Rick Banales

  • published 04.21.24Love4PalestineActionPage in Love4PalestineAction 2024-04-18 12:33:15 -0700



    Here are links to resources and sample templates for you to contact elected officials and corporations:

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  • ICUJP Partners with Ten Thousand Villages This Holiday Season!

    ICUJP Partners with Ten Thousand Villages This Holiday Season!

    Drop into a non-profit Ten Thousand Villages shop in Pasadena or in Redondo Beach, between November 28 and December 12, immerse yourself in the amazing handiwork of women and men of the world, and buy at least one gift for someone you were shopping for. 

    If you say “ICUJP” to the volunteer when you check out, 15% of your purchase will go to ICUJP!

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  • published ICUJP Fair-Trade Shopping List in 22_years_ICUJP2 2022-11-17 14:06:35 -0800

    ICUJP Fair-Trade Shopping List/Videos

    ICUJP Fair-Trade Shopping List & Resources

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  • published Fair Trade Shopping List in 22_years_ICUJP2 2022-11-17 10:27:35 -0800

    Fair Trade Shopping List

    ICUJP's Fair Trade Shopping List

    Most Fair Trade producers are women and men who have broken out of the capitalist hold by forming worker-owned co-ops. No bosses. And in place of the profiteering middle-man, Fair Trade companies form long-term relationships with the workers, buying at a fair price, and selling to us through a non-profit store chain like Ten Thousand Villages, small shops, pop-up bazaars, websites, or in some cases major stores.

    From bars of chocolate to major gifts, what we give makes a difference in the world.

    Here is a list of great Fair-Trade suppliers and online merchants/stores - please consider picking up your holiday gifts from one (or more) of these great organizations.

    Shops in L.A. County
    https://www.tenthousandvillages.com Pasadena and Redondo Beach
    contact.html Long Beach
    https://www.thelittlemarket.com Pacific Palisades
    https://wuitusu.com Santa Monica and Hollywood
    Members of Fair Trade L.A.



    Middle East
    https://www.shoppalestine.org http://

    Latin American

    United States
    Opening Soon

    Upcoming FTLA pop-ups

    Alternative Christmas Market at American Martyrs Church
    1431 Deegan Pl, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
    11/19 4-7p & 11/20 8a-2p

    Holiday Market with Valley Country Market
    20929 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
    11/26 time is TBD

    Holiday Night Market with Gasolina Cafe
    21150 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364,
    12/3 4-9p

    Holiday Market with UUCLB
    5450 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90815
    12/4 10a - 12p

    Fair Trade LA's Holiday Party 2022
    Ten Thousand Villages Pasadena, 567 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
    Time : TBD

    Holiday Market of The Good News Festival
    500 Hotel Cir N, San Diego, CA 92108
    12/10 11a-6p

    Holiday Market with First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
    540 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020
    12/11 12-1:30p

  • published JerusalemPrayerProject 2022-10-04 12:44:09 -0700

    Jerusalem Prayer Project


    ICUJP has agreed to become the fiscal sponsor for the Jerusalem Prayer Project (JPP) and its documentary and multi-media work committed to telling stories of interfaith peace makers in Israel and Palestine.  JPP is the handiwork of longtime ICUJP board member, interfaith minister and musician Stephen Fiske, together with documentary filmmaker Robert Corsini.  

    Your fully tax-deductible donations will support their work completing the pilot to their documentary series Warriors of the Heart:  Peacemakers in the Holy Land.

    For more information and to contact the filmmakers directly — visit


    Email Us [email protected]          

    Text of Call 310-706-83


  • published documents 2022-04-08 14:51:30 -0700

    Forms & Documents


    Friday Forum Schedule

    Description: List of upcoming Friday Forums and assigned roles for facilitator, reflector and Zoom host

    Speaker Appointment Scheduler

    Description: Link to online appointment scheduler for CONFIRMED ICUJP Friday Forum Speakers

    Instructions to send speakers:

    2. SELECT the date you'd like to book from the available options (in blue)
    3. CLICK ON 7:30 am (To the right of the calendar - a blue outlined button)
    4. Input your NAME and answer the questions - or write N/A if it doesn't apply to you
    5. CLICK ON the blue button that says 'SCHEDULE MEETING'
    6. That's it for now! 🙂 ICUJP's Director of Communications will be in touch with you shortly with more information regarding your scheduled presentation. Thank you!

    Speaker Outreach Tracking Sheet

    Description: List to track speakers contacted to present at Friday Forums and status

    Template - Speaker Outreach

    Social Media Post Request Form - Partner Organization

    Description: Form to be filled out by partner organization's requesting ICUJP to post on their behalf

     "Special Event" Form

    Description: Form to be filled out by ICUJP members requesting promotion for a special event


    Social Media Links

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt9Sry8-OSkJHr94eXG3ssw

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icujp_socal/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ICUJP_SoCal

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICUJP

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@icujp_socal?lang=en


  • 20th Anniversary Co-sponsorship

    ICUJP 20th Anniversary

    Thank you for your interest in becoming a sponsor of ICUJP's anniversary event. The deadline to purchase sponsorships unfortunately has passed. If you would like to make a donation instead, please visit https://ICUJP20th.eventbrite.com. Thank you for your support!


    Twenty years ago, days after the devastating 9/11 attacks, the late Rev. George F. Regas brought together Christians, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, humanists and people of many other beliefs to found Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. Acutely aware that this moment posed a dire threat to peace and justice, George knew instinctively that peacemakers needed a place to gather, organize, pray, and act together - united by the fundamental principle that Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence

    Since its founding, ICUJP has remained true to George's vision. Meeting at over 1,000 Friday Forums, ICUJP has:

    • heard speakers from all over the world
    • organized mass demonstrations, vigils, and acts of civil disobedience
    • presented numerous conferences and webinars
    • held an annual Close Guantanamo rally
    • sent many delegations to meet with elected officials
    • issued statements, petitions, and policy papers on a wide range of international and domestic issues
    • provided scholarships to young peace activists
    • supported our allies in the cause of peace and racial and economic justice
    • and provided a loving and safe home for all who are working toward a peaceful, compassionate nation and world that offer liberty, opportunity and justice for all.

    Please join us in person or online to celebrate ICUJP's 20th Anniversary, honoring George's life and legacy, and recognizing our colleagues in peace and justice with the 2021 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards

    Pursuing Justice and Peace for
    Twenty Years

    ICUJP 20th Anniversary and 2021 George F. Regas
    Courageous Peacemaker Awards

    Saturday, September 11, 2021  •  4:00-6:00 pm PDT

    In person Program and Reception and live streamed online
    All Saints Episcopal Church  •  132 N. Euclid Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

    Rev James Lawson

    Rachael Worby

    With very special guests

    Rev. James Lawson
    Rachael Worby, Artistic Director and Creator, MUSE/IQUE

    Please note that the in-person event will strictly adhere to all COVID restrictions required by the Pasadena Public Health Department and the CDC

    We're delighted to honor the 2021 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemakers:

    Rep. Judy Chu

    U.S. Representative Judy Chu, D-CA-27
    for her ongoing commitment to justice and peace

    In addition, we'll honor the following organizations for their steadfast peace and justice efforts and for serving and advocating for people impacted by the Covid pandemic:

    • All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena
    • Black-Jewish Justice Alliance
    • Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)
    • Friends Committee on National Legislation CA Advocacy Team
    • Housing Works
    • ILM (Intellect, Love, Mercy) Foundation
    • Immanuel Presbyterian Food Pantry
    • Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
    • National Religious Campaign Against Torture
    • NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change
    • Poor People's Campaign
    • St. Mark's Lutheran Church/Sola Community Peace Center

    ICUJP operates largely as a volunteer organization with a small part-time paid staff.  For 20 years, we've carried out Rev. Regas's vision through the generosity of individuals and organizations like you. As with many other nonprofits, the Covid pandemic has hampered our ability to raise donations.  The annual Peacemaker Awards event is our primary fundraising activity of the year.  We're eager to sustain - and expand - our work.  We are committed to doing that with your generous help.

    Please become a co-sponsor of Pursuing Justice and Peace for 20 Years. The benefits at each level of sponsorship are shown below. Please purchase a package and submit a tribute ad honoring:

    • the life and legacy of Rev. Regas
    • the extraordinary organizations we're recognizing
    • ICUJP's 20 years of important work
    • any person or organization who's partnered with ICUJP through the years
    • all of these in the largest tribute ad you can afford!
    Sponsorship Benefits
    Tickets to in-person event
    6 tickets
    4 tickets
    3 tickets
    2 tickets
    Ad in online tribute book (on screen before event opening and during reception)
    Full page
    1/2 page
    1/4 page
    Name and logo listed
    Ad in print tribute book at in-person event
    Full page
    1/2 page
    1/4 page
    Name and logo listed
    Name and logo listed in website and email marketing




    Individual admission tickets to the in-person program and reception are also available for a donation of $25 or more. Please be as generous as you can to help underwrite scholarships for those who cannot afford a ticket. (To request a scholarship, based on limited availability, please email Daryn Kobata, Director of Communications and Special Events.) The live-streamed online event will be free.


    **To purchase tickets or co-sponsorships by check, please make the check out to Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. In the memo line, please note "9/11 ticket" or "9/11 co-sponsorship." Mail to: Rod Sprott, c/o Church-Biz, 1125 N. Fairfax Avenue #46836, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Be sure to to confirm your purchase details with Daryn Kobata by email or at 213.373.4006.

    Thanks very much for your generous support! 
    A portion of your donation or co-sponsorship is tax deductible as allowable by law. If you have questions about co-sponsorships or admission tickets, please email Daryn Kobata.

    Again, thank you so much for your support and for all you do in pursuit of justice and peace.We look forward to seeing you on September 11. 

    On behalf of the ICUJP Board of Directors,

    Stephen Rohde

    Grace Dyrness 
    Vice Chair

  • published fridayforumRSVP in ICUJP's Friday Forums 2021-06-10 17:55:40 -0700

  • Resources to End Systemic Racism

    If you have resources to suggest, please email us.


    LA District Attorney George Gascón's First 100 Days in Office report:



    Sign Black Lives Matters' open letter to support DA Gascon's progressive justice reforms:



    Learn about and expose those who have killed Black people and others of color with impunity:



    Sign Dr. Melina Abdullah's petition to fire LAPD Chief Michel Moore for his longstanding pattern of abuse and failed leadership:



    Join Black Lives Matter LA and others to end police associations:

    Every Wednesday, 3:00 pm – Fund Services, Not Police!
    #EndPoliceAssociations at 1313 W. 8th St., Los Angeles

    We’re taking down the police associations that function as organized crime, enabling killer cops, bullying and bribing elected officials, and criminalizing our people. Gather in front of the ACLU building directly across the street from the headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. Bring your drums, bodies, spirits and dedication.


    Learn about SB 300 (Cortese), the Sentencing Reform Act of 2021:
    This bill will end the injustice of people being sentenced to death or LWOP even if they did not kill anyone nor intend for anyone to die. It will allow resentencing for those now sentenced to death or LWOP as accomplices in a felony murder. It also restores power to judges to dismiss any special circumstance. Organizational letters of support are due March 30 on the legislative portal for this bill's hearing, set for April 6.

    Fact Sheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W9_WBMm2kZWQkurgFyVx6oFCZQ5hpQL7/view


    Learn about AB 256 (Kalra), the California Racial Justice Act for All:
    Remember how we passed the Racial Justice Act last year but it’s prospective only? This bill will make it retroactive, allowing people on death row and serving LWOP (and anyone else) to challenge racial bias in their case. This bill is set for hearing on March 23. It is too late to be listed in support in the official analysis but you can send a letter now to be listed for the next committee.  

    Fact Sheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uEUU9NBWxPutfh8s1wzW5dKgWjzQqSHJ/view


    Email your Los Angeles city councilmember to demand that money reallocated from the LAPD budget - a result of #BlackLivesMatter protests - go to Black organizations to benefit Black communities:


    Toolkit to learn more about and have a voice in the LA city budget:


    Learn more about the campaign to drop LWOP (life without parole) for the 5,100 people currently serving these "living death sentences":

    Kelly Savage-Rodriguez, DROP LWOP: [email protected]

    [email protected]



    Join an ICUJP working group to end systemic racism:

    Fernando Fernando, [email protected]


    Join the Campaign to Preserve Democracy & Accountability at Pacifica Radio:



    Subscribe to ICUJP's email list for weekly Friday Forum and special event announcements:



    Donate to ICUJP to support more programs like this one:





  • published 2021flyer in Close Guantanamo 2021 2020-12-30 21:35:36 -0800

  • published 2021RSVP in Close Guantanamo 2021 2020-12-24 15:28:53 -0800