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.

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Graphic Design

ICPJ has launched a new monthly series of Brown Bag Lunch and Learns on community organizing. This month, join Ed Trager as he describes how to make great graphics, posters, and more with free and open-source tools.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 @ 12 PMlunch-and-learn_53556717

WHERE: ICPJ Office, 1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor MI 48104

Before you get here on Tuesday, you may want to download two free Open-Source programs that Ed Trager has recommended for everyone:

1. GIMP
2. INKSCAPE
Be sure to select the download appropriate for your operating system (i.e., Windows, Mac, or Linux versions). Also, if you can bring your laptop with you to the workshop, it will help!

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Fall 2016 Racial Justice Programming

This fall, ICPJ has several upcoming events on racial and economic justice. Here is what we have planned:

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  • Racial Justice Book Group: On September 27 and October 25, we will meet to discuss the book Fractured: Race Relations in “Post-Racial” American Life, by Helen Fox.
  • Faith Leaders Forum: Building on the Faith Leaders Forum Statement on Race and Policing and the series of public forums, the Faith Leaders Forum and ICPJ will be hosting a series of Faith Leaders’ gatherings this fall to explore next steps. Details will be coming soon. Visit the Faith Leader’s Forum website for more information.
  • Young Adult Book Read: ICPJ will be working with local book stores and libraries to host a few facilitated discussions this fall for young adults (Best for ages 12+). For the first of these, we will be discussing All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely . Look for details in an upcoming email.
  • Police Policy Agenda: What are the concrete policy changes that can move us toward more just and equitable policing over the next 6-18 months? ICPJ is working with local activists and organizers to develop a proposed policy agenda for near-term wins. Join us Thursday, October 13, 7 PM, to review the draft policy framework and sign up to get involved.

As always, for more information, visit icpj.org or call 734-663-1870. We hope to see you at our events this fall dealing with this important issue.

Mayan Power and Light – Programs that Save Lives and Create Renewable Energy

Mayan Power and light is among the world's top 100 leaders in global sustainability according to Sustainia.

Please join us on September 21 to hear an engaging and important talk on sustainability abroad and at home.

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Where: Friends Meeting House – 1420 Hill Street

Monika Goforth, Program Director for the Appropriate Technology Collaborative (ATC) will present a lively and informative talk on her experience heading the Mayan Power and Light program at 7:00 on September 21 in the Meeting room. John Barrie, Executive Director of ATC, will also share how he is working to create a related program in Detroit. Come learn about how ATC’s approach to development empowers communities to solve local problems with local resources and increase sustainability by developing renewable energy.  The talk is sponsored by the Climate Change & Earth Care Task Force of Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice.

Mayan Power and light is among the world’s top 100 leaders in global sustainability according to Sustainia, a Copenhagen‑based firm working in partnership with the United Nations Sustainable Development Program.

Monika will let us know how ATC is working with poor rural communities in Guatemala to identify problems and create opportunity by producing technologies and programs that increase well-being, health and financial security.   ATC’s work in Guatemala contributes to indigenous women’s empowerment and develops solar power to create opportunity, reduce poverty and improve health.  John’s work in Detroit will create solar jobs and affordable clean energy.

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One Human Family Panel Discussion

Please join us on September 28 for a panel discussion on immigration and human rights.

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When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Where: Ann Arbor District Library – 343 S Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor

For the past several months, ICPJ has partnered with the Interfaith Round Table (IRT) to promote our One Human Family campaign, in which we have advocated for a greater understanding and mindfulness of the Muslims and refugees in our community, groups that have been marginalized and pushed aside, especially in the current political climate. We have distributed yard signs, stickers, and banners with the campaign slogan, with the goal of spreading the message that “We support refugees and our Muslim neighbors.”

On September 28, we will host a conversation with refugee families about their reality as well as with representatives from organizations working with refugee communities in Washtenaw County, including Jewish Family Services (JFS) and Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR).

For more information, please visit the Ann Arbor District Library’s website or our Facebook page. You can also view or download our event flyer.

 

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ICPJ Latin American Film Series (Dinner & a Movie): The Empire’s War on the Border

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Please join us on Tuesday the 13th of September  to share a delicious dinner and a film pertaining to current Latin American issues.

When: September 13,  Dinner 6:30 pm, Movie 7:00 pm, discussion following

Where: St Mary Student Parish – 331 Thompson St, Ann Arbor

DINNER OPTION: Pilar’s Tamales Meal will include one Tamale with salsa, organic casamiento, fried plantains, and curtido ($7.00 to be paid the night of the movie screening) (veg. option available)

Please RSVP to reserve your meal (and bring $7.00 to the event)

Movie as follows: The Empire’s War on the Border is an Empire Files documentary about the current reality on the U.S./Mexico border. Join Abby Martin as she investigates why there are thousands of bodies on the US Mexico border–and uncovers a hidden war–in this full-length documentary.  Continue Reading »

US-Mexico Border Gathering- Take a Stand for Justice in the Americas

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October 7-10, 2016                                                                                                                                            

U.S./Mexico border; Nogales

The Latin America Task Force of ICPJ is putting together a delegation to travel to the Convergence at the Border!

We invite you to take a stand for justice and against militarization from October 7-10, 2016 at the border in Nogales, Sonora / Arizona. Our goal is to highlight US intervention in Latin America as one of the root causes of migration, stage protests, cultural events, and nonviolent direct action against racism, xenophobia and US militarization at home and abroad.

The convergence will include workshops and events on both sides of the U.S./ Mexico border, as well as art, music, and resistance.

To learn more about why SOA Watch is moving from the gates of Fort Benning to the border, read the article From the School of the Americas to the Border and/or watch the documentary The Empire’s War on the Border.

Are you considering joining the delegation and need more information? Please click here and provide us your contact information; one of our Latin America Task Force members will get in touch with you.

Feel free to print or share electronically the following flyer US:MEXICO Delegation Flyer and mobilize your community.

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