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.

7 Principles of Community Organizing

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Community Organizing Brown Bag Lunch and Learn organized by ICPJ is a series of events on community organizing. The series begins June 28.  There will be three events, all covering a different aspect of community organizing. The first event was about the  7 Principles of Community Organizing. Community Organizing can be holding a rally or circulating a petition, but it is also much more than that. Please check the handout of the 7 Principles of Community Organizing presented  by ICPJ Director Chuck Warpehoski.

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Call-in Thursday your Representative to support Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR-5474)

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Please let us know you called! Find the event on Facebook.

This week marks the three year anniversary of the murder of Indigenous leader Tomás García by the Honduran military during a peaceful protest against the Agua Zarca Dam. A community leader and father of seven, Tomás is just one of far too many Hondurans persecuted and murdered by the Honduran security forces for simply standing up for their rights.  Berta Cáceres herself was arrested by the Honduran military on trumped up charges in an attempt to discredit and silence her.  When that didn’t work, she was murdered.

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Call to Action-Rally Against Violence

TAKE ACTION NOW

Contact your local law enforcement and your local elected officials about: 

  • Use of force: Put sanctity of life in use of force policies, take concrete action to make part of department culture, and report on steps. 
  • Civilian Review:  Ensure independent, trusted venue for complaints, pro-active work to ensure ongoing work on issues like training, procedures, use of force, etc.
  • De-escalation: Officers have opportunities to de-escalate every day, but they may never fire their firearm in duty. Ensure that de-escalation is part of ongoing training and represents a significant portion of training time compared to firearms and other force-based training.

Contact your local law enforcement and elected officials now:

ACTION BEYOND: More than a rally!

Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice: The Racial and Economic Justice Task Force of ICPJ works to actively challenge racism and economic injustice locally and nationally. Some examples of ongoing work include:

  • Racial Justice Book Groups: currently reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander contact La’Ron Williams at larontalk@aol.com for more information.
  • Racial Justice Issues Forum: ICPJ and the Faith Leaders Forum and launching a monthly series of events to dig more deeply into issues of race and policing and broader questions of how to combat racial injustice. The series takes place on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00pm, location TBD. Initial Themes are:
    • September 8:Re-thinking and Re-engineering Police Use of Force
    • October 13: Police Training: Implicit Bias and Beyond
    • November 10: Civilian Review and Police Accountability
  • Racial Justice Film Screenings/Discussions:  Next Event will be Sunday, August 14, 2:00-5:00 pm – Racism and Whiteness Youtube Screening at Whittaker Branch – Ypsilanti District Library.
  • Poverty Simulation workshops: For congregations, school departments, community agencies, and other organizations to raise awareness about the realities of living in poverty in Michigan.
  • Host an event: ICPJ can bring a workshop/film showing/book discussion to your workplace, congregation, community group. Contact info@icpj.org, 734-663-1870
  • Civilian Review: For several months, ICPJ has been mobilizing a Police Policy, Procedures, and Training Review Team to look for the best practices regarding police training, use of force, and other procedures. Watch a Race and Policing presentation video

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Interfaith Rally Against Violence: Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, Dallas, and America

July 12 Rally Against Violence Poster

Come together to grieve the recent shootings
and take action against racism and gun violence.
When: Tuesday, July 12, 5:30pm
Where: Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor
 
Details: www.icpj.org ~ 734-663-1870 ~ info@icpj.org ~ Twitter @icpj ~ facebook.com/icpja2
 
Sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and Washtenaw Faith Leaders Forum

Faith Leaders Forum on Racial Justice and Policing

On Thursday, June 2, the Washtenaw Faith Leaders Forum hosted an event in Ypsilanti on policing and racial justice. The same forum was also held in Ann Arbor on May 23. Members of Washtenaw’s law enforcement community and several faith leaders met to discuss important questions concerning this issue. Below are the videos showing portions of the event.

Discussion on Civilian Oversight:

Law enforcement was supportive of discussions with the public, and Sheriff Clayton said, “We think it’s important to continue to have a dialogue because we are experts in the law enforcement piece. You’re experts in the quality of life in your community.”

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Safely Talking and Safely Learning About Race and Racism

Join ICPJ this summer for two screenings and discussions about race, racism, media, and the backlash against contemporary racial justice activism, moderated by La’Ron Williams.


In Whose Honor?

Video showing of “In Whose Honor?” 2:00 pm at Ypsilanti Public Library 5577 Whittaker Rd

Join ICPJ for a screening of “In Whose Honor?” followed by a discussion moderated by La’Ron Williams. The film takes a critical look at the long-running practice of “honoring” American Indians by using them as mascots and nicknames in sports. It follows the remarkable story of Charlene Teters (Spokane) and her transformation from a graduate student into a national movement leader. “In Whose Honor?” examines the issues of race, stereotypes, minority representation, and the powerful effects of mass-media imagery, and also shows the extent to which one community will go to defend and justify its mascot.

WHEN: Sunday, July 10, 2:00-5:00 pm
WHERE: Whittaker branch of the Ypsilanti Library at 5577 Whittaker Rd
 

Racism and Whiteness Youtube Screening

Join ICPJ and La’Ron Williams again on August 14 at 2:00 pm to watch and discuss three short videos about whiteness and racism:

  1. Why Don’t we Have a White History Month? by Kat Blaque (8 minutes, 48
    seconds)
  2. Caucasian in America by Kat Blaque (11 minutes, 38 seconds)
  3. White People PSA by The Non-Believer (4 minutes, 38 seconds)

Kat Blaque is an African-American transgender woman who passionately blogs and vlogs about race, gender, and social justice for sites like the Huffington Post and Everyday Feminism.

Kat Blaque discusses White History Month in one of the videos ICPJ will be discussing August 14th at the Whittaker Branch of the Ypsilanti Library

Kat Blaque discusses White History Month in one of the videos ICPJ will be watching August 14th at the Whittaker Branch of the Ypsilanti Library

The Non-Believer describes himself as “a white male who has been forced out of the regressive left,” has declared himself in opposition to Black Lives Matter, and is critical of the concepts of white privilege, environmental racism, and social justice. Although ICPJ in no way shares his point of view, it’s important that our group discuss the widespread presence of voices like his.

Both vloggers use vulgar language and/or sexually explicit language.

WHEN: Sunday, August 14, 2:00-5:00 pm

WHERE: Whittaker branch of the Ypsilanti Library at 5577 Whittaker Rd

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