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.

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.

LGBTQ rights are human rights policy statement

The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) has issued a statement that clarifies our recognition and support of the human rights of LGBTQ+ people. ICPJ roots our peace and justice work in the belief that all people are deserving of human rights such as freedom of expression and freedom from violence and poverty, and ICPJ therefore believes that it is important to clarify that those rights apply to all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

As an interfaith coalition organization, ICPJ has always been mindful of the importance of respecting all of our coalition partners so that we can most effectively create change. The policy statement below was developed with feedback from community and congregational leaders from across the ICPJ coalition.

Statement on Universal Human Rights and Inclusion of Community Partners

Approved by the ICPJ Board of Directors June 29, 2016

The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice strives to bring about greater peace and justice by working across many different faiths and philosophies. Although religions may differ in specific teachings, we believe that all the faith groups ICPJ works with are grounded in an enduring respect for human life and dignity. As such, ICPJ roots our peace and justice work in a commitment to universal application of human rights. We model our understanding on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights established in 1948.

ICPJ affirms that all human beings are equally entitled to basic human rights including but not limited to: dignity, freedom of expression, freedom from violence and threats of violence, and access to health, education, housing, employment, and commercial goods and services. We recognize that these human rights apply to all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, sex, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, economic status, ability status, religious beliefs, or political beliefs.

ICPJ celebrates the important work happening in Washtenaw County and beyond to strive towards a vision of greater peace and justice. Although we each may differ in how we seek to achieve this vision, we know that as activists, community organizations, and faith groups, we are stronger together than we are apart. ICPJ will continue to work towards peace and justice with all those who share our enduring, foundational belief in human life and dignity.

7 Principles of Community Organizing

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Community Organizing Brown Bag Lunch and Learn organized by ICPJ is a series of events on community organizing. The series begins June 28.  There will be three events, all covering a different aspect of community organizing. The first event was about the  7 Principles of Community Organizing. Community Organizing can be holding a rally or circulating a petition, but it is also much more than that. Please check the handout of the 7 Principles of Community Organizing presented  by ICPJ Director Chuck Warpehoski.

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Call-in Thursday your Representative to support Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR-5474)

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Please let us know you called! Find the event on Facebook.

This week marks the three year anniversary of the murder of Indigenous leader Tomás García by the Honduran military during a peaceful protest against the Agua Zarca Dam. A community leader and father of seven, Tomás is just one of far too many Hondurans persecuted and murdered by the Honduran security forces for simply standing up for their rights.  Berta Cáceres herself was arrested by the Honduran military on trumped up charges in an attempt to discredit and silence her.  When that didn’t work, she was murdered.

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Call to Action-Rally Against Violence

TAKE ACTION NOW

Contact your local law enforcement and your local elected officials about: 

  • Use of force: Put sanctity of life in use of force policies, take concrete action to make part of department culture, and report on steps. 
  • Civilian Review:  Ensure independent, trusted venue for complaints, pro-active work to ensure ongoing work on issues like training, procedures, use of force, etc.
  • De-escalation: Officers have opportunities to de-escalate every day, but they may never fire their firearm in duty. Ensure that de-escalation is part of ongoing training and represents a significant portion of training time compared to firearms and other force-based training.

Contact your local law enforcement and elected officials now:

ACTION BEYOND: More than a rally!

Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice: The Racial and Economic Justice Task Force of ICPJ works to actively challenge racism and economic injustice locally and nationally. Some examples of ongoing work include:

  • Racial Justice Book Groups: currently reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander contact La’Ron Williams at larontalk@aol.com for more information.
  • Racial Justice Issues Forum: ICPJ and the Faith Leaders Forum and launching a monthly series of events to dig more deeply into issues of race and policing and broader questions of how to combat racial injustice. The series takes place on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00pm, location TBD. Initial Themes are:
    • September 8:Re-thinking and Re-engineering Police Use of Force
    • October 13: Police Training: Implicit Bias and Beyond
    • November 10: Civilian Review and Police Accountability
  • Racial Justice Film Screenings/Discussions:  Next Event will be Sunday, August 14, 2:00-5:00 pm – Racism and Whiteness Youtube Screening at Whittaker Branch – Ypsilanti District Library.
  • Poverty Simulation workshops: For congregations, school departments, community agencies, and other organizations to raise awareness about the realities of living in poverty in Michigan.
  • Host an event: ICPJ can bring a workshop/film showing/book discussion to your workplace, congregation, community group. Contact info@icpj.org, 734-663-1870
  • Civilian Review: For several months, ICPJ has been mobilizing a Police Policy, Procedures, and Training Review Team to look for the best practices regarding police training, use of force, and other procedures. Watch a Race and Policing presentation video

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Interfaith Rally Against Violence: Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, Dallas, and America

July 12 Rally Against Violence Poster

Come together to grieve the recent shootings
and take action against racism and gun violence.
When: Tuesday, July 12, 5:30pm
Where: Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor
 
Details: www.icpj.org ~ 734-663-1870 ~ info@icpj.org ~ Twitter @icpj ~ facebook.com/icpja2
 
Sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and Washtenaw Faith Leaders Forum

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