Racial & Economic Justice

This group works to actively challenge racism and economic injustice locally and nationally. The Racial and Economic Justice Task Force is involved in many current issues.

  • Addresses key ballot initiatives over the past years (including Proposal 2 which sought to ban affirmative action and more recently the Health Care for MI Campaign to make health care affordable and accessible for every resident of MI.);
  • Hosts monthly Racial Justice Book Groups, on titles such as Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel, Privilege Revealed by Stephanie Wildman and The Debt by Randall Robinson;
  • Addresses the systemic inequality related to health disparities and access to healthcare through workshops and film screenings/discussions (featuring PBS documentary: Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?);
  • Partners with RAAH (Religious Action for Affordable Housing) to mobilize human and financial resources for affordable housing in Washtenaw County;
  • Organizes regular Poverty Simulation workshops for congregations, university departments, community agencies, and other organizations to raise awareness about the realities of living in poverty in MI;
  • Promotes access to affordable, practical public transit for our communities; advocates for better county-wide public transit in collaboration with other local groups including Partners for Transit;
  • Offers informational resources on healthcare policies and plans; engages community in discussions about the implications of racial and economic injustice on our health
  • Explores the achievement gap in the local school system and how our communities can respond to this inequality;
  • Partners with the Michigan Campaign for Justice to promote reform to the public defenders system in Michigan.

The Racial and Economic Justice Task Force meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month, 12:00-2:00pm at the ICPJ office, 1414 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, please call (734) 663-1870 or email info@icpj.net to confirm.

 

Recent Racial and Economic Justice News from ICPJ

Racial and Economic Justice: Suggested Reading

Proposal 2 would roll back progress for women and minorities!

We Raised the Wage! Quick Success Brings Raise Campaign to a Close. Now let’s build on our Victory- Take the Minimum Wage Raise National!
Ann Arbor Police Department Racial Profiling Study (PDF, 451 KB)

Religious Teaching on Worker Rights

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