ICPJ Events

Mental Health and Public Safety Listening Session

Thursday, October 12, 6:00pm–All members of the public are invited to join the committee chairs of the Yes to Our Mental Health and Public Safety countywide millage campaign to learn more about the mental health crisis we face in Washtenaw County and how the millage seeks to address these issues. The event will begin with a brief presentation on the status of mental health services in Washtenaw County and the details of how the millage will operate, if passed. A longer Q&A session with the committee chairs and other community leaders will follow the presentation. Speakers are still being confirmed, but may include Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Manchester Village Council President Pat Vailliencourt, Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation Director Marianne Udow-Phillips, NAMI Michigan President Mark Creekmore, and County Commissioner Andy LaBarre. Location: St. James’ Episcopal Church, Dexter, MI, 3279 Broad St, Dexter, MI 48130.

Peace All Stars 5: One Human Family Concert

 Saturday, October 14 –: Join host La’Ron Williams and an all star ensemble of amazingly talented local musicians performing music from around the globe! The 2017 Peace All Stars concert highlights multiculturalism and benefits One Human Family programming through Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ). Featuring performances from artists as diverse as Klezmephonic, Michigan Sahana, Mbira with Mark Stone, Abby Alwin and Bethanni (of Rhyta), Jamie Register, Steve Somers and the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra, a visit from rising star and Michigan native, hip hop artist Kiyoshi Shelton and, of course, LeMarcus Prewitt and The Teardrops! This is a family friendly event and is sure to be a lot of fun with some fantastic music. Sat, Oct 14 at 7:00 pm at Vineyard Church Ann Arbor – 2275 Platt Road. Tickets available at https://peaceallstarsconcert.eventbrite.com

Interested in volunteering for the event? Sign up for a shift here!

Ann Arbor CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday October 15, 1:00 registration, 2:00 PM walk start time – It’s that time of year again to get out your best walking shoes out and help raise funds for local hunger agencies:  Avalon Housing, Community Action Network, Emmanuel House, Growing Hope, Hope Clinic, Packard Health, SOS Community Services, and St. Andrew’s Breakfast Program.  This year we will also be joined by Jewish Family Services, Samaritas, and Washtenaw Refugee Welcome, as we’ll be focusing on the refugee crisis and ways that you can help both at the local and state, and national level.  Additionally, this year a portion of CROP Hunger Walk funds from around the country will be helping CWS’s international unaccompanied refugee minor children’s program in Jakarta, Indonesia, where they have been developing housing, and schools, as well as providing translators and educators.  We are also pleased to announce that Representative Yousef Rabhi will be our keynote speaker and we will be Zero Waste Event!  Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food donations, which will be distributed to Hope Clinic.  Let’s walk together to help fight hunger around the world!  Location: Trinity Evangelical Church of Ann Arbor, 1400 W. Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Register or donate online: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/annarbormi/

Interested in volunteering for the event? Sign up for a shift here!

I Am Not Your Negro, ICPJ Racial Justice Book Group

Tuesday, October 17, 7pm–This fall ICPJ’s Racial Justice Book Group will read and discuss I Am Not Your Negroby James Baldwin and edited by Raoul Peck. About the Book: To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. October reading selection:  Read from chapter entitled, “Purity,” from page 53 to end of book. . Location: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street. Free and open to the public.

Basic Bystander Intervention Training – Ypsilanti

***This training is full. Please fill out the following link to be added to the waitlist OR sign up for the November 4 training below.***

Waitlist sign up:  https://goo.gl/forms/pqEP3we2A973lYZE2

Saturday October 21, 1:00 – 5:00 PM – As we see an increase in hate crimes and attacks against immigrants, Muslims, and other vulnerable populations in our communities, many of us have asked ourselves, “What would I do if I were there?” The good news is that there are skills and techniques that you can learn and practice to keep others safe. You don’t have to be passive. Our 4 hour Basic Bystander Training will show you how to respond. Sheri Wander, with 20+ years of peace keeping training with the Meta Peace Team, and other 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. Pre-registration is required.  Register at: http://bit.ly/2sQocs0. For more info contact, Germaine, germaine@icpj.org or 734-663-1870.  Location:  Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Mindfulness and Compassion Pilot Workshop

Sunday, October 22, 1:00 – 4:00 PM   3-hour workshop will offer an introduction to mindfulness and compassion practices. Core principles of mindfulness and compassion will be explored. 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. Pre-registration is required.  Register: on Eventbrite HERE. For more info contact jane@icpj.org or 734-663-1870.  Location:  Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor  

Community Organizing Brown Bag– Ballot Campaign Basics

Tuesday, October 24, 12PM-1PM — From local ballot initiatives on issues like transit and mental health funding to statewide campaign on gerrymandering or worker rights, ballot campaigns are an important tool for social change. What are the basic techniques to plan, carry out, and win when you take an issue directly to the voters?

Jeff Irwin is a former Michigan State Representative and County Commissioner. He has worked on the local level on issues such as the 2014 transit millage and currently serves as political director for the statewide ballot campaign the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.* Location – Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, 1414 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 // REGISTER HERE

Safely Learning and Safely Talking about Race and Racism Film Series: Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype

Sunday, October 29, 2pm–Join La’Ron Williams for an engaging community discussion on race and racial justice in a safe and welcoming location.  The 2013 film Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype is a hard-hitting documentary about how Latinos are marginalized and vilified in the U. S. media–with grave consequences–the perfect catalyst for initiating and broadening an in-depth discussion about the warped ways in which Latinos have been negatively portrayed and overwhelmingly excluded in U.S. media and entertainment. Directors: Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun. Location: Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197. Free and open to the public.

Bystander Intervention Training – Ann Arbor

Saturday November 4, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – As we see an increase in hate crimes and attacks against immigrants, Muslims, and other vulnerable populations in our communities, have you asked yourself, “What would I do if I were there?” The good news is that there are skills and techniques that you can learn and practice to keep others safe. Our 4 hour Basic Bystander Training will show you how to respond. Sheri Wander, with 20+ years of peace keeping experience with the Meta Peace Team, and other 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. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $20 per person for ICPJ Members: $30 non-members. Register on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2gdSzEn Location:  Ann Arbor Friends Meeting (Meeting Room), 1420 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Limited parking is available behind the Meeting House in the alley, street parking also available on Olivia and Lincoln)

Congressman Lewis Visit to Ann Arbor

***Please note location change below***

Monday, November 27, 2017 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm —  Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s visit to the University of Michigan. Participants in ICPJ led programming will have an opportunity to attend this specific event with reserved seats. Location: Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan,  825 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. More info:  For more information about events leading up to the UM sponsored visit on September 21 – visit the official UM website. For more information on Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice events contact info@icpj.org

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