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ICUJP Friday Forum
November 10th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

 Palestine: Before and After - Sharing Personal Experiences in Gaza

Event Description: We have all been effected by the conflict in Israel and Palestine, but it can mean even more to those of us who have visited the region, spoken to its people, and made connections.

There’s something personal about experiencing the tragedy of Palestine by looking at a stunningly beautiful embroidered key fob, card holder, glasses case, and wallet and thinking of the women in Gaza who made them.

Are they still alive?

Join those who have been to the region and can describe the situation in realistic terms, and find out how you can bring attention to the conflict.

Join the conversation with our speakers:

Carolfrances Likins
 is an activist, retired teacher, writer, poet, and ICUJP board member. Active in a few Palestine solidarity organizations since the eighties, she has been twice to Palestine, once to the West Bank with the Palestinian-led nonviolent organization, the International Solidarity Movement, and once to Gaza after Cast Lead with Viva Palestina.

For three years, in Palestine, Jeff Cooper taught Current World History to high school seniors. During this same period, he worked closely with Palestinian primary and secondary teachers throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the following ways: introducing the latest progressive pedagogical methods; developing successful writing programs for students across the curriculum; and developing new and innovative language arts and social studies textbooks.

He also worked for 2 weeks (in 1994) as a consultant (under the auspices of UNESCO), with Somali primary school educators and a UNESCO consultant, in Mogadishu, Somalia to develop textbooks for grades 1-6 because all of the textbooks had been destroyed during the civil war in Somalia in the early 1990s.

Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

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!

Facilitator: Rick Banales
Reflector: Rose Leibowitz

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

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 11/10/23
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

*Meeting controls for call-in attendees:
To mute/unmute yourself: *6
To raise hand: *9

(To find a dial-in number closer to you, go here.)


Please note: Our Friday Forums and other events are open to the public. By attending, you consent to having your voice and likeness recorded, photographed, posted on ICUJP's website and social media, and included in ICUJP materials and publications for noncommercial purposes. If you don't want to be photographed or recorded, please let the facilitator know.

ICUJP has been featured on a few different media venues over the last few  weeks - ICUJP Chairperson Steve Rohde was interviewed on KPFK's long-running program "The Lawyers Guild", hosted by Jim Lafferty and Maria Hall. The program also featured legal scholar and ICUJP supporter Marjorie Cohn.

You can listen to the program here:

Steve was also interviewed by Jason DeRose of NPR on the difficulty in making definitive statements about the Israel/Hamas tragedies that do not get misinterpreted by either side.

He was interviewed along with Tahil Sharma, an interfaith minister with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, as well as Phoebe Milliken of Hartford International University, and you can listen to that segment here.


22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

Twenty-two years ago, Rev. George Regas of All-Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena reached out to clergy, community leaders, and laypeople to come together to seek an alternative to the fear-mongering and vengefulness sweeping much of our nation in the wake of September 11. The message that they wanted to convey was coherent and powerful: “Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence.” On that day, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace was born.

These past 22 years have been a journey for ICUJP - five Presidents, four California Governors, and numerous crisis and issues that would shake the resolve of even the most devout and dedicated of activists. But through it all, we go forward in our mission to be the voice for "the least of these", and our determination to create the change we want to see in the world.

On Sunday, September 10th, 2023, ICUJP honored Rev. George Regas's life and legacy, and recognized deserving organizations with the 2023 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Award. As our theme was "Housing is a Human Right", we were glad to shine a light on the work of Making Housing and Community HappenAll-Saints Church Safe Haven Bridge to Housing, the Office of Mayor Karen Bass of Los Angeles, and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center.

Thank you for your part in keeping the vision of George F. Regas alive as we continue creating a place to gather, organize, pray, and act together united by the fundamental principle that Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence.

Please consider helping Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace in its mission. ICUJP operates as a largely volunteer organization with a small part-time paid staff. We have survived for over 20 years through the generosity of individuals and organizations like you. Like so many other organizations, our ability to raise donations has been hampered during the COVID pandemic.  


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November 10, 2023 at 7:30am - 9:30am

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