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Afro-Descendant & Indigenous: News & Updates
February 28, 2020 to March 8, 2020
Join Witness for Peace - Solidarity Collective to learn more about how climate change impacts social and grassroots movements.
February 17, 2020 to February 21, 2020
Unsettling Histories | Decolonizing Discipleship | hukišunuškuy
February 18, 2020
Thomas Merton’s historical, spiritual and prophetic voices call us to deeper personal exploration of a distinctive culture and spirituality, one that challenges the anthropocentric influences of Euro-American culture and religion, as well as his concept of self. Presenter: Robert Toth, former Executive Director of the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living
February 8, 2020
The InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia, in conjunction with Case Western University, presents this day of workshops and speakers as an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about critical local, domestic, and global justice issues. Workshops: some will mostly present empirical data, others will do that as well but also engage attendees through art and storytelling. In recent years, students from 30-35 area schools have attended, but this event is open to people of all ages.
January 31, 2020
We expect hundreds of people of all ages to attend our Social Justice Teach-In on February 8 and 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 from 30-35 schools, who can attend for free because of the generosity of dozens of co-sponsors. Please support this important event that empowers young people to become leaders for positive social change.
January 29, 2020
Chris Knestrick's faith journey has taken him from St. Edward High School to Mercyhurst College, to the Catholic Worker, to IRTF, to Christian Peacemaker Teams-Colombia, to seminary in Chicago, and back to Cleveland as director of the NEO Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH). NEOCH is front and center in the current struggle for dignity and justice for Cleveland's thousands of unhoused residents. Chris' guest column about the City of Cleveland's inadequate response to homelessness this winter was recently published in The Plain Dealer.
January 26, 2020
The Living Water Association of the United Church of Christ and the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church have arranged for a free screening of this ground-breaking film. Just Mercy is the new film that tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction.
NO RELIEF IN SIGHT: PRESIDENT ALEJANDRO GIAMATTEI APPEARS TO BE A NEW FACE BACKED BY THE SAME OLD CRIMINAL NETWORKS
January 15, 2020
President-elect Alejandro Giammattei took office yesterday in Guatemala City. Giammattei comes to the presidency backed by a group of hard-line former military officers reportedly associated with the sector that opposed the peace process that ended Guatemala’s 36-year civil war. Many are also associated with industries that extract resources from rural communities – often with US, Canadian and European investment – a sector Giammattei has pledged to promote. In one of CICIG’s first prosecutions, on August 9, 2010 an arrest warrant was issued against Giammattei on charges of extrajudicial execution related to violent deaths in the Pavon prison on September 25, 2006 while he was the National Director of the Penitentiary System. His then assistant and three police officers were arrested that day, but Giammattei, apparently alerted, had requested political asylum days before in Honduras’ embassy in Guatemala. His request was denied, so on August 13, 2010 he was taken into detention on the Mariscal Zavala military base.
January 15, 2020
Daniel Berrigan would describe my first arrest as a "yogurt arrest", because it went down easy. Read here about why it was so tame and why I did it.