Dear Friends of ICUJP,
As people who care about peace and justice, I know you’ve been as outraged as I have during the past few years. Endless war. Mass shootings almost every week. Children killed on our streets and in our schools, and put in cages. Racists, Islamophobes and anti-Semites feeling empowered to unleash hate and terror. A sitting president who abuses his power for personal gain. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all.
But it’s those like you who give me hope. You remind me that we’re not in this alone — and that if we work together, we can help create change and make a better world.
That’s why I've supported Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace for the past 18 years with my time, energy and donations. Since 2001, this passionate and committed group of frontline activists has confronted the major issues challenging our world under the banner that RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES MUST STOP BLESSING WAR AND VIOLENCE.
Deeply rooted in our faith traditions, we’re united in the struggle for human rights and peace. We speak out and act against all forms of discrimination, injustice, and violence, including war, gun violence, torture, mass incarceration, bigotry, the death penalty, poverty, and climate change.
Your support makes this possible.
Will you please help us keep the momentum in 2020 with a gift of $50, $100, $250, or more?
ICUJP was born in the wake of 9/11, when the Rev. George Regas brought together leaders and activists from Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Quaker and other faith traditions to mobilize opposition to the forces pressing for war and its devastating consequences. In the 930-plus weeks since then, we’ve worked to raise awareness and spur action on a wide range of issues.
One of the mainstays of this work are our Friday Forums. These bring extraordinary people each week to share their knowledge on a range of issues, along with ways we can actively respond. This year, we’ve heard from speakers such as:
- Nancy Haydt, Executive Director of Death Penalty Focus, who spoke about DPF's mission to abolish the death penalty—a cruel, racist, ineffective punishment
- Ahmed Maher (via video), co-founder of the April 6 Youth Movement that helped launch Egypt’s January 25 Revolution
- Salam Al-Marayati, President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Rafi Khan, who discussed the state of Islamophobia in the Trump era
- Alex Sherman, Bend The Arc Jewish Action, who spoke about the movement to increase district attorney accountability
- Michal David of IfNotNow, a movement of young American Jews calling for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians.
- Rev. Bridie Roberts and UNITE HERE Local 11 colleagues, who described the union’s campaign to improve conditions for airport hospitality workers
- Visited elected officials to lobby on issues of peace and justice
- Held our 17th annual protest demanding that Guantanamo be shut down and its torture of prisoners stopped
- Joined with others to march for the release of immigrants detained by ICE, for better conditions for hotel employees, and to call attention to the dangerously close potential of war with Iran
- Granted four scholarships to youth learning how to advocate for peace and justice through the SoLa Community Peace Center
Yet so much remains to be done. We must keep:
- Telling our congressional leaders to stop misusing our tax dollars on endless, unnecessary wars that kill countless innocent people. In particular, we must urge Congress to end the war in Yemen NOW
- Pressuring the government to get guns off the streets and stop shooters from slaughtering our children
- Urging reform of our criminal justice system that destroys millions of lives through profiling, wrongful and mass incarceration, harsh sentencing, and the death penalty
- Speaking out against racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, bigotry, and discrimination in all forms - and working on our own prejudices!
- Calling for compassionate justice for immigrants and the release of children from detention
That’s why I'm counting on you now to donate as much as you can.
Please join ICUJP in working for peace and justice by giving $50, $100, $150, or more.
Together, you and ICUJP have helped sustain me during these difficult years. With your gift, we'll continue to be a vital force making change happen. And I want to thank you in advance from the bottom of my heart.
With deep appreciation,