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Join United Way’s 21-Day Equity Challenge

Join United Way’s 21-Day Equity Challenge

We encourage you to join the United Way of Washtenaw County for the 12-day Equity challenge. It starts January 6th, but you can join and catch up anytime. Sign up and find more information here.

Whether it is individually, within our organization(s), or within systems of oppression ~ we need to educate ourselves, hold one another accountable, and ensure that equity and racial and economic justice form the foundation of our practice.

Contact [email protected] if you would like to join a group to discuss the materials and/or the caucuses focused on racial and economic justice.

Venezuelans Under Siege ~ New Film Screening ~ January 14th

Venezuelans Under Siege ~ New Film Screening ~ January 14th

Please join us…
Special film screening and discussion with the film’s Co-Director Kevin Young
Co-sponsored by the ICPJ Latin America Caucus and
UM Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Movies the Move Us Series: Venezuelans Under Siege (2019)
Tuesday, January 14 ~ Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and film at 7 – 9:30 p.m.
St. Mary Student Parish – 331 Thompson St. Ann Arbor
Please RSVP at least one day prior to the event to reserve your meal here.

This new documentary short explores the impacts of economic sanctions in Venezuela, plus the ways that ordinary Venezuelans are organizing to survive the crisis and build new institutions of participatory socialism.

Dinner Option: $10.00 Pilar’s Tamales Meal – Includes one tamal with salsa, organic casamiento, fried plantains, and curtido (vegetarian option available)

Please RSVP at least one day prior to the event to reserve your meal here.

This event is part of the ICPJ Latin America Caucus 2020 Movies That Move Us Series (flyer here) to be held monthly January through May. We organize this series to build a foundation for our collective work. Join us to mobilize to address the root causes of systems of oppression and for an end to U.S. military, political, and economic intervention in Latin America. Contact [email protected] for more information.

ICPJ Gears Up for 2020!

ICPJ Gears Up for 2020!

Collaborative Action Campaigns

As we deepen our network and prioritize the needs in our community that we are well-situated to respond to, these five campaign areas are ready to launch in 2020! Our projects are emergent and generative and we will develop and share clear goals so we can measure our progress. 

Housing as a Human Right

We are collaborating with Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) to pilot a series of tenant’s organizing meetings modeled after work being done at City Life/Vida Urbana in Boston. We are focused on building community power to insure housing for all no matter the income and to providing access to relevant community resources. 

Local Climate Crisis Actions

We are part of a coalition working to draft Ann Arbor’s carbon neutrality plan. We are focused on centering equity and our impact on surrounding areas. We will also advocate for accountability throughout the process as we mobilize our network to address the climate crisis. 

Youth as Cultural & Civic Leaders

ICPJ, Youth Arts Alliance, the Dispute Resolution Center, and the Michigan Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Board are joining together to add capacity in areas of restorative justice, cultural healing and loving spaces, and civic and community action with partner youth-serving organizations and groups. We will use intergenerational support and organizing practices and focus on issues of juvenile justice, anti-gentrification, and climate change.

Community Power & Practicing Democracy

In partnership with community advocates and local organizations, we will identify communities most disenfranchised by inequitable policies using social determinants of health and voting behavior in order to launch a grassroots empowerment and education campaign focused on building community power for low-income and racially-marginalized people.

Justice & Safety for Immigrants & Asylum Seekers

We will join Movimiento Cosecha Ann Arbor in its Driver’s Licences for All campaign and help organize allies to work in coordination with their efforts. We will also build capacity for the new Network to Support Asylum Seekers that formed to fill a gap in services. 

Thank you from ICPJ

Thank you from ICPJ

The Board and staff of ICPJ would like to thank all who contributed to make the 2019 Harvest Dinner a success!
We appreciate all who joined to fill the room with warmth and love ~ we appreciate all who supported with volunteer time and donations!

Thank you for celebrating our Honorees

ICPJ Peace & Justice 2019 Honoree
Yodit Mesfin Johnson
 

Peace & Justice Network Organization of the Year
Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR)
 

Anti-Racist Advocate Award
Janet Nord
 

Emergent Leader Award
Hoai An Pham
 

Network Weaver Award
Ron Gregg 


~ Our Warmest Appreciation ~

Harvest Dinner Table Sponsors
Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation
Ann Arbor Thrift Shop
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor
Janet Nord & Friends
Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor
Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor
Washtenaw Poor People’s Campaign
Yodit Mesfin Johnson

Harvest Dinner Honorary Hosts
Mohamed, Mouna, and Imad Al-Azem
Mayor Beth Bashert
Francis Lyman
Betsy and Loch McCabe
Mary Anne Perrone
Veena Kulkarni-Rankin and Mike Rankin
Renee Roederer
Ashish and Norma Sarkar
Bryan and Layale Weinert
La’Ron Williams
Dwight Wilson

Harvest Dinner Sponsors
Jeffrey Alson
Janice Brimacombe
Jim Crowfoot and Ruth Carey
Dr. David and Carol Clifford
Betsy Foote and Tom Gebhardt
Mary Ann Hergenrother
Tallulah Lyons
Council Member Elizabeth Nelson
Jeanine Palms
Eli Savit
Jan Wright
Ian MacGregor and Vickie Wellman

Thank you for your generous contributions…
Michael Jadrich Ortiz and Vineyard Church for providing the sound system!

Reverend Donnell Wyche and Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor for generous in-kind donations to make the dinner successful!

Thank you for donating a professional photography session!
Abben & Lily, a local photography group for weddings, family portraits and other photo shoots. Visit abbenlily.com/

Thank you, David Hile, for donating gorgeous artwork included in our raffle! davidhile.com/about/

We are grateful for the donation from Tippins Market 4845 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Thank you to our Harvest Dinner Committee
Munir Khan
Betsy McCabe
Donna Mitchell
Bryan Weinert
Reverend Donnell Wyche

Thank you to our Harvest Dinner event volunteers!

Pam Hennigan
Caylin Luebeck
Rebecca Kanner
Sudha Bhat
Sarah Khan
Bob Milstein
Darlene Ladson-Barbosa
Betsy McCabe
Emmeline Weinert
La’Ron Williams
Cathy Bartholomay
Maria Ibarra-Frayre

Join the Upcoming Poverty Simulation

Join the Upcoming Poverty Simulation

Saturday, January 11th ~ 9 am to 12:30 pm (Doors Open at 8:30 am)
St. Luke’s Church at 4205 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor (Great Room)

Hosted by Friends in Deed, Facilitated by ICPJ
This workshop is open to the public with prior registration, donations accepted. Download the flyer here. To register, please visit: poverty_simulation_jan11.eventbrite.com

To sign up as a volunteer, no experience necessary, please complete the form here.
For more information, contact [email protected]

A Poverty Simulation is a three-hour experiential learning workshop in which participants are sensitized to the realities of living in poverty. This is a simulation, not a game. In the simulation, participants are given scripted role assignments and structured situations. Some are newly unemployed, some have suffered a recent death in the family, and others are working low-paying jobs, sometimes only part-time. Still others are disabled or are senior citizens receiving social security. The availability of cash assistance is extremely limited in today’s world. “Families” meet the obstacles and bureaucracy of day-to-day life. Some families have preschoolers, others have elementary-aged children and some have teenagers. The task of the “families” is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.”

Support UAW Strikers Here

Support UAW Strikers Here

ICPJ serves as a fiscal sponsor for some of our partners, including the “UAW Striker Relief Fund” as our way of supporting the striking workers and their families.

To donate without any fees, send a check made out to “UAW Striker Relief Fund” c/o ICPJ to 1414 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

To donate online (with a 2-3% bank/transaction fee), go to this page: https://www.icpj.org/donate/ and complete the secure online form. Make a note in the comments sections designating your contribution to the “UAW Striker Relief Fund”.

Organize for Immigration Justice

Organize for Immigration Justice

With the increasing raids and deportations; the deplorable conditions in concentration camps; the pervasive child abuse and human rights violations against those seeking refuge in this country, and the need to advocate for immediate change by our Congressional representatives in Washtenaw, we have a lot of work to do.

Currently, we are organizing to support existing local organizations that have long been directly supporting immigrants. And we are organizing to fill the gaps needed. For instance, we are working with more than a dozen organizations and congregations to build a Network to Support Asylum Seekers. Through this network, we are supporting asylum seekers in detention, fundraising to assist with bail, organizing housing, and supporting organizations that provide for basic needs.

There are many ways to get involved. Contact [email protected] today if you would like to connect to our Immigration Justice Caucus and current organizing work.

2019 Spring / Summer Newsletter

2019 Spring / Summer Newsletter

The 2019 ICPJ Spring/Summer Newsletter is available for download. Check it out for updates on Immigration Justice, Affordable Housing, Youth Arts Alliance, Colombia Peace Accords, Delegation to Honduras, and more.

Support Asylum for Emilio and Oscar Gutiérrez Soto

Support Asylum for Emilio and Oscar Gutiérrez Soto

We are calling on the ICPJ community to take a moment to send letters to your representatives to support asylum for Emilio and Oscar Gutiérrez Soto, members of the Ann Arbor community. We have made it easy – follow this link, enter your information, modify the suggested letter if you like, click, and send the letter(s).

Emilio Gutiérrez Soto is a Mexican investigative journalist who exposed military corruption in Mexico. Since then Emilio and his son, Oscar Gutiérrez Soto, had to flee to the US due to the active and imminent death threats targeted against them. They have been living in the US for ten years, always abiding by immigration regulations. Despite their compliance and strong case for asylum, their asylum petition has been denied.

Emilio and Oscar Gutiérrez Soto have become an important part of our community in Michigan. Help us support their efforts to seek asylum in the US and prevent them from being deported to Mexico, one of today’s deadliest countries for journalists. Please reach out to your representatives and speak up for Emilio and Oscar through the letter campaign.

See more information: https://www.michigandaily.com/section/government/dingell-upton-urge-halt-deportation-knight-wallace-fellow-emilio-gutierrez-soto

Winter 2018 Newsletter

Winter 2018 Newsletter

Cover of ICPJ 2018 Newsletter

The 2018 ICPJ Winter Newsletter is available for download. Check it out for a report back from the 2018 Facing Race Conference, updates on Congregational Sanctuary, human rights organizing for immigrant youth, and much more.