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.

Connect and Act: Building the New Movement for Economic and Racial Justice

ICPJ is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity that will bring together emerging and existing social justice leaders to CONNECT people across issues, identities, and generations and help people ACT in meaningful ways for justice.

The goal is to challenge people of conscience to strengthen existing and develop new plans to address economic and racial justice and sustainability in our communities and to provide continuing leadership support for these efforts.

The summit will showcase a variety of existing initiatives and give attendees an opportunity to access information about what is happening in our communities and how to connect with people and campaigns to channel our energy into a path toward concrete and meaningful change. Listed below are just a few of the special guests presenting on March 6. We hope to see you too! Please check back on our website for registration details coming soon.

Featured Speakers

Claiborne Shane Claiborne’s adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek. As a peacemaker, his journeys have taken him to some of the most troubled regions of the world – from Rwanda to the West Bank – and he’s been on peace delegations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Shane is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world and ushered in a new phase of faith-based justice making.

Jeannette_20laughing2Jeannette Huezo is the Executive Director of United for a Fair Economy (UFE) and is also co-author of several of UFE’s State of the Dream reports on racial economic inequality in the U.S. Originally from El Salvador, Jeannette came to the US in 1989. She has spent her life working for justice and social change. United for a Fair Economy challenges the concentration of wealth and power that corrupts democracy, deepens the racial divide and tears communities apart. UFE uses popular economics education, trainings, and creative communications to support social movements working for a resilient, sustainable and equitable economy.

dawudDawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of America’s largest advocacy and civil liberties organization for Muslims. Walid is a preacher of Islamic faith delivering sermons at Islamic centers across America and is a political blogger for the Detroit News and has spoken at more than 30 institutions of higher learning about Islam and interfaith dialogue including DePaul University, Harvard University and the University of the Virgin Islands.

*Click on the following link to submit a workshop proposal due by February 1: http://bit.ly/connect_act_RFP

Big Money Dominates Michigan Politics

unnamedOn Sunday January 31st, 7:00 PM- Join ICPJ for a special presentation by Rich Robinson; Sponsored
by: Reclaim Our American Democracy (ROAD) From Big Money, League of Women Voters (Ann Arbor), and Interfairth Council for Peace and Justice. The event will be an opportunity to answer questions such as: Does “DARK MONEY” dominate Michigan politics? Just what is Dark Money? Why did Michigan government recently get an “F” for accountability and transparency?. Bring your questions, come, and hear Rich Robinson !

Location: Pittsfield Township Administration Building. 6201 W.Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108  

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“Western Eyes” Documentary

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February 28, 2:00 PM
Special Location! — Michigan Avenue Branch library. (Michigan Ave isn’t normally open on Sundays. We will be allowed special access to the building!)

“Western Eyes” (39 and a half minutes) — This documentary presents two Canadian women of Asian descent who are contemplating eyelid surgery. Maria and Sharon, of Philippino and Korean heritage respectively, believe their looks–specifically their eyes–get in the way of how people see them. Layering their stories with pop culture references to beauty icons and supermodels, filmmaker Ann Shin looks at the pain that lies deep behind the desire for plastic surgery.

“What’s Race Got To Do With It?” Documentary

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Special Location! — Michigan Avenue Branch library (Michigan Ave isn’t normally open on Sundays. We will be allowed special access to the building!)

“What’s Race Got To Do With It?” – Despite many years of diversity programs and initiatives, many of our discussions about race remain mired in confusion. Even a casual observer can’t help but notice how structural racism is ignored, how multiculturalism is confused with equality, and how many campuses remain hamstrung in their efforts to become more inclusive and welcoming of everyone.

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Racial Justice Book Group: The New Jim Crow

The New Jim CrowBeginning on Tuesday January 26th, 7:00 PM, the Racial Justice Book Group will be discussing Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking book, The New Jim Crow. The group always tries to finish a given title in fewer than 5 sessions. To prepare for January’s meeting and discussion, participants are being asked to have completed the introduction and chapters one and two.

This book is invaluable for helping its readers to understand the role that the existing criminal justice system plays in maintaining and exacerbating America’s historical arrangement of racial hierarchy and mass racial control.

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Awakening Compassion: The Surprising Power that Improves Organizations by Elevating their Humanity

Join the Center for Positive Organizations and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice for this free workshop on Saturday February 13, 9:30 am to 12 pm at the UM Ross School of Business, Colloquium Room (6th floor) 701 Tappan St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Join the Center for Positive Organizations and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice for this free workshop on Saturday February 13, 9:30 am to 12 pm at the UM Ross School of Business, Colloquium Room (6th floor) 701 Tappan St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Leaders, managers, and change agents regularly face the challenge of demoralizing organizations and dehumanizing institutions that drive out engagement and undermine our community’s capabilities to innovate, serve each other well, or achieve excellence. This interactive and enlivening workshop will invite you to focus on the surprising power of compassion to renew the human capacity for innovation, service, and excellence in our organizations. Continue Reading »

Police Training and Racial Justice, part 1

Part 1:  Policing

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ICPJ’s 2016 program focus will be on racial justice and economic equality. This is the first in a series highlighting concrete policy proposals ICPJ will be putting forward to address this theme. To read more, download our Winter 2015 newsletter.

The Black Lives Matter movement has brought about a long-overdue conversation about use of force and racial disparities in policing. But how do we move from the soundbites of “better training” and “more accountability” to concrete, on-the-ground changes in policing practices?

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