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.
UPDATE 11/3/2015: The staff analysis and legal analysis are complete and recommends that the Board of Commissioners develop “a request for proposals process that articulates expectations for use of the site including ownership structures, development character and density, provision of specific recommendations from the community design process, including a minimum of 50 affordable housing units targeted to households at or below 60% of the Area Median Income.” The County Board of Commissioners will review the recommendations at their November 5 working session. Please email the County Board of Commissioners and let them know you support affordable housing on Platt Road.
UPDATE 5/8/2015: We won the first round! On May 6 the Ways and Means Committee voted 6-3 to move forward with the Platt Road vision, including the mixed income component that includes affordable housing. Take Action:
Background: The Washtenaw County Board or Commissioners has been exploring options for what to do with a site of the former juvenile detention center on Platt Road. In August, the County led a community design process that resulted in a Vision Plan and alternatives analysis that includes mixed-income housing with an affordable housing component. However, as often happens with affordable housing is proposed, this vision has met with some community opposition.
The vision plan calls for a design based around the following principles:
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, along with Religious Action for Affordable Housing are calling on the County Board of Commissioners to follow through on the Vision Plan and include affordable housing on the Platt Road site.
Each year School of the Americas makes a weekend long bus trip from Detroit to Fort Benning, GA to take a
stand for justice and accountability. Torture survivors, union workers, religious communities, musicians, puppetistas, students, migrants, veterans and other from across the country will speak out against violence and militarization, as well as commemorate the martyrs, march to the Stewart Detention Center, teach and learn from each other in the Columbus Convention Center, and celebrate resistance at the gates of Fort Benning, GA.
To register contact, Jerry King at: email@example.com
Download the complete itinerary here.
WHEN: Depart from Detroit 4:30 Friday November 20, 2015 – Arrive in Detroit 5:00 – 7:00 AM Monday November 23, 2015
WHERE: The bus will leave from Solidarity House, 8000 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48214. (UAW/CAW made cars can be left in the parking lot.)
Fred Van Liew is a former prosecuting attorney from Des Moines, Iowa. He knows the standard script for how to deal with crime–and he’s seen how it fails. Now he is a leader in promoting restorative justice, a powerful alternative that helps bring healing to victims, offenders, and the community as a whole.
Did you know that 40% of food in the U.S goes uneaten? This can have huge costs on society as a whole: wasted food is wasted time, wasted, energy, wasted money, and wasted opportunity for millions of people around the world.
Food waste also contributes to our carbon footprint, that is the amount of greenhouse gas due to a certain activity. Studies estimate that about 30% of our individual carbon footprint comes from our food. By taking steps to reduce the amount of food you waste, you can reduce your impact and protect the environment.
Below you will find a exercise you can do at home, which will bring your attention to how much food you waste on a weekly basis and help determine ways to cut back on how much goes uneaten.
Tracking Exercise to Help Reduce Your Food Waste
First week: Become aware of how much food you waste and where you waste it
Second week: Begin to find places to cut your food waste
If you’ve wasted less at the end of the week, give yourself a pat on the back (and keep making choices that waste less food)!
If you haven’t decreased your waste, don’t give up. Be conscious of where the food waste happens.
Here are some additional sources with tips reducing food waste:
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Download a flyer with information on tracking food waste here!
Check out all of ICPJ’s 2015 Food & Justice programming at www.foodandjustice.icpj.org or call 734-663-1870
Grocery stores have very strict standards about what fruit and vegetables should look like. If a carrot or a tomato is misshapen, it is very likely to end up in the trash before it ever reaches the store. U.S. grocers throw out nearly 26% of all produce—billions of pounds—before it even reaches their stores due mostly to self-imposed strict cosmetic standards. In a country where 1 in 6 people are considered food insecure and where more than 80% of us are not eating enough produce, this otherwise fresh and nutritious food should not be wasted.
Less obvious, but just as important, wasted food is a big contributor to climate change, (1) as it rots in landfills and (2) because of all the energy wasted and emissions produced as it is grown, processed, packaged, transported and stored.
To address this issue, there is now a national campaign to get Walmart and Whole Foods to start selling cosmetically less-than-perfect produce. The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign hopes to make these fruits and vegetable available to consumers at lower prices, thus saving a lot of waste and making healthy food more available to low-income people!
Download the flyer here!
What you can do:
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Ann Arbor is in the midst of hiring a new police chief, and it will be important to find someone who will be a leader in addressing racial disparities in policing, push for de-escalation rather than use of force whenever possible, and build a police force that is well-trained to deal with people experiencing mental health emergencies.
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