Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice inspires, educates, and mobilizes people to unite across differences and to act from their shared ethical and spiritual values in pursuit of peace with social and environmental justice.

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice envisions a world free from violence, including the violence of war, poverty, oppression, and environmental devastation. To enact this vision, we commit to nurture a community in which compassion and respect foster actions that dismantle systems of violence while simultaneously creating systems of peace, justice, and ecological sustainability.

Many Faiths Will Walk: The 40th CROP Hunger Walk October 12, 2014

CaptureICPJ is celebrating its 40th anniversary of the CROP Hunger Walk!

Since 1975, ICPJ has organized the Ann Arbor CROP Hunger Walk in order to help provide a “hand-up” to millions who are not having their basic needs met.

Worldwide hunger is a social justice issue since a world of plenty such as our own is able to provide for us all.

The CROP Walk is a great for newcomers as well as CROP Walk Veterans to work together on this worthwhile cause. This year, the walk will take place at Steiner High School, which boasts a beautiful environment for learning and growing, and we are very excited to be partnering with them.

This walk is great for people of all ages and philosophical or religious backgrounds. A meal will be provided free of charge as well as some fun activities for kids.

Register yourself and your team now!   It is quick and easy to sign up for this year’s CROP Walk and feel free to gather friends or family to create a “team” of walkers!

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm registration; 2:00 pm send-off service followed by the walk

Where:  Rudolf Steiner High School (2230 Pontiac trail, Ann Arbor)

For more information: contact Aaron at aaron@icpj.org or call 734-663-1870.

Beyond Ferguson

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How can we prevent events such as occurred in Ferguson from happening here? Come to the October 15 discussion Lessons from Ferguson: Local Responses to Militarization of the Police to find out.

The reactions of whites and blacks to the shooting, and the subsequent protests, in Ferguson demonstrate the remaining wide divide in beliefs about the presence of racism today in America. Some comments indicated the belief that race was not a factor, others that white police made a commonsense response to obvious bad behaviors by blacks, and still others that everything was a continuation of a relentless system of institutional racism and implicit bias.

This is not an isolated incident: similar incidents occur almost every week somewhere in the U.S. The historic framework of racism is being perpetuated today in new,  less recognizable, forms while many have adopted “colorblindness” and “post racial” strategies to distance themselves from any responsibility for, or connection with, continuing inequality in the lives of racially distinct groups.

And yet fears about racial differences continue to be discreetly  fanned in ways that damage us all no matter the color of our skin. Our schools have declining funding, our police are being militarized, our criminal justice system needs reform, we cannot reach any reasonable consensus regarding immigration, and there are proposals to diminish our social security and Medicare benefits.

As the middle class feels besieged by shrinking opportunities, we need to ask how we can join together to take responsibility to change things for the better.

Racism continues to be an important issue for us all and our society. Therefore, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice calls for efforts to engage this issue on a personal, community, and national level.

On a personal level, we urge individuals to study how race continues to affect US society and to reflect on how race and racialized inequality affects them personally. On a community level, we call for efforts to confront racial bias in law enforcement and to shift law enforcement tactics away from militarized responses to unrest and toward tactics that prioritize conflict de-escalation and restorative practices. And on a national level, we call for reforms to our criminal legal system to reverse the trend toward a system of racially disparate mass incarceration.

The events in Ferguson, Missouri highlight the deep fault lines that remain in our society. These same divisions and inequalities can be found in Washtenaw County, Michigan and throughout our country. As a community that brings together people across differences to promote justice, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice will continue to organize both educational and action initiatives. We welcome all that are concerned.

Lessons from Ferguson: Local Responses to Militarization of the Police

leadfergusonHow can we have safe neighborhoods while not ignoring the injustices inherent in the criminal justice system?

Who: Resource speakers include

  • Ann Arbor Chief of Police John Seto
  • Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton
  • American Civil Liberties Union (invited)

When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Where: Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, 2145 Independence Blvd. Ann Arbor

Discussion of:

  • To what extent has local law enforcement become militarized as a result of the ‘War on Drugs’ and terrorism concern post-9/11?
  • How are decisions made regarding the procurement of military weapons?
  • In what ways is the community involved in decisions regarding the use of this equipment? What policies are in place?
  • What training is given law enforcement officers and SWAT teams in the use of these weapons, especially to guard against excessive-use-of-force?
  • What are the current Washtenaw County data regarding arrests and the use of force in communities of color versus white communities?

Co-Sponsors: Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, New Vision Ministries – COGS

Safely Talking and Safely Learning about Race and Racism

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and the Ypsilanti District Library are partnering for a fall movie and speaker series titled “Safely Talking and Safely Learning about Race and Racism.” Join with other community members in constructive discussion about racism as it is expressed historically and in the 21st century.

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Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Time: 2pm
Place: Ypsilanti District Library: YDL-Whittaker, Community room

By sentiment, most Americans find racism unacceptable, but our common understanding is stuck in 1963-racism today survives in a more pervasive and insidious “undercover” mode of operation; this film challenges us to understand the costs of systematic racial inequity and to build a world that works for everyone. Moderated by La’Ron Williams is a local professional storyteller and peace activist.

Join the Facebook Event of download the poster to spread the word.

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Date: Tuesday, October 7

Time: 6:30 pm

Place:  Ypsilanti District Library: YDL-Whittaker, Community room

Solomon Northrup’s story was told in the film 12 Years a Slave. Learn more about this history from Guest Speaker Roy E. Finkenbine, Professor of History and Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive at the University of Detroit Mercy. Professor Finkenbine has written many books including Witness for Freedom: African American Voices on Race, Slavery, and Emancipation, and is member of the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. Q&A and discussion will follow his presentation.

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Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Time: 2pm
Place: Ypsilanti District Library: YDL-Whittaker, Community room

With its focus on overcoming issues of internalized and unconscious racism, this film encourages conversations about race and racism which allow movement toward making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice, and supports a new dynamic of learning and healing between racial groups. Moderated by La’Ron Williams is a local professional storyteller and peace activist.

Join the Facebook Event of download the poster to spread the word.

Step Out for Child Justice! Rally and March for Immigrant Youth

Photo (c) ABC News

Photo (c) ABC News

WHEN: Saturday, September 6th,  2:00-4:00

WHERE: Rally and March begins at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 and ends at the Federal Building

WHAT: 

  • Celebrate local immigrant youth &
    their families
  • Welcome & support children fleeing
    violence
  • Address root causes of the issues
  • Support humane immigraion reform
  • March for youth of color

WHO: Sponsored by:  Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and  Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice

Need more info?  Call Margaret at 734-417-6532

Spread the Word! Download and print the posters for the event in English  or Spanish.

Dinner with Mission

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For so many reasons, people find themselves without permanent shelter, without a place to call home. They are our neighbors, our community, and their voices deserve to be heard.

Join us on Sunday, August 17th as we share a meal and listen to voices from the homeless community. This evening of sharing is part of our preparations for the 40th Annual ICPJ CROP Hunger Walk on October 12.

What: A Community Meal and Conversation with M.I.S.S.I.O.N Ann Arbor
M.I.S.S.I.O.N. A2 is a not for profit partnership between homeless and “homeful” Washtenaw County residents collaborating to support self-governing tent communities in Michigan during the ongoing housing and employment crises. Growing from the efforts to support Camp Take Notice, it works to make tent communities safer and better connected to services so that their citizens can more quickly make their way into more permanent housing, if that is what they want for themselves. Through compassion and respect for the human dignity of all people, it strives to work with the citizens of tent communities to help build and strengthen community through self-governance and accountability. Learn more about M.I.S.S.I.O.N A2 at www.missiona2.org.

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014- 5:30 pm-8:00 pm
Guests may arrive between 5:30 pm and 5:45 pm to help with set-up. Supper will be served at 6:00 pm followed by a community meeting and conversation. We ask that guests please bring one of the following items to share:

  • Watermelon and/or other fruit
  • Desserts (cookies, cakes, pies, etc.)
  • Large can of ground coffee
  • A gallon of 2% milk
  • 2 liter bottles of pop, lemonade, and/or ice-tea

Where: 3501 Stone School Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
The property is actually on Old Stone School Road which runs parallel to the paved road. When you see the sign for “Windsong” townhouses on Valencia Drive, pull in, and you’ll see a gravel drive on the left of Valencia Dr. The house is at the end of the drive. Parking is available along the gravel drive.

To ensure that we provide enough food for the meal, please r.s.v.p. to Bill (bill@icpj.org/734.663.1870)

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on August 17.

The Future of Platt Road

GetAttachment.aspxThere’s a piece of land on at the intersection of Platt Road and Huron Parkway in Ann Arbor that used to be a juvenile detention facility.

What will it be next? Can it provide affordable housing? How can it be environmentally sustainable? How can it fit with the neighboring community?

Washtenaw County will be hosting three days of community-driven design and planning workshops later this month.
Please come out, participate in the process, and make your voice heard.

Tuesday, August 26
4pm-7pm: Come to a hands-on public visioning session where you can share your ideas for the site

Wednesday, August 27
10:30am-4:30pm: Drop in to participate in design exploration for the Platt Road site
5pm-7pm: Review and refine the design alternatives

Thursday, August 28
5pm-6:30pm: Come and we wrap up the charrette process with a presentation of the refined design alternative for the Platt Road site

Meeting Location:
United Way of Washtenaw County
2305 Platt Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Please visit the Platt Road website at: www.plattroad.org for more information..

 

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