This Friday at ICUJP!

Friday, April 25, 2014
Ricardo Moreno, Pastoral Associate for Latino/Hispanic Ministries Pasadena Presbyterian Church, will speak on the current conditions in Venezuela and Latin America.
Reflection by Louis Chase

For discussions, planning actions, and making commitments! Plus coffee and bagels to start your morning!

Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd. (at Berendo, 2 blocks west of Vermont)  LA, CA 90010

ICUJP Calls for Renewed Efforts Across all Faiths and Creeds to Reduce Gun Violence and to Combat Hate and Bigotry with Love and Understanding


The unspeakable murders of three people at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home, in Overland Park, Kansas, yesterday, call on all of us to condemn gun violence and combat hatred and bigotry with love and understanding.

If the SHU Fits: Voices from Solitary Confinement at the United University Church

Maundy Thursday – Thursday April 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
United University Church, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace and Dramastage-Qumran
IF THE SHUT FITS: VOICES FROM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT by Andy Griggs, Melvin Ishmael Johnson, directed by Melvin Ishmael Johnson
“I plead and pray, but it simply get worse, every day. Within a cage, animosity worsens, empathy is lost, and the days turn into daze… within a cage.” By JRF, excerpt from If the SHU Fit: Voices from Solitary Confinement
Total isolation for 23 hours daily.
Sensory deprivation. No contact with family.
Poor food and minimal access to medical needs.
Hear stories of those who have been held in state-sanctioned torture.
United University Church

ICUJP Justice Luncheon on The LAPD to NSA Pipeline

Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace presents a Jusice Luncheon on the LAPD to NSA Pipeline: Privacy, Policing and Profit.
What is the future of policing?
On Tuesday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. join us at our justice luncheon to hear from Hamid Khan, founder and lead organizer of the LAPD Spying Coaliton, Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Center of Southern California and a second interfaith respondant (TBA) at the Centenary United Methodist Church at 300 S. Central Ave, Los Angeles, LA 90013.
Suggested donation is $20 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Parking is available at the church lot.
To register, please go to or RSVP to Andy Griggs (please indicate any dietary restrictions, if any) - or call 310.704.3217.

ICUJP Statement on Prolonged Solitary Confinement

ICUJP Statement on Prolonged Solitary Confinement
       Prolonged solitary confinement, as practiced in U.S. prisons, is a form of torture and a moral affront to the conscience of our country.
     We applaud Senator Durbin and the Judicial Committee for holding these hearings. We urge you to work with states and partner communities to develop legislation that will end this torture.

Groups gather in Santa Monica to close Guantanamo Bay detention camp

Groups gather in Santa Monica to close Guantanamo Bay detention camp
By Luis Rivas
On Jan. 11, 2014, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, along with Veterans for Peace and other organizations gathered at Palisades Park in Santa Monica to protest the ongoing torture found within Guantánamo Bay detention camp. More than a dozen speakers from different allied organizations spoke out against torture and the rights and liberties that all detainees are denied.

Guantanamera: Close Gitmo Now!

Here is a music video project, Close Guantanamo, which Stephen Longfellow Fiske has just completed with videographer Robert Corsini through the auspices of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace Peace. The project is based upon the song, Guantanamera (Stephen has changed the lyrics to fit the cause), and is dedicated to Pete Seeger.

“I only had the privilege of meeting Pete Seeger a couple times, but his life, presence and way of delivering songs made a lasting impression upon me and I have modeled much of my performance style after him. This project would be something that I’m sure he might do himself, or support and endorse. At this time of his passing, I feel his spirit with this project,” Stephen Longfellow Fiske said.

Report/Transcript of Andy Worthington Justice Luncheon

ICUJP's first Justice Luncheon of 2014, building on the Close Guantanamo Rally on Jan. ll, was held on Wed. Jan. 15, at Holman United Methodist Church and featured Andy Worthington, author of "The Guantanamo Files."   A longtime activist for social justice, he has committed himself to becoming the custodian of the stories of the prisoners being held in indefinite detention without charges or trial. 
"In the beginning, no one even knew the names of the prisoners being held, but in the spring of 2006 the Bush Administration under the Freedom of Information Act was forced by the courts to identify them.   Only then did their families know where they were.  
That's when I got involved," Worthington said.  

Close Guantanamo Now!

Close Guantanamo Now!
Join us January 11, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a vigil, rally and march at Santa Monica Palisades Park and 3rd Street Promenande:

This coming January 11, 2014, marks 12 year anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo prison and the human rights violation it represents, including torture, detention without charge, unfair trials, Islamophobia, and impunity for crimes by the U.S. Government officials.

- Close Guantanamo Now!
- End indefinite solitary confinement in U.S. prisons
- Release detainess or charge and fairly try them in federal cout
- Repeal the detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act 
- Hold government officials accountable for torture and other serious abuses
- End the Islamophobia that fuels Guantanamo and U.S. detention policies

January at ICUJP

Saturday, January 11      
Close Guantanamo Now! 12 years too many!
Vigil, Rally and March
3 – 5 pm Santa Monica Palisades Park and 3rd Street Promenade
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Wednesday, January 15   
Justice Luncheon With Andy Worthington
Author of The Guantánamo Files
What would MLK say about Guantánamo, torture and solitary confinement?
with interfaith respondents Rev Dr. Art Cribbs of CLUE - CA
and Edina Lekovic of Muslim Public Affairs Council

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