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ICPJ Principles and Practices

ICPJ Principles and Practices

This is a living document that grew out of the passions of our network.

We are an interfaith and intergenerational collaborative network of individuals and organizations who share values of peace and justice. We continually strive to be more multi-racial and intersectional so we can all be our authentic selves. In pursuit of building this space together, we center anti-racism as well as the perspectives of feminism, anti-classism, and spirituality in its multiple forms.

While our network is diverse in our focus areas, lived experiences, and ways of doing the work, we share values that bind us together. We believe our actions show our values so we practice radical love in all we do. We aim to change structural systems by focusing on the interconnected root causes that continue the status quo. This means recognizing the self-determination of all peoples and the interdependence of all species. This means working to eradicate inequity in the large and small ways while being mindful of our collective and individual impact.

We will listen more, advocate for human rights, empower people to create their own change, proactively share our resources, and act with intention and humility. As we dismantle white supremacy and other oppressive power systems, we will show care for one another. As we reform the whole justice system, we will respect and value others. As we oppose military repression, occupation, and exploitation, we will respect our ecosystem.

We invite you to join us in these practices so we may achieve peace and justice for all:

  • Reject systematic poverty and violence
  • Invite the most impacted to help guide our work
  • Build a system of equity
  • Learn about the power structure
  • Practice physical and emotional nonviolence
  • Seek common ground for dialogue and understanding
  • Recognize your privilege and how you are accountable to others
  • Encourage multiple strategies in alignment with one another
  • Promote truth & reconciliation with empathy for yourself and others
  • Act locally too!
Eternally Undocumented ~ Film Screening ~ February 11th

Eternally Undocumented ~ Film Screening ~ February 11th

Please join us…

Movies the Move Us Series:  Eternally Undocumented (2018)
Hosted by the ICPJ Latin America Caucus
Tuesday, February 11 ~ Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and film at 7 – 9:30 p.m.
St. Mary Student Parish – 331 Thompson St. Ann Arbor
Please RSVP at least one day prior to the event to reserve your meal here.

Based on interviews with recently arrived Central Americans and organizers leading the struggle on the ground in Central America, this film captures the stories of Central American refugees and explores the root causes of forced migration.

Dinner Option: $10.00 Pilar’s Tamales Meal – Includes one tamal with salsa, organic casamiento, fried plantains, and curtido (vegetarian option available)

This event is part of the ICPJ Latin America Caucus 2020 Movies That Move Us Series (flyer here) to be held monthly January through May. We organize this series to build a foundation for our collective work. Join us to mobilize to address the root causes of systems of oppression and for an end to U.S. military, political, and economic intervention in Latin America. Contact [email protected] for more information.

ICPJ Gears Up for 2020!

ICPJ Gears Up for 2020!

Collaborative Action Campaigns

As we deepen our network and prioritize the needs in our community that we are well-situated to respond to, these five campaign areas are ready to launch in 2020! Our projects are emergent and generative and we will develop and share clear goals so we can measure our progress. 

Housing is a Human Right

We are collaborating with Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) to pilot a series of tenant’s organizing meetings modeled after work being done at City Life/Vida Urbana in Boston. We are focused on building community power to insure housing for all no matter the income and to providing access to relevant community resources. 

Local Climate Crisis Actions

We are part of a coalition working to draft Ann Arbor’s carbon neutrality plan. We are focused on centering equity and our impact on surrounding areas. We will also advocate for accountability throughout the process as we mobilize our network to address the climate crisis. 

Youth as Cultural & Civic Leaders

ICPJ, Youth Arts Alliance, the Dispute Resolution Center, and the Michigan Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Board are joining together to add capacity in areas of restorative justice, cultural healing and loving spaces, and civic and community action with partner youth-serving organizations and groups. We will use intergenerational support and organizing practices and focus on issues of juvenile justice, anti-gentrification, and climate change.

Community Power & Practicing Democracy

In partnership with community advocates and local organizations, we will identify communities most disenfranchised by inequitable policies using social determinants of health and voting behavior in order to launch a grassroots empowerment and education campaign focused on building community power for low-income and racially-marginalized people.

Justice & Safety for Immigrants & Asylum Seekers

We will join Movimiento Cosecha Ann Arbor in its Driver’s Licences for All campaign and help organize allies to work in coordination with their efforts. We will also build capacity for the new Network to Support Asylum Seekers that formed to fill a gap in services. 

Thank you from ICPJ

Thank you from ICPJ

The Board and staff of ICPJ would like to thank all who contributed to make the 2019 Harvest Dinner a success!
We appreciate all who joined to fill the room with warmth and love ~ we appreciate all who supported with volunteer time and donations!

Thank you for celebrating our Honorees

ICPJ Peace & Justice 2019 Honoree
Yodit Mesfin Johnson

Peace & Justice Network Organization of the Year
Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR)

Anti-Racist Advocate Award
Janet Nord

Emergent Leader Award
Hoai An Pham

Network Weaver Award
Ron Gregg 

~ Our Warmest Appreciation ~

Harvest Dinner Table Sponsors
Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation
Ann Arbor Thrift Shop
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor
Janet Nord & Friends
Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor
Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor
Washtenaw Poor People’s Campaign
Yodit Mesfin Johnson

Harvest Dinner Honorary Hosts
Mohamed, Mouna, and Imad Al-Azem
Mayor Beth Bashert
Francis Lyman
Betsy and Loch McCabe
Mary Anne Perrone
Veena Kulkarni-Rankin and Mike Rankin
Renee Roederer
Ashish and Norma Sarkar
Bryan and Layale Weinert
La’Ron Williams
Dwight Wilson

Harvest Dinner Sponsors
Jeffrey Alson
Janice Brimacombe
Jim Crowfoot and Ruth Carey
Dr. David and Carol Clifford
Betsy Foote and Tom Gebhardt
Mary Ann Hergenrother
Tallulah Lyons
Council Member Elizabeth Nelson
Jeanine Palms
Eli Savit
Jan Wright
Ian MacGregor and Vickie Wellman

Thank you for your generous contributions…
Michael Jadrich Ortiz and Vineyard Church for providing the sound system!

Reverend Donnell Wyche and Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor for generous in-kind donations to make the dinner successful!

Thank you for donating a professional photography session!
Abben & Lily, a local photography group for weddings, family portraits and other photo shoots. Visit

Thank you, David Hile, for donating gorgeous artwork included in our raffle!

We are grateful for the donation from Tippins Market 4845 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Thank you to our Harvest Dinner Committee
Munir Khan
Betsy McCabe
Donna Mitchell
Bryan Weinert
Reverend Donnell Wyche

Thank you to our Harvest Dinner event volunteers!

Pam Hennigan
Caylin Luebeck
Rebecca Kanner
Sudha Bhat
Sarah Khan
Bob Milstein
Darlene Ladson-Barbosa
Betsy McCabe
Emmeline Weinert
La’Ron Williams
Cathy Bartholomay
Maria Ibarra-Frayre

Organize for Immigration Justice

Organize for Immigration Justice

With the increasing raids and deportations; the deplorable conditions in concentration camps; the pervasive child abuse and human rights violations against those seeking refuge in this country, and the need to advocate for immediate change by our Congressional representatives in Washtenaw, we have a lot of work to do.

Currently, we are organizing to support existing local organizations that have long been directly supporting immigrants. And we are organizing to fill the gaps needed. For instance, we are working with more than a dozen organizations and congregations to build a Network to Support Asylum Seekers. Through this network, we are supporting asylum seekers in detention, fundraising to assist with bail, organizing housing, and supporting organizations that provide for basic needs.

There are many ways to get involved. Contact [email protected] today if you would like to connect to our Immigration Justice Caucus and current organizing work.

2019 Spring / Summer Newsletter

2019 Spring / Summer Newsletter

The 2019 ICPJ Spring/Summer Newsletter is available for download. Check it out for updates on Immigration Justice, Affordable Housing, Youth Arts Alliance, Colombia Peace Accords, Delegation to Honduras, and more.

Support Asylum for Emilio and Oscar Gutiérrez Soto

Support Asylum for Emilio and Oscar Gutiérrez Soto

We are calling on the ICPJ community to take a moment to send letters to your representatives to support asylum for Emilio and Oscar Gutiérrez Soto, members of the Ann Arbor community. We have made it easy – follow this link, enter your information, modify the suggested letter if you like, click, and send the letter(s).

Emilio Gutiérrez Soto is a Mexican investigative journalist who exposed military corruption in Mexico. Since then Emilio and his son, Oscar Gutiérrez Soto, had to flee to the US due to the active and imminent death threats targeted against them. They have been living in the US for ten years, always abiding by immigration regulations. Despite their compliance and strong case for asylum, their asylum petition has been denied.

Emilio and Oscar Gutiérrez Soto have become an important part of our community in Michigan. Help us support their efforts to seek asylum in the US and prevent them from being deported to Mexico, one of today’s deadliest countries for journalists. Please reach out to your representatives and speak up for Emilio and Oscar through the letter campaign.

See more information:

Winter 2018 Newsletter

Winter 2018 Newsletter

Cover of ICPJ 2018 Newsletter

The 2018 ICPJ Winter Newsletter is available for download. Check it out for a report back from the 2018 Facing Race Conference, updates on Congregational Sanctuary, human rights organizing for immigrant youth, and much more.

Thank You

Thank You

Thank you.

I am so proudly grateful for what you and the whole ICPJ community do to:

  • Train up the next generation of activists
  • Speak out against injustice
  • Provide sanctuary in the face on unjust deportation orders
  • Change minds, change hearts, and change policies
  • Care for the Earth
  • Bring people together
  • Speak out against Islamophobia

And so much more.

Thank you for making the world a better place.

Local Man on Life Support, Facing Deportation, Enters Sanctuary

Local Man on Life Support, Facing Deportation, Enters Sanctuary

Mohamed Soumah, a 44-year-old man from the West African former French colony of Guinea-Conakry who has been threatened by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with immediate deportation, has taken sanctuary in Ann Arbor Friends Meeting House (Quakers).  Mohamed, who has been living and working in the United States for fifteen years, suffers from a serious, life-threatening disease that requires ongoing medical attention. According to his physician, he is essentially on life support.  His home country lacks adequate facilities for this kind of care, so returning there would be a death sentence.  His mother, who suffered the same hereditary condition, died there due to inadequate treatment.  The average per capita income in Guinea is $825/year, and average life expectancy is 52 years. The United Nations Development Program ranks Guinea 175th of 189 countries included in the Human Development Index rankings.

Press Release – 31 October 2018

Press Advisory – 31 October 2018

How you can help:

  • Volunteer to provide support: A volunteer training will take place on Sunday, November 11 at 1pm at the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street.
  • Donate to  Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary to Mohamed and build a sanctuary network for others facing unjust deportations
  • Advocate to the ICE Detroit Field Office to give Mohamed Soumah a stay of removal for medical reasons as the medical facilities in his home country are inadequate to provide him the lifesaving care he needs. Contact  [email protected]
  • Advocate for more humane immigration policies. One way to do that is to submit a public comment opposing President Trump’s proposed change to the Public Charge Rule, will make immigrant families afraid to access essential health, nutrition and shelter programs. Learn more at