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Dec 15 2016

Conflict and Peace Initiative Lecture: Galvanizing Social Justice Through Comics

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ICPJ is co-sponsoring a talk by award-winning graphic novelist Joe Sacco titled “Galvanizing Social Justice through Comics When: January 19, 5:00-7:00 PM. Where: Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Leading graphic historical novelist Joe Sacco will chronicle how and why he uses the graphic novel format to catalyze social justice and human rights struggles in the U.S. and around the world. His award-winning novels include Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (a portrait of some of the most marginalized communities in the United States, co-created with Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges); Footnotes in Gaza (a narrative of oral histories collected from elderly Palestinians who witnessed and survived a mass murder during the 1956 Suez War); and Safe Area Gorazde (an account of the brutal effects of the war in the former Yugoslavia on a besieged town that Sacco visited during and after the war). This presentation is part of a series on social justice-oriented graphic novels organized by the International Institute’s Enterprise-funded Conflict and Peace Initiative. The event is in partnership with the Penny Stamps Distinguished Lecture Series. For more details, contact: Mosab Ameur at or 734-663-1870

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Sep 01 2016

One Human Family Panel Discussion

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Please join us on September 28 for a panel discussion on immigration and human rights.

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Download event flyer here.

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Where: Ann Arbor District Library – 343 S Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor

For the past several months, ICPJ has partnered with the Interfaith Round Table (IRT) to promote our One Human Family campaign, in which we have advocated for a greater understanding and mindfulness of the Muslims and refugees in our community, groups that have been marginalized and pushed aside, especially in the current political climate. We have distributed yard signs, stickers, and banners with the campaign slogan, with the goal of spreading the message that “We support refugees and our Muslim neighbors.”

On September 28, we will host a conversation with refugee families about their reality as well as with representatives from organizations working with refugee communities in Washtenaw County, including Jewish Family Services (JFS) and Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR).

For more information, please visit the Ann Arbor District Library’s website or our Facebook page. You can also view or download our event flyer.


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Mar 03 2016

Peacemaking in the Midst of Conflict with Aziz Abu Sarah

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TED2014 - The Next Chapter, March 17-21, 2014, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash

TED2014 – The Next Chapter, March 17-21, 2014, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash

You are invited to this inspirational and uplifting event to be held Sunday, March 20, featuring  Aziz Abu Sarah, a transformative peacemaker.

About Aziz

Aziz Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer and Cultural Educator, as well as a TED Fellow. A Palestinian from Jerusalem. Aziz is the cofounder of MEJDI Tours, a social enterprise focused on introducing multi-narrative cultural education and responsible business practices to the travel industry. Aziz was the Palestinian leader of the ICPJ Dual Narrative Tour to Israel/Palestine in 2011, which changed the lives of many of the tour members. Aziz has also served as the Executive Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University (2009-2015), and was the chairman of the joint Israeli-Palestinian organization the Bereaved Families Forum (2006 to 2010). Continue Reading »

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Nov 19 2015

ICPJ Statement on Israel/Palestine

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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.


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Sep 03 2015

Vigil for Peace and Diplomacy with Iran

20150828-moveon-vigillogo-v3When: Thursday, September 10, 6:00pm

Where: Ann Arbor Federal Building, 200 East Liberty St

When members of Congress return to Washington in September, they will vote on whether to send us down the path to another senseless war or down the path of peace and diplomacy.

On the evening of September 10, just two days after Congress reconvenes, ICPJ members, MoveOn members, and concerned citizens throughout the United States will gather at hundreds of congressional offices and other public places across the country for Vigils for Peace and Diplomacy with Iran.

You can sign up for the Vigil for Peace and Diplomacy ICPJ is hosting or just show up.

We’ll be meeting at 5:00 pm on the evening of the vigil to make signs at Canterbury House (721 E. Huron St).

Volunteers needed to put up posters, collect signatures, etc. If you are interested in helping make signs, distribute materials or collect signatures please let us know!

Questions – contact or call the office at 734-663-1870.

ICPJ Statement on the Nuclear Deal

We strongly support the proposed agreement between Iran and the 5 +1 countries (including the United States), Continue Reading »

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Jul 25 2014

Israel and Palestine: Mourning the violence, calling for peace

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picasso doveLast night ICPJ’s Board of Directors met. To give voice to our shared grief over the bloodshed in Israel and Palestine, we issued the following statement:

  • We mourn all death and deeply want the violence to stop for the sake of the residents of Palestine, Israel, and the world
  • We call for an immediate ceasefire, and we encourage our government to press for a ceasefire and a resolution to the conflict
  • The only way out of this violence is through a negotiated settlement to the conflict, we call on our government to be an active and honest broker to promote a just and durable peace agreement
  • We call upon people of faith everywhere to engage in fervent prayer and meditation for a peaceful and lasting resolution to the conflict and to personally resolve to live peacefully and with regard for the human dignity of all people.

If anyone would like to discuss ways to give public witness to this call for peace please contact Chuck Warpehoski at or call 734-663-1870.

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