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Social Justice Teach-In | 20th Annual

InterReligious Task Force on Central America

Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EST)

Social Justice Teach-In | 20th Annual

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IRTF & CWRU’s 20th Annual Social Justice Teach-In is a great opportunity for people of all ages to gain the information, practical skills, and resources to work for peace, economic justice, and human rights! This annual event attracts hundreds of participants, most from area high schools and colleges.  Choose from 30-40 workshops on local and global justice issues. Get skills training to work for social change! See list of workshops (in formation) below. 

To register:

-here at this event website

-mail $10 check to IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave, Cleveland OH 44113 by Feb 7

-email us at and pay $15 at the door



10:30-11am ..............check-in required, even for those who are pre-registered. Walk-ins welcome


11:00-11:25am .........welcome remarks, intro to keynote speaker

11:25am-12:15pm ....keynote address by Olmeca

12:30-1:25pm ..........workshop session 1

1:40-2:35pm ............workshop session 2

2:50-3:30pm ............Jolt for Justice (Tink Ballroom)



"Peacemaking through 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.

Read more of Olmeca’s bio here:


What is Social Justice? presented by Tim Black and Shemariah Arki

The Campaign for Bail Reform in Ohio presented by Melekte Melaku

The Stories of Project Save: How Personal Narratives Impact Strategies for Homelessness Prevention presented by Carl Cook and Antwon Brownle

Community Focused Interventions: Bridging the Gap between the Communities We Study & Our Research presented by Rebecca Manning

Help Me Wrap My Weave Up: A Theoretical Look At Headwrapping presented by Erin Phelps and Shemariah Arki

From Lynchings to Deportations, 1870-1924: Reconsidering the Rise of Immigration Control in the United States presented by John Flores

Empowering and Engaging Students through Service-Learning presented by Jeff Zullo, Cheryl Huffer, & Matt Rundle

Educating for a Democratic Society presented by Kate Klonowski

This is a Climate Emergency: Organize, Vote, Strike presented by Avi Horwitz and Sunny Savron

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader in Social Justice Work presented by Ivan T. Conard

Domestic Violence: What's Next? presented by Dani Sabo

Sustainable Fashion presented by Shaghayegh Khani

Reproductive and Social Justice presented by Jessie Hill

Transgender Health: Going to the Doctor While Trans presented by Jaden List

Palestinian Justice and Human Rights; History and Current Situation presented by Douglas Kerr

Anti-Semitism, Human Rights and the Struggle for Justice for Palestine presented by Eric Resnick and Mark Weber

The story of self presented by Robin Turner

History & Story Telling from the Grass Roots presented by Randy Cunningham

Black (Visual) Excellence presented by Mori Anderson Hitchcock

How Not to Be a Crappy Christian: Why Christians Absolutely MUST Care about Social Justice presented by Niki Johnson & Michael Snarr

Housing Justice For All presented by Bishop Chui and Mike Fiala

Advocating for Housing Justice to End Homelessness in Cleveland presented by Molly Martin

Spirituality, Liberation, & Community presented by Jeffrey Boudon

the Enduring Legacies of France’s Françafrique System in Francophone Africa presented by Sherly Fabre

Social Movement Ecology presented by Tessa Xuan

Green New Deal 102: Environmental Justice presented by Akshai Singh

Laboring for the Sovereignty of the Soul presented by Connor Stevens

End Border Imperialism and the Root Causes of Forced Migration presented by Dévora Gonzalez


Event organizers:

InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia
CWRU Center for Civic Engagement and Learning
CWRU Social Justice Institute

2020 Co-sponsors - co-sponsorship deadline January 31!

Church of the Resurrection

John Carrol University Campus Ministry

Sisters of the Humility of Mary

Jewish Voice for Peace, Inc.

Harmony Springs Church

Vegan Collective

Revy Fair Trade

Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine

Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Interfaith Peace Builders Ohio

COAR Peace Mission

ACLU of Ohio

Northeast Ohio Sierra Club

The Social Action Committee of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church

2019 Co-sponsors: We hope the following organizations and individuals will support our event again in 2020. New co-sponsors are also welcome.  Pay for your co-sponsorship on this EventBrite site, or see the co-sponsor form at and mail your check to IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland OH 44113.

AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Case Western Reserve University

Archwood United Church of Christ

Church of St. Dominic: Faithful Citizenship

Church of the Covenant

Church of the Gesu

Church of the Resurrection

Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus

COAR Peace Mission

Code Pink Cleveland

Communion of Saints

Community Church of Chesterland

Community Shares of Greater Cleveland

Congregation of St. Joseph

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

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Global Gifts

Harmony Springs Christian Church

Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Garfield Heights

Hope House of Prayer

Ian Charnas

JCU Peace, Justice and Human Rights Program

John Carroll University-Campus Ministry 

Oberlin College

Presbytery of the Western Reserve

Revy Fair Trade

Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine

Sisters of Notre Dame

Sisters of the Humility of Mary

St. Edward High School

State Senator Nickie J. Antonio, OH-13

The Social Action Committee of  West  Shore UU Chruch

Ursuline College-Campus Ministry

Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church

Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice

Vegan Collective

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Tinkham Veale Center
11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EST)

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InterReligious Task Force on Central America

IRTF is a Cleveland-based, nonprofit group that promotes peace and human rights in Central America and Colombia.  People of faith and conscience founded IRTF after the 1980 murder of four US women (two from Cleveland) in El Salvador by US-trained soldiers.

IRTF calls together the people of northeast Ohio to walk in solidarity with oppressed peoples of Central America and Colombia, to achieve peace, justice, human rights, and systemic transformation through nonviolence.


Since 1981, IRTF has mobilized people to change US policies, corporate actions, and consumer behaviors that undermine this vision of nonviolent social change.

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