Whether your focus is Central America, Colombia, police brutality, mass incarceration, immigrant detention, climate change—we’re all in this together, so we need to stand together.

 

We are now experiencing here in the US what has been the daily lived experience of people in Central America and Colombia for several decades:  the militarization of “security” forces results in suppression of civil rights, attacks on human rights defenders, and the unjust criminalization of land and water defenders. At the other end is the mass incarceration of tens of thousands of people of color.

 

Help to bolster the international solidarity movement—standing with marginalized and vulnerable communities in Latin America, at our border, in immigration detention facilities, in county jails and state prisons, and on the streets of Cleveland. All people—everywhere—deserve dignity, care, and safe communities. Thank you for joining with us to transform systems of oppression and build a new normal.

 

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Solidarity Calendar

IRTF is proud to publicize these events, many of which are organized by our close partners and friends.

Scroll down for event descriptions and links.

 

Sep 27: Rooted in Resistance: Defending our Communities & Ending State Violence in the Americas

Sep 28: Colombia cries out for Life, Peace and Justice

Sep 29: Canadian Immigration and Safe Third Country

Sep 30: Reparations: A Political, Social, and Moral Intervention

Oct 3: Vigil for Social Leaders in Colombia

Oct 4: US Intervention and Popular Resistance in Latin America and the Caribbean

Oct 12:  How U.S. Involvement in El Salvador Led to Today’s Migration Crisis

Oct 17: Rooted in Resistance – SOA Watch virtual concert

Nov 15: IRTF Commemoration of the Martyrs of Central America & Colombia

Nov 21-22: SOA Watch Convergence to End Militarization and Border Imperialism

 

Memory & Resistance: 40 Years

Over the next several months, look for special programming and events (like the one listed below for Oct 12) marked “Memory & Resistance: 40 Years.” Inspired by the martyrdom of Jean Donovan and Sister Dorothy Kazel in El Salvador in 1980, we uphold the legacy of these remarkable women and, in their spirit of solidarity, uplift the struggles of all oppressed peoples. Over the course of the next year, the Memory & Resistance Coalition will highlight, celebrate, and commemorate our collective legacies of resistance through an art exhibition, webinars, expert panels, spoken word and musical performances, public discussions, book discussions, and more.

 

Sunday, September 27

2-3:30pm

Rooted in Resistance: Defending our Communities & Ending State Violence in the Americas

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The SOA Watch Staff Collective invites us to help celebrate the 30th year of Illinois School of the Americas Watch (ILSOAW). The afternoon event consists of music, conversation, and members of the SOA Watch Staff Collective will share more about our work to end US-led and backed state violence; dismantle Border Imperialism; and stand with communities in Latin America organizing against the militarization of their lands and lives under a neoliberal model that values profit over people and the environment. The event is bilingual (Spanish and English), and interpretation will be provided.

 

Monday, September 28

10-11am

Colombia cries out for Life, Peace and Justice

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Panelists on

AVAFIT: Association of Relatives of Victims of the Trujillo Massacre

Resistencia Río Naya

 

Tuesday, September 29

10-11:30am

Canadian Immigration and Safe Third Country

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1- Overview of possible immigration options available, an update on the US-Canada Safe Third Country Agreement, border restrictions, and changes to asylum eligibility for individuals who commenced an asylum claim in the U.S.; 2- Obstacles to Canadian immigration for clients with past criminality; 3- Discussion of grounds of asylum more readily granted in Canada compared to the U.S. (such as PSGs relating to family, gender-based harm, or forced gang recruitment).

 

 

Wednesday, September 30

6-7:30pm

Reparations: A Political, Social, and Moral Intervention

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The discussion will be led by David Ragland, an educator and advocate for human rights and racial justice. He is the co-executive director and co-founder of the Truth Telling Project, which works to help people understand deep-seated racism. Ragland will talk about what reparations might look like in the modern era. According to the United Nations, it involves five elements: restitution, rehabilitation, compensation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition.

Thank you to Cuyahoga Community College’s Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies program for hosting this free online event to honor their 10th anniversary!

 

 

Saturday, October 3

6-7pm Eastern Time

Vigil for Social Leaders in Colombia

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Join Christian Peacemaker Teams as we highlight the stories and the nonviolent struggle of social leaders’ daily experiences in Colombia is essential to our mission. As part of our new campaign, #ModusOperandi, we want to explain why violence against human rights defenders is not a coincidence. More than 100 human rights defenders have been killed this year alone. These killings cannot even be counted as State negligence since the mechanisms to protect these leaders’ lives are non-existent. Instead, it is a structural dynamic aimed at privileging the interests of the most powerful at the cost of the lives of the impoverished.

Join us in a liturgy for social leaders as we pray for those who are seeds of hope and those who continue to resist the State’s violence.

 

Sunday, October 4

7-9pm Eastern Time

US Intervention & Popular Resistance in Latin America

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Our sister organization in California, the Task Force on the Americas, is holding this webinar at which Karen Spring, Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN) coordinator in Honduras, will be speaking along with other excellent activist/experts on Latin American struggles and resistance. 

IRTF is proud to be a member of the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN)

 

 

Monday, October 12, 2020

4:30-6 pm

Planting the Seeds of Violence: How U.S. Involvement in El Salvador Led to Today’s Migration Crisis

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Join panelists from International Partners in Mission (IPM) and the CWRU Cox International Law Center for a discussion of how U.S. involvement in El Salvador in the 1980s planted the seeds for today’s crisis of migration from Central America. The panelists will outline how the United States assisted the Salvadoran government in committing war crimes by providing weapons and training soldiers, which ultimately led to the murders of over 70,000 innocent civilians.  The Salvadoran Civil War left the country deeply divided and ridden with economic troubles.  When the U.S. forced Salvadorans who had sought refuge in Los Angeles to return home, they brought back a gang system that grew in response to the harsh post-war inequalities. Today’s migrants are fleeing the continuing violence and financial devastation. 

Co-sponsored by the CWRU Cox International Law Center, Social Justice Institute, and IPM

This is a Memory & Resistance: 40 Years event.

 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

7pm Eastern Time

Rooted in Resistance

A virtual concert presented by SOA Watch

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Sunday, Nov 15

Commemoration of the Martyrs of Central America & Colombia

Online event

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On December 2, 1980, four US women working with the poor and displaced in El Salvador were kidnapped, raped and murdered by the US-backed military of El Salvador. Two of those women—Jean Donovan and Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel—were from Cleveland. In the end, they, along with Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, met the same fate as thousands of unnamed poor of El Salvador who were killed or disappeared. Join us on Sunday, November 15 as we commemorate their sacrifice, honor their legacy, and recommit ourselves to act in solidarity with poor and marginalized communities in Central America and Colombia.

More details soon.

 

Saturday-Sunday, Nov 21-22

SOA Watch Convergence to End Militarization and Border Imperialism

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Mark your calendars now for the SOA Watch Convergence Nov 21-22, a weekend of workshops, a virtual vigil and more.   

We can’t go to the border this year. We can’t go to the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning.

But we CAN gather –hundreds of us from across the hemisphere—to inform and motivate each other around our collective work:

- to end US-led and backed state violence

- to dismantle Border Imperialism

- to stand with communities in Latin America organizing against the militarization of their lands and lives

- to fight against the neoliberal model that values profit over people and the environment

More details soon.

 

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