ICPJ Annual Meeting
March 23, 7:00-8:30 pm– Please join us for our annual membership meeting to vote on Board Members and learn more about who we are and what we do! Whether you’ve known about ICPJ for years, or only just heard about us through the One Human Family campaign, please join us for a one-hour informal conversation to learn about the ICPJ’s peace and justice work in today’s changing political landscape, followed by a vote on Board Members. Location: Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Details: email@example.com, 734-663-1870.
Bystander Intervention Training — Ann Arbor
March 26, 2:00 – 6:00 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: Trinity Lutheran Church of Ann Arbor (Social Hall), 1400 W. Stadium, Ann Arbor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-663-1870 for details.
Community Organizing Brown Bag– 7 Principles of Community Organizing
March 28, 12:00-1:00 pm–Community Organizing can be holding a rally or circulating a petition, but it is also much more than that. Come join ICPJ Director Chuck Warpehoski as he presents seven core community organizing principles that he has used over the last 18 years of work in the field. Bring a lunch and learn how he uses concepts such as “organizing is about relationships,” “focus on action,” and “meet people where they are” to build movements for social transformation. Whether you’re a veteran activist or just thinking of getting involved, this workshop will provide you useful information about how to make a difference. Suggested reading: 7 Principles of Community Organizing. Cost: Suggested donation $10 members, $20 non-members. Details: email@example.com, 734-663-1870. Location and Parking: ICPJ’s office is located behind the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, just west of Washtenaw Avenue. Limited on-site parking is available, accessed from alley in rear between Lincoln and Olivia. Additional parking available on-street. Space is limited, pre-registration required, register online.
All About ICPJ
March 30, 7:00-8:00pm–Whether you’ve known about ICPJ for years, or only just heard about us through the One Human Family campaign, please join us for a one-hour informal conversation to learn about the ICPJ’s peace and justice work in today’s changing political landscape. Location: Pretzel Bell, 226 South Main St, Ann Arbor, 48104. Details: Info@icpj.org, 734-663-1870. For dates and times of other upcoming All About ICPJ events, check out our website post.
Peace and Conscience Trainings: Introductory Empowerment Workshop
March 31 – April 2– Are you interested in practicing non-violence, peace, and play in your personal and public life? Would you like to help others begin this journey as well? ICPJ is looking for people interested in becoming facilitators for trainings that will help to establish cultures of peace in the lives, homes, and communities of the region. We will be using a training model inspired by the Alternatives to Violence Project as developed by Conscience Studio through their many years of work domestically and internationally. Skills covered include deep listening, empathy, communication, conflict transformation, and community building among many other things. Cost, Location, Registration, and Contact details available here.
King–Benefit Concert for Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
April 1, 7:30 pm– Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist who sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people, in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Malvina Reynolds, and Pete Seeger. In a world turned upside down, music helps us recharge and can increase our immunity to apathy and injustice. Proceeds benefit the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. Cost: Tickets are $20 for general admission, $50 for sponsors (includes copy of Charlie’s new CD) and $15 for student/low income. Location: Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd., Ann Arbor. Tickets: To purchase tickets click here, or contact the organizers here or 734-476-3399.
Dinner and a Movie: Mirar Morir
April 4, 7:00pm–The Latin American Task Force’s monthly Dinner and a Movie Series continues with a screening and discussion of Mirar Morir, a documentary by Mexican journalists, activists, and researchers about the role of the Mexican military in the forced disappearance of 43 students from the Mexican town of Ayotzinapa, Iguala in September 2014. The documentary investigates the events of that night, the collusion of police and army with organized crime, and the Mexican Government’s cover-up. 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.
Grassroots Advocacy– Insider and Outsider Views on What it Takes to Influence Decision Makers
April 6, 7:00pm–How can you affect national, state, and local policy? Anne Brown, Chris Kolb, and Chuck Warpehoski have the on-the-ground experience to help you make a difference. Anne Brown has served as staffer for State Rep. David Rutledge and on the Ypsilanti City Council, where she also helped form the Ypsilanti Human Rights Commission/Black Lives Matter subcommittee. Chris Kolb has served on Ann Arbor City Council, the Michigan House of Representatives, and now as head of the Michigan Environmental Council. Chuck Warpehoski has served as Director of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice since 2003 and Ann Arbor City Council since 2012. In their combined roles they have seen public policy development and policy advocacy from all sides. They will share what works and what doesn’t in making your voice heard from Capital Hill to City Hall. For more details: firstname.lastname@example.org, , 734-663-1870. Location: Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, 2309 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Suggested Donation: $10. Space is limited, register online.
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.
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