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.

2019 Dinner & a Movie Series Kick Off!

ICPJ’s Latin America Task Force is excited to kick off its 2019 Dinner & a Movie Series tonight with the documentary Lourdes! The series gives attendees the chance to engage with compelling social justice issues relating to Latin America while enjoying a delicious meal and good company.

The events will be held one select Tuesday each month from January to May at St. Mary Student Parish at 331 Thompson St. Dinner will be held at 6:30pm and the film will start at 7:00pm. The dinner option is $8 and will include one tamale with sides from Pilar’s Tamales; the film is free! Please RSVP by noon the day of the event to reserve your meal!

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Welcome to ICPJ’s New Co-Directors

Hello ICPJ Members,

After sixteen years as the Director of ICPJ, I am excited to welcome the ICPJ’s new Co-Directors, Desiraé Simmons and Eleanore Ablan-Owen, who have just started this week with ICPJ!

They are delighted to join ICPJ and build upon our rich history of social justice education and organizing. They look forward to learning more about your hopes for the organization as we work to address the issues that matter. Eleanore and Desiraé bring a wealth of experience and energy to the organization and I feel confident that ICPJ will thrive with their service.

Desiraé Simmons
ICPJ Co-Director

Desiraé ([email protected]) lives in Ypsilanti with her husband Zander and almost 2-year-old daughter Indigo. She is originally from Chicago and Cleveland and moved to Michigan 4 years ago from Boston. Her previous professional experience is in experiential and community-based learning where she designed curriculum, created and facilitated workshops around systemic discrimination and reflective practice, and built relationships across difference. Since being in Ypsilanti, she co-hosted a resistance march focused on the love, resilience, and history of activism in the community; organized for affordable housing, keeping a school within the Ypsilanti Community School district, and a Community Benefits Ordinance; ran for City Council as a nonpartisan candidate; and she currently holds leadership positions within the Washtenaw County Democratic Party and serves on a citizen committee for housing affordability and accessibility.

Eleanore Ablan-Owen
ICPJ’s Co-Director

Eleanore ([email protected]) has been living and working in Detroit since 2000. With a background in community development she has served numerous nonprofits and resident groups to build community self-determination. She has focused on projects that emphasize community ownership of land, community wealth-building, and democratic decision-making regarding land use and neighborhood planning. As an activist and during her time as staff at the National Lawyers Guild, Eleanore has worked on a variety of issues – from prisoners’ rights, anti-militarism, police accountability, and worker rights, to environmental justice. As an undergrad at UM, she was greatly influenced by the work of ICPJ and the AFSC. The seeds planted by ICPJ reach far and wide – she is excited to be back working in Washtenaw County’s social justice community! In her downtime, Eleanore organizes tree plantings, builds community gardens, loves to hike, and has been known to ride around with her two sons on their “bike train” made up of two tagalongs attached to the back of her bike.

As Desiraé and Eleanore take the lead, I feel confident that they will be amazing leaders for the organization’s next chapter. I’ll be around for the next few weeks, and will complete my transition by the end of February. We will schedule a welcome gathering for Desiraé and Eleanore and a farewell gathering for me–stay tuned!

In peace,
Chuck Warpehoski

Winter 2018 Newsletter

Cover of ICPJ 2018 Newsletter

The 2018 ICPJ Winter Newsletter is available for download. Check it out for a report back from the 2018 Facing Race Conference, updates on Congregational Sanctuary and human rights organizing for immigrant youth, and much more. 

Moral Fusion Summit: Challenging the Racial & Economic Caste System in Washtenaw County

Washtenaw Poor People’s Campaign-Moral Fusion Summit

Challenging the Racial & Economic Caste System in Washtenaw County

Saturday, January 26, 2019:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Brown Chapel AME, 1043 W. Michigan Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

By listening to each other, we hope to create a common agenda for the Poor People’s campaign in our county by  identifying and prioritizing strategic actions that can remove the barriers that keep people trapped in systemic poverty.   These priorities will come out of our workshop discussions on: Housing, Health Care and Disability, Immigration, Policing, Criminal Justice, Veterans’ Concerns, Employment & Wages, K-12 Education, Environmental Justice, and LGBTQ Justice.

Co-sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and WeROC

Register today!

Summit is free; those that can afford it are asked to contribute $10 towards lunch and our other expenses. Want more details? Check out the Moral Fusion Summit Letter of Invitation or contact: [email protected]

Vigil and Remembrance to #EndGunViolence

Come together to remember the 30,000+ lost each year and to work for hope, peace, and love in their honor.

WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 7−8:30 pm

WHERE: First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, 608 E. William St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This year marks the 6th anniversary of the heartbreaking Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT. Since then, 500,000 Americans have been killed or injured by guns. Gun violence impacts all communities; victims, survivors, and families are often forgotten.

We invite the Washtenaw County community to join us in this
non-denominational vigil of loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to gun violence. The evening includes live music, a student performance, and messages of hope.

We urge you to join us in our effort to continue to shine a light on the devastating epidemic of gun violence in our nation.



Thank you

Thank you.

I am so proudly grateful for what you and the whole ICPJ community do to:

  • Train up the next generation of activists
  • Speak out against injustice
  • Provide sanctuary in the face on unjust deportation orders
  • Change minds, change hearts, and change policies
  • Care for the Earth
  • Bring people together
  • Speak out against Islamophobia

And so much more.

Thank you for making the world a better place.

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