ICPJ 2023 Harvest Dinner
Wednesday, November 8th, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
The Harvest Dinner will be held indoors. We ask that you only attend if you are without signs of contagious illnesses. For those with sensitive immune systems, we plan to have reserved tables separate from the majority of tables where everyone wears masks and fewer chairs are at each table. The Freighthouse is a large space, with doors that we can open if the reserved tables decide to do so. Please let us know if you would prefer to sit at a table with all others wearing masks: [email protected]
We are deeply grateful to all who have worked with ICPJ for peace and justice since our founding in 1965. Autumn is a beautiful season to make the time to celebrate our collective work, to gather as a community, share stories, and reflect upon our movement’s growth and successes. We invite you to gather with us for the ICPJ Harvest Dinner to be held on Wednesday, November 8th, at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti.
ICPJ is a tapestry of organizations, congregations, and activists – elders who have waged peace for decades, emerging leaders, and those new to the movement. ICPJ values the lessons of long-time experience and also the vision of youth. Together we are building upon past movements, listening to the community, and designing new ways to catalyze critical shifts in the movement.
ICPJ intentionally centers racial and economic justice as we address the root causes of violence from oppression, poverty, environmental devastation, patriarchy, and war. We are deepening our understanding of how various justice issues must be approached through this lens. This means organizing to disrupt unjust systems, policies, institutions, and practices that perpetuate white supremacy and the caste system, particularly in Washtenaw County.
During the Harvest Dinner, we will honor community leaders who live the values of ICPJ and work toward our collective vision. Please join us to honor Alex Thomas, Fed Up Ministries, Anna Lemler, Ann Arbor for Public Power, and the Graduate Employees' Organization.
Together – with a clear vision toward racial and economic justice, working across generations, on a variety of issues, with multi-dimensional approaches – we are a strong collective voice for the just transformation that our communities and planet urgently need.
Our gracious emcee for the evening will be Pastor Jeffery Harrold from New Beginnings Community Church
We will share a delicious meal provided by Shrimp Flavours Indian Cuisine
As we settle in, we have two amazing artists to share with us...
Poetry offered by ICPJ Board Member Leslie McGraw
During the Harvest Dinner, we will honor community leaders who live the values of ICPJ and work toward our collective vision. Please join us to honor Alex Thomas, Fed Up Ministries, Anna Lemler, Ann Arbor for Public Power (A2P2), and the Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO).
Alex Thomas grew up in West Willow, Ypsilanti Township. As a Community Advocate, Alex supports residents struggling with housing, mental health, and substance use disorder. He also provides thought-provoking leadership and advocacy on critical local policy discussions.
FedUp Ministries serves good, healthy, food truck style food with dignity to communities that are food insecure and economically exploited by unjust racial and economic systems in the United States. Founded by an ELCA pastor, FedUp seeks to blur the lines between faith and food justice.
In addition to years of community organizing, Anna Lemler served the facilitator and a co-founder for an abolitionist alternative to police program, the first of its kind in Michigan, called Care-Based Safety (CBS). This work included year-long meetings with a group of community leaders, 18 community co-creation sessions with 100 participants, and hiring two co-directors. Anna serves the community as a somatic coach and facilitation consultant.
Ann Arbor for Public Power is a grassroots coalition advocating for Renewable, Reliable, and Affordable Electricity in Ann Arbor.
GEO is the union of graduate instructors and staff assistants at the University of Michigan, AFT-3550.
(Images from the 2022 ICPJ Harvest Dinner Credit: Trevor Betchel)
The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) centers racial and economic justice as we address the root causes of violence from oppression, poverty, environmental devastation, patriarchy, and war.
ICPJ wages love and practice nonviolence in all its forms through education, community organizing, advocacy, and direct action. We unite across our differences and empower leadership in people to create the change we need for a more peaceful and just world.