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.

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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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 »

25th anniversary Commemoration of Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador

Jesuit Poster ImageThis November 16, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of 6 Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her 16 year old daughter in San Salvador, El Salvador. These men of faith had offered their voice, hands, and heart to the poor and oppressed of that El Salvador for decades. Their advocacy for justice in the face of a brutal military repression of the population cost them their lives.
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In the middle of the night, a crack battalion of the Salvadoran military entered the University of Central America and coldly, methodically massacred the six Jesuits. The two women who had sought safety in the priests’ residence that night were brutally murdered along with them.The Latin America Task Force of the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice and St. Mary’s Student Parish invite you to a commemorative event in honor of the Jesuits and the women.
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We will come together to celebrate their lives and their message of solidarity, be inspired by their response to the time and place in which they lived, and be challenged to reflect on our own response to injustice in our time and place, and in the global community.

 

The event will be held on the eve of the anniversary, Saturday,November 15, 2014. It includes a Salvadoran meal and an interfaith service of remembrance. During the service, we will hear from keynote speaker Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, professor, author and activist.

 

Event details:

When: Saturday, November 15, 2104
5:30 pm – Dinner catered by Pilar’s Tamales ($6-$10 suggested donation)
7:00 pm – Interfaith Commemoration Service

Where: St. Mary Student Parish 331 Thompson St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

Please download the flyer for more details (English and Spanish).

To RSVP for this event, contact Aaron at ICPJ: 734-663-1870, aaron@icpj.net or chuck@icpj.net

Food & Faith – A Collaboration with First Presbyterian Ann Arbor

In conjunction with ICPJ & First Presbyterian of Ann Arbor’s Food & Faith series we will be touring a local farm and the Washtenaw Food Hub this October. These visits are free and open to the public. They are just a preview of the exciting Food & Justice programming that ICPJ will be kicking off in January 2015. For more information about how you and/or your faith community could get involved please contact Jane@icpj.org

TOUR – Golden Fleece Farm on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 pm.    golden fleece farem

Meet Dr. Brett Seabury, a retired U of M professor, and Barb Seabury, the owners of Golden Fleece Farm, an off-the-grid beef cattle farm that is part of the grass fed beef movement. Brett and Barb will give a tour of their farm, discuss why and how they farm, and share stories of life on the farm. Learn more at www.goldenfleecefarm.com A carpool will be leaving from First Pres at 1:15 pm.

TOUR – Washtenaw Food Hub on Saturday, October 25 at 10:30 am.
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Richard Andres, owner of Tantre Farm and the Washtenaw Food Hub, will give a tour of the Food Hub and discuss how it creates a thriving community of “triple bottom line” farm and food businesses. Learn more at www.washtenawfoodhub.com A carpool will be leaving First Pres at 10:15 am.

 

Aalaiki’ssalaam: Peace Be With You – A Benefit Concert Celebrating 50 Years of ICPJ

Voice & Piano Duo 1717 BROADWAY bring Edward Ryan’s The Prophet, Persian songs, Ravel’s Melodies Hebraïque, Naji Hakim, soulful Haiti, glittering Liszt & beloved  spirituals to the stage.

Join us for this colorful celebration and support the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice!

When:     Sunday, November 9, 2014 * 4:00 – 5:15 pm

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Where:     Huron Hills North, 3150 Glazier Way

Single Tickets$14 in advance / $18 at the door

Family Tickets:  $35 advance/ $40 at the door

Other: Dessert reception to follow the concert.

Buy tickets online:  http://bit.ly/1EYMNMr

Veena Kulkarni teaches at the Faber Piano Institute, rocks out in her church band and was an award-winner in the 2011 Liszt-Garrison Competition. Jean Bernard Cerin, baritone, hails from Port-au-Prince, Haiti and has performed throughout the U.S., Haiti, France, Austria & at 1717 Broadway, A2.

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience

image1What: Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience

When: Saturday November 1, 2014, 1:00-3:00 PM

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor

Cost: Free

“Our Fires Still Burn”, a documentary about modern day Michigan Native Americans in the Mt. Pleasant area followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Audrey Geyer. Presented by First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor and ICPJ, Washtenaw Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. Location: 4I001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor MI   Cost Free. Donations welcome. For more Information about the  film, go to: http://www.ourfiresstillburn.com/about-the-film.

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