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ICPJ Latin America Caucus Speaker Series: Lisa Haugaard on “The Biden Administration’s Approach Toward the Northern Countries of Central America” | Tuesday, February 8th ~ 7pm

ICPJ Latin America Caucus Speaker Series: Lisa Haugaard on “The Biden Administration’s Approach Toward the Northern Countries of Central America” | Tuesday, February 8th ~ 7pm

Register for the (online) event here:  There is no cost for these events, but your donations to ICPJ help us to be able to continue this work of educating and mobilizing in our communities. 

Lisa is the Co-director of the Latin America Working Group, has led advocacy efforts on human rights issues and U.S. policy towards Latin America for a coalition of human rights, faith, labor and nongovernmental groups for over 20 years. She collaborated with Colombian human rights groups to document, denounce and demand accountability for escalating extrajudicial executions, a collective effort that resulted in a dramatic drop in new abuses and hundreds of cases shifting from military to civilian courts. She has participated in international verification missions on human rights defenders, election monitoring and migrant rights. Lisa has testified before and headlined briefings in the U.S. Congress, addressed press conferences and led workshops in Latin America, and conducted advocacy at all levels of the State and Defense Departments, USAID, Southern Command and Congress.

Lisa serves as a juror for the National Human Rights Prize for Colombia and the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award. She completed PhD exams in Political Science at Columbia University, a Master’s in Latin American Studies from New York University, and a BA in English and Latin American literature with High Honors from Swarthmore College, and was a recipient of Fulbright and MacArthur fellowships.

Her recent publications are  “Protect Colombia’s Peace,” (with Coordinación Colombia Europa Estados Unidos, et al, July 2020),  “Serve Your People:  A Roadmap for Transforming Relations between the United States and the Northern Countries of Central America,” July 2020, “Testimony before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Hearing on Human Rights and Corruption in Honduras,” Latin America Working Group Education Fund, December 11, 2019 and “A Wake-Up Call: Colombia’s Peace at Risk,” Latin America Working Group, October 2019.

This event is hosted by The Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice Latin America Caucus, the University of Michigan Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Wayne State University Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies, and Huron Valley DSA

Resident Race to Zero Waste

Resident Race to Zero Waste

ICPJ is excited to be participating in this week of environmental action, you can learn more about the challenge and sign up here:

Emergency Action: Sunday, January 16th, at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility at 12pm

Emergency Action: Sunday, January 16th, at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility at 12pm

Emergency Action, Sunday, January 16th, at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility, at 12pm. It’s located at 3201 Bemis Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.Conditions at Michigan’s one prison for women have been problematic long before COVID. Overcrowding, lack of access to mental health and adequate medical services, lack of programming, major staffing shortages which lead to fatigue and outright abuse, antiquated buildings, sewage & heating and cooling systems, and more have plagued Women’s Huron Valley for years.

You can sign the petition to Address Inhumane & Dangerous Conditions at Huron Valley Women’s Prison to Governor Whitmer and MDOC Director Heidi Washington here.

COVID 19 has exacerbated existing problems at the Valley. A recent memo from Sen. Jeff Irwin, reporting from Prison Radio, and accounts from women held at the facility document reduced access to yard time and rehabilitation programs, overcrowding, lack of access to cleaning and sanitary items, and inadequate COVID protections. These conditions have led to a COVID surge at Huron Valley. According to the Detroit Free Press, the facility “constitutes 60% of all known cases [of COVID] among the incarcerated in the state.”This dangerous conditions at the prison require immediate action to address the crisis as well as long-term changes to improve oversight, remedy inhumane conditions, and release women who could safely return to their communities.

Sponsored by:
• American Friends Service Committee Michigan Criminal Justice Program
• Emergent Justice
• Huron Valley DSA
• Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
• Just Us NOW
• Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration
• Michigan Liberation
• Nation Outside
• Prison Radio
• Southeast MI Pull Over Prevention
• Redeeming Kimberly
• Silent Cry
• Survivors Speak

U.S. Guns & Militarism in Mexico: John Lindsay-Poland 2022 Latin America Caucus Speaker Series Launches January 11th

U.S. Guns & Militarism in Mexico: John Lindsay-Poland 2022 Latin America Caucus Speaker Series Launches January 11th

Register for the (online) event here:  There is no cost for these events, but your donations to ICPJ help us to be able to continue this work of educating and mobilizing in our communities. 

John has written about, researched and organized action for human rights and demilitarization of U.S. policy, especially in Latin America, for more than 30 years. He left his studies at Harvard University to participate in international disarmament organizing and to accompany Central Americans threatened with political violence. From 1989 to 2014, he served the interfaith pacifist organization Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), as coordinator of the Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean, and as research director, and founded the FOR Colombia peace team.

John is the author or co-author of numerous reports on U.S. military policy and human rights in Latin America, including most recently Invisible Weapons, Indelible Pain: The Urgent Necessity for Transparency in the U.S. and Mexican Gun Trade and Deadly Trade: How Europeans and Israeli Arms Exports are Accelerating Violence in Mexico. He is also the author of Plan Colombia: U.S. Allies, Atrocities and Community Activism (2018) and Emperors in the Jungle: The Hidden History of the U.S. in Panama (2003), both published by Duke University Press. His research has focused on the relationship between foreign military assistance and respect for human rights, foreign military bases, and military spending. Recently he has begun developing tools and curriculum for researching militarism on behalf of activist campaigns. He is currently co-director of the California Healing Justice program of the American Friends Service Committee, with a focus on police demilitarization.  He coordinates Stop US Arms to Mexico, a project of Global Exchange.

Warrant Resolution Day

Warrant Resolution Day

by Donnell Wyche, Senior Pastor Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor & Past President ICPJ

We had an amazing time at the Warrant Resolution event on Tuesday at the Freighthouse in Ypsilanti. After 12 months of planning, including recruiting 40 volunteers, we launched our first warrant resolution, expungement, and eviction prevention event in 14B District Court. Partnering with the County Prosecutor, the Public Defender, Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) we offered 125 guests, in-person and on the phone, resources to help determine and resolve outstanding warrants, expungement, and eviction prevention. The event was held at the Freighthouse in Ypsilanti, MI on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. 40 residents started the expungement process and the completed paperwork was filed on their behalf. 85 residents received legal advice from either the Public Defender or LSSCM to resolve outstanding matters before the Court. Several residents met directly with the County Prosecutor about outstanding concerns including a resident who was assaulted by a local law enforcement agency, the Prosecutor was able to remove the arrest record because no charges were filed. All residents who requested financial support to clear bench warrants, past due court fines or fees were granted.MLive covered the event at:…/ypsilanti-event-will-help…

I am so grateful to so many people, including Daniel Buckley (our project manager, who made everything happen) to Desirae Simmons , Eleanore Ablan-Owen, Sudha Myers at Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice, Jon Bartholomay, Melodie Dunbar Floro, Rick Rykowski from the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, Delphia Simpson and her team from the Public Defender’s Office, Eli Savit – Washtenaw Prosecuting Attorney, Victoria Burton-Harris, Frances Walters from the Prosecutor’s office, and so, so many others!

Photo credits: Eli Savit – Washtenaw Prosecuting Attorney

Join ICPJ for the #DriveSAFE Brown Bag Wednesday, October 20th, 12pm-1pm

Join ICPJ for the #DriveSAFE Brown Bag Wednesday, October 20th, 12pm-1pm

Join us for a brief zoom meeting – to provide all the information you need to know about the #DriveSAFE effort to restore drivers’ licenses for all Michiganders, including undocumented immigrants.

Registration required here.

We all want the right to care for our loved ones and to move freely without feeling like a target. To do that, we all need the right to obtain a driver license, regardless of immigration status or what documentation we have.

Undocumented immigrants in Michigan had been able to obtain driver’s licenses to go to work, get groceries and prescriptions, and drive their children to the doctor, with the same rights and restrictions as other Michiganders. This was ended in 2008. In May 2021, the Drive SAFE bills were introduced in the state legislature to correct that injustice.

Watch here for the Press Conference following the surprise cancellation of the hearing for the #DriveSafe bills on September 14th, including the planned testimony of former legislator, farmers, business leaders, and Michiganders from different communities. (At 16 minutes into the video, listen to Nelly Fuentes read her testimony about the importance of this legislation.)

Help spread the word about this Brown Bag and sign up here for more information about joining future Deep Canvassing events (phone-banking with time to talk with the person you are speaking with). ICPJ will be organizing a Deep Canvassing training and events to support the Drive Michigan Forward Coalition efforts. For the most updated campaign information or learn more about the coalition, go to:

Please email House Speaker Wentworth and ask to give this a legislation a hearing!

For more contact [email protected]

Rally in Lansing to Support Second Look Legislation | Thursday, October 14th 12-3pm

Rally in Lansing to Support Second Look Legislation | Thursday, October 14th 12-3pm

Second Look legislation creates a pathway for sentencing judges to review cases to evaluate if people who have been in prison for 10 years or longer are a danger to the community. More information:

Warrant Resolution Day: Sign Up to Volunteer for Tuesday, November 16th

Warrant Resolution Day: Sign Up to Volunteer for Tuesday, November 16th

The Warrant Resolution Project is a community-based restorative justice initiative in partnership with ICPJ seeking to create a safer community by assisting residents with information, education, and solutions to outstanding warrants before the courts in Washtenaw County.

On Tuesday, November 16th, in cooperation with the Washtenaw County 14B, which covers Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township, we will host a community-wide “Warrant Resolution Day” for people to clear outstanding non-compliance warrants. Plans are underway to include judges from 14A and 16th as well.

Bench warrants can be issued for many reasons (such a failure to pay parking tickets or to appear in court), but their impacts can be devastating. People with outstanding warrants can be arrested and jailed without notice, putting their employment and their families in jeopardy. Often, people are unaware that warrants have been issued against them.

Though the warrant resolution process will be conducted by court personnel, we need lots of volunteer support to make the event successful. Please complete the volunteer form via this (case sensitive) link:

Bench warrants are commonly issued for failure to attend a scheduled court appearance or to fulfill the conditions of probation, but can also be issued for failure to pay child support, for misdemeanor offenses, failure to fill out a juror questionnaire, flagging a ride from a police officer, and even unpaid library fines. In 2019, an estimated 2300 open warrants in Ann Arbor for such minor offenses as disorderly conduct and driving with a suspended license.

People fail to address outstanding warrants for a variety of reasons as well. As expressed by an article in ProPublica describing the use of warrants to collect medical debt by predatory lenders, “debtors are arrested for not responding to a court summons requested by the creditor. But for many low-income people, who are not familiar with court proceedings, lack access to transportation, child care options or time off, or move frequently and thus may not receive notifications, it’s a distinction without a difference.” Because bench warrants are often issued for failure to pay things like parking tickets, child support, and legal debt, people who are poor may fail to appear because they fear incarceration for nonpayment or because they find it difficult to take time off work without loss of pay. (Sekhon, 2018, 1004).

As a result, warrants represent significant threats to the economic and social stability of Washtenaw County residents, and particularly those who come from historically marginalized and over-policed communities. The typical amount of a bench warrant in Washtenaw County is $50, but for those at the margins, the costs can be much higher. Having an outstanding warrant makes a person vulnerable to arrest at any time and hesitant to interact with any “official” entity that might require identification, not only the police, but also schools, government agencies, and hospitals. Non-compliance warrants that surface during traffic stops (which already disproportionately target people of color and people in poor neighborhoods) can lead to vehicle searches, additional arrests and additional criminal charges, which in turn create yet another set of non-compliance warrants and arrests. Poor people are disproportionately affected by warrants because marginal employment provides too little income to pay a legal debt or flexibility to take time off for court appearances. Failure to appear and inability to pay also make them more likely to be incarcerated and to lose their jobs (Gaston and Brunson, 2020, 108; Sekhon, 2018, 1003). An outstanding warrant also results in loss of federal welfare benefits, and because the warrant system is linked to Social Security Administration, benefits cease immediately when a warrant is reported to the system. People with outstanding warrants are unable to renew driver’s licenses, impacting their ability to seek and retain employment. Legal debt, like criminal convictions and mass incarceration, and also like consumer debt, is a driver of inequality in American society (Harris, Evans & Beckett, 2010, 1762).

How can I help?
There are three ways you can help with this effort:

You can make a donation to ICPJ and designate it for Warrant Resolution. Our participants and community members will need resources to pay fees and liens as a result of their outstanding warrants. The typical fee is between $50 – $75.

You can volunteer at our warrant resolution event on Tuesday, November 16th.

You can help us locate volunteer defense attorneys and lawyers to provide legal services to community participants.

You can contact the Reverend Donnell Wyche, senior pastor, Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor with any questions or partnership inquiries. Donnell can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone / text at (734) 649-6173.

Faith-Based Climate Witness in Ann Arbor Monday, October 18th | 11:30am

Faith-Based Climate Witness in Ann Arbor Monday, October 18th | 11:30am

Keep Oil in the Ground, not in the Water

Ann Arbor Friends Meeting (Quakers) invites you to bear peaceful witness to the urgency of the climate crisis. We will gather at 11:30am in the parking lot behind Blake Transit Center (William St), walk together around noon to the local branch of Chase Bank in downtown Ann Arbor (Main & Washington) and deliver a letter to the CEO of JP Morgan Chase asking him to lead Chase in disinvesting from fossil fuel and financing renewable energy businesses instead.

Chase is a major funder of Enbridge’s Line 3, a pipeline bringing tar sands oil from Alberta through Native American lands in Minnesota, and of the current and replacement versions of Line 5, a pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac.

This is part of an international witness by people of faith called together by Greenfaith ( to make visible the concern of faith communities in anticipation of the U.N. Climate Talks. Please join us as individuals or groups, bringing your own letters if you wish and making clear your witness as people of faith with signs, banners, etc. For more information or to express your interest, please reply to [email protected]

Finish the Job September 17th

Finish the Job September 17th

Register for the conversation here. (or at

Across the country, extremist state politicians are passing anti-voter bills making it harder for people to vote, especially in Black and Brown communities.

The For the People Act (S1) would protect our freedom to vote, get big money out of politics, ensure fair districts, and help create a democracy that works for all of us.

Majority Leader Schumer has promised that voting rights will be the first legislative priority when the Senate returns to Washington D.C. on September 13th.

Join us on September 17th, Constitution Day, as a part of a nationwide Day of Action—to urge Senators Stabenow and Peters to Finish the Job For the People and meaningfully support voting rights by taking a fierce public stance in favor of filibuster reform and by passing the For the People Act quickly.

Nothing — public benefits, environmental legislation, infrastructure, rights for women or Black, Indigenous, and Brown people — can be secured without securing our fundamental right to vote. Without the right to vote, everything else goes up in smoke.

2021 ICPJ Harvest Dinner

2021 ICPJ Harvest Dinner

Traditionally, the harvest is a time of intense labor, gathering the final yield of the year’s labors, followed by a celebration. We had hoped to gather together in person this year to celebrate and honor the amazing work that has been done, however with ongoing high transmission of the delta variant, we have decided to make this year’s Harvest Dinner an online gathering. 

We rely on this major fundraiser to support ICPJ with $20,000 in donations, and so we are asking that you give at the same level that you would have if we had gathered in person and enjoyed a good meal together. We also ask that you approach any congregation or organization you are a part of to ask them to consider sponsoring our gathering.  Addressing racial and economic inequality and climate justice has never been more important. Together we can make a difference through our financial support of ICPJ. 

We look forward to seeing you online on Monday October 4th as we honor some of those in our community who have been leading us in this struggle. Please register for the gathering here:

Thank you,
The ICPJ Board of Directors

We will be honoring activists who embody the values of ICPJ:

2021 Peace & Justice Honoree: Natalie Holbrook

Peace and Justice Network Organization: We The People Michigan

Emergent Leader: Student Advocacy Center

Anti-Racist Advocate: Trische Duckworth

Network Weaver: Gail Summerhill

ICPJ centers racial and economic justice as we address the root causes of violence from oppression, poverty, environmental devastation, patriarchy, and war. We wage love and practice nonviolence in all its forms through education, community organizing, advocacy, and direct action. We unite across our differences and empower leadership in people to create the change we need for a more peaceful and just world.

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice is committed to healing as a diverse community by dismantling systems of violence and building our collective capacity to live our shared values of peace, justice, and ecological sustainability. We believe that relationships that individuals and communities build through learning, mobilizing, organizing, and growing together create the foundation for co-liberation, abundance, and dignity of all life and our planet.

Action Alert: Support Anthony Hamilton and his mom, Cynthia Harrison

Action Alert: Support Anthony Hamilton and his mom, Cynthia Harrison

Background article in Politico, “How a Liberal Michigan Town Is Putting Mental Illness at the Center of Police Reform” by Lynette Clemetson about Anthony Hamilton and his contact with the criminal legal system in Washtenaw County.…/police-reform-mental-health…

Here are four things we can do to offer support to Anthony:

1.) Send an email of encouragement to MaryAnn Sarosi at [email protected] She will print the emails and deliver in person.

2.) Write County Prosecutor, Eli Savit, [email protected], and ask for diversion instead of jail time for Anthony given his well-established mental health struggles.

3.) If you live in Ann Arbor, write your City Council Member and ask for changes in how AAPD interacts with minors, all of this could have been avoided had 17-year old Anthony been diverted to a restorative justice program instead of being arrested. Council needs to hear from the community that we want a different approach, one that is centered in restoration & wholeness, not in punishment and detainment.

4.) Watch the court proceedings on Wednesday, August 4th when Anthony appears before Judge Archie C. Brown. The docket starts at 1:30pm and his court is available via YouTube. Start here to find the link to his court:…/WashtenawCountyTrialCo…/videos

She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power 1619 to 1969 with Professor Gloria J. Browne Marshall

She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power 1619 to 1969 with Professor Gloria J. Browne Marshall

Co-sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.®, Delta Psi Omega Chapter, the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, and the NAACP, Ann Arbor Chapter

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 ~ 7:00 8:30 p.m. via Zoom

“The Black Woman is extraordinary. These true stories reveal courage in the face of racial prejudice and gender oppression. The Black Woman fought enslavement in court. She challenged laws enacted to make her human property. She became an activist for her own freedom, learned the law and became a judge. She used the law to liberate herself. . . . This was done in the midst of terrorists intent on murder, and few legal protections. . . . Yet she took justice. Her story is my story.” These are the opening words of Gloria Browne-Marshall’s compelling history, She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power – 1619 to 1969. Browne-Marshall relates the heroic stories of a score of Black women warriors for justice, beginning with African Queen Nzingha’s fight against Portuguese slavers in the seventeenth century, and ending with the election of Shirley Chisholm to Congress in 1969, the first Black woman elected to the U.S. House. A few years later, of course, in 1972, Chisholm would become the first African American and first woman candidate for a major party’s nomination for U.S. President.

Please join us for this special event, a presentation and conversation with Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Browne-Marshall teaches classes in Constitutional Law; Race and the Law; Evidence; and Gender and Justice. She taught in the Africana Studies Program at Vassar College prior to joining the faculty of John Jay. She is a civil rights attorney who has litigated cases for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama, Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. Professor Browne-Marshall has spoken on issues of law and justice in Ghana, Rwanda, England, Wales, Canada, South Africa and before the United Nations in Geneva. In addition to She Took Justice, Professor Browne-Marshall is the author of The Voting Rights War (2017) and Race, Law, and American Society (2013), and scores of articles in the academic and popular press. Professor Browne-Marshall is also the author and producer of the short 2021 film, Dreams of Emmett Till.
This special event is in commemoration of the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, in recognition of both the power and the limitations of that document, and in honor of the dramatically underappreciated contributions of Black women to the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S.

Paint in the Park with Rachel Montgomery: ICPJ Fundraiser June 27, 2-4 pm

Paint in the Park with Rachel Montgomery: ICPJ Fundraiser June 27, 2-4 pm

Join ICPJ for our first FUNdraiser of the year! We will have Ypsilanti artist, Rachel Montgomery, lead us as we paint our own art replication of one of her pieces. There will be time to meet and mingle with other guests and to enjoy the sunshine and being with others again. We will also be selling ICPJ t-shirts that say “Our streets don’t need violent police!” on the back as well as yard signs that say the same. We will have light snacks and encourage you to bring a water bottle. We will practice COVID safety guidelines as detailed by the CDC and based on each individual’s desired safety precautions.

You can get tickets here:

General Admission : $45

General Admission + T-Shirt: $55

T-Shirt: $15

#DriveSAFE Week of Action May 17th – May 21st

#DriveSAFE Week of Action May 17th – May 21st

ICPJ is a member of Drive Michigan Forward (DMF) — a coalition made up of immigrants and allies. Our goal is to restore driver’s licenses to all and pave the way for basic dignity and security for members of our community.
More information here.

There are six important requests that we are making of you today:

  1. Please join us during the #DriveMichiganForward Week of Action from May 17 – May 21st! We will be posting ready-made posts on ICPJ’s Facebook page daily. Just copy & paste to spread the word. (More details here.)
  2. Sign the petition here to thank the #DriveSAFE bills sponsors and to urge Senator Tom Barrett, Chair of the MI Senate Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to which SB 433 & 434 have been referred, to give the bills a hearing.
  3. Please sign up to participate in the Deep Canvassing Phone Bank THIS WEEK. (Details about how to prepare & sign up here.) This is an opportunity to do deep canvassing — talking with voters about why you support the Drive SAFE legislation, connecting with them about their views, and building toward common goals of paving the way for basic dignity & security for all.
  4. Help ICPJ get the word out: ICPJ is hosting a #DriveSAFE Brown Bag, Wednesday, May 26th, 12pm. Registration Required here. This will be a brief zoom meeting – to provide all the information you need to know about this campaign.
  5. Introduce this issue and your views to others in your network who live outside of Washtenaw County. If you can make connections with congregations or organizations in areas where legislators are not yet supportive of #DriveSAFE, this would be really helpful. We can help you with whatever background information you might want.
  6. Forward this information to 5 of your friends. ICPJ has a strong network of friends committed to justice. Reach out, share information, and build the momentum that we need.
ICPJ’s 2021 Annual Meeting

ICPJ’s 2021 Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 23rd, 3 – 5 pm (Remote)

Registration Required: (link is case sensitive)

Click here to see the bios of Board member candidates nominated by the current ICPJ Board during its March 2021 Board meeting. Voting will take place during the Annual Meeting, from 3-5pm.
The Board-recommended nominees are:
Duaa Aljirafi
Trevor Bechtel
Kira Berman
Trische’ Duckworth
Bryan Foley
Kwame Hooker
Rev. Shonagh Taruza
Hillary Watson
Rabbi Josh Whinston

Vote on Bylaws changes here:

Each current member of ICPJ may vote on the below bylaw changes. Voting begins April 23rd and ends May 23rd at 3:30pm (ET). If you need assistance, please email [email protected]

Overview of Recommendations
#1 Recommendation — Article V: Update Board Responsibilities
#2 Recommendation — Article V: Update Number of Board Members possible
#3 Recommendation — Article V: Include Director/CEO/Co-Directors as voting members of the Board
#4 Recommendation — Article V: Add Executive and Programming Committees
#5 Recommendation — Article V: Create Youth Board Term of One Year

Compassionate Community Conversations:

Compassionate Community Conversations:

Flores Exhibit, with Voices of Youth in Border Detention
May 6th, 6:30 pm

Registration Required Here: (case sensitive)

Safety in the Time of Surveillance: Ban the Scan Ann Arbor Town Hall

Safety in the Time of Surveillance: Ban the Scan Ann Arbor Town Hall

Join us on Thursday, April 29 from 7-8:30 to learn about the dangers of facial recognition technology and to join efforts to ban its use in Ann Arbor. Register at For more information visit

Films & Discussion on the Indigenous Struggle to Protect the Amazon

Films & Discussion on the Indigenous Struggle to Protect the Amazon

Tuesday, May 11th | 7-8:30pm

Screening of two short films: Brazil: Guardians of the Amazon and Brazil: Impunity in the Amazon, followed by discussion with Ethan Shirley
Registration Required here.

The Guardians of the Forest set fire to the equipment of illegal loggers in a bid to protect their ancestral homelands. The destruction of the Amazon rainforest has increased sharply with the rise to power of Jair Bolsonaro, who insists that indigenous people own too much land.

“Among the nine federated states that make up the Brazilian Amazon, Rondônia has lost the most forest: a surface area the size of New York has been wiped up the map, up 50% from the year before.” Impunity in the Amazon continues from the Guardians to speak with small farmers in other areas of Brazil and the threats to their land and livelihood such as cattle farming and soya agribusiness.

Ethan is a conservationist, legal scholar, and extinction researcher. Working on conservation and sustainable development in the Brazilian Pantanal since 2003, his research addresses issues of past extinction in woolly mammoths as well as modern questions of ecology, environmental law, and policy to prevent extinction in the future. He holds a Master’s in Fisheries and Wildlife and a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Paleontology at the University of Michigan. He also holds active positions on the boards of Focus Conservation Fund, a conservation and ecotourism nonprofit, and Juara Foundation, which supports education and research in conservation priority regions.

US Border Patrol Racial Profiling in Michigan #100MileZone

US Border Patrol Racial Profiling in Michigan #100MileZone

The ACLU Of Michigan has released their report: The Border’s Long Shadow How Border Patrol Uses Racial Profiling and Local and State Police to Target and Instill Fear in Michigan’s Immigrant Communities. The report shows how U.S. Border Patrol, an agency within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is engaging in racial profiling throughout the state of Michigan and uses state and local law enforcement agencies to target immigrants and other people of color.

For activists, check out this media toolkit to help spread the research.