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Social Justice Teach-In

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Case Western Reserve University Tinkham Veale Center 11038 Bellflower Rd Cleveland, OH 44106

The InterReligious Task Force, in conjunction with the Case Western Reserve University, presents the 16th annual Social Justice Teach-In as a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about critical human rights issues and practice hands-on skills to organize for change. This annual event attracts 500+ participants, many from area high schools and colleges.  The Teach-In will provide participants with information, skills, and resources to support their own social justice programming at their schools and congregations. 

Dr. Rhonda Williams
Founder and Director, CWRU Social Justice Institute


10:45-11:00am  Check-in and Lunch at Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom
11:00-12:15pm   Welcome & Keynote Speaker
12:30-1:25pm    Workshop Session 1
1:35-2:30pm      Workshop Session 2
2:40-3:00pm      Jolt for Justice: Coffee, Debrief and Next Steps
The Health Line and the Red Line stop at University Circle and a couple of busses.
Parking is also available along East Blvd and Bellflower Rd and other surrounding streets, in addition to the paid parking in the garage attached to Severance Hall.


  • An Urban University with a Social Justice Mission? Understanding and Confronting the Urban Crisis - Dr. Cassi Pittman & Dr. Timothy Black, Social Justice Institute 
  • Discovering Your Inner Peacemaker - Sarah Sommers
  • E=mc²: Energy, Justice and the Modern World - Elaine Barnes
  • Elect Yourself in these Divisive Times: Developing 5 Habits for Helping Heal Democracy - Tony Vento
  • From Cleveland to Guantanamo: White Silence equals State Violence - Chris Knestrick, Witness Against Torture
  • Farmworker Justice and the Fight for Fair Food: Why Ohio is Important - The Coalition Of The Immokalee Workers 
  • The Price of Gold: Mechanized Gold Mining vs. Rainforest Cultures in El Chocó , Colombia - Steve Cagan
  • Food Justice: Bananas - Adrienne Wheeler and Paige Hughes
  • Intersection and Building Power for Freedom: Going beyond signing petitions, attending rallies and lobby days. - Ruben Castilla Herrera
  • Islamophobia: Causes, Consequences and Solutions - Isam Zaiem, CAIR
  • The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: The International Movement to Boycott, Divest, & Sanction - Dr. Pete Moore
  • Justice for Janitors and Fight for 15 - Camilo Villa, SEIU
  • The Liberating Bible: An Introduction for Activists - Megan Wilson-Reitz
  • Nonviolence & Welcoming the Republican National Convention to Cleveland - Michael Fiala, Nonviolence Network
  • Racial Justice: Organizing on College Campuses - James Hayes, Ohio Students Association
  • Organizing A Sweatfree Campus - United Students Against Sweatshops
  • State Violence in the Americas: US Responsibility, Then & Now - Arturo J. Viscarra, SOA Watch
  • Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System - Dr. Brian Gran and Josh Lehrer, CCEL Alternative Spring Break
  • The Political Allegory of Alice's Adventure of Wonderland: Looking at the Face of Social Justice - Marcia Dinkins, Toledoans United for Social Action
  • Intersectional Feminism and the role you can play - Cindy Gu and Heather Clayton Terry, Flora Stone Mather Women's Center 
  • Post Graduate Service Opportunities: What to do after graduation - Daniel Ryave, CCEL Executive Council
  • Planning a Service Event from Start to Finish - Daniel Chrzanowski, Alpha Phi Omega
  • Hip Hop as a Vehicle for Social Change - Jaysa Withey and Suneil Kamath, CCEL Exec & Social Justice Institute
  • Habitat for Humanity: Building homes, communities and hope - Lauren Auster, CCEL Exec and Habitat for Humanity
  • The Price of [Fast] Fashion - Kaitlin Nam, CCEL Executive Council
  • Voluntourism: How helpful are you? - Anna Verhanovitz, CCEL Executive Council
  • I Can Create Social Change: A Bystander Intervention Workshop - Ali Martin Scoufield, CWRU Student Affairs Title IX Office
  • Creative Conversations: Engaging Communities in Social Justice Dialogue - Lisa Kollins, CWRU Social Justice Institute
  • Our Social Identities: What Makes Us Unique? - Josh Lehrer, Lambda Eta Mu
  • Breaking Down the Refugee Crisis - Rita Maricocchi, CCEL Executive Council
  • How to Save a Life: Suicide Prevention - Kaitlin Murphy, NAMI, CWRU student chapter
  • Sociology Concepts: Why Education isn't the Answer to Everything - Jeffrey Antoine, CCEL Executive Council
  • The Ethics of Food Waste and It's Impact - Kiran Bandi and Shaid Ahmadmehrabi, Kids Against Hunger and Food Recovery Network

THANK YOU to our Co-sponsors:

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) * Benedictine Sisters of Erie * Bridge Foundation * Catholic Diocese-Hispanic Ministry Office * Church of the Gesu * Church of the Resurrection * Cleveland Meeting-Religious Society of Friends * Communion of Saints Catholic Community * Community Shares of Greater Cleveland * Congregation of St. Joseph * Costello International Fair Trade * Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) * Dominican Sisters of Peace * Equal Exchange * Fairmount Presbyterian Church * Esperanza Threads * Interfraternity Congress * International Partners in Mission * INTO * John Carroll University-Campus Ministry * Lakewood Christian Church * Laurel Lake Retirement Community * MLK Celebration Committee * Near West Theatre * Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland * Northeast Ohio Sierra Club * North Shore AFL-CIO * Office of Multicultural Affairs * Panhellenic Council * Pax Christi-Cleveland * Presbytery of the Western Reserve * Residence Hall Association * Revy Fair Trade * Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine * Sisters of Notre Dame * Sisters of the Humility of Mary * St. Dominic Faithful Citizenship * St. Noel Church * St. Patrick Church * St. Paul Community Church UCC * State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio, OH State District 13 * Ten Thousand Villages * Undergraduate Student Government * United Church of Christ-East Ohio Association and Western Reserve Association * Ursuline College Campus Ministry * Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland * West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church * Women Speak Out for Peace & Justice