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.

Bystander Intervention Training – Ann Arbor

Over the past year, we have seen an alarming increase in hate crimes and attacks against immigrant, Muslim, LGBTQ+, and other vulnerable populations in our communities, as well as across the country. Have you asked yourself, “What could I have done if I were there?” Have you witnessed someone being harassed, but were stifled or frozen by fear and didn’t know what to do?

The good news is that there are lifelong skills and techniques that you can learn and practice to keep each other safe. Our 4 hour Basic Bystander Training will show you how to respond. Experienced and certified ICPJ facilitators will teach you the basic tactics you can use to deescalate and/or redirect threats and harassment through non-violent methods and strategies.

Past participant tesimonials:

“I took part in a group that taught non-violence response to personal violence recently. It was very empowering to myself and I was very glad I attended.”

“Wonderfully enlightening program. Great leaders and group participation. I encourage everyone in the area to attend one of these sessions.”

Not only will you learn more about non-violence, but also how to be an active listener and to understand that we have more in common than we have differences. When we can come together with an open heart, the better we can help one another.

Cultivating communities of compassion and care begins with US.

Pre-registration is required. Cost if FREE thanks to First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor for sponsoring!

Please Register through Eventbrite HERE.

Light refreshments are provided.

 WHEN: Saturday March 24, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

WHERE: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor, MI 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Youth Bystander Intervention Training – Chelsea

Our Youth Bystander Training is specifically designed to address conflict situations and conversations that teens have experienced and/or are experiencing in their everyday lives, whether at school or in a public social situation. This experiential process is built as a safe & confidential space for youth to explore and talk about difficult issues that they are experiencing. This training prompts participants to think about what violence and non-violence means to them, to raise awareness around injustice, bias, prejudice and to empower youth to stand up and speak out for others.

Student Testimonials from Washtenaw International High School (April 2017):

  • “Although I couldn’t stay for long, the moments that I had were some I will remember forever!”
  • “Thanks so much for all of the valuable lessons you taught us.”
  • “Thank you! We really appreciate everything you’re doing to help our community!”

Only for ages 14—18 years old.

Pre-registration required.

Cost: $20/person

Please register HERE

*Scholarships are also available. Please email

WHEN: Saturday April 7, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: Chelsea Wellness Center, 14800 E Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118

REJ Book Group: The Color of Law

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation―that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation―the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments―that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

Free and open to the public.

We encourage you to support local and independent bookstores. 

WHEN: All events begin at 7pm on the Third Tuesday of each month

  • March 20: The Color of Law. Read from “Preface” through Chapter 3, entitled, “Racial Zoning,” pages vii – 58.
  • April 17:  The Color of Law. Read from Chapter 4 entitled, “own Your Own Home,” through Chapter 6 entitled, “White Flight,” pages 59-100.
  • May 15:  The Color of Law.  Read from Chapter 7 entitled, “IRS Support and Compliant Regulators” through Chapter 9 entitled, “State-Sanctioned Violence,” pages 101-152.
  • June 19: The Color of Law.  Read from Chapter 10 entitled, “Suppressed Incomes,” to end, pages 153-218.

WHERE: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor.  Use the alley south of Hill Street.  Turn from Hill onto Lincoln (first street on left after turning onto Hill from Washtenaw), then turn right into the first alley on the right and park in the lot just behind the Friends Meeting House near the far end of the alley.

2018 ICPJ Annual Meeting

What: Join with other members of the ICPJ community to celebrate the successes of the past year resisting hate and injustice, preview what’s coming up in 2018, elect new board members, and celebrate community at a dessert reception.

Where: Wesley Foundation at First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 602 E. Huron, Ann Arbor, MI (additional parking at the Liberty Square Parking Structure 510 E. Washington)

Who: Free and open to the public. Voting on board members on bylaw changes limited to ICPJ members only. To become a member donate at

When: Thursday, March 22, 2018. Program begins at 7:00, followed by a dessert reception.

Connect and Act 2018

On Saturday, March 10 at Ypsilanti High School, hundreds of people will gather for the biggest ICPJ event of the year – Connect & Act 2018.
Experienced facilitators will focus on a few central themes, in 5 different break out sessions, and explore how current social justice issues are connected to the giant triplets. The conference will utilize an interactive liberating frameworks structure and include youth voices throughout; feature live music by Nadim Azzam and Kiyoshi Shelton, great food, and intentional people connection time. Come early (by 9:00 am) to try a mini-Bystander Intervention Training or a mini-Mindfulness Meditation to gear up for a full day of education, inspiration, and mobilization!
Breakout session themes include:
  • Strengthening our Democracy – La’Ron Williams, Rena Basch (VNP), Merissa Kovach (ACLU)
  • Immigration Crisis – Mary Anne Perrone(WICIR/ICPJ), Maria Ibarra (WICIR/Wash ID), Rich Stahler-Sholk (EMU)
  • Criminal Justice – Rev Donnell Wyche, Rev Jeffery Harold, Chuck Warpehoski
  • Poor People’s Campaign – Carlos Santacruz/Krystal DuPree/Hailu Shitaye (PPC), Rev. Joe Summers, Ron Gregg
  • Environment (Food Waste/Climate Change)– Jan Wright, Brad van Guilder, Joe Ohren

Register Today – Connect & Act

WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 2018, 8:30am registration, 9:30 – 4pm program, 5-7pm social @Cultivate

WHERE: Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

COST: $0-$55 (multiple types of tickets available, incl. group tickets and scholarships)

Students 8th – 12th grade are FREE – but do need to register (please spread the word!) 

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Latin America Dinner & a Movie Series 2018

Join the Latin American Task Force of ICPJ on the second Tuesday of every month (January through May 2018) for a special Dinner & a Movie series focusing on Latin American issues and the social justice connections that affect us all.

When:  Second Tuesday of every month through May

January 9 – It Was the State

February 13 – Report from Nogales

March 13 – The Other Side of Immigration

April 10 – 500 Years: Life in Resistance

May 18 – Berta Vive

Location: St. Mary’s Student Parish, 331 Thompson St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Film is free and open to the public.

DINNER OPTION: $8.00 Pilar’s Tamales Meal – Includes one Tamale with salsa, organic casamiento, fried plantains, and curtido (veg. option available). Please RSVP to reserve your meal.

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