Join ICPJ for a screening of a deeply touching and revealing documentary, ” Our Fires Still Burn”, which depicts the contemporary state of Native American peoples living in the Midwest. Filled with powerful and inspiring stories of a true American history, Audrey Geyer’s documentary reflects the experience of a people overcoming nearly two centuries of systematic oppression and destruction.
Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to meet the filmmaker, Audrey Geyer, for an in depth discussion and debriefing session. Audrey Geyer, a University of Michigan graduate, has worked in independent film or over 15 years, having her work aired both locally and nationally. Don’t miss your chance to view this amazing film. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 4
TIME: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Church of the Good Shepherd, UCC, 2145 Independence Blvd, Ann Arbor
You can now download our 2013 December newsletter.
“So it’s not as though we’ve brought the environmentalists there to talk about what sort of an environmental regulation we want around fracking. You have the industry groups, the oil and gas industry, they’re sitting down there with their counterparts in the other countries, deciding what sort of regulations you’ll have on fracking.” Dean Baker on Moyers and Company.
Dean Baker was describing The Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPP), which he says “really is a deal that’s being negotiated by corporations for corporations and any benefit it provides to the bulk of the population of this country will be purely incidental . . . And I think if there were more public knowledge of it, people would be very unhappy.” We are fortunate to know as much as we do thanks to leaks that happened last summer.
- TPP is being negotiated behind closed doors with mostly corporate input. Even members of Congress have limited access. Congress is now allowed to see parts of the deal, but they cannot bring their staff in, and they basically are sworn to secrecy. “Last year, over 130 members of Congress asked the White House for more transparency about what’s being negotiated, and were essentially told to go fly a kite.” Moyers and Company. In mid-November, one key chapter was made public by WikiLeaks.
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December 14, 2013 will mark the 1 year anniversary of the Newtown shooting which took the lives of nearly 30 people. Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and Organizing for Action of Washtenaw County will be hosting a commemoration vigil in honor of the victims of Newtown. Join Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje and members of the interfaith community to stand against gun violence in our communities and across the country.
When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (Event begins at noon)
Where: Ann Arbor Federal Building, 200 E. Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI
Download a flier: Remembering Newtown flier
For more information contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art is more than something to look at. Art has the capacity to inspire, elevate and educate; the power to motivate and empower individuals and communities. The work featured in our 2014 Peace Calendar hopes to do just that.
Get your 2014 Peace Calendar and help support ICPJ in making a difference in the world. Contact email@example.com to order your peace calendar today.
“I am a member of ICPJ because I cannot save the world all by myself! I need lots of help and I find the people who are willing to do that right here…people who care about what happens to the people in other parts of the world…people who study and investigate what is the best way for us to be of help…people who make the time in their busy lives to DO something. Together, I have hope that we CAN make a difference.” ~Lynn Meadows, 2012
An amazing woman of peace, Lynn Meadows died this past March but her commitment to justice and spirit of compassion for all people continues to inspire the work of Interfaith Council for Peace Justice. In gratitude for all she gave to make the world more just, ICPJ establishes the Lynn Meadows Scholarship Fund for Activists.
One issue that was especially close to Lynn’s heart was human rights abuses in Latin America perpetrated by graduates of the United States sponsored School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC). Lynn made numerous trips with ICPJ to the annual vigil and rally
in Columbus, GA to close this infamous school. Standing in solidarity with thousands of others, she amplified the cries of the poor calling for justice in Latin America . She worked tirelessly to close this school of death and the scholarship fund will ensure that Lynn’s legacy will continue to inspire others to make the same commitment.
Our Latin American Task Force is recruiting a delegation to travel to this year’s vigil. Please consider joining us. You can register here
If you are not able to join us for this year’s vigil, your generous donation will help other activists make the trip and honors the memory of Lynn.
Checks should be made out to “Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice” with Lynn Meadows Scholarship Fund for Activists in the memo line. Mail donations to ICPJ (1679 Broadway, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). You may also donate by credit card by calling 734-663-1870
Thank you for your generosity. Questions: contact Bill (firstname.lastname@example.org)/734.663.1870.