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July 25, 2019: Stop the ICE Raids
Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse, 811 W Huron Rd., at the foot of the Detroit/Superior Bridge, Cleveland

WHAT: Rally to End the Inhumanity: Stop Detention, Stop the ICE Raids

WHEN: Thursdays, 4:00PM – 5:00PM

WHERE: Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse, 801 West Superior Avenue

CONTACT: Don Bryant -216.255.1576

 The Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network and the InterReligious Task Force on Central America are holding rallies to “Stop Detention, Stop ICE Raids: End the Inhumanity” at the Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse in Downtown Cleveland on Thursdays from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

 “We continue to stand against the inhumanity of ICE, CBP (border patrol) and DOJ. Families separated, children detained excessively in deplorable detention conditions, and bans on Muslims are contrary to US law, international agreements and our morality as a nation,” say organizers.

ICE raids have been postponed but children and families continue to live in fear under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy using racial profiling and selective enforcement.

As Washington Post syndicated columnist Eugene Robinson writes, “President Trump’s immigration policy has crossed the line from gratuitous cruelty to flat-out sadism...Do not look away. This is the reality of Trump’s America. Deal with it.”

 On exhibit outside the Federal Courthouse will be "Refugees' Journeys," seven posters depicting why and how people flee violence for safety.

Our Demands:

-End Child Detention

-Reunite Detained Children with Legal Guardian 

-Repeal Travel Ban on Muslims

-US Dept of Justice (USDOJ) : Indict Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (ICE)

-Dept of Homeland Security: Investigate USDOJ for Complicity in Child Endangering, Kidnapping, and Torture

-Give Full Refugee Rights, in accordance with the US signing of the United Nations 1951 Convention on Refugees: "contracting states shall not....impose penalties on refugees who entered illegally in search of asylum if they present themselves without delay (Article 31)”

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

(rolling deadline until positions are filled)

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

U.S. Operations & Programs Coordinator

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

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

Anticipated Start Date: June 10, 2019

Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP) Coordinator

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

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

Anticipated Start Date: June 16, 2019

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

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

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

Why we gather

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

About the vigils

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

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

Today's vigil will be led by Rev. Geoffrey Black, retired General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer, Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy at the UCC national office here in Cleveland.

Our demands

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

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

2- end family separation

3- decrease the number of detention beds

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

5- resume discretion in immigration enforcement and prosecution

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

*TPS = Temporary Protected Status

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

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

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


Check with

(216) 961 0003 IRTF office

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


August 2, 2019: Summer Solidarity Coffeehouse
St Paul's Community Church, 4427 Franklin Blvd, Cleveland 44102

Join the fun with IRTF friends. Food, drink, music, spoken word. Reports from IRTF staff and friends recently on delegations to Honduras, Colombia, Nicaragua. Special guest Leslie Schuld from CIS (Center for Exchange and Solidarity) in San Salvador. Free will offering to be shared with CIS. 

Weather note: If the weather is pleasant, we'll be in the back yard (access from Franklin Blvd). If it's raining, we'll be inside the church with the fans blowing! (Church access from W. 45th.)