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October 20, 2018: Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo
9:30 am-3:30 pm
John Carroll University

Teach-In & Expo 2018 — Registration Form

Initiated in 2005, The Teach-In & Expo brings people together from across the state to learn about and become more involved in supporting FAIR TRADE – a model for socially and environmentally conscious consumerism.

Teach-In & Expo 2018 hosted by the Ohio Fair Trade Network and John Carroll University is scheduled for October 20, 2018 at the John Carroll campus in University Heights.  We have a range of workshops from basics of fair trade principles to fair trade certification.  This year, we have a special presentation during the lunch break.

Main sponsors include the Ohio Fair Trade Network, John Carroll University, InterReligious Task Force on Central America, Revy Fair Trade, and more to come.

To see what we did last year, check out the Teach-In & Expo 2017 page!

November 4, 2018: 38th Annual Commemoration of the Martyrs
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Beaumont School 3301 North Park Boulevard Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Reserved seats: $35
Group tables for 8 or more: $30 per person
Walk-ins: $45 at the door
Keynote speaker only: $10 advance/ $15 at the door

Call 216.961.0003 and leave a message with your name and phone, or reserve at

Marlen Sanchez
Guest speaker from Nicaragua

Come for any/all of the event:
4pm: Social hour with music by Chakai Manta
5pm: Interfaith prayer service and guest speaker
6:30pm: Central American dinner

On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) will commemorate the 38th anniversary of the martyrdom of Cleveland women in El Salvador. On December 2, 1980—four US women (including Cleveland’s Jean Donovan and Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel) paid with their lives for deciding to stay in solidarity with oppressed and marginalized peoples, despite political turmoil in El Salvador. Our organization was founded to carry forward their legacy. Since 1981, we have been promoting peace and justice in Central America by engaging Ohioans in education and action. To commemorate the martyrdom of the Cleveland women and empower people to carry on their legacy, we need your help! We respectfully request that you consider a sponsorship or a donation (gift card or product for our auction) towards our Annual Commemoration of the Martyrs.

This event will be held at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights. Approximately 300 IRTF friends and supporters will gather for a social hour, sit down dinner and interfaith service. Our keynote speaker from Nicaragua will be Marlen Sánchez, National Coordinator of Agroecology for the ATC (Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo). In the 1990s, ATC helped found La Via Campesina, an international social movement that defends the rights of peasants, agricultural workers, women farmers, fishers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, and migrants in 80 countries around the world.

We hope that you decide to support our work and use this opportunity to promote how your organization supports human rights across the Americas!

To sign up as a sponsor or contribute to our event by making an auction donation, please fill out the sponsorship form and contact You can also call us at 216.961.0003. The sponsorship form can be found above as a PDF. 

We really appreciate your consideration.