ICPJ Community Peace & Justice Calendar

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Community Peace & Justice Events…

Thank you to our friends at SURJ and W-PPC for working together with ICPJ to gather & promote event information.

Imagining Abolition: Beyond Prisons, Wars, and Borders

April 14 – 17, 2021


#DefundThePolice Panel

Thursday, April 15⋅8:00 – 9:30pm

Hosted by UMich YDSA, featuring Bettina Johnson, GEO’s Jeremy Glover, and U of Chicago Care Not Cops Alicia Hurtado, and others. Register here:  bit.ly/defund-panel

Community Bargaining Day

Friday, April 16⋅12:00 – 3:00pm

Organized by LEO


Register here: bit.ly/LEOBargaining3

Reunión del Círculo Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti

Friday, April 16⋅6:00 – 8:00pm

Weekly on Friday

2145 Independence Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6438

Q & A: Transgender and Nonbinary Identities

Friday, April 16⋅7:00 – 8:30pm

Event by PFLAG Muskegon and Angela Elwell. An online event: Have you ever wondered…”What does it mean to be transgender?” or “What IS transgender?” or “How do I know what pronouns to use for someone?” Do you have questions about trans and nonbinary people? Do you know someone who is trans or nonbinary whom you want to learn how to support? If you have pondered the answer to any of these questions, come and learn with us! Email [email protected] for a link to the meeting.

Bike Ride to George Floyd Protest

Saturday, April 17⋅11:30am – 1:00pm

913 S University Ave, Ann Arbor

Ride with us to the Honoring George Floyd Protest. Wearing masks and helmets is mandatory, bringing protest signs is encouraged. Meet at the Diag!
Here is the link to the protest:

Protest: Honoring George Floyd (9:29)

Saturday, April 17⋅1:00 – 3:00pm

Glencoe Crossing, 4500 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor

Event by VALUE BLACK LIVES LLC., Survivors Speak and Trische’ Duckworth. An in-person protest. See Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/492603081910540

Parkridge Community Meetings

Monday, April 19⋅10:00 – 11:00am

Zoom: https://umich.zoom.us/j/94359854382

Constructive White Conversation

Monday, April 19⋅7:00 – 8:30pm

Monthly on the third Monday

Join Zoom Meeting, ID: 91632352143

7:00 – 8:00 – Discussion

8:100- 8:30 – Accountability Check In. (optional)

For more information please contact us at [email protected].

CWC is a dialogue series that originated out of Brooklyn as a space for white folks to discuss internalized and structural racism. The meetings are “drop-in” style and the conversation is focused through a specific format. We hope to offer an accessible entry point for people who are ready to unpack their whiteness, internalized racism, and privilege. CWC meetings provide an opportunity to build ongoing relationships, accountability and community. Meetings are on 3rd Mondays in Ypsilanti every month (unless otherwise noted). For more information please contact us at [email protected].

Redistricting Workshop

Monday, April 19⋅7:00 – 8:30pm

Due to a successful ballot initiative the post-census redistricting in the state of Michigan will no longer be done by the political party in power but rather by a non-partisan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization (VREM) Committee of the Sigma Rho Graduate Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is hosting a workshop on the current redistricting process in the state of Michigan. A representative from Voters Not Politicians, the citizen’s group that spearheaded the ballot initiative, will conduct the workshop. They will review how redistricting was done in the past, how it will be done going forward, and how citizens like us can have input into the process to make sure our communities are heard, and our communities are fairly represented in the redistricting process.

Register in advance for this meeting at: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAscOiupjorEtwXxiMGgYFGtSPnoAcfye48

Contact Rev. Jeffery Harrold ([email protected]) if you have any questions. Rev. Jeffery D. Harrold, Sigma Rho VREM Chair and Chaplain. 

LWV Redistricting Town Hall

Monday, April 19⋅7:00 – 8:00pm


Panelists: Dr. John Chamberlin, League member, Professor Emeritus, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, UM LSA, and Dr. Vicki Paulissen, EMU chemistry professor for 27 years and member of the Michigan LWV’s Communities of Interest team. Can’t make the April 19th town hall? Watch for the video on Ann Arbor’s YouTube channel

Earth Month 2021! Restoring Michigan: Legislative Priorities to Build Michigan Back Better

Wednesday, April 21⋅6:00 – 7:00pm

Register Here: https://bit.ly/31UH5Nz

What is the MI Legislature doing to ensure that we are centering climate action and environmental justice in our efforts to build back better here in the state? What are the current barriers to passing sound environmental legislation and what are the priority issues Michigan lawmakers are focusing on related to climate and environmental action? Hosted by Sierra Club, Detroit’s Green Door Initiative (GDI), and Mom’s Clean Air Force. With Senators Stephanie Chang and Rosemary Bayer. Watch Live: facebook.com/SierraClubMichigan

Safe & Just Michigan Criminal Justice Cafe (Weekly)

Thursday, April 22⋅10:00 – 11:00am

Weekly on Thursday


A Short History of Racism in Detroit Virtual Tour

Thursday, April 22⋅6:30 – 7:30pm

This free virtual tour will provide an overview of some of the most devastating policies and events in Detroit’s last 100 years. Black Detroiters have been a part of Detroit’s greatest moments but have also had to bear the brunt of its worst. Too often those low-points stemmed from racist federal and local policies that disproportionately impacted the city’s Black residents. From segregation and redlining, to police brutality and the destruction of Black and immigrant neighborhoods, systemic racism has been a part of the city’s story since its founding.

This virtual tour will provide an overview of some of the most devastating policies and events in Detroit’s last 100 years, help attendees understand how our region’s past is still impacting our region today and provide suggestions on how allies can be part of the solution moving forward.

Tour discussion points include:

  • Ossian Sweet House
  • Birwood Wall
  • Black Bottom and Paradise Valley
  • Redlining and Restrictive Covenants
  • Uprising of 1967

And much more…Register via Eventbrite HERE

National Iftar (online)

Thursday, April 22⋅7:00 – 9:00pm

On April 22nd at 7pm ET via livestream, we’ll be celebrating Ramadan with the three Muslim Members of Congress at The National Iftar — and you’re invited!

Reunión del Círculo Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti

Friday, April 23⋅6:00 – 8:00pm

Weekly on Friday

2145 Independence Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6438

Restorative Justice: A Solution for Our Community?

Friday, April 23⋅6:30 – 8:00pm

Sponsored by the Restorative Justice Group of First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann
Arbor and the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network

Join us for a panel discussion on Restorative Justice. We’ll talk with two men who were incarcerated at San Quentin Prison for whom restorative justice brought healing and accountability. We’ll also talk with the filmmaker who captured their journey in “The Prison Within” that shows how restorative justice can radically improve outcomes for those impacted by our criminal justice system – both those harmed and those who caused harm. We’ll view the trailer together at 6:30 pm; the panel discussion will begin at 7 pm

We encourage you to watch the film or trailer in advance: available on YouTube or
iTunes. Trailer: https://bit.ly/2Np4vXA

Register Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmsN2wmvgOJSf32VInD_Pi-kqF8r3KxSRWuUonu0c6EupQew/viewform

Support Asylum Seekers with Sponsorship 101, via SURJ National

Friday, April 23⋅8:00 – 9:30pm

People seeking asylum in the United States are usually detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Few migrants are granted release without a “sponsor” on record.  ASSP is building a community of resistance against the injustice of the US immigration system by finding sponsors for people stuck in immigrant prisons.  Below are upcoming dates for orientation calls on how to build our collective capacity to welcome migrants in our communities. In the calls, we will discuss sponsorship, circles of support and embodied solidarity as it relates to racial justice, public health, abolitionist organizing and decolonization amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.

April 23 | 5pm PST/8pm EST | Register Here

April 25 | 1pm PST/4pm EST | Register Here

Activism Self-Care

Saturday, April 24⋅1:00 – 3:00pm

Online event. Travel through the land of Self-Care. Tour guides for the day, and our Keynote speaker, will be Karla Scott, PhD.
-Professor of Communication at Saint Louis University
-Author of “The Language of Strong Black Womanhood: Myths, Models, Messages, and a New Mandate for Self-Care”
-Named 2020 YWCA Leader of Distinction for Racial Justice
Also, Yodit Mesfin Johnson, Rest is Revolutionary
See Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/957112068450609
Click the link below to register for the Activism Self-Care Clinic! https://us02web.zoom.us/…/WN_lB77cFuaSHKLlh4TRYclIg…

Support Asylum Seekers with Sponsorship 101, via SURJ National

Sunday, April 25⋅4:00 – 5:30pm

See Description April 23

April Movie Nights – The Plutocracy Series in 5 parts

Sunday, April 25⋅7:00 – 9:00pm

Weekly on Sunday, 5 times

Beginning on April 4th, CommunityBridge.com will be screening the 5 part documentary “Plutocracy” every Sunday night at 7pm ET The movies range from 1-2 hours

Link to the CommunityBridge.com Movie Theatre: https://communitybridge.com/bbb-room/movie The access code to enter the room is: welcome

April 16th – Plutocracy – Part III – Class War; April 23rd – Plutocracy – Part IV – Gangsters for Capitalism; April 30th – Plutocracy – Part V – Subterranean Fire

Extinction Rebellion Weekly Reflection & Learning

Sunday, April 25⋅7:00 – 8:00pm

An informal video call where we exchange thoughts on climate change and environmental justice. To join the Reflecting and Learning Hour, please register here.

Parkridge Community Meetings

Monday, April 26⋅10:00 – 11:00am

Zoom: https://umich.zoom.us/j/94359854382

DRC Restorative Justice Training

Tuesday, April 27⋅5:30 – 8:30pm

Weekly on Tuesday, until May 6, 2021


BLM MI Allyship Accountability Workshops

Wednesday, April 28⋅6:30 – 8:00pm

BLM MI Allyship Accountability Workshops In this five-part series, join BLM MI Allyship Core Team as they dig into accountability in the context of allyship for racial justice. In the workshops we will be reflecting and learning together with the opportunity to join an accountability pod at the end to support continuous practice. One of many guiding questions for us will be, how do I show up authentically in ways that consistently reject white supremacy and affirm that Black Lives Matter?

April 28 | What is Accountability? | Register Here

May 26 | Accountability in Racial Equity | Register Here

June 30 | Pod Mapping & Accountability Relationships | Register Here

Each workshop will be held from 6:30-8 pm EST via Zoom on the days listed. Though you are not required to attend each session, it is highly encouraged as each gathering is meant to build on the previous one. Advance registration is required per event.

Safe & Just Michigan Criminal Justice Cafe (Weekly)

Thursday, April 29⋅10:00 – 11:00am




Thursday, April 29th | 7-8:30pm


Learn about the dangers of facial recognition technology and to join efforts to ban its use in Ann Arbor. Register at tinyurl.com/vwa4yxwm. For more information visit banthescana2.com

Reunión del Círculo Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti

Friday, April 30⋅6:00 – 8:00pm
2145 Independence Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6438

ICPJ Immigration Justice Caucus Meeting
Tuesday, May 4th

6:30pm (Remote)
Connect here
Meets every 1st Tuesday


Thursday, May 6th | 6:30pm


The Flores Exhibit brings visibility to the testimonies of migrant children and young adults held in detention at the U.S. / Mexico border. Join us to hear the experience of these youth in their own words and share our reflections, particularly in light of faith traditions and spiritual and moral values.

We welcome community members across faiths and differing beliefs about immigration policy. We invite you to participate in this conversation to deepen our understanding, bridge our differences, and work together to create welcoming, safe, and loving communities for all.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

Registration Required Here: https://bit.ly/3wuCXld (case sensitive)

Brazil: Guardians of the Amazon & Brazil: Impunity in the Amazon

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


The online screening of two short films, Brazil: Guardians of the Amazon, and Brazil: Impunity in the Amazon, will be followed by discussion with Ethan Shirley.

More information & Registration Required here.

Caucus on Consumption, Waste, and the Climate Crisis Meeting
Wednesday, May 12th

3pm (Remote)
Connect here
Meets every 2nd Wednesday

Combined ICPJ Racial & Economic Justice Caucus & Washtenaw Poor People’s Campaign Meeting
Thursday, May 13th

12pm (Remote)
Connect here

Voters Organizing Through Engagement (VOTE) Caucus Meeting
Thursday, May 13th

2pm (Remote)
Connect here

Racial Justice Book Group Discussion
Tuesday, May 18th

7pm (Remote)
Connect here
Meets every 3rd Tuesday
New Book starts in May, contact [email protected] for more info.

ICPJ Criminal Legal System Action Teams Meeting
Thursday, May 13th

7-8:30pm (Remote)
Connect here
Meetings every 2nd Thursday

ICPJ Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday, May 23rd | 3-5pm


Registration Required: https://bit.ly/3d5Hkur (link is case sensitive)