ICPJ Community Peace & Justice Events

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Upcoming Peace & Justice Events

January Peace & Justice Community Calendar
To catch updates and new events throughout the month, visit our online calendar here: www.icpj.org/events-calendar/


No War On Iran: End US Imperialism
Wednesday, January 8 ~ 5:30 pm
Angell Hall (Front Steps), 435 S State St, Ann Arbor

More information about the rally and accessibility here.


ICPJ Caucus on Consumption, Waste and the Climate Crisis Meeting (Open to All)
Wednesday, January 8 ~ 3 to 4:30 pm
Monthly on the second Wednesday
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Creating an Equitable, Sustainable, and Transformative Ann Arbor
Did you know that Ann Arbor just passed a climate emergency declaration and is working towards carbon neutrality, community-wide, by the year 2030? ICPJ is a partner in this initiative, as we believe the climate crisis is an emergency that requires an urgent and transformative response. We also know that to be successful this endeavor needs your input. Check out www.a2zero.org to learn more about the initiative, take the second survey to help inform the community carbon neutrality plan, and find out more about how to get involved in this exciting new work.

Don’t live in Ann Arbor? You can still take the survey here and indicate your relationship with Ann Arbor. You might also be interested in knowing that both Washtenaw County and the City of Ypsilanti have declared climate emergency and are working on plans to become carbon neutral.


ICPJ Racial and Economic Justice Caucus Meeting (Open to All)
Thursday, January 9 ~ 12 to 2 pm
Monthly on the second Thursday
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Poor People’s Campaign Washtenaw County
Weekly Coffee & Catch Up
Friday, January 10 ~ 2:30 to 4 pm
[Same time and place each Friday, contact Greg at PPC ([email protected]) for more details]
B-24’s Espresso Bar Eats and Entertainment
217 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197


Reunión de Cosecha Ann Arbor
Friday, January 10 ~ 6 pm
[Same time and place each Friday.]
The Church of the Good Shepherd, United Church of Christ
2145 Independence Blvd, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Hosted by Movimiento Cosecha Ann Arbor
More info here.


Poverty Simulation
Saturday, January 11 ~ 9 am to 12:30 pm (Doors Open at 8:30 am)
Volunteers please arrive between 8 and 8:20 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. Download the flyer here. To sign up as a volunteer, please complete the form here.

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.”
For more information, contact [email protected]


Unraveling Racism: Seeing White
Saturday, January 11th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Exhibit by Laurie Jo Wechter, Washtenaw PPC member, is one of the 20 artists featured in the exhibit at the Norwest Gallery of Art, 19556 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, 48223. The show opens with an artists’ reception the evening of Saturday, January 11th, 6-9 p.m. Laurie Jo Wechter will be present for the opening reception on Saturday evening. The exhibit continues till February 2nd.


Public Power & Environmental Justice
Saturday, January 11 ~ 11 am to 1 pm
Ypsilanti District Library (YDL-Whittaker)
5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
More information here.


LWVAAA Voter Registration Training
Saturday, January 11 ~ 2 to 3 pm
Mallett’s Creek Library, 3090 E Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor
More information and registration here.


What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About, War & Militarism
Sunday, January 12th ~ 2 -3:30 p.m.

Hosted by Veterans For Peace – Chapters 74 and 93, and Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, 33 E Adams Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226 (at Central United Methodist Church), Free parking is available in the Central United Methodist Church parking lot on Elizabeth Street. The Veterans For Peace talk “What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About” concentrates on his speeches and teachings relating to war and militarism, showing them as relevant today as they were over 50 years ago. The event is free and open to the public. Facebook event here.


Parkridge Community Meetings
Mondays, January 13 ~ 10 to 11 am
[Same time and place each Monday.]
Parkridge Community Center
591 Armstrong Dr. Ypsilanti, MI 48197


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

Co-Director Kevin Young will join us to show and discuss his new documentary short that 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.

This event is part of the ICPJ Latin America Caucus 2020 Movies That Move Us Series to be held monthly January through May. The showing of Venezuelans Under Siege is co-sponsored by the U-M Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS).

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.


Ann Arbor PFAS Drinking Water Standards Public Hearing
Tuesday, January 14 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ypsilanti, Michigan 48105

Hosted by Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Opportunity for public comment. In the state that houses 84% of the nation’s freshwater, it is unfathomable that PFAS contamination impacts the drinking water of more than 1.9 million Michiganders. We can’t delay action on protecting the health of our communities any longer. For more details see the Facebook Event here.


Public Open House on The Commons
Wednesday, January 15 ~ 6-8 pm
Spark Building 330 East Liberty, next to Liberty Plaza
For more information, contact Al Haber ([email protected])


January – Washtenaw Water Warriors (Bring a Laptop)
Thursday, January 16 ~ 7 – 8:30pm
[Same time and place every 3rd Thursday of the month.]
552 S Main St, Ann Arbor

Hosted by Clean Water Action. Join us as we put together a big letter to the editor campaign, and get the word out about the issues that are harming our water! PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP if you have one, it will be easier to type the letter than handwrite it! If you have any questions please email [email protected].


Gaelynn Lea, musician and public speaker
Thursday, January 16 ~ 7 – 9 pm
Stamps Auditorium, UM North Campus
1226 Murfin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and she’s been on the road ever since playing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. In addition to performing and recording, Lea also does speaking engagements about disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. More information here.


Ypsi Emerging
Friday, January 17 ~ 6 – 8pm
418 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti

Hosted by Washtenaw County Democratic Party. WCDP is delighted to invite you to a very special evening. After the wonderful experience of hosting the young Ypsi Schools artists on their way to exhibit in Washington DC, we want to continue our mission to support and celebrate our community. We are honored to showcase work of Ypsilanti Community Schools graduates with a reception and exhibition. More information here.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 20

ICPJ will be organizing a workshop in the morning at Jewish Family Services for elementary students on power, privilege, and race. Volunteers welcome. Please contact us at [email protected]

Jewish Family Services Diversity Day
Monday, January 20 ~ 9:30 – 11:30 am
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor
Register here.

MLK Jr. Symposium Keynote Memorial Lecture: Angela Davis
Monday, January 20 ~ 10 am
Hill Auditorium, UM Campus, Ann Arbor

Listings of other events in Ann Arbor can be found here.

MLK Day Rally and March for “Jobs, Peace & Justice”
Monday, January 20 ~ 12pm
Historic St. Matthew’s St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church
8550 Woodward, Detroit 48202 (between King and Holbrook)

Rally at 12, Freedom March 1:30 pm, community meal & cultural event 3pm
On Facebook: 17th Annual Detroit MLK Day Rally & March


National Day of Healing from Racism
Tuesday, January 21 ~ 2 – 7:30 pm
Student Center, Wayne State University
5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, Michigan 48202
More information here.


ICPJ Racial Justice Book Group (Open to All)
Tuesday, January 21 ~ 7 – 9 pm
Monthly on the third Tuesday
Bryant Community Center
3 W Eden Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
We’ll be starting a new title: “How to be an Antiracist”, by Ibram X. Kendi.

By the initial meeting date, participants are being asked to have completed the first third of the book — chapters 1 through 6 (up through page 80). Contact for more information: [email protected]


Mary Kamidoi: My Journey from Stockton, through the WWII Rohwer Internment Camp, to Michigan
Wednesday, January 22 ~ 10 – 11:20 am
505 S State St, 3700 Haven Hall, UM Campus, Ann Arbor
More info here.


C.R.A.F.T. (Citizens’ Resistance at Fermi Two) Meeting
Wednesday, January 22 ~ 6pm
North American Indian Association
22720 Plymouth Rd, Redford, MI 48239
More information here.


ICPJ Anti-Racist Solidarity Caucus Meeting (Open to All)
Thursday, January 23 ~ 12 to 2 pm
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join us as we organize against white supremacy through education, advocacy, and mobilization. This caucus is open to all ~ in this space we will specifically work on the ways that ICPJ and white people need to educate themselves and hold one another accountable to build racial justice ~ at the level of our systems and community ~ within and between our organizations ~ and at a personal and relationship level. This is about how we build relationships and communities that reflect our values of justice and radical love. For more information, contact [email protected]


The Souls of Black Girls
Sunday, January 26 ~ 2 to 5pm
Ypsilanti District Library — Whittaker Branch Library
5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Filmmaker Daphne Valerius’s award-winning documentary (2008, Duration 52 minutes) explores how media images of beauty undercut the self-esteem of African-American women. Valerius surveys the dominant white, light-skinned, and thin ideals of beauty that circulate in the culture, from fashion magazines to film and music videos, and talks with African-American girls and women about how these images affect the way they see themselves. The film also features powerful commentary from rapper Chuck D, actresses Regina King an Jada Pinkett-Smith, and the late news anchor Gwen Ifill, cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis, and others.

This film will be our 2020 Kick-off film. Co-sponsored by ICPJ. Discussion led by La’Ron Williams


2020 Washtenaw Reads: Author Jose Antonio Vargas
Thursday, January 30 ~ 6pm
Washtenaw Community College
4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, USA

The 2020 Washtenaw Reads theme is “Everybody Counts” and the 2020 title is Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. Vargas will speak at Washtenaw Community College on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 7:00 PM. A resource fair with tables with local organizations will begin at 6:00 PM in the lobby of the Morris Lawrence Building.

 

 

February Peace & Justice Community Calendar

Poor People’s Campaign Steering Committee Meeting (Open to Public)
Monday, February 3 ~ 11:30 am to 1 pm
Ypsilanti Library, 229 W Michigan Avenue Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Contact Greg for more information: [email protected]


Center of the City Task Force Meetings on The Commons
Wednesday, February 5 ~ 3pm
Ann Arbor City Hall
For more information, contact Al Haber ([email protected])


Street Medic Training!
Saturday, February 8th (9:00 a.m.), and Sunday (7:00 p.m.), February 9th

Hosted by Washtenaw General Defense Committee. This 20-hour training covers basic first aid skills and prepares you to help others stay safe and healthy at protests. It also prepares you to meet health needs as part of a team in your organization, in your community- or neighborhood — so that people can stay well and stay in the streets.

This training is rooted in street medics’ history of sharing first aid skills as a form of self-defense for our communities. It focuses on situational awareness and on issues that are common at protests including weather, delays in accessing medical care, and police violence. This training does not cover CPR. This Training will be facilitated and led by the MITTEN MEDICS, Ypsilanti: place TBD.

Please fill out this Form if you are planning on attending.


Talking with Kids About Race (and Racism)
Sunday, February 9 ~ 3 to 5pm
Riverside Arts Center
76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

It can be hard enough to talk to adults about race, prejudice, and justice–how do you talk about it with young kids? Equal parts discussion and practice session, this workshop will empower adults with the skills they need to discuss race, racism and fairness with the children in their lives. Participants will also receive four follow up emails to check in about their practice and provide ongoing support.

Childcare available.

Facilitators:
NUOLA AKINDE is a decolonizing writer, activist, and mama, with more than a decade of experience in early childhood education.

CHUCK WARPEHOSKI, community organizer and father of two, brings over sixteen years of experience bringing together diverse and inclusive coalitions to promote social justice.

Register here.


2019 Movies That Move Us Series: Eternally Undocumented (2018) 1:17
Tuesday, February 11 ~ Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and film at 7 – 9:30 p.m.
St. Mary Student Parish – 331 Thompson St., Ann Arbor

Based on interviews with recently arrived Central Americans as well as interviews with organizers leading the struggle on the ground in Central America, this film captures the stories of Central American refugees and explores the root causes of forced migration.

This event is part of the ICPJ Latin America Caucus 2020 Movies That Move Us Series to be held monthly January through May.

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.


A2Zero Second Carbon Neutrality Town Hall
February 22 ~ 12pm-5pm
Pioneer High School

 

Save the Dates!

2019 Movies That Move Us Series: Crying Forest (2011) 48:12
Tuesday, March 17 ~ Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and film at 7 – 9:30 p.m.
St. Mary Student Parish – 331 Thompson St., Ann Arbor

This documentary paints a shocking portrait of life in the Brazilian Amazon through the story of Ze Claudio Ribeiro da Silva, an Amazon rainforest activist, and his wife, who lived and died for the rainforest.

This event is part of the ICPJ Latin America Caucus 2020 Movies That Move Us Series to be held monthly January through May.

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.


Connect & Act ~ Peace All Stars Concert
Saturday, March 28, 2020


2020 Charlie King/Prince Myshkins Benefit Concert for ICPJ
Saturday, April 4 ~ 7:30pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium, Ann Arbor


National Poor People’s Campaign “We Must Do MORE” Tour
April 3-6, 2020
Flint, Michigan


2019 Movies That Move Us Series: The Battle for Paradise (2018) 17:27
Tuesday, April 14 ~ Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and film at 7 – 9:30 p.m.
St. Mary Student Parish – 331 Thompson St., Ann Arbor

Naomi Klein visits Puerto Rico six months after Hurricane Maria to see how the government and investors are taking advantage of the disaster — and how teachers, farmers, community organizers and others are working towards their own vision of the future of the island. Speaker Ivette Perfecto will join us for discussion.

This event is part of the ICPJ Latin America Caucus 2020 Movies That Move Us Series to be held monthly January through May.

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.


National Poor People’s Campaign Mass Moral March on Washington DC, Saturday, June 20, 2020


2019 Movies That Move Us Series: The Witness (2019) 1:16
Tuesday, May 12 ~ Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and film at 7 – 9:30 p.m.
St. Mary Student Parish – 331 Thompson St., Ann Arbor

The murders of his family in rural Colombia could have inspired a young Jesús to pick up a gun; instead, he bought a camera and dedicated the next 25 years to documenting Colombia’s war. Jesús goes in search of the subjects of his most iconic photographs to explore what it means to forgive the horrors of the past. While an unexpected meeting forces him to relive his nightmares, it also gives him a reason to believe in a lasting peace in Colombia.

This event is part of the ICPJ Latin America Caucus 2020 Movies That Move Us Series to be held monthly January through May.

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.