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Social Justice Teach-In | Speaking Truth to Power: Inspiring Change through Truth Telling | 19th Annual

InterReligious Task Force on Central America

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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To register, call 216.961.0003 or email

Free for high school students, college students, graduate students

$10 others (by Feb 8) - $15 at the door

Mail your check to IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave, Cleveland OH 44113

IRTF & CWRU’s 19th Annual Social Justice Teach-In is a great opportunity for people of all ages to gain the information and practical skills to work for peace, economic justice, and human rights!


This annual event attracts 650+ participants, many from area high schools and colleges.  The Teach-In provides participants with information, practical skills, and resources to support justice and human rights programming at their schools, congregations, or civic groups.


Choose from 30+ workshops on local and global justice issues.

Get skills training to work for social change!



10:00 a.m. Check-in begins in the Tink Atrium

11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Welcome Remarks, Keynote

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

Transition (15 minutes)

12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. Workshop 1

Transition (15 minutes)

1:40 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. Workshop 2

Transition (15 minutes)

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


Anthony Grimes is an internationally recognized organizer, thought-leader, and storyteller. He has held executive-level positions for several prominent national organizations and is currently the director of communications at the Korbel School of International Studies. Working at the intersection of jazz and hip-hop, Grimes roots himself in the black-led tradition of truth-telling. At the beginning of the Ferguson uprisings, Grimes led freedom rides to Ferguson that resulted in growing a grassroots organizing network of over 14,000 people through his founding of the Denver Freedom Riders.

Sought after for his insights and leadership, Grimes 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; As well, he co-led a People of Color delegation to Palestine comprised of some of the world’s top organizers across a variety of movements, including the Movement for Black lives. As a filmmaker, Grimes has directed and produced several short films and documentaries based everywhere from Watts to Cuba.

Grimes was recognized by Colorado State University as a Distinguished First Generation Scholar before receiving his B.A. in Speech Communication and Ethnic Studies. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary, and was recognized by his staff and peers with two of the top honors of the school: The Raymond Mcglaughlin Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Preaching and The Carey S. Thomas Award for Excellence in Christian Leadership and Service.



What is Social Justice?

Exploitation and Discrimination against People and Nature is Intentional: The Community Rights Movement --Empowering Change

With the Best Intentions: Unintended Consequences of Fighting Human Trafficking

The Fight for Fair Housing Continues: Ending Segregation & Tackling Gentrification

ART:  Using Photography as a Tool for Examining Justice

Social Agents: Engaged Practice at Cleveland Institute of Art

Art-in-Action: Intersecting Art and Social Justice

Activism 101

The Counterfactual Revolution: Black Power Through Popular Sovereignty

Social Justice in a Plastics Economy

Station Hope at Cleveland Public Theatre

Emerging Approaches to Sexual Violence Prevention

Using Film for Social Change


This event would not be possible without the help of our co-sponsors:
InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia
CWRU Center for Civic Engagement and Learning
CWRU Social Justice Institute
Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Congregation of St Joseph

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Tinkham Veale Center
11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 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 church 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 NE Ohioans to change US policies, corporate actions, and consumer behaviors that undermine this vision of nonviolent social change.

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