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.

Volunteer Opportunities!

Have you been thinking about volunteering your time toward a worthy cause or local organization?  Do you have expertise in or have good graphic design skills, good at decorating, arts & crafts, event planning, or just want to help an awesome organization?  Then come join our dynamic and talented ICPJ volunteer team today!

ICPJ is busy planning all types of programming and events for this fall, but we are also planning a few fun events that celebrate and pay tribute to the five decades of important work that has been done by our ICPJ community as well as shine a light on the energy and initiatives that will propel us into 2016 and beyond!

Members and volunteers make our work possible! We are looking for several individuals or groups of folks who are eager to support our work by helping with any number of event related tasks such as: publicity, sponsorship requests, silent auction coordination, decorations, general day of support (setup, clean up, etc.). You don’t need to join a planning committee in order to be a great help. We are flexible and can find a good fit for you! (Of course, you are always welcome to come to any meetings!)

  • The Barbara Fuller Memorial Picnic will take place on Sunday, August 9 at Island Park, Ann Arbor.
  • The fourth Peace All Star Concert (Honoring Black Lives) will take place on Saturday, October 17 at Genesis of Ann Arbor.
  • The ICPJ 50th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Saturday, November 14 at Washtenaw Community College.

Thanks for considering helping with the generous gift of your time. We appreciate the offer!  Hope to hear from you soon. Feel free to call the office at 734-663-1870 or email jane@icpj.org

In peace,

Jane Pacheco

ICPJ Program and Development Coordinator

 

 

Interrupters Needed

Interrupter flierFinalRecent weeks have seen disturbing youth violence in Ypsilanti, and the community is stepping up to stop the violence.

You can help! Volunteer to be an “Interrupter.”

What: Interrupters are volunteers willing to walk door to door handing out packets of information as part of a public education campaign to Interrupt the violence in our neighborhoods.

For More Info Contact: WCSO Street Outreach Team, jacksond@ewashtenaw.org, (734) 973‐4974.
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Barbara Fuller Memorial Picnic

Please join us in celebrating the life of ICPJ founder, Barbara Fuller, whose work touched the lives of so many in our community and beyond.  Please bring a dish to pass, place settings, blankets, chairs, family, & friends. Make peace cranes, lantern boats, play games and meet new people!

WHEN:  Sunday August 9 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WHERE: Big pavilion at Island Park in Ann Arbor

Click here to download the flyer.

Condemning the Charleston shooting is easy, uprooting racism is hard

Dylann Roof's racism was blatent and horrific, and condemning it is easy. But much of what drives current racial inequality is subtle and structural, and it deserves just as much attention.

Dylann Roof’s racism was blatent and horrific, and condemning it is easy. But much of what drives current racial inequality is subtle and structural, and it deserves just as much attention.

Here’s what’s bothering me about the outpouring about Charleston–It’s too easy.

It’s easy to denouce a mass-murderer who is an avowed racist, massacres people in a house of worship, and wants to start a race war.

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The Death of Aura Rosser: What Needs to Change? A Community Forum for Faith Leaders 

Wednesday July 1st, 10am-Noonaura-rosserjpg-ea95a1f83f19ad9d
New Beginning Community Church of Washtenaw County,

4859 Ellsworth, Ann Arbor, MI 48197
(One block west of Golfside, between Carpenter and  Hewitt)

This past March one hundred and eleven people were killed by the police in the United States.  That’s more than twice as many people as have been killed by the police in the United Kingdom since 1900.

People in this country are waking up to how the policies and procedures that underlie these grim statistics have disproportionally affected low-income communities and people of color.

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On Charleston

Vigil for victims of Charleston church shooting, from npr.orgI want to share a few of my thoughts regarding Wednesday night’s murder of the 9 worshipers in Emmanuel AME Church.

First, it’s hard for me to comment without becoming emotional. My mother’s father was a lynching victim, and my entire family remains wounded because of it. I know from firsthand experience the far-reaching ramifications acts of terror can sow. My heart goes out to the families of Wednesday’s victims, as well as to the church of which they were a part, and to their local community.

At the same time, I harbor a tremendous sadness for what this event may portend – not only for African-Americans, but also for the nation.

This morning, when I learned the news about Charleston, four names immediately came to mind: Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denice McNair.

I was 12 years old in the summer of 1963, when those four little girls, while attending a session at the 16th street Baptist Church, became the victims of a brutal bombing attack. In the aftermath, television brought the news into thousands of living rooms across the country. That was a relatively new thing back then. There had been no TV coverage during the heyday of lynching, and many Americans were directly witnessing this level of brutality for the first time. Many Americans expressed disbelief at the callous nature of the attack on such innocent children. Continue Reading »

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