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.

All About ICPJ

LogoWhether you have known about ICPJ for years, or only just heard about us through the One Human Family campaign, please join us to learn about the ICPJ’s peace and justice work in today’s changing political landscape.

It will be an informal one hour conversation about what ICPJ does and why it matters to you, our community, and the world. Feel free to invite your friends, family, and neighbors so that they can join you in getting plugged in and making a difference.

For your convenience, we will hold multiple sessions:

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2017 Priority Action items for the Law Enforcement Agencies of Washtenaw County on Policing and Racial Justice

In May of 2016, the Washtenaw Faith Leaders Forum (FLF) and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) issued a Statement on Policing and Racial Justice  which stated, “To build good relationships between our communities of color and our law enforcement officers we need to systematically address such issues as:

  • The use of force guidelines in our county police departments;
  • Citizen oversight of our police departments;
  • Independent prosecutors for situations where law enforcement officers are potentially being charged with crimes;
  • The mandatory training of all police officers in such areas as implicit bias, interacting with mental illness issues and how to de-escalate situations that have the potential to become violent so that the priority is always to protect lives;
  • The perception of an active code of silence hindering good policing, transparency and accountability among our law enforcement officers;
  • The jailing of people who have not been convicted of a crime and pose no risk to the community;
  • Over-policing in low-income and people of color communities;
  • The lack of transparent statistical data of racial variation at traffic stops, arrests, charges and sentences.

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Sign Here to let the Ann Arbor Environmental Commission and City Council know you support a Strong Organics Management Plan.

PLEASE SIGN ONLY IF YOU LIVE, WORK OR WORSHIP IN ANN ARBOR

We, the undersigned, support the adoption and implementation of a strong Organics Management Plan for the City of Ann Arbor, in accordance with the City’s commitment to move toward its “Zero Waste” goal. Keeping food waste out of landfills, where it is a major generator of methane, would significantly reduce this dangerous greenhouse gas. Turning it into compost would also capture a valuable resource that is currently wasted.

We believe it is essential for the plan to have an active and on-going educational component to help residents and commercial users buy in and participate effectively. While we recognize that further budget analysis, community outreach, and stakeholder input are necessary before developing a final plan, we support a plan that includes:

  • Expansion into multifamily dwellings;
  • Setting and following up on goals such as 50% participation in residential units;
  • Year-round residential collection;
  • A significant mandatory component for large commercial users (phased in); 
  • Strong emphasis not only on food composting but also on food rescue and reduction of food waste at the source—household, restaurant, grocery store and institutional settings.

Click HERE to add your name no later than Thursday, February 16, 2017. 

Why a Strong Organics Management Plan for Ann Arbor?

Background: Ann Arbor has contracted with consultants to develop an Organics Management Plan that would move the City toward its stated goal of Zero Waste.  The plan will have both Residential and Commercial components. The consultants will submit (1) recommendations to Ann Arbor’s Environmental Commission at its February 23 meeting and (2) a full-fledged plan, probably at the March or April meeting. After the Environmental Commission has adopted the plan, possibly with revisions, City Council will consider it and make a decision.

Why does ICPJ’s Climate Change & Earth Care Task Force support a Strong Plan?   

Food waste is a significant contributor to climate change. Keeping food waste out of landfills, where it is a major generator of methane, is one of the most effective solutions to reducing the emissions caused by food waste. (ReFED study, 2016)

In addition, landfilling our food waste amounts to throwing away a useful resource. Ann Arbor has an excellent composting facility and its director assures us that they can easily process and sell much more organic waste than the present amount. We also support measures to keep more food entirely out of the waste stream by encouraging increased food donations to people who can use it instead of throwing it “away.”

We’re asking for your signature because we want to let the Environmental Commission and City Council know that community members are concerned about this issue and are supportive of passing a strong plan and implementing it.   

More information is available on the City of Ann Arbor web site HERE, including a 6-minute video that describes the planning process and brief interviews with some of the participants of the Commercial Advisory Committee. 

Grassroots Advocacy: An Insider’s Take on What It Takes to Influence Elected Officials

How can you affect national, state, and local policy? Jason Morgan has the on-the-ground experience to help you make a difference. Jason serves as District Director for Rep. Debbie Dingell, an elected official on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, and and Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Jim Toy Community Center. He is also former Director of Government and Community Relations for Washtenaw Community College. In these roles he has seen public policy development and policy advocacy from all sides. He will share what works and what doesn’t in making your voice heard from Capital Hill to City Hall.

Cost: Suggested donation $10 members, $20 non-members.

Details: info@icpj.org, 734-663-1870.

Location and Parking: ICPJ’s office is located behind the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, just east of Washtenaw Avenue. Limited on-site parking is available, accessed from alley in rear between Lincoln and Olivia. Additional parking available on-street.

Space is limited. Please register online. 

Women’s March on Washington bus trip FAQ’s

Am I on an ICPJ bus to Washington?

If you bought a ticket through EventBrite or PayPal, or communicated with ICPJ staff to receive a scholarship seat, then you should have a seat on the bus, and should have already received emails from us about travel logistics. We can’t post our passenger list online for privacy reasons, but if you haven’t received these emails, or aren’t sure about your reservation, contact ICPJ  at info@icpj.org or (734) 663-1870 to have us check our lists.

Is it too late to get on the bus?

All of our regular bus seats are sold, but you can add our name to the wait list here.

I’m a member of a community being targeted by structural inequality and I wouldn’t be able to afford a bus ticket on my own. How can I get a scholarship?

ICPJ still has 5 free bus tickets left for members of marginalized communities. Contact info@icpj.org or (734) 663-1870 to ask for a scholarship ticket.

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LATF Dinner and a Movie Series in 2017

[Image description: the words "Dinner & A Movie" where the "O" in movie is replaced with an old-style film reel. There is a fork to the left of the words and a knife to the right, and the border around the graphic is shaped like a movie ticket]This year, join ICPJ’s Latin American Task Force to watch and discuss a series of eye-opening and galvanizing films about social justice issues in Latin America, accompanied by dinner from Pilar’s Tamales.

All films take place at St Mary’s Student Parish on 331 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor. RSVP for an $8 dinner option.

For more information, contact us at info@icpj.org or 734-663-1870.


La Voz del Pueblo

American Films presents La Voz del Pueblo, a documentary that explores violence an oppression in Honduras through the eyes of journalists at the Jesuit-run radio station, Radio Progreso, which has been under threat since the 2009 military coup.

When: Tues, Feb 14. Dinner @ 6:30 pm, film @ 7:00 pm

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