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.

Fall/Winter ICPJ Newsletter: Food and Justice

Our 2014 Fall/Winter Newsletterfinalfoodjusticelogo is now available, jam-packed with news, reflections, and action alerts about how action for justice and sustainability can start right at the end of our fork–and how it can continue from there.

 

Food & Justice

Innovations in the Institutional Food System

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Visit The Farm at St. Joe and hear from a panel of “solutionaries”- Dan Bair, the farm manager for the Farm at St. Joe, Betti Wiggins, Executive Director of the Detroit Public Schools Office of Food Services, and Nicki Milgrom, Healthy Food in Health Care program at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor. The panel will discuss the impact of growing healthy communities through the institutions like schools and hospitals. The Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation and Pardes Hannah, in partnership with the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice and Jewish Alliance for Food, Land and Justice, will be hosting this tour and panel discussion  this Sunday, December 7th from 1:00-3:30 pm at the Farm at St. Joe – St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti (Womens Health Center, 5320 Elliott Dr., Classroom 1).

Panelists include:

Dan Bair (The Farm at St. Joe’s)

Betti Wiggins (Office of Food Services at Detroit Public Schools)

Nicki Milgrom (Ecology Center)

Register for the event here: http://foodlandjustice-st-joe-farm.eventbrite.com

Giving Tuesday: Double your Donation

Giving-TuesdayI’m excited! An anonymous donor just let me know that she would like to match new gifts to ICPJ up to $1000!

I’m also a bit nervous, will we be able to make the match?

I’m depending on you. Your gift can help ICPJ carry on the struggle for justice and peace.

Your donation makes a difference in :

  • advocating for police body cams to improve accountability following the deaths of Michael Brown and Aura Rosser,
  • organizing the Hunger Walk to unite our community in caring for the needy, or
  • mobilizing for a US foreign policy that emphasizes peace rather than militarism.

Help us make the match. Donate today.

And thank you for all  you do to make the world a better place.

 

Share Your Input: Police Accountability Survey

2014-08-18-protestsignoverfergusonshootingdataFollowing the death of Michael Brown, ICPJ organized a Lessons from Ferguson panel (see video). Since then we have been in conversation with civil rights, faith, and community leaders to explore strategies to address concerns about racial disparities and use of force by law enforcement.

We’ve identified nine potential policy changes or reviews, from pushing for body cam deployment to reviewing use of force policies, but I need your help in 2 ways:

1. I need you to help me prioritize this list. We have nine things we could do, we need to focus that down to the top priorities that we can get some action on. Please take our survey

2. I will need you to help move this forward. Tomorrow the news coverage will go back to Thanksgiving sales and deadlock in Washington. The only way we will keep this going is with organized community action for change. Sign up on the survey page or email me to get involved. Continue Reading »

What happened? Seeking answers after a police shooting.

photo by Patrick Record, Ann Arbor News.

photo by Patrick Record, Ann Arbor News.

Yesterday was hard.

I woke up to find our block filled with Michigan State Police officers and the house across the street surrounded by police tape.

I spoke with one of the officers who was getting information from neighbors and I found out that a domestic disturbance callSunday night ended up with one of our neighbors getting shot and killed by a police officer.  How do I explain that to my four-year-old daughter as she asks, “Dad, what happened?”

That’s a hard question, “what happened?” Even as a City Council member and neighbor I don’t have any more information about the incident, and I’m seeing how the community is struggling with “what happened?” Continue Reading »

Get on the Bus! Join ICPJ’s Delegation to the Gates of the School of the Americas

Many of the worst human rights abusers in Latin America were trained at the School of the Americas (SOA) in Fort Benning, Georgia.  From November 21st – 23rd, the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice will be leading a delegation to the gates of the SOA in solidarity with thousands of other individuals to protest the school. Will you join us?

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BACKGROUND:
SOA Watch Group reports that “Since 1946, the SOA has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques.” Overwhelming evidence has shown that these graduates have been utilized to control entire nations in Latin America through military force. Those typically targeted by SOA Graduates include educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor.  We will continue to raise our voices until the SOA is shut down and the U.S. government stops its reliance on violence to enforce its oppressive foreign policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.



Sign up to join the ICPJ Delegation!

Reserve your spot today using our online registration form. We will follow up with you to confirm your spot on the bus.

This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of a movement that is fighting for social justice across the hemisphere. Throughout the weekend, you will interact with dozens of individuals and organizations who will inspire and motivate you along your journey as a social activist.

For the full schedule of events at this year’s protest, click here

**Please note that the deadline for sign-up is Friday, November 14th, 2014**

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