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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Truth to Power: IRTF's 19th Annual Social Justice Teach-In this Saturday at CWRU

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The InterReligious Task Force on Central America will host its 19th annual Social Justice Teach-In Saturday at Case Western Reserve University in conjunction with Case's Social Justice Institute and Center for Civic Engagement and Learning.

The daylong event will include a morning keynote address by organizer and storyteller Anthony Grimes, who founded the Denver Freedom Riders during the Ferguson protests in 2014. The afternoon will feature an array of workshops led by local and national guests. 

Workshops will cover an enormous range of social justice topics, all stemming from the year's theme, "Speaking Truth to Power, Inspiring Change Through Truth-telling": union organizing in the Trump era, Cleveland food deserts, medical ethics, fracking, hip hop, diversifying classical music and more. 

Organizers at IRTF are expecting roughly 600 attendees. Registration is free for students and $10 for others ($15 at the door). 

IRTF's Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez told Scene that more than half of the teach-in's yearly attendees are new, (people who have never been to the event before), and that the programming is designed to serve as a "first entree" into issues of social justice and human rights.

"It's a broad example of existing issues in our local and international communities," she said, "and how those issues intersect."

She said newcomers to social justice, as well as veteran organizers and niche activists will find content of interest. The 'truth-telling' theme, proceeds from the idea of reconciliation through truth.

"We've seen in international truth commissions, and we just know, that telling the truth is hard," she said. "I hope attendees will find this year's teach-in challenging but profound." 

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