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.

Tell the County to Support Mixed-Income Housing on Platt Road

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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:

  • Integration with neighborhood
  • Mixed-income development, including affordable and moderately-priced housing including non-residential uses that would be accessory and supportive to the neighborhood
  • Varied types and forms of housing for people of different ages
  • Use green technologies and sustainable design (stormwater management, green energy, limiting use of impervious surface)
  • Reduced auto-dependency, embrace alternative transportation (walking, biking, transit), and promote a pedestrian-oriented development pattern.

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.

SOA Bus Trip to Ft. Benning, GA Leaves Tomorrow!


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:

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.)

ICPJ Statement on Israel/Palestine

November 2015

  • The breakdown in the efforts to reach a peaceful resolution to a 48 year conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is contributing to an increase in attacks against individuals on both sides, resulting in injuries and death.
  • Given both recent statements and actions by Israel and the PLO, it appears there can be no reasonable expectation that progress toward a peaceful resolution will happen in the foreseeable future. The U.S. government has stated that it is unrealistic to believe that a U.S. brokered peace agreement is achievable during the term of the current administration.
  • ICPJ deplores these developments and urges those with the most power in the situation to initiate a real change toward a peaceful resolution to this untenable and unsustainable, oppressive and unnecessary state of affairs.
  • ICPJ believes it is equally important for concerned activists here in Washtenaw County who care about this particular issue of peace, justice and human rights to come together to explore all possible actions they might take to support a positive outcome between Israel and Palestine.


Restorative Justice: Victim-Offender Conferencing with Fred Van Liew

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.

Tracking Your Food Waste

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. Picture1

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

  • Measure all your edible food waste for a week by putting it in one-gallon plastic bags.  Think about each wasted item as you put it in the bag–is there anything you might have done differently to avoid wasting this?
  • Bring home uneaten food from restaurants or other places and include it in the bag.
  • Likewise, measure wasted liquids in a jar that has an indicator of ounces or that you know the size of.  (Include everything except tap water.)
  • Write down how many such bags you create (include partial bags as 1/3, ½, etc.) and how many ounces of liquid. (You can empty bags or throw out liquids at any point as long as you keep track of the volume.)

Second week: Begin to find places to cut your food waste

  • Think about possible ways you might waste less this week than last week and put some of these into practice if possible.
  • Measure your food and beverage waste in the same way as last week.

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  or call   734-663-1870

Help Reduce Food Waste: Add Your Name to the Ugly Fruit and Vegetable Campaign Sign-On Letter

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 theirUglyTomato 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’s Next Police Chief

AAPD_Chief_Candidates-resizedAnn 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.

How you can help:

  1. Email City Council to tell them you want a police chief who will be a leader in addressing racial disparities in policing, de-escalation, and mental health.
  2. Attend the candidate “meet and greet” on Thursday, November 5, from 6-7 pm at the lobby of Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St.
  3. Attend the City Council Q&A session with the candidates on Friday, November 6, from 1-3 p.m. at  301 E Huron St, Second floor, City Council Chambers.

Additional Information:

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