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.

More Buses. More Places. More Often. Vote YES on May 6

More Buses. More Places. More Often. Vote YES on May 6.On May 6, 2014 voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township will have the opportunity to vote to approve a millage of 0.7 mills for 5 years that will fund transit improvements and provide 44% more service to community residents.Visit www.morebuses.org to learn more, to contribute, or to volunteer.

Expansion Means Better Service for All

  • 44% increase in service throughout the AAATA member communities
  • More direct service
  • Extended Hours
  • Extended weekend service
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ICPJ 2014 State of the Organization

Just in case you weren’t able to make it to ICPJ’s 2014 annual meeting, here is a video summarizing the great work ICPJ has done over the past year to promote peace and justice. Don’t forget to like the and share the video and most importantly to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Bibles and Buses

Summary of transit plan[NOTE: The following is a Christian reflection on faith, civic involvement, and the May 6 transit millage. Do you have a reflection to share from your faith tradition? If so, please email chuck@icpj.org. We'd be happy to share it.]

On May 6, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township will have the opportunity to choose whether or not we expand our transit service. How do we as followers of Jesus consider the issue?

Now, nowhere in my Bible can I find a verse that deals with buses or para-transit service for people with disabilities, but there are lessons in Scripture than can provide some guidance. Continue Reading »

Restorative Justice Videos from 2014 ICPJ annual meeting

ICPJ’s 2014 Annual Meeting focused on restorative justice. Here are some video highlights from the event. Want to learn more about the topic? Check out our web feature on the issue. 

La’Ron Williams introduces framework for restorative justice

Belinda Dulin describes restorative justice in the schools

Judge Timothy Connors explains the Peacemaking Court 

Monitoring the Human Rights Crisis in Honduras April 2014

War on the Poor in Honduras: Social Control, Gangs and the US’s Role in Remilitarizing Central America

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A Honduran soldier observing a busy city street. The Honduran military has received numerous complaints of human rights abuses.

Marvin Ponce, the former Vice President of the Honduran Congress, said in 2011 that at least 40% of Honduran police are involved in organized crime.

Like so many other militarization efforts throughout the Latin America, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has masked a dominating military force with the promise of protecting citizens against gang violence.

While gang violence is a legitimate threat to the Honduran people, these military expansions has proven to be just as corrupt and deadly as the local gangs. While police corruption may seem like an issue that could only happen under foreign control, the 2012 massacre in the Ahuas region of Honduras of four Indigenous people was under direct control by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Confronting the Epidemic of Gun Violence: Film and Discussion

On Tuesday, April 29, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ICPJ will be showing the film Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence followed by a panel discussion in order to change the conversation about guns and violence and look for sensible and peaceful solutions.

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The panel discussion will feature:

  • Adam Zemke, State Representative
  • Dr. Andrew Zweifler, Co-founder of Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence
  • Rev. Bob Roth, Chaplain and Director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Michigan
  • Jerry Clayton, Washtenaw County Sheriff

Produced by the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., Trigger examines the ripple effect that one shooting has on a survivor, family, community, and society. It is a story told from the perspective of those who have been directly impacted and those who are called daily to respond to this ongoing tragedy.

The documentary frames gun violence as both a disaster and a public health issue. It addresses the critical issue of gun violence prevention by moving the conversation away from the polarizing extremes that have long dominated the debate and lifting up the voice and experiences of those who seek common ground and a new way forward.

Where: First United Methodist Church Ann Arbor, 120 S. State Street, Ann Arbor. (Park in the Liberty Square Structure at 510 East Washington.)

Who: Co-Sponsored by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice

Details: Email Bill (bill@icpj.org) or call 734-663-1870.

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Film Screening of “Inequality for All”

 81HyHegX57L._SL1500_On Saturday, May 17, ICPJ will be co-hosting a screening of Robert Reich’s eye-opening and energizing documentary “Inequality for All”.  This documentary sheds light on how devastating the widening income gap in the United States really is and the impact it has on the economy. Reich, best-selling author and professor, highlights the fact that the debilitating affects of economic inequality affects everyone of us across the country in an many ways and why this needs to change.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in  discussion with experts in the field surrounding the four major topics of in the film.

  • Education: Cathy Reischl  and Debi Khasnabis  from U-M School of Education
  • Politics: Susan Smith, President League of   Woemn Voters Michigan
  • Work and Wages: Jim McAsey, union organizer, with the Graduate Employees Organization
  • Taxes and Wealth: Stu Dowty - Chair of Reclaim Our American Democracy

When: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Fah’s Chapel at First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann-Arbor-Saline Road,Ann Arbor.

Who: This is a joint project of the Social Justice Council, Challenging Racism, the League of Women Voters and ICPJ.

Details:  This event is free and open to all. Bring a friend!  For more information contact info@icpj.org or call (734)663-1870.

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