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.
photo courtesy of newsday.com
As the founder of the School of the Americas (SOA) Watch, Father Roy Bourgeois has overcome numerous obstacles that could have easily stopped his mission of fighting for justice and peace throughout Latin America. Fr. Roy’s passion for Latin America began more than four decades ago. After being ordained a Catholic priest in 1972, Fr. Roy went on to work with the poor of Bolivia for five years until he was arrested and forced to leave the country, then under the rule of dictator and SOA graduate General Hugo Banzer.
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ICPJ will be co-sponsoring “Restorative Justice: Healing for Victims, Offenders and the Community“, featuring Fred Van Liew, a former prosecuting attorney from Iowa, now a full time advocate who has spent the past 3 years traveling across the country explaining how Restorative Justice practices strengthen communities safety and support, as well as compensate the victims and aiding in the restoration of the offenders.
After nearly 20 years of Bureau Chief with Polk County Attorney’s Office in Iowa, Liew and other prosecutors realized “We can do much better when it comes to how we respond to crime and those who commit it.”
Fred Van Liew will discuss what restorative justice is and how it works, while focusing on Victim-Offender Conferencing (VOC) and invite others to join him in making this work possible in Washtenaw county.
When: Monday, November 11th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
Door opens at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments provided.
The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is poised to pass a resolution working toward a repeal of the current “Stand Your Ground” law. They need to hear from you. Gun enthusiasts from across Southeast Michigan are loudly speaking out against this resolution, while taking advantage of a legislative loop hole which allows individuals with concealed weapons permits to openly carry guns in “gun-free” zones such as municipal buildings.
We must take action today. Call and email your commissioner today to voice your opinion. As supporters of the gun industry fill the debates with their booming voices, we must raise our collective voice even louder.
The Washtenaw County will hear the resolution next Wednesday, October 16. You can find your county commissioner’s contact information here.
If you are unsure of which district you live in, you can find out here.
Washtenaw County Stand Your Ground Resolution
Open Carry in Michigan Schools
Open Carry Protest