ICPJ Community Peace & Justice Events

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Upcoming Peace & Justice Events

September 2019

Poor People’s Campaign Washtenaw County
Weekly Coffee & Catch Up
Friday, September 6, 13, 20, 27 – 2:30 to 4 pm
[Same time and place each Friday]
B-24’s Espresso Bar Eats and Entertainment
217 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

 

Reunión de Cosecha Ann Arbor
Friday, September 6, 13, 20, 27 — 6 pm
[Same time and place each Friday until December 13th.]
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/787551894998980/

 

We Are Called: A Benefit Event for Asylum Seekers
Saturday, September 7 – 7 to 9 pm
King of Kings Lutheran Church Ann Arbor
2685 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/466175567553284/

 

Pilar’s Stands with Immigrants & Refugees

Sunday, September 8 – 4 to 7 pm
White Lotus Farms, 7217 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

Join us at a community benefit dinner for four amazing nonprofits here in Washtenaw County: Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Washtenaw Interfaith Council for Immigrant Rights, Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary, and Michigan Support Circle. These organizations provide vital services to the immigrant and refugee community.

Ticket price includes food by Pilar’s Tamales, pinata for kids, entrance in a raffle of goods from local merchants, and live music by Detroit artist Vespre and George Montrelle. The event also features a silent auction of stunning items from local vendors and artisans as well as a make-your-own-flower-arrangement station.

Tickets are $45/adults; $12/kids under 12 and will be available to purchase at Pilar’s Tamales beginning August 10.

Hosted by Pilar’s Foundation
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/353186552052248/?active_tab=about

 

Make Food Not Waste: A Community Feast
Sunday, Sept 8 – 10 am to 4pm
Eastern Market, Detroit, Shed 5.

Wonderful celebration of ways not to waste food and use of food that would otherwise be wasted. Lots of delicious (free) food and information. More information: www.makefoodnotwaste.org/events/

 

Parkridge Community Meetings
Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, 30 — 10 to 11 am
[Weekly Standing Meeting]
Parkridge Community Center
591 Armstrong Dr. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

 

Constructive White Conversations
Monday, September 9 — 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Ann Arbor

Constructive White Conversations is a gathering in which those of us who identify as white can speak freely and openly about race, racism, oppression, isolation, and all related issues. This is an opportunity for white people who want to hold ourselves accountable for identifying and dismantling internalized and systemic racism, who want to build and maintain white anti-racist community, and who are committed to exploring the nature of our own white identities.

This discussion is hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
For more information and location, email [email protected]

 

ICPJ Latin America Solidarity Caucus Meeting
Tuesday, September 10 — 7 to 9 pm
Monthly on the second Tuesday
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

Beyond Homestead: Never Again
Tuesday, September 10 — 7 to 9 pm
Temple Beth Emeth
2309 Packard St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Please join Ann Arbor Jewish community members Rebecca Epstein, Sarah Lewis, Sonya Lewis, Bob Milstein, Molly Resnik, and Elena Weissman as we describe our recent experiences as witnesses at the massive for-profit immigrant youth detention facility located in Homestead, Florida. Although the facility is now temporarily closed, government officials have stated that there are plans to re-open Homestead, possibly as early as October. By sharing our experiences witnessing the abuses our government has perpetrated against innocent children, we hope to motivate others to take action. We will use this time to describe our reactions to this profoundly distressing experience, and discuss steps that all of us can take to end this humanitarian crisis, with an emphasis on local advocacy. More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2391342147854618/?active_tab=about

 

Climate Strike: ICPJ Planning Meeting
Wednesday, September 11 — 5:30 to 7 pm
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

  

CANCELLED!!
Non-Violent Rally for Inclusiveness and Love and Against Division and Hate in Bloomfield Hills
After strong pressure, the Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church today (9/10) cancelled two planned anti-Muslim presentations previously scheduled for the week of 9/11.
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2019/09/10/bloomfield-hills-baptist-church-muslim/2272674001/

 

ICPJ Racial and Economic Justice Caucus Meeting
Thursday, September 12 — 12 to 2 pm
Monthly on the second Thursday
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

Climate Strike — Promotion Party!
Saturday, September 14 — 10 am to 4 pm
Community High School
401 N Division St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Still want to get involved in the Strike? Help us out in our last push to let the community know about the largest climate mobilization in history!

Meet at Community High School (Fifth street field) at anytime from 10AM to 4PM to help us talk businesses into closing down and to poster/chalk. Bring your kids, grandparents, and friends to this safety-conscious, family-friendly event!

When you arrive to Community, text Kristen at +1 (734) 546-1571 to let her know, and she’ll come meet you and give you materials

 

Healing Justice
Tuesday, September 17 — 6 – 8 pm
5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Healing Justice explores the causes and consequences of the current North American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. The film walks back through the history of violence that has led to our current system, bringing into focus the histories of trauma – on a personal, interpersonal, community, and generational level. Designed for dialogue, Healing Justice is meant to prompt questions and open conversations, exploring trauma, justice, and healing: How do our personal and collective histories of trauma affect who is perceived as a ‘perpetrator’ and a ‘victim’ of violence? How can restorative practices, such as restorative justice, be used to shift the way we address crime and violence in our communities to produce safer, healthier, thriving communities for all?

Free documentary screening and community conversation of Healing Justice. Organized by the Dispute Resolution Center, supported by ICPJ.

 

ICPJ Racial Justice Book Group
Tuesday, September 17— 7 to 9 pm
Monthly on the third Tuesday

Location Change
Bryant Community Center, 3 W Eden Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 

The current reading is taken from the 1619 Project from The New York Times Magazine: https://pulitzercenter.org/sites/default/files/full_issue_of_the_1619_project.pdf

1. The Broadsheet
2. The Intro to the 1619 Project — Magazine pgs. 4 and 5
3. The introductory article entitled “The Idea of America” — about the democratizing influence exerted by enslaved Africans within a nation that otherwise had strayed far from the ideals upon which it was founded. Magazine Pgs. 14 to 26
4. The article on the uniquely brutal form of U.S. Capitalism enabled by slavery. Magazine Pgs. 30 to 39

For more information, contact: [email protected]

 

We the People vs. Corporate Rule: It’s Up to Us!
Tuesday, September 17 – 7 to 9 pm
Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill St., Ann Arbor.

Join Move to Amend’s Outreach Director Greg Coleridge for an inspiring call-to-action and discussion on the nationwide movement to pass a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to end corporate rule.
For more information: [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/932646383759123/

 

Pilgrimage to Peace
Wednesday, September 18 – 7 – 9 pm
Hope Lutheran Church 39200 W 12 Mile Road Farmington Hills
and
Thursday, September 19 – 7 – 9 pm
The War Memorial 32 Lake Shore Drive Grosse Pointe Farms

Join Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), as she hosts a conversation with Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth from Israel and Aziz Abu Sarah, a Palestinian-American, about multifaith dialogue and engagement in constructive conflict, peace and the reality of life in Israel and Palestine.
For more information visit https://semisynod.weebly.com/

 

Stop the Tunnel!- Activist Night
Thursday, September 19 – 7 to 9 pm
552 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Description:Hosted by Michigan Clean Water Action
#Shutdownline5

 

Washtenaw County Climate Strike
On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. This is planned to be the largest collective demonstration in human history. The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) will be joining the strike on UM’s campus and we hope you will too!

In Washtenaw County, high school teachers will walk out with their students, business owners will close their doors, professors from the University of Michigan will leave their lecture halls, faith leaders will join their congregations, unions will stand with their workers, and we will demand an end to business as usual and act on climate crisis.  

Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.

We hope you will join us!

Washtenaw County Climate Strike
Friday, September 20th ~ 11 am to 3 pm
Walk-out begins at 11 am
***ICPJ folks meet at 11 am at 1414 Hill Street and walk together to Ingalls Mall
Speakers and Music begins at 12 pm at
University of Michigan – Ingalls Mall
915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

More information:
www.facebook.com/ClimateStrikeWC/
www.icpj.org

Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.

To #StrikeWithUs, head to http://actonclimate.net
#ClimateStrike #WCClimateStrike

 

Constructive White Conversations
Monday, September 23 — 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Ypsilanti

Constructive White Conversations is a gathering in which those of us who identify as white can speak freely and openly about race, racism, oppression, isolation, and all related issues. This is an opportunity for white people who want to hold ourselves accountable for identifying and dismantling internalized and systemic racism, who want to build and maintain white anti-racist community, and who are committed to exploring the nature of our own white identities.

This discussion is hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
For more information and location, email [email protected]

 

ICPJ Anti-Racist White Caucus Initial Meeting
Tuesday, September 24 — 5:30 to 7 pm
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

Give Back to Lourdes Fundraiser
Saturday, September 28 – 3 to  7 pm
Lovingway Family Farm, 11774 Quigley Rd, Dexter, MI 48130

Lourdes Salazar Bautista was deported to Mexico two years ago after courageously fighting her deportation for five years with the help of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR) and other community partners. 

We will show the documentary entitled “Lourdes” by expert film-maker Anthony Collings from University of Michigan who will be present along with Pamela and Luly, Lourdes’s daughters, to answer questions about the film and family.  This documentary has been used to educate thousands of student and other people about immigration issues across the state and nation.

Lourdes is currently struggling with her health and to support her family.  We want to give back to Lourdes who has done so much to educate, inspire and empower others.  In the climate of hate spread by the current administration, many good-hearted people have asked us how they can practically help immigrant families in our community.  This is one way we can!

Enjoy food, music, and drink in a beautiful farm setting where you can also interact with friendly horses, goats, pigs and other animals – rain or shine -dress for weather. This is not a child-oriented event, so kids need to be closely supervised by parents and are admitted for free.

Entry fee: sliding scale from $50 to $100+ per adult.  Please bring cash or a check made out to Pamela Quintana-Salazar

RSVP by Wed., Sept 25 to Laura Sanders at [email protected] or call 734-662-3509

 

Talking with Kids About Race (and Racism)
Sunday, September 29 – 3 to 5 pm
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. Cost is on sliding scale. If ticket price listed on Facebook is too high, please click through to Eventbrite link.

Organized and led by Nuola Akinde and Chuck Warpehoski. Supported by ICPJ.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2193033104319899/

 

October 2019 (watch for updates)

PROTEST!!! Let’s Bring An End To For-Profit Prisons
Tuesday, October 1 — 12 to 3 pm
Hosted by Lake County Democratic Party Michigan
North Lake Correctional Facility
Baldwin, Michigan 49304

More information here.

 

Poor People’s Campaign Washtenaw County
Weekly Coffee & Catch Up
Friday, October 4, 7, 11, 18, 25 — 2:30 to 4 pm
[Same time and place each Friday.]
B-24’s Espresso Bar Eats and Entertainment
217 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

 

Reunión de Cosecha Ann Arbor
Friday, October 4, 7, 11, 18, 25 — 6 pm
[Same time and place each Friday until December 13th.]
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/787551894998980/

 

Mindfulness & Compassion Workshop
Sunday, October 6 – 1 to 4:30 pm
Zion Lutheran Church

Hosted by Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice and Mindful City Ann Arbor
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/911143539266112/
To register: https://mindfulness-and-compassion-workshop.eventbrite.com

 

45th Annual Ann Arbor CROP Walk
The 45th annual Ann Arbor CROP Walk takes place October 6th at St. Clare Episcopal Church, with registration starting at 1 PM and a kick-off program at 2–speakers are Debbie Dingell and Yousef Rabhi. There will be a light meal served following the Walk. 25% of funds raised go to local groups, and 75% to CWS to fight hunger issues here and internationally, with focus on refugees and disasters. More info is available at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/annarbormi/and facebook.com/annarborcrophungerwalk

 

Parkridge Community Meetings
Mondays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 — 10 to 11 am
[Weekly Standing Meeting]
Parkridge Community Center
591 Armstrong Dr. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

 

ICPJ Latin America Solidarity Caucus Meeting
Tuesday, October 8 — 7 to 9 pm
Monthly on the second Tuesday
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

ICPJ Climate Change and Earth Care Caucus Meeting
Wednesday, October 9 — 3 to 4:30 pm
Monthly on the second Wednesday
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

  

ICPJ Racial and Economic Justice Caucus Meeting
Thursday, October 10 — 12 to 2 pm
Monthly on the second Thursday
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

Imagine… A John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concert
for the Veterans for Peace Chapter 93 — Peace Scholarship Fund
Thursday, October 10 — 7:30 pm (Doors Open at 7 pm)
The Ark
316 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI

$20 Admission, Proceeds go to scholarships for college students enrolled in peace studies and conflict resolution programs. More information: www.vfp93.org

 

ICPJ Racial Justice Book Group
Tuesday, October 15 ~ 7 to 9 pm
Monthly on the third Tuesday
Location TBA

For more information, contact: [email protected]


Poverty Simulation
Saturday, October 19 ~ 9 am to 12:30 pm (Doors Open at 8:30 am)
St. Luke 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 for $35 per person. Download the flyer here. To register, please visit: https://poverty_simulation_oct19.eventbrite.com

For more information to join as a volunteer or participant, contact [email protected]

 

Training: How to Disagree Respectfully
Saturday, October 19 ~ 1  to 5 pm
St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church
2309 Packard St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Do you ever feel stuck when someone says something you strongly disagree with or find offensive? Do you worry that the next time politics comes up at your workplace or family gathering, it will devolve into hurt feelings or a shouting match? This workshop will teach you skills to listen calmly with an open heart. It will give you ways to affirm the personhood and dignity of someone you disagree with, while still standing in your own truth. With many demonstrations and opportunities to practice, you will leave the workshop with practical tools you can use in many areas of your life.

Hosted by Meta Peace Team Washtenaw Hub and St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church
$10. Register now at http://saintclareschurch.org/oct19 – space is limited.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2335422053389310/?active_tab=about

 

November SAVE the DATE
ICPJ Harvest Dinner Fundraiser

Tuesday, November 12
5 pm to 8:30 pm
Cobblestone Farm
Ann Arbor

Join us as we celebrate the work of social justice activists in Washtenaw County and raise some funds to make ICPJ impactful and sustainable.

 

School of the Americas Watch Vigil at Ft. Benning
30th Anniversary of the Jesuit and women martyrs of the UCA in San Salvador
November 15-17 in Columbus, Georgia

Since 1990, activists have been gathering to oppose the School of the Americas / Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The non-violent movement aims to end U.S. economic, military and political intervention in Latin America, demilitarization and divestment of the borders and to call attention to the oppression of migrants.

If interested in going with the ICPJ contingent, please contact [email protected]

 

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