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Seeking co-sponsors for IRTF Social Justice Teach-In on Feb 8

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Feb 8, 2020: "Art & Storytelling" is the theme of IRTF's 20th annual Social Justice Teach-In at Case Western Reserve University

Dear friends:

We invite your listing as a co-sponsor of IRTF’s 20th annual Social Justice Teach-In, to be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Case Western Reserve University, in conjunction with the CWRU Social Justice Institute and the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning.

This event has a wide following by area students and teachers. At recent Teach-Ins, we’ve had hundreds of students from 30-35 area high schools and colleges. We are able to offer them free registration and brunch because of the generosity of our many co-sponsors.



$100 – includes 2 free registrations and your listing

$200 – includes 4 free registrations and your logo

$300 – includes 6 free registrations and your logo prominently displayed.

See Co-sponsorship form attached here on this webpage. 

Sign up as a co-sponsor online, email , or mail your check to IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland 44113.

More about the Teach-In: 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 three years, we’ve had students and teachers from 30-35 area schools!

Keynote address:  "Art and Storytelling"is the theme of IRTF’s 20th annual Social Justice Teach-In. Our keynote speaker is Olmeca, a bilingual Latinx hip-hop artist, producer, activist, and scholar who intersects various identities and demographics.

The son of immigrants who grew up in the barrios of L.A., Olmeca is one of the few artists who broke ground as an artist and advocate for human rights. His unique writing talent in both English and Spanish has gained the attention of hip-hop and alt-Latinx music audiences. His lyrics are written to encourage critical thinking, transformative education, cultural/political empowerment, and social justice. His story and community efforts have earned him the respect from professors, community organizations, and social justice dignitaries like Dolores Huerta, Luis J. Rodriguez, Naomi Klein, and Emery Douglas.

Olmeca has been a panelist, facilitator, and keynote speaker at universities, conferences, rallies, and community spaces across the U.S. He speaks on art and activism, culture and identity, immigration and cultural empowerment. Olmeca is a graduate of California State University-L.A. in Latin American Studies and Philosophy. In addition to his work as a gifted performing artist, Olmeca is a part-time instructor in Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies at University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

[Note: The Olmecs were the earliest known major civilization in Mesoamerica, having lived in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in the present-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco, 1500-400 BCE.]

Read more of Olmeca’s bio here:

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 is in formation at

Questions? Contact or call 216.961.0003

Here is a listing of the 44 co-sponsors from the 2019 Social Justice Teach-In. Co-sponsors for the 2020 Social Justice Teach-In are being updated at

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP)

AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Case Western Reserve University

Archwood United Church of Christ

Brian & Donna Fry

Church of the Covenant

Church of the Gesu

Church of the Resurrection

Church of St. Dominic: Faithful Citizenship

COAR Peace Mission

Code Pink Cleveland

Communion of Saints Parish

Community Church of Chesterland

Congregation of St. Joseph

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Cleveland Chapter

Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Equal Exchange

Global Gifts

Haas Orthodontic Arts

Harmony Springs Christian Church

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Garfield Heights

Hope House of Prayer

Ian Charnas

Joan Reidy

John Carroll University-Campus Ministry

John Carroll University-Peace, Justice, Human Rights Program

Judge Diane Karpinski (retired)

Mark Weber

Northeast Ohio Sierra Club

Oberlin College-Bonner Center for Service Learning

Presbytery of the Western Reserve

Revy Fair Trade

Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine

Sisters of the Humility of Mary

Sisters of Notre Dame

Senator Nickie J. Antonio, OH-23

St. Edward High School

Steve Holecko

Ursuline College-Campus Ministry

Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland

Vegan Collective-Cleveland

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church – Social Action Cmte

Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice

 Questions? Contact or call 216.961.0003