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ICUJP Friday Forum
June 7th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

The Hollywood Fringe Festival:

Live Theatre for Justice and Peace


Event Description:

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual event allowing ordinary people to write, direct, perform, and produce their own shows. Some are ensemble pieces for large theatres, some are solo shows for intimate ones. Some are cabarets, some are drama, some are comedy. The Fringe celebrates the variety of theater forms.

In this Friday’s Forum, four women with commitments to peace and justice will talk with you about their plays and perhaps perform some segments of it.

Join the conversation with our speakers:

Carolfrances Likins is a writer, retired teacher, and activist, including being on the board of ICUJP. As a theatre arts major in college, she learned the power of theatre. She returned to the stage in last year’s Fringe Festival with a solo show, but had no plans to enter this year’s Fringe until the current genocide and the suppression of activism jolted her, making her need to respond to this threat with the solo show: Stolen Stories: Reclaiming Those that Our Government Keeps from Us 

Raised in the McCarthy Era, she is determined that we not go back there. 

Myriam Ali-Ahmad is a Lebanese actor and writer. She completed her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has extensive acting and theatre experience including Theatre of the Oppressed. Raised in Lebanon, Myriam’s life experiences have been shaped by “Middle Eastern” politics. She’s been immersed in the Palestinian fight for liberation since her childhood. Myriam has vowed to use her voice and talent to serve this noble cause, with the hopes of transforming and helping in building a bridge to a Free Palestine, and to the liberation of oppressed peoples all around the world. Winner of the '24 Fringe Scholarship, Myriam is premiering her solo show "Handala" at the 2024 Hollywood Fringe Festival, for which all proceeds will be going to aid in Gaza.

You can find her on instagram @myrr.i.am.

Krystle Tugadi is an actor, singer, and writer based out of Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA in Acting at California Institute of the Arts and her B.A. in Theatre at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her most recent works include MeSearch Podcast - a podcast she co-hosts and co-produces with her friend, Dustin Domingo, reclaiming the academic term - historically viewed in a negative light - to celebrate and highlight the Filipino/x/a-American experience and the community’s leaders. She is also premiering her solo show, “space exploration because SPACE EXPLORATION because sPaCe eXpLoRaTiOn!!!”, at the 2024 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The story follows a new mother and recent immigrant navigating the foreign spaces that these circumstances entail.

Raised behind a convenience store cash register in Colfax County, New Mexico, Jennifer Caldwell returned from University in the UK to study acting at Playhouse West in North Hollywood with Robert Carnegie and Jess Goldblum. She got her SAG card on Curb Your Enthusiasm, played Off Broadway in NYC and has extensive improv experience. She has a great deal of theater experience as well as award winning short films on the festival circuit. Her first solo show "Maeve’s Post-Colonial 12th House Party” reflects her interest in astrology and her passion for social justice. An organizer with the ANSWER Coalition from 2002-2012, she was a member of the LA Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba and a co-founder of the Santa Monica College Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba. She currently serves on the New Mexico Local Board of SAG-AFTRA.

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The Hollywood Fringe Festival

7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

Start your morning with us! 

Reflector: Rebecca Arvizu

** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **

06.14.24 Friday Forum: Karen Hilfman, Alliance for Reparations, Reconciliation and Truth


Here's how to join the online meeting:

To join by video conference, you'll need to download the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device. Click on the link to join the meeting and then enter the Meeting ID number and passcode. You'll be able to see slides and video, as well as speakers and other attendees.

If you prefer to join by phone, you'll be prompted to enter the Meeting ID number and passcode. You won't be able to see the visuals or attendees, but you can view them on the meeting video recording afterward. 

If you're new to Zoom and would like to use the video option, we recommend you download the app well ahead of time.

ICUJP Friday Forum 06/07/24
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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To raise hand: *9

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If there is anything that we have learned in the almost 23 years since Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace was formed, it is that Justice and Peace do not just sprout up like weeds - it is soil that has to be constantly tended and worked, straining muscles and soiling clothes. But with that work and perseverance, the yield is bountiful and can feed multitudes.

From bearing witness (as well as hoods and prison garb) at our annual Guantanamo protest at the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building, to working towards getting unhoused people a roof and stability, to visiting and speaking truth to local, state, and federal officials, we understand that "peace" is not a nebulous presence in the ether - it is always about PEACEMAKING, or as the writer Austin O'Malley wrote, "practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers." 

Justice and Peace are WORK, and ICUJP has been doing that work with our partners for over 23 years:

All-Saints Pasadena Safe Haven Bridge to Housing Ministry

The Silencing of Palestinian Voices

Drop LWOP Coalition and SB 94

Thank you for being a partner in our fight for inclusion, equity and justice for all — will you join us in our future work by making a special gift to ICUJP today?

Please join us in our ongoing work to open doors with dialogue and compassion, and to make change with diligence, creativity, and open hearts and minds.



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