ICPJ Events

Racial Justice Book Group: Give Us The Ballot

Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. — Join the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Racial Justice Book Group for a discussion of Give Us The Ballot by Ari Berman. This book was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. Fifty years since the landmark passage of the voting rights act in 1965, access to the ballot remains one of the most important civil rights issues of our time. April’s discussion will be facilitated by La’Ron Williams and focus on Prologue through the end of Chapter 2 (Pgs. 3 – 64). Free and open to the public. Location: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Bystander Intervention Training – Dexter

Sunday April 30, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm— As we see media accounts of attacks against immigrants, Muslims, and other populations, 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! This training will show you how to respond. Sheri Wander, trainer for Meta Peace Team, and other facilitators will co-teach the basic tactics you can use to de-escalate or redirect threats and harassment. Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 3279 Broad St, Dexter, MI Cost: $20 regular price. In addition we have set aside a number of free or reduced-price spaces available for those who need them. There are also spaces set aside for members of targeted communities (people of color, LGBTQ community, Muslims, immigrants, etc). Registration: Register here. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information: Email info@icpj.org or call 734-663-1870 for details.

Dinner and a Movie: Harvest of Empire

May 9, 7:00pm–The Latin American Task Force’s monthly Dinner and a Movie Series continues with a screening and discussion of Harvest of Empire. This powerful documentary explores the political events, social conditions and U.S. government actions that led millions of Latinos to leave their homelands and move to America. From the territorial expansionist policies that decimated the young economies of Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Harvest of Empire provides an unflinching look at the origins of the growing Latino presence in the U.S. Location: St Mary’s Student Parish, 331 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor. Cost: $8 for one Tamale with salsa, organic casamiento, fried plantains, and curtido (veg. option available). No cost otherwise. Please RSVP to reserve your meal. Details: Info@icpj.org, 734-663-1870.

Racial Justice Book Group: Give Us The Ballot

Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. — Join the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Racial Justice Book Group for a discussion of Give Us The Ballot by Ari Berman. This book was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. Fifty years since the landmark passage of the voting rights act in 1965, access to the ballot remains one of the most important civil rights issues of our time. May’s discussion will be facilitated by La’Ron Williams and focus on Chapters 3 and 4 (Pgs. 65 – 120). Free and open to the public. Location: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Safely Talking and Safely Learning about Race and Racism Film Series: 13th

Sunday, June 4, 2:00 p.m. — Join La’Ron Williams for engaging community discussions on race and racial justice and a viewing of the documentary 13th. Powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming, Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13TH” will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking. It shakes you up, but it also challenges your ideas about the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States, subject matter that could not sound less cinematic. Yet Ms. DuVernay — best known for “Selma,” and a filmmaker whose art has become increasingly inseparable from her activism — has made a movie that’s as timely as the election of Donald Trump, and more critical to our collective understanding of the way America works. Free and open to the public. Location: Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI. Details: Info@icpj.org, 734-663-1870.

Racial Justice Book Group: Give Us The Ballot

Tuesday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. — Join the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Racial Justice Book Group for a discussion of Give Us The Ballot by Ari Berman. This book was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. Fifty years since the landmark passage of the voting rights act in 1965, access to the ballot remains one of the most important civil rights issues of our time. June’s discussion will be facilitated by La’Ron Williams and focus on Chapters 5, 6, 7 (Pgs. 121 – 206). Free and open to the public. Location: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Racial Justice Book Group: Give Us The Ballot

Tuesday, July 25, 7:00 p.m. — Join the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Racial Justice Book Group for a discussion of Give Us The Ballot by Ari Berman. This book was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. Fifty years since the landmark passage of the voting rights act in 1965, access to the ballot remains one of the most important civil rights issues of our time. July’s discussion will be facilitated by La’Ron Williams and focus on Chapters 8, 9, 10 (Pgs. 207 – 314). Free and open to the public. Location: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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