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January 21, 2018: Spaghetti Dinner
6:30pm-8:00pm
Catholic Worker Storefront 4241 Lorain Ave, Cleveland OH 44113

IRTF is hosting a Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner to benefit our full-time volunteer from Germany, Janna Hanke. Spaghetti Dinner She has a wonderful opportunity to go on a delegation to Central America in February to learn about people's movements for justice and get a better understanding of IRTF’s international solidarity work. She would be glad to have your support!

Sunday January 21, 2018
Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner
6:30pm to 8pm at the Storefront
4241 Lorain Ave, Cleveland 44113

Free will offering

We would love to see and talk to you this evening! For more information call 216.961.0003 or email janna@irtfcleveland.org.

February 10, 2018: Social Justice Teach-In
10:00am-3:30pm
Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale University Center
11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Shooting Without Bullets: Creative Responses to State Violence and Social Injustice

On Saturday February 10, IRTF will be hosting our 18th annual Social Justice Teach-In in conjunction with the Social Justice Institute and Center for Civic Engagement and Learning at Case Western Reserve University. Our Teach-In is 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 more than 800 participants, many from area high schools and colleges. The Teach-In provides participants with information, skills, and resources to support social justice campaigns at their schools, congregations, and in their communities. 

Keynote: Amanda King, founder and creative director of Shooting Without Bullets 

Come and learn more about international activism, racism, sexism, environmental justice, resistance to militarism and state-sponsored violence, intersectionality, and the broader social movement for social justice! 

Register here at the EventBrite site:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/18th-annual-social-justice-teach-in-shooting-without-bullets-creative-responses-to-state-violence-tickets-28235218298?aff=erelexpmlt 

Schedule

10:00-11:00        registration/check-in/brunch
11:00-11:30        welcome remarks 
11:30-12:15        keynote Amanda King, Shooting Without Bullets
12:30-1:25          Workshop Session 1
1:40-2:35            Workshop Session 2
2:50-3:15            Jolt for Justice: Next Steps

WORKSHOPS: the list will be updated at the EventBrite site. 

February 26, 2018 to March 6, 2018
:
Delegation to El Salvador with CIS
El Salvador
IRTF-CIS (Center for Exchange and Solidarity) International Election Observer Mission to El Salvador 
 
Feb 26-Mar 6, 2018
Cost* depends on your choice of housing options. Airfare is additional.  

$725: shared room, 3-5 persons

$800: double room

$900: single room (limited)

$575: arrange your own housing 

*In addition, IRTF is requesting a $100 fee to help offset the costs of organizing this delegation from Cleveland. 

The purpose of this delegation is "to contribute to free and fair elections; generate a safe environment to stimulate democratic participation; observe and inform about the implementation of election reforms; deepen our understanding of the social and economic structures that govern the country and their impact; to promote people-to-people solidarity."

 
Please contact irtf@irtfcleveland.org for an application or to get more info. Keep checking social media for updates!
 
OTHER OPTIONS

A. Election Observers: Feb 26 - Mar 6, 2018 (arrival and departure dates)

B. Long-Term Volunteers: January 1 – March 25, 2018 (arrival and departure dates) $80/week

C. Special Spanish Program: Feb 11-25, 2018 (arrival and departure dates) $575
 
 
April 20, 2018 to April 23, 2018
:
Stand with Immigrants and Refuges - Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Washington, D.C.

Join IRTF at the annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference where we will join with hundreds from across the US to analyze current policies and envision ways to more fully and justly respond to the global and local needs of displaced communities.

US policies create migration push factors, forcing people to leave their homelands:
extreme poverty
entrenched violence
political turmoil
militarized repression against pro-democracy movements

After the conference, we will go to Capitol Hill and meet in the offices of Ohio’s 16 congresspersons and 2 senators. We urge them to support policy changes that advance hope and overcome the devastating impacts of armed violence and climate change. We call for an end to US policies that exacerbate social inequality and violent conditions in Latin America, including the militarization of law enforcement in their countries and militarized immigration enforcement that hurts migrants traveling through Mexico and at the US-Mexico border.