Spirit to “Trouble the Waters” as depicted in John 5:1-9, calling on God to bring healing to our nation and world. Join us as we envision and train for new ways to stir up #GoodTrouble for the healing of all God’s children.

SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATIONS FOR OUR THEME
John 5:1-9 (KJV)

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

Isaiah 43:1-9

But now thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; I will say to the north, “Give them up,” and to the south, “Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth— everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears! Let all the nations gather together, and let the peoples assemble. Who among them declared this, and foretold to us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses to justify them, and let them hear and say, “It is true.”



Join IRTF as we travel to renew our revolutionary spirit and learn about these important intersections
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April 10, 2019: Christian Peacemaker Teams is hiring

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks a full-time Development Coordinator to serve as a member of our Peacemaker Corps in expanding our financial capacity and building fiscal sustainability.

Responsibilities include creating and implementing funding strategies, providing administrative oversight, cultivating major gifts, overseeing donor acquisition and renewal, writing and managing grants, organizing events, and participating in the overall work of the Administrative Team.  The position involves close collaboration with a development working group and includes some international travel to meetings and/or project sites.

Candidates should demonstrate passion for cultivating donors to support our work, commitment to grow in the journey of undoing oppressions, and ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a dispersed team across continents.  We prefer someone with development experience and a focus on grassroots social change organizations. 

REPORTS TO: Administrative Director

TERMS: Full time, 40 hours/week, three-year appointment

COMPENSATION: $24,000/year

BENEFITS: 100% employer-paid health, dental and vision coverage; four weeks annual vacation.

LOCATION: Chicago strongly preferred.

START DATE: negotiable; position available as of August 1, 2019

TO APPLY: please submit electronically, in English, the following to hiring@cpt.org

  • Cover letter stating motivation/reasons for interest in this position
  • Résumé/CV
  • A list of three references with e-mail and daytime telephone numbers

 

APPLICATION REVIEW BEGINS APRIL 12, 2019. See full position description.

CPT is an international, faith-based, non-profit organization that builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression.  We seek individuals who are capable, responsible and rooted in faith/spirituality to work for peace as members of teams trained in the disciplines of nonviolence.  We are committed to building an organization that reflects the rich diversity of the human family in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race and sexual orientation.

April 13, 2019 to April 15, 2019: IRTF Phonathon -- volunteers needed
IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave, Cleveland OH 44113

Please consider volunteering for our annual phonathon to contact IRTF supporters.

SAT, Apr 13, 10-2

SUN, Apr 14, 1-4

MON, Apr 15, 5-8 

If you can't stay the whole time, come for just 90 minutes or so.

This is EASY calling.

  1. We only call people on our mailing list who are already supportive of our human rights work.
  2. We provide a script.
  3. We mostly leave voicemail messages.
  4. We provide refreshments and good company.

 To volunteer, please come to the office any of the hours listed above*. Please bring your cell phone (if you have unlimited minutes) to make calls, or use one of our three phone lines.  If you would like to bring a snack to share, that would be welcome, too.

 Meet our board members; they’ll be here on the phones!

 If you would like to let us know to expect you, call 216 961 0003 or email volunteer@irtfcleveland.org

 *Volunteers are also needed during the daytime  MON-TUE-WED (Apr 15-16-17) for clerical work in the office. 

Many thanks.

May 6, 2019 to May 7, 2019: Clone of IRTF Phonathon -- volunteers needed
IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave, Cleveland OH 44113

Please consider volunteering for our annual phonathon to contact IRTF supporters.

MON, May 6, 5-8 

TUE, May 7, 5-8

If you can't stay the whole time, come for just 90 minutes or so.

This is EASY calling.

  1. We only call people on our mailing list who are already supportive of our human rights work.
  2. We provide a script.
  3. We mostly leave voicemail messages.
  4. We provide refreshments and good company.

 To volunteer, please come to the office any of the hours listed above*. Please bring your cell phone (if you have unlimited minutes) to make calls, or use one of our three phone lines.  If you would like to bring a snack to share, that would be welcome, too.

 Meet our board members; they’ll be here on the phones!

 If you would like to let us know to expect you, call 216 961 0003 or email volunteer@irtfcleveland.org

 *Volunteers are also needed during the daytime  MON-TUE-WED for clerical work in the office. 

Many thanks.

May 11, 2019: IRTF Dance Gala: Rhythms of Latin America
7:30-11:30pm
Franklin Circle Church, 1688 Fulton Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113

Saturday, May 11, 7:30pm-11:30pm 

The InterReligious Task Force on Central America invites the public to our annual Latin Dance Gala on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Enjoy free dance lessons and performances. We will celebrate right in our own neighborhood at Franklin Circle Church hall (1688 Fulton Rd Cleveland, OH 44113). Don’t miss out! 

Schedule:

7:30-8pm................DJ & open dancing, refreshments

8-9:30pm................performances & dance lessons

9:30-11:30pm.......open dancing to Latin rhythms

11pm......................raffle winners announced

Wine & beer available. Donation requested. 

Non-alcoholic beverages and food are complimentary.

Sponsors needed: Sponsorship packages are available from $100-$1000. To become a sponsor, choose your sponsorship level on the event site, or email us at promotions@irtfcleveland.org .

Tickets: Mail $20 to IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland OH 44113 by May 9. Or puchase on the event site (which will charge a processing fee).  Discount tickets of $10 also available for open dancing, 9:30-11:30pm only (i.e., you'd miss the free dance lessons and performance, as well as the food). 

Tickets at the door are $5 more. 

Questions: 216 961 0003 or promotions@irtfcleveland.org

May 15, 2019: Deligation:Solidarity with Nicaragua!

Explore the history and current context of Nicaragua through the eyes of the Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo (ATC, Rural Workers’ Association), a mass organization that represents the people who feed Nicaragua: farmworkers and small farmers. We will exchange with peasants and workers organized by the ATC and other groups in the city and countryside, studying the role of unions, cooperatives, women, and youth in building Nicaragua’s popular economy and national sovereignty.

July 11-21: Our delegation will focus on learning and recovering the rich history of internationalist solidarity with Nicaragua. As a tangible act of our internationalism, we will collect testimonies so that we can return to our communities with resources for sharing the current state of revolutionary struggle in Nicaragua. We will also show our solidarity with the ongoing fight to resist imperialism following 2018's failed coup attempt by joining with thousands of Nicaraguans in Managua to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution on July 19.

Delegation organizers: ATC and Friends of ATC (Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo), La Via Campesina Nicaragua, Alliance for Global Justice, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign. 

For more information about the delegation and how to apply, please visit friendsatc.org/delegations. Applications are due May 15, 2019.