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.

Help Equip a Peace and Justice Center

This summer the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice will be relocating. As we do so, we would like to do more than just move the office. Our vision is to make the space into a versatile peace and justice center so that we can:
  • Host a variety of activities, from organizing meetings to workshops to dialogue sessions(Requires quality, versatile furnishings so we can easily transform the space)
  • Present with modern A/V technology whether we are using slides in a meeting or training or doing a small movie showing. (requires equipment such as screen, projector, speakers, which can be used in-house and on the road).
  • Inspire change with a “Vision of Justice” Mural created by youth with the FLY Art Center that depicts young people’s visions of a world of peace, justice, and inclusion.
  • Honor our “ancestors” by including photo tributes to key ICPJ activists who helped lay the foundations for the work we do now.
  • Live our values (and support productivity)by providing ergonomic workstations
  • Provide a community resource so that the space can be available for allied groups to use as well.

Are you on board?

Head on over to our crowdfunding page at https://www.youcaring.com/ICPJPeaceCenter to watch a vidoe to describe the process, see who has donated so far, get updates on the project–and of course to make your own donation!

You can also mail your donation to ICPJ, 1414 Hill St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or call 734-662-1870 to donate by phone.

Please join us for the mural dedication and new office open house on Sunday, June 26, 2:30-4:30pm at 1414 Hill Street. We’ll have refreshments, childcare available, and a brief dedication ceremony for the new site.

Faith Leaders Forum on Racial Justice and Policing

On Thursday, June 2, the Washtenaw Faith Leaders Forum hosted an event in Ypsilanti on policing and racial justice. The same forum was also held in Ann Arbor on May 23. Members of Washtenaw’s law enforcement community and several faith leaders met to discuss important questions concerning this issue. Below are the videos showing portions of the event.

Discussion on Civilian Oversight:

Law enforcement was supportive of discussions with the public, and Sheriff Clayton said, “We think it’s important to continue to have a dialogue because we are experts in the law enforcement piece. You’re experts in the quality of life in your community.”

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Safely Talking and Safely Learning About Race and Racism

Join ICPJ this summer for two screenings and discussions about race, racism, media, and the backlash against contemporary racial justice activism, moderated by La’Ron Williams.


In Whose Honor?

Video showing of “In Whose Honor?” 2:00 pm at Ypsilanti Public Library 5577 Whittaker Rd

Join ICPJ for a screening of “In Whose Honor?” followed by a discussion moderated by La’Ron Williams. The film takes a critical look at the long-running practice of “honoring” American Indians by using them as mascots and nicknames in sports. It follows the remarkable story of Charlene Teters (Spokane) and her transformation from a graduate student into a national movement leader. “In Whose Honor?” examines the issues of race, stereotypes, minority representation, and the powerful effects of mass-media imagery, and also shows the extent to which one community will go to defend and justify its mascot.

WHEN: Sunday, July 10, 2:00-5:00 pm
WHERE: Whittaker branch of the Ypsilanti Library at 5577 Whittaker Rd
 

Racism and Whiteness Youtube Screening

Join ICPJ and La’Ron Williams again on August 14 at 2:00 pm to watch and discuss three short videos about whiteness and racism:

  1. Why Don’t we Have a White History Month? by Kat Blaque (8 minutes, 48
    seconds)
  2. Caucasian in America by Kat Blaque (11 minutes, 38 seconds)
  3. White People PSA by The Non-Believer (4 minutes, 38 seconds)

Kat Blaque is an African-American transgender woman who passionately blogs and vlogs about race, gender, and social justice for sites like the Huffington Post and Everyday Feminism.

Kat Blaque discusses White History Month in one of the videos ICPJ will be discussing August 14th at the Whittaker Branch of the Ypsilanti Library

Kat Blaque discusses White History Month in one of the videos ICPJ will be watching August 14th at the Whittaker Branch of the Ypsilanti Library

The Non-Believer describes himself as “a white male who has been forced out of the regressive left,” has declared himself in opposition to Black Lives Matter, and is critical of the concepts of white privilege, environmental racism, and social justice. Although ICPJ in no way shares his point of view, it’s important that our group discuss the widespread presence of voices like his.

Both vloggers use vulgar language and/or sexually explicit language.

WHEN: Sunday, August 14, 2:00-5:00 pm

WHERE: Whittaker branch of the Ypsilanti Library at 5577 Whittaker Rd

Community Organizing Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

Learn while you eat your lunch!

 

ICPJ will be hosting a series of brown bag lunch events throughout the summer to discuss effective community organizing. There will be three events:

1. 7 Principles of Community Organizinglunch-and-learn_53556717

Tuesday, June 28, 12-1pm — Community Organizing can be holding a rally or circulating a petition, but it is also much more than that. Come join ICPJ Director Chuck Warpehoski as he presents seven core community organizing principles that he has used over the last 18 years of work in the field. Bring a lunch and learn how he uses concepts such as “organizing is about relationships,” “focus on action,” and “meet people where they are” to build movements for social transformation. Whether you’re a veteran activist or just thinking of getting involved, this workshop will provide you useful information about how to make a difference.

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Area Faith Leaders Issue Forum Statement on Policing and Racial Justice

Background

Over fifty Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti faith leaders have issued a Statement on Policing and Racial Justice below. To sign up use the form at the right, or contact ev. Jeff Harrold at revharrold@gmail.com, or 734-353-2527.

Statement on Policing and Racial Justice

“…What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

As a county-wide, inter-faith advocacy effort with a faith-inspired platform that fosters mutual respect and effectiveness, we are compelled to mobilize and speak up for justice and equality. In particular, we believe that there is a great need for the leaders of faith to speak to the systemic racial injustice that is experienced by many in our communities. Our obligation is to speak up whenever anyone is treated unjustly for as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said: “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Continue Reading »

Peace is Right Here

Check out the great video that Q4T put together higlighting the work that ICPJ and others have done in Ann Arbor to stand up against Islamophobia, including our One Human Family banner campaign!

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