ICPJ Events

ICPJ Needs Volunteers to “Keep It Out of the Dump!”

Volunteers Needed:  Thursday morning May 24 – 2018 – Volunteers will first go through a small “pilot” section of Ann Arbor’s 5th Ward, taping a notice on trash carts that provides information about the pilot project.  In a second round, volunteers will again go through the neighborhood and put informational stickers on compost bins and trash bins (comparable to those on recycle bins) to show what should and should not go in each bin.  (We won’t go out in rainy weather!) If you can help us, on any date, please contact Joe Ohren at joe.ohren@gmail.com.

Wear Orange Block Party

Saturday, June 2, 1-4pm–The Wear Orange Block Party  is a  free, fun-filled, family-friendly event with live music, snacks, and guest speakers to speak out against gun violence from 1-4pm at Liberty Plaza in Ann Arbor. Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, they asked us to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence. We wear orange for Hadiya and to honor the more than 90 lives cut short and the hundreds more injured by gun violence every day — and to demand action. All are invited to #WearOrange with Moms Demand Action – Washtenaw County, the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice, and Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence! This is a free, fun-filled, family-friendly event with live music, snacks, and guest speakers. An ASL interpreter will be present at the event as well.  Check out the Facebook event for more details. 

Anti Racism 101: Putting Racism on the Table

Sunday, June 17, 2pm–Join award-winning storyteller and anti-racist educator La’Ron Williams for a film showing and structured discussion to help participants gain a basic understanding of certain key concepts critical to anti-racism practice. In June’s selection Robin DiAngelo, former professor of education and Author of “What Does It Mean to be White?” discusses white privilege. “Racism is a system that encompasses economic, political, social, and cultural structures, actions, and beliefs that institutionalize and perpetuate an unequal distribution of resources between White people and People of Color. White people are the beneficiaries of this system of racial inequity, regardless of awareness or intentions.” — Robin DiAngelo.  Location: Ypsilanti Library, Whittaker Road Branch of the at 5577 Whittaker Rd. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and the Ypsilanti District Library.

REJ Book Group:  The Color of Law

Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM – Join Facilitator La’Ron Williams in an exploration and discussion of The Color of Law, a 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. (Read from Chapter 10 entitled, “Suppressed Incomes,” to end, pages 153-218). Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice Location: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor. (Parking behind the Friends Meeting House between Olivia and Lincoln Streets.)

Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice & Sustainability

Monday Evenings Beginning June 25, 7-8:30 PM – Join an upcomingSeeing Systems: Peace, Justice & Sustainability” Northwest Earth Institute course to improve your advocacy offered by Michigan Friends Center and co-sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice. This course helps participants to recognize how climate change produces conflicts and to respond to the structural violence that can result. The course introduces two important tools that we can all use in our peace and justice work — systems thinking and nonviolent communication skills. There is a $30-60 cost to cover the course book, as able, which is yours to keep and other costs. Location: Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd, Chelsea. Register: HERE. For more information, call (734)-475-1892.

Anti Racism 101: How Structural Racism Works

Sunday, July 22 2pm—Join award-winning storyteller and anti-racist educator La’Ron Williams for a film showing and structured discussion to help participants gain a basic understanding of certain key concepts critical to anti-racism practice. In July’s selection Dr.Tricia Rose, is professor of Africana studies and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA), at Brown University,  speak on “How Structural Racism Works,” — what it is, and how it shows up in our everyday lives. By using specific examples, stories, and overwhelming evidence, Dr. Rose explores how to transform a condition of relative public indifference into one of concern and commitment to undoing chronic and widespread racial disparities.  Location: Ypsilanti Library, Whittaker Road Branch of the at 5577 Whittaker Rd. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and the Ypsilanti District Library.

Mindfulness and Compassion Workshop – rescheduled

New Date – Sunday, July 29,  1:00 PM – 4:30 PM – This 3.5 hour workshop will offer an introduction to mindfulness and compassion practices. Through experiential activities, discussion and reflection, participants will discover how mindfulness relates to compassion for self and others. Participants will be guided in specific practices that they can use in daily life to cultivate greater equanimity and wellbeing. This workshop is targeted for individuals who are new to mindfulness. Handouts will be provided as well as access to audio recordings of workshop practices. Workshop led by Mindful City Ann Arbor’s Rita Benn and Julie Woodward Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty St, Ann Arbor   Register: HERE. For more information about scheduling a workshop for your community contact info@icpj.org or call 734-663-1870

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