Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice inspires, educates, and mobilizes people to unite across differences and to act from their shared ethical and spiritual values in pursuit of peace with social and environmental justice.

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice envisions a world free from violence, including the violence of war, poverty, oppression, and environmental devastation. To enact this vision, we commit to nurture a community in which compassion and respect foster actions that dismantle systems of violence while simultaneously creating systems of peace, justice, and ecological sustainability.

Community Organizing Brown Bag– Ballot Campaign Basics

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.*

When: Tue, October 24, 2017 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT


Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice

1414 Hill Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Cost: Suggested donation $10 members, $20 non-members. REGISTER HERE

Details:, 734-663-1870.

Location and Parking: ICPJ’s office is located behind the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, just east of Washtenaw Avenue. Limited on-site parking is available, accessed from alley in rear between Lincoln and Olivia. Additional parking available on-street.

* Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice has not taken a position on the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’s ballot initiative.

 Ann Arbor 11/27 – Lewis, Aydin, & Powell at Michigan Theater

Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell will visit the University of Michigan on November 27. An ongoing series of Fall 2017 events will bring the Civil Rights Movement to life, inspire critical reflection on social justice advocacy, and spark initiatives that catalyze change.

This event series—a kickoff to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium—is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program as part of the regular Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Additional support is provided by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Department of Political Science; Institute for the Humanities; Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL); Rackham Graduate School; and Office of Research.

Date/time: Monday, November 27, 2017 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm   

Location:  Michigan Theater 606 East Liberty St, Ann Arbor

More info:  For more information about events leading up to the UM sponsored visit – the official UM website. For more information on Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice events contact


Basic Bystander Intervention Training – Ypsilanti

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. For more info contact, Germaine, or 734-663-1870.

WHEN:  Saturday October 21, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

*Sponsored by the Ypsilanti District Library

Community Organizing Brown Bag– 7 Principles of Community Organizing

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. 

Date: Tuesday, September 26 from noon – 1:00 pm

Cost: Suggested donation $10 members, $20 non-members. Details:, 734-663-1870. Register online.

Location and Parking: ICPJ’s office is located behind the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, just east of Washtenaw Avenue. Limited on-site parking is available, accessed from alley in rear between Lincoln and Olivia. Additional parking available on-street. 

Suggested reading: 7 Principles of Community Organizing

“I Am Not Your Negro” Racial Justice Book Group

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. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.

Schedule: All events begin at 7pm

  • September 19: Read from “Introduction” through chapter entitled “Witness,” to page 52.
  • October  17:  “I Am Not Your Negro.” Read from chapter entitled, “Purity,” from page 53 to end of book.
  • November 21:  The FILM:  “I Am Not Your Negro.”

Location: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street

Free and open to the public. 

Skate Against Hate

We’ve seen hate-filled graffiti and vandalism at the skate park, the Aut Bar, and on campus.

Are we going to let the haters set the tone?  NO!

We’re going to come together and celebrate our commitment to diversity inclusion. We’re going to learn how we can stand up against hate in all its forms, connect across our community, and support nonprofits on front lines of working for justice and equity. And, we’re going to have some fun!

When: October 8, 2017, 2-6pm
Where: Ann Arbor Skate Park
What: Featuring:

  • Skateboard Legend & Hip Hop MC Skater Ron Allen
  • Music
  • Skate demonstration
  • Learn to skate
  • Food trucks
  • Education tent
  • DIY buttons and stickers with Ann Arbor Art Center
  • Bake sale

Please also join us for the after party, starting at 6:00, at HOMES Brewery, 2321 Jackson Ave. At 7 p.m. don’t miss the screening  and discussion of The Blackboard, which features our celebrety guest Ron Allen.

How Much: Event is free, donations accepted to fund local organizations fighting against hate and inequality.

Who:  Everyone is welcome to this celebration of inclusion and justice, whether you skate or not!

Organized by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and Friends of the Ann Arbor Skate Park. 100% of proceeds benefit organizations promoting justice and inclusion and skating (Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Peace Neighborhood Center, Jim Toy Center, Friends of Ann Arbor Skate Park) Continue Reading »

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