Andy Griggs

  • End Violence in Palestine/Israel & Middle East

    We are concerned about the violence in Israel/Palestine because the US provides billions of dollars annually in aid to Israel, and because this area is considered sacred to Muslims, Christians, and Jews.

    We are appalled by the thousands killed in the latest violence in Gaza, most of them civilians and children, as well as by massive destruction of homes, mosques, schools and hospitals. We equally grieve the deaths suffered in Israel from Hamas rockets.


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    We, the undersigned, support Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace's call to end the cycle of violence in Israel/Palestine and the Middle East.   We grieve over the death and destruction caused by endless wars, and are convinced that military force is not the answer. We therefore call on the US government to:

    • End the arms trade to the Middle East since US weaponry fuels violence and supports authoritarian governments.
    • Cease bombing in Syria and Iraq and cease providing military aid to militant groups.
    • Provide instead massive humanitarian efforts (implemented mainly by civilians, not by the military) to rebuild Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas ravaged by US military interventions. 
    • Engage in diplomacy and negotiation with all parties in these conflicts
    • Support a UN investigation of alleged war crimes committed during the recent conflict in Israel/Palestine.
    • Demand that Israel immediately end its blockade and siege of Gaza.
    • Demand Hamas end its violence and dismantle its offensive arsenal.


    We feel that resolving the conflict in Israel/Palestine is an important step towards resolving conflicts throughout the Middle East.

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  • End police violence against African Americans & Latinos

    Less than three weeks after the officer-involved shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) published its concluding observations on the United States of America’s report on its record to uphold the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. 

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    Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP) adopts the position of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) report of August 26, 2014.

             “…the Committee reiterates its previous concern at the brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against members of racial and ethnic minorities, including against unarmed individuals, which has a disparate impact on African Americans and on undocumented migrants crossing the United States-Mexican border…”


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  • published Board of Directors/Staff in About 2014-04-17 16:24:02 -0700

    Board of Directors/Staff


    Rev. Dr. George F. RegasFounder and Convener
    Episcopal, The Regas Institute 

    Stephen F. Rohde, Chair
    Jewish, Bend the Arc

    Dr. Grace R. Dyrness, Vice Chair
    Institute for Urban Initiatives

    Ed Fisher, Treasurer
    Episcopal, Veterans for Peace, Courage to Resist 

    Veda Veach, Secretary
    United Methodist, California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty

    Rev. Louis Chase
    United Methodist, Magnolia Park United Methodist Church 

    David Clennon

    Rev. Stephen L. Fiske
    Interfaith, Unity and Diversity Council 

    Rev. Dr. John Forney
    Episcopal, Progressive Christians Uniting 

    Elizabeth F. Hailey
    Episcopal, Saint Michael and All Angels 

    Maggie Hutchinson

    Carolfrances Likins

    Rita Lowenthal
    Jewish, J Street, Bend the Arc 

    Anthony Manousos
    Quaker, Orange Grove Friends Meeting

    Marium Mohiuddin
    Muslim, Abrahamic Faiths Peace-making Initiative
    Islamic Center of Southern California

    Rev. Dr. Rubi W. Omar, PhD
    International, Metaphysical Ministries 

    Fr. Chris Ponnet
    Catholic Archdiocese/Pax Christi USA 

    Fidel Sanchez

    Susan Stouffer


    Phil Way
    The Orange Grove Friends Meeting, Pasadena
    Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena
    Multi-ethnic Peace and Reconstruction Fund


    Daryn Kobata, Communications Director

    Rod Sprott,  Bookkeeper

Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace promotes critical examination of the cost of violence & war at home & in the world from the Faith perspective.