Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice inspires, educates, and mobilizes people to unite across differences and to act from their shared ethical and spiritual values in pursuit of peace with social and environmental justice.

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice envisions a world free from violence, including the violence of war, poverty, oppression, and environmental devastation. To enact this vision, we commit to nurture a community in which compassion and respect foster actions that dismantle systems of violence while simultaneously creating systems of peace, justice, and ecological sustainability.

Leaders of Color Scholarship Opportunities for Facing Race 2018

Leaders of Color, would you like to attend the Facing Race conference in Detroit this fall? This is your chance! Apply today!

NEW & Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice are excited to announce scholarship opportunities for leaders of color in Washtenaw County to attend the Facing Race 2018 conference in Detroit, Nov 8 – 10th.

Facing Race is a national conference presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. A unique collaborative space for racial justice movement making, Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering of organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders. Facing Race will offer unprecedented access to information and resources on racial equity from across the nation.

The scholarship fund’s mission is to facilitate conference attendance by people of color in Washtenaw County who are active in social justice work and who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference. Please fill out the application by Thursday, September 27 for consideration. Thank you to our funders, including tthe United Way of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, and Linh & Dug Song –

NOTE: Separate scholarship funds may be available for K-12 educators in Washtenaw County schools. Contact [email protected] for details.

Cultural Criticism & Transformation Fall Series

Join ICPJ and award-winning storyteller and anti-racist educator La’Ron Williams for the Cultural Criticism & Transformation Fall Series. The two-part series will feature films and guided discussions over the covert messages within popular culture.

The first event will be held on Sunday, October 7th at 2:00 pm. Participants will be watching and discussing the video “bell hooks: Cultural Criticism and Transformation.” As one of the nation’s leading public intellectuals, bell hooks makes compelling arguments in favor of the need to delve deeply into the covert messages contained in films and other forms of popular culture.

This conversation will be continued on Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 pm. Participants will be examining the popular blockbuster film “Black Panther” and using their newfound “hooksian” capacity for critical analysis to engage with and discuss the influence and messages of the film.

Where: Ypsilanti District Library – 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Cost: Free and open to the public!

Tell Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to Vote YES on Equity Policy

UPDATE: Thank you to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners for voting unanimously to support the Equity Policy.

Imagine if every department in local government was regularly asking, “How can we advance racial equity in our work?”

Thanks to your activism, last July the City of Ann Arbor took the next step to making that happen, and this week Washtenaw County can as well as the Board of Commissioners holds a public hearing on a proposed Equity Policy.

How you can help:​ 

  • Email the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners that you support this work. Also offer any suggestions on how the resolution and ordinance can be improved or how the ongoing work can be strengthened.
  • Attend the County Commission meeting Wednesday, September 5 to show your support for the ordinance.
  • Speak out at the public hearing to encourage the Commissioners to support a robust equity policy, ]to support it with adequate staffing, and to provide for regular public reports on the progress to ensure accountability.

Background:

As part of the One Community initiative, leaders in Washtenaw County government and the City of Ann Arbor have gone through an extensive training process to understand structural racism, to see how even race-neutral and well-intentioned efforts can result in racially disparate outcomes, and to practice using tools to develop sound equity-focused policies and practices. Check out the One Community video to learn more.

Poverty Simulation Volunteers Needed

Sign here to volunteer to help run an ICPJ Poverty Simulation on Saturday, August 11, 2018. You will be emailed role assignments/instructions prior to the date of the simulation. We will need around 25 people to help. This is a perfect group volunteer opportunity, please consider sharing this with group leadership. Thank you!! Questions contact ICPJ at 734-663-1870 or email [email protected]

Sign Up: HERE.

Location: Friends in Deed, Ann Arbor location TBD.

 

Make Racial Equity a Core Part of Local Government

Imagine if every department in local government was regularly asking, “How can we advance racial equity in our work?”

The seeds of that vision are starting here in Washtenaw County.

As part of the One Community initiative, leaders in Washtenaw County government and the City of Ann Arbor have gone through an extensive training process to understand structural racism, to see how even race-neutral and well-intentioned efforts can result in racially disparate outcomes, and to practice using tools to develop sound equity-focused policies and practices. Check out the One Community video to learn more.
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Bystander Intervention Training For Trainers – Saturday, September 29, 2018 (apply by July 31)

Do you have experience teaching or training?  Would you like to use your skills to help people learn to intervene when they see harassment, discrimination or prejudice?  ICPJ is offering Bystander Intervention Training for Trainers.  Following the training, you will have the opportunity to work toward ICPJ trainer certification by presenting with experienced trainers, and to be paid as a trainer.  To apply for Bystander Intervention Training for Trainers, please complete the application.  Please note: you must have attended a Bystander Intervention Training to attend the Training for Trainers program.  Also, you will need several hours of preparation time prior to the September 29 training.  The fee for this 8-hour training is $100.  You will be notified of your acceptance for the Training for Trainers program no later than August 1.

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