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August 22, 2019 to August 29, 2019: Stop Immigration Detention - rally at Superior/W. 9th
4-5pm
foot of the Detroit/Superior Bridge, at the intersection of W. 9th St., Superior and W Huron Rd

Stop Immigrant Detention

Thursdays in August, 4-5pm

Aug 8, Aug 15, Aug 22, Aug 29

Our demands

-End Child Detention

-Reunite Detained Children with Legal Guardian

-Give Full Refugee Rights, in accordance with the US signing of the UN 1951 Convention on Refugees

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

-to DHS (Dept of Homeland Security): Investigate USDOJ for complicity in child endangering, kidnapping, & torture

rally organizer: Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network

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August 31, 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!

September 3, 2019: Internship deadline - Jubilee USA in Washington, DC
Washington, DC

https://www.jubileeusa.org/careers_and_internships

Inquire with internships@jubileeusa.org.

Position Overview:

The Development and Executive Associate supports overall office operations and will have the opportunity to learn about non-profit fundraising, grant applications and direct mail outreach. This position is suited well for individuals interested in development or non-profit administration.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Organizing, writing and assembling grant proposals;
  • Keeping thorough records of finances and donations;
  • Assisting in increasing online donor fundraising;
  • Helping prepare annual fundraising appeal and annual report;
  • Updating and writing web and print materials for donor outreach;
  • Providing administrative support including:
    • Data entry: Entering new supporters and updating existing supporters in our databases
    • Office functions: Assist with direct mailings and other related administrative work to support Jubilee's development activities
    • Office operations: Assist with answering the phone, checking the mail, and monitoring donations
  • Playing a key role in organizing and coordinating logistics for Jubilee USA events;
  • Attending events and related conferences on behalf of Jubilee USA. 

Qualifications:

Applicants must be: detail-oriented, organized, exhibit strong written skills, strong interpersonal skills, and be self-motivated. Best suited for those interested in running or starting their own non-profit. The Development and Executive Associate will leave with in-depth insight on the operations of a non-profit. Positive attitude and enthusiasm is a must!

September 5, 2019: Immigrant Defense Vigil
4-5pm
Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building, 1240 E. 9th St. (at Lakeside), downtown Cleveland

[First Thursday vigils: Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5]

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.

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!

Questions? 

Check with irtf@irtfcleveland.org

(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.

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September 15, 2019: IRTF fair trade at Native American Fest - Avon Lake
11am-5pm
Veterans Memorial Park, 32770 Lake Rd., Avon Lake OH 44102

Can you help out IRTF for a couple hours at our fair trade booth on Sunday, Sept 15?

 

2019 Native American Fest

Veterans Memorial Park, 32770 Lake Rd., Avon Lake OH 44102

Host: Heritage Avon Lake in partnership with LENAC (Lake Erie Native American Council)

 

About this event:

SEP 15, 2019, 11am-6pm

Native dances, artisans, crafts, food.

Free and open to the public.

See the Facebook event here.

 

Fair Trade Outreach & Sales

-support the growth of fair trade cooperatives as an alternative economic model

-promote community-to-cooperative relationships between NE Ohio and Latin America

-educate NE Ohioans on policy questions that impact local economies in Ohio, Central America, Mexico and Colombia

 

If you can volunteer for a 2-hour shift at our fair trade booth (9am to 6pm), please respond send a message to ohiofairtrade@irtfcleveland.org.

 Thanks in advance!

 

September 16, 2019: Interfaith Welcome Service - Global Cleveland’s Welcoming the World Campaign
12-1pm
Amistad Chapel, inside the national headquarters of the United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland 44115

For information on the prayer service, contact Rev Sue Blain blains@ucc.org

The United Church of Christ is organizing an interfaith prayer service to highlight the Welcoming the World campaign. 

The campaign runs Sep 13-Oct 13.  Global Cleveland is reaching out to global friendly organizations and asking them to tell their global story. 

The Welcoming the World campaign will showcase NE Ohio as a diverse, inclusive and global friendly place to live, work, and volunteer. 

Please join us in putting a spotlight on Northeast Ohio as a global friendly place to live and work.

For further information, please contact Nancy@globalcleveland.org or Michelle@globalcleveland.org

September 27, 2019 to September 29, 2019: IRTF fair trade at Ingenuity Festival - Cleveland
Friday, 6pm - 1am; Saturday, 1pm-1am; Sunday, 1pm - 6pm
Hamilton Collective, 5401 Hamilton Ave., Cleveland OH 44114

Can you help out IRTF for a couple hours at our fair trade booth on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, Sep 27-29?

 

Ingenuity Festival

5401 Hamilton Ave., Cleveland OH 44114

St. Clair-Superior neighborhood

 

About this event:

Friday, Sept. 27: 6pm - 1am
Saturday, Sept. 28: 1pm - 1am
Sunday, Sept. 29: 1pm - 6pm

 

Ticket Prices:
$10 Weekend Pass
$5 Student, Senior, Starving Artist

Celebrating its 15th year making creative intersections of art, science, and technology accessible to all, Ingenuity Cleveland brings you an entire fantasy, vividly imagined, awaiting behind the Hamilton Collaborative’s doors.

This year’s theme, Dreamscapes, is the surreal creation of a living daydream: celebrating the hopes and aspirations stirring in our region's vast creative community, and manifesting those dreams into a reality through nonstop, immersive experiences. This event unites more than 20,000 artists and art-lovers from all over Ohio, and actively represents the diversity of interests and skills this incredible community has to offer, empowering artists to bring their dreams to fruition.

Attendees will wind their way through the multi-level Hamilton Collaborative warehouse with eight uniquely themed villages, each featuring dozens of individual exhibits. This year’s Fest will see the return of villages like Makers Mecca, showcasing everything from robotics, virtual reality, and 3-D printing technologies to tinkering and crafting, allowing the young and young-at-heart to get in touch with their inner DIY enthusiast and make hands-on creations. New in 2019 is IngenuiTree Isle, entirely dedicated to sustainability and Wellness Way, where attendees can focus on mind, body, and spirit. At Dreamscapes, six stages will bring you more than just lullabies. From the intimate feel and intriguing antics of the Ingenuity Cabaret; the local and touring acts at Music Meadow; to the deep beats and multi-media dance of the Tesseract Stage, audiences can appreciate performance at its best.

See event info on the Facebook page here.

 

IRTF Fair Trade Outreach & Sales

-support the growth of fair trade cooperatives as an alternative economic model

-promote community-to-cooperative relationships between NE Ohio and Latin America

-educate NE Ohioans on policy questions that impact local economies in Ohio, Central America, Mexico and Colombia

If you can volunteer for a 2-hour shift at our fair trade booth, please send a message to ohiofairtrade@irtfcleveland.org.

Thanks in advance!

September 28, 2019 to September 29, 2019: IRTF fair trade at Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival - Cleveland
Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5
Lincoln Park, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland 44113

Can you help out IRTF for a couple hours at our fair trade booth on Saturday or Sunday, Sep 28-29?

Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival

location: Lincoln Park, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland 44113

Host: Tremont West Development Corporation

 

About this event:

SAT, SEP 28, 2019, 12-7pm

SUN, SEP 29, 2019, 12-5pm

This festival celebrates the cultural and artistic diversity of Tremont and the greater Cleveland area, and supports the endeavors of its visual and performing artists. The event includes over 130 vendors featuring artist selling their paintings, sculptures, jewelry, etc.; live music and dance performances; beer & wine garden; children’s village, and more.

Now in its 21st year, the 2019 Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival is comprised of five Festival Villages:

  • Children’s Village: hand-on arts, historical, and educational projects;
  • Community Village: area non-profit organizations presenting material about their mission and services, along with local, independent merchants and vendors;
  • Cultural Village: food sales by Tremont and Greater Cleveland restaurants , and fair trade merchants and non-profits reflecting the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood and region;
  • Artists’ Village: sales of painting, sculpture, fiber, fine jewelry, glass, wood, ceramics, graphics, and photographs created by Tremont and northeast Ohio artists. Within the Artists’ Village are our special 2019 gallery and program – Focus on the Artists: Freedom and Love – A Celebration of LGBTQ Artists – as well as a return of our special gallery and program –  Focus on the Artists: Sin Fronteras/Beyond Borders – A Celebration of Latino Artists;  

The Festival has free music and dance performances Saturday and Sunday on the TACF Main Stage located in the Beer & Wine Garden.

 Free and open to the public. See event info here.

 

IRTF Fair Trade Outreach & Sales

-support the growth of fair trade cooperatives as an alternative economic model

-promote community-to-cooperative relationships between NE Ohio and Latin America

-educate NE Ohioans on policy questions that impact local economies in Ohio, Central America, Mexico and Colombia

If you can volunteer for a 2-hour shift at our fair trade booth, please send a message to ohiofairtrade@irtfcleveland.org.

Thanks in advance!