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 2-7k 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)

Interested in volunteering for the walk?

Let us know how you are able to volunteer with this quick and easy sign-up form! We will be in contact with all volunteers shortly before the CROP Walk to confirm your participation.

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

 Healing Communities presents: Faith Communities Working for Justice, Healing and Restoration.

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When: Thursday, October 23 2014

Time: 6:30-9:00 PM

Cost: Free

Healing Communities presents:Faith Communities Working for Justice, Healing and Restoration. 

Every aspect of wrongdoing harms our community. Learn what local organizations are doing and share what you are doing.

Panelists include: Carol Burell Jackson (POWER, Inc.), Ronald Simpson-Bey (American Friends Service Committee), Carolyn Christopher (Zen Buddhist Temple), Kathy Wyatt (Grizzly Community Social Center), Carolyn Madden (Restorative Justice for Washtenaw County), Reuben Miller, (School of Social Work, University of Michigan), Representative, Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending.  6:30 light refreshments. 7:00-9:00  the program. The event is being held at:Community Church of God, 565 Jefferson Street Ypsilanti MI 48187 (parking in rear)   The event is being  Co-sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. For more information, contact Kathie at 313-268-6537.

 

Resisting Militarizaiton: Fr. Roy Bourgeois Speaks out against the SOA

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Police brutality in Honduras against the “People’s” political party group – 2014

Are you concerned about the recent wave of militarization both within the United States and Latin America, which has caused a violation of police trust, riots, increased child immigration rates, and unnecessary violence?

The SOA/WHINSEC is a major factor in the militarization of the Americas, leaving a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned.

Hear Father Roy Bourgeois speak powerfully and from personal experience about the connection between SOA violence, U.S. militarization and forced migration in the Americas.

As founder of the School of the Americas Watch group, Father Roy has spent decades as a socially conscious clergyman who has dedicated his life to Latin American social justice issues.

A light reception will follow.

 

Father Roy Bourgeois will share his insight into the recent surge of police militarization within Latin America

What: Resisting Militarization – A presentation by SOA Watch Founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois

When: Tuesday, October 7th @ 7:00 pm
Where: First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor – 517 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI

Co-sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice and Veterans For Peace Chapter 93

 

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International Day of Peace in Ann Arbor – September 21, 2014

ICPJ is pleased to be a co-sponsor for two observances of International Peace Day Ann Arbor.

Please join us if you are able! 

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples, and for “creating a culture of peace and non-violence for the children of the world.”  

 International Day of Peace

9:00 am and throughout the day at the Library Lane Lot 

Join us for a full day of peaceful, inspiring events including spoken word, live music, peace workshops, a free speech soap box, the Megiddo Peace Table, food carts and much more. Music and Spoken Words to Turn the Heart.

Confirmed acts include:Detroit Music Awards winner, Grammy Award Nominee and original Woodstock alum Muruga Booker, Paul and Claire Tinkerhess, and the Cosmic Hoedown Band.

This very special event is made possible with the cooperation and support of: the Ann Arbor City Council, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, the Megiddo Peace Project, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Gray Panthers of Washtenaw, Jerusalem Garden, Downtown Home and Garden and the Center for Independent Living.

9th Annual P.E.A.C.E. (Promoting Ethnic And Cultural Equality) DAY 

Noon – 4:00 pm on the Diag, U of M Campus 

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PEACE DAY’s have reached college campuses across Michigan since 2006. The intention of the yearly events has been to encourage further connection, tolerance and acceptance of diversity in all life aspects ranging from race to color to age to gender to religion. Pro-peace in nature, they look to create a welcoming atmosphere to provide an excellent opportunity for people from different backgrounds to network with each other. It is not a panacea by any means to achieving greater equality. It is though one of many programs we as a society will have to consider to closing the cultural injustice gap.

 

Add your name to the interfaith sign on letter in support of affordable housing on Platt Road

Background: The Washtenaw County Board or Commissioners has been exploring options for what to do with a site of the former juvenile detention center on Platt Road. In August, the County led a community design process that resulted in a Vision Plan that includes mixed-income housing with an affordable housing component. However, as often happens with affordable housing is proposed, this vision has met with some community opposition.

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, along with Religious Action for Affordable Housing are calling on the County Board of Commissioners and the Platt Road Citizens Advisory Committee to follow through on the Vision Plan and include affordable housing on the Platt Road site.

What you can do: Continue Reading »

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 of Michigan Field Director Rod Monts

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, Veterans For Peace Chapter 93, and Challenging Racism/First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor.

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