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January 1, 2019 to January 31, 2019: Slide-show on the 2018 Border Encuentro

 Border Encuentro 

In November we traveled with more than a dozen IRTF friends to the US-Mexico border in Arizona to stand with thousands of people from across the Americas to call for an end to repressive foreign and military policies that force too many families to flee their homelands in order to survive. We stood at the border wall –a wall that is meant to divide us—and together told stories, sang, prayed, and demanded changes in policies to better reflect our country’s humanitarian and welcoming spirit to people from around the world seeking refuge and a better life.

 Our delegation participants have put together a slide show about the Border Encuentro that addresses not only what migrants are facing when they reach the US border but the structural issues in their home countries that cause them to flee.

Contact us in January if you would like one of our Border Encuentro delegates to make the presentation at your school, congregation, or community group.

January 28, 2019 to February 5, 2019: 2019 IRTF El Salvador Presidential Delegation
application by Jan 9.

Join the IRTF Election Observer Mission for the upcoming presidential election in El Salvador

JAN 28-FEB 5, 2019


The purpose of this delegation is

1- to contribute to free and fair elections

2- to generate a safe environment to stimulate democratic participation

3- to observe and inform about the implementation of election reforms

4- to deepen understanding of the social and economic structures that govern

    and impact the country

5- to promote people-to-people solidarity


The election observers will

-meet with political parties and government offices

-visit communities to better understand the everyday reality for Salvadorans

-be trained and receive certification as observers by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal


Spanish language ability is not required.

For information and application, contact by Jan 3.

Phone: 216.961.0003



Cost depends on your choice of housing options. Airfare is additional.  

              $700 (shared room, 3-5 persons)                           $900 (single room)

              $800 (double room)                                                $575 (arrange your own housing)


Travel: IRTF will work with delegates to coordinate air travel. CIS, our partner in San Salvador, requests that we arrive by mid-day on January 28 in order to be present for the full orientation. The election is February 3. We plan to stay until the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 5, in order to participate in a morning press conference to relate our observer findings to the media.  


NOTE: If none of the candidates receives more than 50% of the popular vote, there will be a second delegation Mar 4-12 for the run-off election on March 10. Please inquire with IRTF by Feb 10.



February 9, 2019: 19th annual IRTF Social Justice Teach-In
10:00a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Feb 9 – Social Justice Teach-In. Free for students. $10 others. Registration required.

 What: "Speaking Truth to Power: Inspiring Change through Truth Telling"is the theme of IRTF’s 19th annual Social Justice Teach-In, hosted by Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), in conjunction with the CWRU Social Justice Institute and the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning.  The Social Justice Teach-In on February 9, 2019 will showcase 30 workshops on domestic and global justice issues.

Registration: Registration, which includes brunch, is FREE for students of all ages and $10 for others ($15 at the door).  Registration is required to save your spot for brunch. Registration is requested by February 2 (brunch might not be available for walk-ins). Register at . To avoid credit card fees, mail your check payable to IRTF to IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave, Cleveland OH 44113.

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When: Saturday, February 9, 2018 from 10:00a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check-in at 10am. Brunch at 10:30. Welcome remarks at 11am.

Where: Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale Student Center, 11038 Bellflower Rd. Cleveland, OH 44106. Parking is free along the street , and there is paid parking in the Severance Hall parking garage

Who: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 two years, we’ve had students and teachers from 35 area schools!

Keynote address: Anthony Grimes, is an internationally recognized organizer, thought-leader, and storyteller. Working at the intersection of jazz and hip-hop, Anthony roots himself in the black-led tradition of truth-telling. At the beginning of the Ferguson uprisings in 2014, he led freedom rides, growing a grassroots organizing network of over 14,000 people through his founding of the Denver Freedom Riders. Anthony now works as director of communications at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Sought after for his insights and leadership, Anthony is regularly invited to participate in global initiatives. He was the inaugural touring speaker for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Beloved Community tour in Europe; the keynote speaker for the Netherland’s Decade for People of African Descent conferences in partnership with the United Nations; co-leader of a People of Color delegation to Palestine with organizers from a variety of movements, including the Movement for Black Lives. As a filmmaker, Anthony has directed and produced several short films and documentaries based everywhere from Watts to Cuba.

Anthony Grimes holds a B.A. in Speech Communication and Ethnic Studies from Colorado State University and an MDiv (Master of Divinity)from Denver Seminary. Read more about Anthony at .

 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 will be available by mid January at


10:00a.m. check-in begins in the Tinkham Veale Atrium

11:00a.m. to 11:25 a.m. welcome remarks and intro to keynote speaker

11:25a.m. to 12:10p.m. keynote

12:10p.m. to 12:15p.m.  closing remarks and logistics

12:30p.m. to 1:25p.m.  workshop session 1

1:40p.m. to 2:35p.m. workshop session 2

2:50p.m. to 3:15p.m. Jolt for Justice (in Thwing Ballroom)


Contact or call 216.961.0003