Past Friday Forums

Weekly Friday Forums (currently meeting online) are the lifeline of ICUJP. We have guest speakers, share reflections, and plan campaigns and actions! All are invited to join us from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Start your day with a jolt of social justice!

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  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    February 23rd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

     Friends of Sabeel: A Christian and Secular Voice for Palestine

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    Call in by phone: +1 669 900 6833* 

    Meeting ID: 812 7954 6707
    PASSCODE: 394830

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    To raise hand: *9

    Only Justice rooted in compassion can save us from repeating the cycle of violence, from empowering one oppressed people only to make them oppressors of another people.

    — Rosemary Radford Ruether, Forward to Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation

    Event Description:
     Rev. Darrel Meyers of Friends of Sabeel North America will be speaking on the history of the organization as well as the work that Sabeel is doing on the ground in Gaza and Palestine.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Rev. Darrel Meyers 
    is a graduate of Pepperdine College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and an active Presbyterian church pastor and a member of campus ministry at three southern California campuses.

    He was founder, and chair of Middle East Fellowship of Southern California, and participated in the first Sabeel International Conference in East Jerusalem.

    Rev. Meyers was among the founders and former Board member of Friends of Sabeel North America, and is now current Board Member and Vice Chairman of AMEU, Americans for Middle East Understanding. 

    Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) is an interdenominational Christian organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through education, advocacy, and nonviolent action.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Friends of Sabeel North America

    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: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Dr. Rubi Omar

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 02/23/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Option 1: Join video conference 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81279546707

    Meeting ID: 812 7954 6707
    PASSCODE: 394830

    Option 2: Dial in by phone only:
    +1 669 900 6833 US (California)

    Meeting ID: 812 7954 6707
    PASSCODE: 394830

    *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.)

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    ICUJP's Focus on the Israel/Palestine Conflict

    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
    -- Martin Luther King Jr.

    I think it was smart that you’re wary of using the word “terrorism,” and if you talk about the cycle of violence, or “an eye for an eye,” you could be perpetuating the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a balanced conflict, instead of a largely unarmed people against the fourth most powerful military in the world.
    -- Rachel Corrie

    A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare.
    -- 
    Mahmoud Darwish

    Friend --

    In the words of ICUJP Convener, the late Rev. George Regas, speaking about a conflict long ago but still resonant today:

    The sin at the heart of this war against Iraq is your belief that an American life is of more value than an Iraqi life. That an American child is more precious than an Iraqi baby. God loathes war.

    We HAVE to call out the massacre of innocent lives, no matter the ideology behind the crime, or else the Justice and Peace work we do is meaningless.

    Long before the tragic events of October 7th of last year, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been shining a light on the Israel/Palestine conflict, and working towards dialogue and solutions that affirm the primary calling of our organization - stating loud and clear that Religious Communities MUST Stop Blessing War and Violence. 

    Justice and Peace are WORK, and ICUJP has been doing that work with our partners for over 22 years, many of them focusing on conflicts in the Middle East and their ramifications for us in this country. 

    Click on the links below to watch the recent Friday Forums we have devoted to the Israel/Palestine crisis:

    Jewish Anti-Zionists Queering the Fight for a Free Palestine

    IfNotNow - Reflections on Diverse Jewish Solidarity with Palestine

    Ani Zonneveld - The Politics of Human Rights

    Dov Baum - Apartheid-Free Communities in Israel, Palestine, and the U.S
    Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamiseh - Reflections on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
    Marjorie Cohn - South Africa takes Israel to the World Court for Genocide in Gaza
    John Parker - Detained Delivering Aid to Gaza
    Steve Chase - Speaking Up for Peace with Justice
    Israel and Palestine Yes, there IS a Path to Peace


    Palestine Under Colonialism

    George Lakey: How can we get creative in the Israel-Palestine conflict?
    Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a Multifaith Apprach to Counter Anti-Muslim Discrimination
    Jeff Cooper/Carolfrances Likins: Palestine Before And After
    Apartheid-Free Communities: An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism
     

    When teaching the truth about Israel and Palestine is challenged

     

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

     



    Premiering the new documentary, "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!"

    Along with NRCAT (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) and director Robert Corsini, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace have put together a thirty-minute documentary outlining some of the many abuses of the prisoners at the facility, including interviews with past detainees. "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!" outlines our work in bringing to light a stain on this country that most people would like to forget, or in many cases don't even realize is still happening.

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    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, February 16, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    February 16th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Jewish Anti-Zionists Queering the Fight for a Free Palestine

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    Event Description: Nicole Morse (they/them) is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace South Florida and will speak about the role queer and trans anti-Zionist Jews are playing in the fight for a free Palestine in the face of unprecedented repression of pro-Palestinian voices.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Nicole Erin Morse is a scholar of queer and trans media production and a community organizer in South Florida with Jewish Voice for Peace and the Community Hotline for Incarcerated People. They recently resigned from a leadership position at Florida Atlantic University in the face of pressure to disavow anti-Zionism. They have recently published original research in Collateral and elsewhere, and their book Selfie Aesthetics: Seeing Trans Feminist Futures in Self-Representational Art is available through Duke University Press.

    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: Jasmine Hailey

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 02/16/24
    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.)

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    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.



    Premiering the new documentary, "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!"

    Along with NRCAT (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) and director Robert Corsini, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace have put together a thirty-minute documentary outlining some of the many abuses of the prisoners at the facility, including interviews with past detainees. "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!" outlines our work in bringing to light a stain on this country that most people would like to forget, or in many cases don't even realize is still happening.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, February 09, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

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


    IfNotNow: Reflections on Diverse Jewish Solidarity with Palestine and Organizing for #CeaseFireNow

    RSVP AT BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

    Event Description: 
    For 10 years, IfNotNow has been organizing within the Jewish community to realize a future for justice and peace for Palestinians and Israelis, focused on the dire need to end the Occupation and Israel's apartheid system. Since October 2023, the urgency and resonance of this work has never been clearer, as people across the world have been moved by the Jewish Left's presence and action in solidarity with Palestine and to demand a ceasefire, which right here in Southern California has included vigils, marches, civil disobedience actions, teach-ins, and so much more.

    We will reflect on this inspiring organizing and community building, and share how anyone can support this Jewish-led movement of solidarity, action and transformation with Palestinians. We will also explore IfNotNow's vision for uplifting the voices of Black, Indigenous, Jews of Color, Sephardi, and Mizrahi (BIJOCSM) leaders within the Jewish Left and the broader Jewish community, and INN's commitment to racial and economic justice within Southern California and all of the communities in which we live.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:


    Diedra Robinson is a Latine Jewish activist and Alabama native with over 20 years experience as an educator and trainer in public, private, and professional sectors. She has a passion for history, language, and ancestry, with a focus on the intersection of European colonialism and Mexican-Jewish identity.
     
    In her volunteer work with IfNotNow Los Angeles, she has helped facilitate a dedicated environment for Black, Indigenous, Jews of Color, Sephardi, and Mizrahi (BIJOCSM) individuals. In addition to diversifying traditionally-white spaces, she regularly speaks about antisemitism and Christian hegemony in both religious and secular arenas.


    Matthew Hom (he/him) is a Jewish labor, immigration, housing justice and racial justice organizer with Chinese and Ashkenazi roots, who aspires to help build diverse multiracial and interfaith coalitions for justice throughout Southern California. He pursues that work as the Faith-Rooted Organizer in Los Angeles and Santa Monica for CLUE (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice).

    In his volunteer work with IfNotNow Los Angeles, he helps to lead the chapter's Partnerships Committee, so as to develop and strengthen IfNotNow's resilient relationships with partners in the Jewish, Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities and throughout the broader movement ecosystem. Matthew also participates in the Black, Indigenous, Jews of Color, Sephardi, and Mizrahi (BIJOCSM) leadership team at IfNotNow, and is committed to pursuing racial justice within the Jewish Left and the broader Jewish community.



    IfNotNow is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, cross-class movement of American Jews organizing our community to end U.S. support for Israel's apartheid system and demand equality, justice, and a thriving future for all Palestinians and Israelis. We are fighting for a vision of Jewish liberation which recognizes that our safety is intertwined with the safety of all others. 

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Get Involved in your Local IfNotNow Chapter

    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: David Clennon
    Reflector: Anthony Manousos

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 02/09/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


    02.16.24 - Nicole Morse: Jewish Anti-Zionists Queering the Fight for a Free Palestine

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    Premiering the new documentary, "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!"

    Along with NRCAT (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) and director Robert Corsini, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace have put together a thirty-minute documentary outlining some of the many abuses of the prisoners at the facility, including interviews with past detainees. "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!" outlines our work in bringing to light a stain on this country that most people would like to forget, or in many cases don't even realize is still happening.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, February 02, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 3 rsvps

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    February 2nd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    When teaching the truth about Israel and Palestine is challenged

    Event Description: Consultants and Leadership Team members The Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Institute are being brought to court (along with UTLA) because their curriculum includes discussion and analysis of the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Join us as we discuss this silencing of educators and how we can support unbiased public school curriculum.

    The Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Institute (LESMCC) believes that by centering the stories and histories of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), we are working to eradicate all forms of discrimination, including anti-Semitism. The inclusion of Arab American and Palestinian American communities teaches a critical understanding of the histories, lived experiences, and social struggles of these marginalized communities. 

    Join the conversation with our speakers:


    Guadalupe Cardona has been an Ethnic Studies, Social Studies and Theatre educator for 23 years. She is dedicated to developing critical curriculum and culturally relevant artivism to transform the world by fusing community cultural knowledge with a focus on autobiographical counter-narrative.

    Guadalupe is chair of the Association of Raza Educators (LA), co-founder of XOCHITL LA, member of Ethnic Studies Now Coalition, and founding member of the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition.



    Theresa Montaño, a grassroots community activist in the Chicanx community, was the co-chair of Southern California Latinos for Jackson. She was the coordinator for the JJ'88 campaign in East Los Angeles, etc. and helped secure the 25th Congressional District for Jesse Jackson. Currently, Theresa is a Professor of Chicano/a Studies with an emphasis in education at CSU-Northridge.

    Dr. Montaño has more than 40 years in public education, she taught for 15 years K12 schools before moving into higher education. Montaño is the former CTA Vice President and currently coordinates the public education work for the California Faculty Association (CFA, an SEIU affiliate), where she chairs the teacher education caucus. She has been recently appointed to a seat on the Los Angeles County Office Board of Education.

    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: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Phil Way

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 02/04/24
    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.)

    02.09.24 - If Not Now

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    Premiering the new documentary, "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!"

    Along with NRCAT (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) and director Robert Corsini, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace have put together a thirty-minute documentary outlining some of the many abuses of the prisoners at the facility, including interviews with past detainees. "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!" outlines our work in bringing to light a stain on this country that most people would like to forget, or in many cases don't even realize is still happening.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, January 26, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    January 26th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Marjorie Cohn: South Africa Takes Israel to the World Court for Genocide in Gaza

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    Event Description: Marjorie Cohn will analyze the arguments presented by South Africa and Israel before the International Court of Justice about Israel’s violations of the Genocide Convention.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Marjorie Cohn 
    is a retired criminal defense attorney, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and member of the advisory board of Assange Defense and the bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Marjorie is a legal and political analyst who writes a regular column for Truthout, does frequent media commentary, and has published several books. She is co-host of the nationally broadcast radio show “Law and Disorder”, and is also dean of the People's Academy of International Law.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Sign this petition to UN ambassadors and embassy staff in countries that are parties to the Genocide Convention, urging them to invoke the Genocide Convention at the World Court.

    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: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Carolfrances Likins

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 01/26/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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


    02.02.24 - Guadalupe Cardona/Theresa Montaño UTLA

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    Premiering the new documentary, "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!"

    Along with NRCAT (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) and director Robert Corsini, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace have put together a thirty-minute documentary outlining some of the many abuses of the prisoners at the facility, including interviews with past detainees. "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!" outlines our work in bringing to light a stain on this country that most people would like to forget, or in many cases don't even realize is still happening.


    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    January 19th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    John Parker: Detained while delivering aid to Gaza

    Event Description: John Parker was recently detained in Egypt when he met with the global conscience convoy to get humanitarian aid and journalists into Gaza via the Rafah Crossing.

    Mr. Parker was detained when he and several others held up a banner in front of the foreign ministry. After 30+ hours he and the others were ultimately deported. He will be sharing his experience and lessons learned with us on this important Friday Forum.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    John Parker 
    is a 2024 Socialist Unity Party and Peace and Freedom Party candidate for the U.S. Congress from California.

    Mr. Parker has been a union organizer, public school teacher, and member of the Black Alliance for Peace and the Coordinator of the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice.

    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! 

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 01/19/24
    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.)



    01.26.24 - Marjorie Cohn

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    With added panelists Matt Sedillo, John Parker and Canek Huerta!

     



    Premiering the new documentary, "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!"

    Along with NRCAT (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) and director Robert Corsini, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace have put together a thirty-minute documentary outlining some of the many abuses of the prisoners at the facility, including interviews with past detainees. "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!" outlines our work in bringing to light a stain on this country that most people would like to forget, or in many cases don't even realize is still happening.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 12:30 PM · 15 rsvps

    01.14.24ICUJPRetreat

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    JOIN US TO HELP CHART THE FUTURE OF ICUJP
    Sunday, January 14th, 12:30-3:30 pm Pacific  

    JOIN US LIVE OR ONLINE
    St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care
    1911 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90033

    If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. -- African Proverb

    Event Description: Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been through a lot of changes in its 22 years of existence, and through all of the tribulations, trials, challenges and successes, we have counted on the wisdom, experience and inspiration of our members and friends.

    We invite you to join us (in person or online) at St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care on Sunday, January 14th, for a retreat where we plan on discussing the strengths, challenges, opportunities for growth, and the path forward for ICUJP.

    We're very grateful that Dick Bunce, former Chair of ICUJP and an experienced interfaith leader, will facilitate the Retreat.

    We'll begin with a Roundtable Discussion focusing on what about ICUJP first attracted you and continues to attract your involvement to help us consider ICUJP's accomplishments and strengths. Then we'll break into Small Groups to discuss areas of concern, weaknesses, threats, and elephants in the room. After a short break, the small groups will report back and we'll consider possible corrective actions and options for the way forward. Finally, everyone will have the opportunity to rank our preferences and offer closing reflections.

    The outcomes of the Retreat will be reviewed by the Board leading to the creation of a Plan for ICUJP's Future to be presented and discussed at an upcoming Friday Forum.

    Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

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    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.


    Please consider donating to ICUJP:

     

  • Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 06:00 PM

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    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    January 12th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Dov Baum: Apartheid-Free Communities in Israel, Palestine, and the U.S.

    Event Description:  How can we join communities around the world and support the call from Israeli and Palestinian communities to support full equality, justice, freedom, and peace to all people living in Palestine and Israel? Dov Baum of the American Friends Service Committee and of Israelis against Apartheid will present Investigate (www.investigate.info), new research about the companies making a fortune off the Gaza war, and a call for communities of faith to join the Apartheid-Free Communities network (www.apartheid-free.org).

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Dov Baum, Ph.D., is a the American Friends Service Committee’s Director of Corporate Accountability and Research. As an Israeli peace activist, she co-founded the Coalition of Women for Peace in 2000, Black Laundry – Queers against the Occupation in 2001, and Who Profits from the Occupation in 2006. She translated U.S. Feminist theory and poetry into Hebrew and edited the first anthology of feminist theory in Hebrew.

    She organized with Anarchists against the Wall, with Zochrot- Remembering the Nakba, with Boycott from Within, and with Israelis against Apartheid, and she taught as an adjunct professor in several universities in the U.S. and in Israel.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:


    This is the time for communities of faith, starting with local congregations, to show their support for a better future in Israel/ Palestine and join the growing network of Apartheid-Free communities. See more at Apartheid-Free Communities network 

    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: Phil Way
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 01/12/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

    01.19.24 - John Parker

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    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.





    Premiering the new documentary, "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!"

    Along with NRCAT (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) and director Robert Corsini, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace have put together a thirty-minute documentary outlining some of the many abuses of the prisoners at the facility, including interviews with past detainees. "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!" outlines our work in bringing to light a stain on this country that most people would like to forget, or in many cases don't even realize is still happening.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



    Join ICUJP in its annual Close Guantanamo NOW commemoration!

    Join us in-person:
    Thursday, January 11, 2024
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all

    Please join ICUJP and allies in-person Thursday, January 11, 2024, to mark 22 years of existence of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and the human rights violations and torture it spawned.

    At its peak, the illegal detention center at Guantanamo Bay held some 800 men and boys of Muslim faith - most of whom were never charged with a crime. Today, 35 prisoners still languish there.

    After the Guantanamo Bay prison camp was opened, the Bush Administration commissioned the torture memos, a series of documents designed to retroactively provide a pseudo-legal justification for crimes against humanity. To date no one in the Bush administration has been called to account for writing and implementing these documents, and the mainstream media has seemed to forget about what those torture documents have meant to subsequent administrations and the liberties our military and elected officials have taken in illegal detention and torture.

    Let's send a message to President Biden:

    Close Guantanamo NOW and release all detainees!
    End torture NOW and prosecute the torturers and those who authorized them.

    Speakers:

    • Annie Ehler, Jewish Voice for Peace
    • Jim Lafferty, National Lawyers Guild LA
    • Mohammad Tajsar, ACLU of Southern California
    • Shaheen Nassar, CAIR
    • Shakeel Syed, South Asian Network
    • Lisa Hajjar, UC Santa Barbara
    • Vincent DeStefano, Assange Defense Network
    • Ysabel Gonzalez, Code Pink
    • Shane Que Hee, Out Against War
    • Mark Friedman, LA US Hands Off Cuba Committee

    Co-sponsors:                                            

                        




    National Religious Campaign Against Torture • St.Camillus Center for Spiritual Care •  Shane Que Hee • Amnesty International USA

    Endorsers:


     

    ACLU of Southern California •
    Addicted To War • Cafe Intifada • Center for Constitutional Rights • CloseGuantanamo.org
    Code Pink • Courage to Resist
    CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou • If the SHU Fits Collaborative • 90.7 KPFK • LA Laborfest
    LA US Hands Off Cuba Committee • North Carolina Stop Torture Now • No More Guantanamos • Out Against War • Pax Christi USA • Clive Stafford Smith, author of "Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side: Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay" • WE Empowerment Center • Witness Against Torture • World Can't Wait

    Please assist ICUJP in fulfilling its mission:
    Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence
     

     


    Join peace activist and writer Jon Krampner on KPFK's long-running program "The Lawyers Guild" Wednesday, Jan. 10th from 3:00-4:00 pm, hosted by Jim Lafferty and Maria Hall. He will be discussing the nationwide demonstrations to close Guantanamo Bay prison, including ours in front of the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building on Jan. 11th.


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  • Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 12:00 PM · 1 rsvp

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    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    Join us in-person:
    Thursday, January 11, 2024
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all

    Please join ICUJP and allies in-person Thursday, January 11, 2024, to mark 22 years of existence of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and the human rights violations and torture it spawned.

    At its peak, the illegal detention center at Guantanamo Bay held some 800 men and boys of Muslim faith - most of whom were never charged with a crime. Today, 35 prisoners still languish there.

    After the Guantanamo Bay prison camp was opened, the Bush Administration commissioned the torture memos, a series of documents designed to retroactively provide a pseudo-legal justification for crimes against humanity. To date no one in the Bush administration has been called to account for writing and implementing these documents, and the mainstream media has seemed to forget about what those torture documents have meant to subsequent administrations and the liberties our military and elected officials have taken in illegal detention and torture.

    Let's send a message to President Biden:

    Close Guantanamo NOW and release all detainees!
    End torture NOW and prosecute the torturers and those who authorized them.

    Speakers:

    • Annie Ehler, Jewish Voice for Peace
    • Jim Lafferty, National Lawyers Guild LA
    • Mohammad Tajsar, ACLU of Southern California
    • Shaheen Nassar, CAIR
    • Shakeel Syed, South Asian Network
    • Lisa Hajjar, UC Santa Barbara
    • Vincent DeStefano, Assange Defense Network
    • Ysabel Gonzalez, Code Pink
    • Shane Que Hee, Out Against War
    • Mark Friedman, LA US Hands Off Cuba Committee

    Co-sponsors:                                            

                        




    National Religious Campaign Against Torture • St.Camillus Center for Spiritual Care •  Shane Que Hee • Amnesty International USA

    Endorsers:


    ACLU of Southern California •
    Addicted To War • Cafe Intifada • Center for Constitutional Rights • CloseGuantanamo.org
    Code Pink • Courage to Resist
    CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou • If the SHU Fits Collaborative • 90.7 KPFK • LA Laborfest
    LA US Hands Off Cuba Committee • North Carolina Stop Torture Now • No More Guantanamos • Out Against War • Pax Christi USA • 
    Clive Stafford Smith, author of "Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side: Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay" • WE Empowerment Center • Witness Against Torture • World Can't Wait

    Please assist ICUJP in fulfilling its mission:
    Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence
     

     


    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 crises 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.  


    Please assist ICUJP in fulfilling its mission:
    Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence
     


  • Thursday, January 04, 2024 at 06:00 PM

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    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    January 5th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Ani Zonneveld: The Politics of Human Rights

    Event Description: Since the outbreak of war between Israel and Gaza, it has been disappointing to see the usual peace makers and human rights defenders retreat into silence or in some cases call for revenge. What is the meaning of "peace" and non-violence when we don't stand up to its principles at a time when it is most needed? What is the definition of genocide, and the complicity of Biden? 

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Ani Zonneveld, born in Malaysia, a Muslim since birth, is founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a Grammy-certified songwriter, and a founding member of Alliance of Inclusive Muslims. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Multi-Faith Advisory Council to the U.N. and is the co-chair of its Gender Working Group; and created an anti-hate speech curriculum for Muslim societies commissioned by the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect.


    She oversees MPV’s signature program #ImamsForShe; gave her TEDx talk titled Islam: As American As Apple Pie, and is the subject of an award-winning documentary titled "al-imam" screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. For a complete CV of Ani Zonneveld, please visit http://www.mpvusa.org/ani-zonneveld

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Website: Muslims for Progressive Values

    Consider having your congregations and organizations join ICUJP and many other groups in the Apartheid-Free Communities network to help create the conditions for peace with justice in Israel/Palestine:

    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: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Jon Krampner

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 01/05/24
    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.)

    01.12.24 - Dov Baum - AFSC Corporate Accountability Project

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    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.


    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    Join us in-person:
    Thursday, January 11, 2024
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all

    Please join ICUJP and allies in-person Thursday, January 11, 2024, to mark 22 years of existence of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and the human rights violations and torture it spawned.

    At its peak, the illegal detention center at Guantanamo Bay held some 800 men and boys of Muslim faith - most of whom were never charged with a crime. Today, 35 prisoners still languish there.

    After the Guantanamo Bay prison camp was opened, the Bush Administration commissioned the torture memos, a series of documents designed to retroactively provide a pseudo-legal justification for crimes against humanity. To date no one in the Bush administration has been called to account for writing and implementing these documents, and the mainstream media has seemed to forget about what those torture documents have meant to subsequent administrations and the liberties our military and elected officials have taken in illegal detention and torture.

    Let's send a message to President Biden:

    Close Guantanamo NOW and release all detainees!
    End torture NOW and prosecute the torturers and those who authorized them.

    Speakers:

    • Estee Chandler, Jewish Voice for Peace
    • Jim Lafferty, National Lawyers Guild LA
    • Mohammad Tajsar, ACLU of Southern California
    • Shaheen Nassar, CAIR
    • Shakeel Syed, South Asian Network
    • Lisa Hajjar, UC Santa Barbara
    • Ysabel Gonzalez, Code Pink
      and others to be announced!

    Co-sponsors:                 

                        

     




    National Religious Campaign Against Torture • St.Camillus Center for Spiritual Care •  Shane Que Hee • Amnesty International USA

    Endorsers:


    ACLU of Southern California •
    Addicted To War •  Center for Constitutional Rights • CloseGuantanamo.org
    Code Pink • Courage to Resist
    CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou • 90.7 KPFK
    North Carolina Stop Torture Now • No More Guantanamos • Out Against War • Pax Christi USA • Clive Stafford Smith, author of "Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side: Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay" 
    • Witness Against Torture • World Can't Wait

    Please assist ICUJP in fulfilling its mission:
    Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

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  • Friday, December 29, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

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    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    December 29th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh: 
    Reflections on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

    Event Description: The October 7th attack on Israel ignited a war on Gaza that claimed the lives of over 25000 Palestinians, mostly women and children. In the meantime, Israeli soldiers repeatedly entered towns and refugee camps in the West Bank killing and arresting hundreds of Palestinians while Israeli settlers launched attacks on Palestinian farmers and the passerby. The talk will explore the root causes of violence in Palestine and offers a personal account of Palestinian life under occupation. Join us to learn more about what you can do to end the cycle of violence.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh is one of the founding members of ICUJP who currently an assistant professor of practical theology and director of the Interreligious Chaplaincy Program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He was born in Ramallah, Palestine and lived for 27 years under Israeli military rule. During the first uprising of 1987, he assisted in the production of several documentary films, most notably Journey to the Occupied Lands, a Frontline PBS production.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Consider having your congregations and organizations join ICUJP and many other groups in the Apartheid-Free Communities network to help create the conditions for peace with justice in Israel/Palestine:

    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: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Carolfrances Likins

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 12/29/23
    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.)

    01.05.24 - Ani Zonneveld

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    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.


    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    - Some recent ICUJP Friday Forums you might have missed - check out these videos and many more on our ICUJP YouTube page:

    Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a Multifaith Apprach to Counter Anti-Muslim Discrimination


    PEN America - Banned in the USA


    World BEYOND War: How can we support youth to become sustainable peace leaders?


    Apartheid-Free Communities: An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism


    Clergy Standing Up For Our LGBTQ Community


    11.17.23 Forum - George Lakey: How can we get creative in the Israel-Palestine conflict?


    10.13.23 Friday Forum - Israel and Palestine Yes, there IS a Path to Peace

    _________________________________________

    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 crises 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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

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  • Friday, December 22, 2023 at 06:00 PM · 12 rsvps

    ICUJP_Retreat2014

    Please join us in-person or online

    JOIN US TO HELP CHART THE FUTURE OF ICUJP
    Sunday, January 14th, 12:30-3:30 pm Pacific  

    JOIN US LIVE OR ONLINE
    St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care
    1911 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90033


    RSVP BELOW

    If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. -- African Proverb

    Event Description: Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been through a lot of changes in its 22 years of existence, and through all of the tribulations, trials, challenges and successes, we have counted on the wisdom, experience and inspiration of our members and friends.

    We invite you to join us (in person or online) at St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care on Sunday, January 14th, for a retreat where we plan on discussing the strengths, challenges, opportunities for growth, and the path forward for ICUJP.

    We're very grateful that Dick Bunce, former Chair of ICUJP and an experienced interfaith leader, will facilitate the Retreat.

    We'll begin with a Roundtable Discussion focusing on what about ICUJP first attracted you and continues to attract your involvement to help us consider ICUJP's accomplishments and strengths. Then we'll break into Small Groups to discuss areas of concern, weaknesses, threats, and elephants in the room. After a short break, the small groups will report back and we'll consider possible corrective actions and options for the way forward. Finally, everyone will have the opportunity to rank our preferences and offer closing reflections.

    The outcomes of the Retreat will be reviewed by the Board leading to the creation of a Plan for ICUJP's Future to be presented and discussed at an upcoming Friday Forum.

    Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

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    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.


    Please Remember ICUJP in our Year-End gift giving:

     

     


    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    - Some recent ICUJP Friday Forums you might have missed - check out these videos and many more on our ICUJP YouTube page:

    Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a Multifaith Apprach to Counter Anti-Muslim Discrimination


    PEN America - Banned in the USA


    World BEYOND War: How can we support youth to become sustainable peace leaders?


    Apartheid-Free Communities: An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism


    Clergy Standing Up For Our LGBTQ Community


    11.17.23 Forum - George Lakey: How can we get creative in the Israel-Palestine conflict?


    10.13.23 Friday Forum - Israel and Palestine Yes, there IS a Path to Peace


    Please remember ICUJP in your year-end donations

    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 crises 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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt

     

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  • Friday, December 22, 2023 at 07:30 AM

    12.22.23friday_forum

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    December 22nd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific 
     

    Speaking Up for Peace with Justice In the Face of Trauma and Polarization

    Event Description: After a three week fact-finding trip to Palestine/Israel this summer, Steve Chase came back to the US feeling a responsibility to speak out about his experience and work with other to build a growing coalition for peace, justice, equality, and self-determination for all those living between the "Jordan River and the Mediterranean sea." In the aftermath of October 7's deadly war crimes committed by Hamas against civilians in southern Israel and the US/Israeli governments' massive war crimes against the 2.3 million Palestinians living in Gaza that still continue, he's had speaking engagements canceled and been shouted at by people who support knee jerk and counterproductive mass murder responses to the dangers represented by Hamas.

    Chase urges listening to people's pain and trauma, but not giving up our responsibility to speak up, spark rational dialogue and debate, and organize for a third way that has a chance to increase the safety, equality, and justice for everyone in Israel/Palestine. People of faith can contribute to this work by looking to the best ethical and strategic wisdom in their spiritual traditions.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Steve Chase
     is a Quaker activist, educator, and writer living in Washington, DC. He has been an editor at South End Press, the founding director of Antioch University’s graduate activist training program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, and the Manager of Academic Initiatives for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. A contributor to both the Minds of the Movement and Waging Nonviolence blogs, his most recent book is How Agent Provocateurs Harm Our Movements. He is a member of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network and has served as an interfaith ally of the D.C. chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.

    The author of the pamphlet Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights, Chase is currently working on a book entitled Seeking Justice in the Holy Land: The Evolution of Quaker Perspectives on Israel/Palestine. In June, he was part of a three week fact-finding delegation to Israel/Palestine sponsored by Friends United Meeting.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Consider having your congregations and organizations join ICUJP and many other groups in the Apartheid-Free Communities network to help create the conditions for peace with justice in Israel/Palestine:

    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: Dave Clennon
    Reflector: Rick Banales

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 12/22/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

    12.29.23 - Kamal Abu-Shamsei

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    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.


    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    - Some recent ICUJP Friday Forums you might have missed - check out these videos and many more on our ICUJP YouTube page:

    Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a Multifaith Apprach to Counter Anti-Muslim Discrimination


    PEN America - Banned in the USA


    World BEYOND War: How can we support youth to become sustainable peace leaders?


    Apartheid-Free Communities: An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism


    Clergy Standing Up For Our LGBTQ Community


    11.17.23 Forum - George Lakey: How can we get creative in the Israel-Palestine conflict?


    10.13.23 Friday Forum - Israel and Palestine Yes, there IS a Path to Peace

    _________________________________________

    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 crises 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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  • Friday, December 15, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

    12.15.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Annual Holiday Party/

    Active Listening in Divisive Times

    December 15th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    "We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." -- Howard Zinn

    "If you want to end the war then Instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers."
    -- Malala Yousafzai

    "Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one."
    -- John Lennon

    Event Description: We will be having a special Friday Forum in which we gather together to celebrate our accomplishments over the year, gain strength for the struggles and tasks ahead, and share from our own lives. We invite you to join us for our gathering, as well as for a special presentation:

    Active Listening in Divisive Times  

    Conversations about world events with friends, neighbors, or colleagues with different views can be challenging and strain relationships. Active listening can help, but it takes time and energy. This program will explore what active listening entails and why it is worth the effort. It is offered through Hartford International University’s Continuing and Professional Education Initiative which providing learning opportunities for thriving in a religiously complex world. These opportunities are in the form of workshops, training, and webinars for individuals and for organizations.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Phoebe Milliken
     designed and directs the Master of Arts in International Peacebuilding (MAP) at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace. The MAP program brings together an international cohort of Christians, Muslims, and Jews to develop interreligious peacebuilding skills through an experiential education model.

    Phoebe has worked in international education since 1996. This work has included: developing literacy programming in Zimbabwe, managing a teacher education project spanning 25 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, teaching African History in the U.S., and directing Augsburg College’s study abroad program in Namibia.

    Prior to coming to Hartford International University, Phoebe Milliken worked for Plowshares Institute.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Start your morning with us!

    Facilitator: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Dr. Rubi Omar

    ICUJP Friday Forum 12/15/23
    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.)

    12.22.23 - Steve Chase, Jewish Voices for Peace

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    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.


    Please Remember ICUJP in our Year-End gift giving:

     

     


    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    - Some recent ICUJP Friday Forums you might have missed - check out these videos and many more on our ICUJP YouTube page:

    Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a Multifaith Apprach to Counter Anti-Muslim Discrimination


    PEN America - Banned in the USA


    World BEYOND War: How can we support youth to become sustainable peace leaders?


    Apartheid-Free Communities: An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism


    Clergy Standing Up For Our LGBTQ Community


    11.17.23 Forum - George Lakey: How can we get creative in the Israel-Palestine conflict?


    10.13.23 Friday Forum - Israel and Palestine Yes, there IS a Path to Peace


    Please remember ICUJP in your year-end donations

    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 crises 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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  • Friday, December 08, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

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    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    December 8th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Palestine under the Zionist Scheme of Colonialism: Debilitation and Incremental Holocaust

    Event Description: Why have there been attempts but no actions that have resulted in stopping Israel’s genocide against Gaza? How is there so much support for Palestine around the world, but the extermination of the Palestinians continues? How does a comprehensive scheme of Zionist Israeli colonialism through debilitation look like?

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Born and raised in Gaza City, Palestine, Yasmin Snounu came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar and earned an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and a PhD in Educational Studies-Urban Education, Both from Eastern Michigan University. Her main research interests are Critical Disability Studies and Colonialism, Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion-GEDI, Critical Disability Studies, Decolonizing Methodologies, Indigenous and Democratic Education, and Poetry. Snounu has had articles published on the matrix of maiming in Palestine, disability and apartheid in Palestine, and reflections on decolonizing the western academia in relation to the Palestine question, in peer-reviewed academic journals. She has also had many poems and co-translations published in Catamaran Literacy Reader, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Scholar Works-Western Michigan University, Asymptote, Lost Horse Press, and other anthologies.

    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: Anthony Manousos
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 12/08/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

    12.15.23 - ICUJP Holiday Party!

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    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.


    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    - Some recent ICUJP Friday Forums you might have missed - check out these videos and many more on our ICUJP YouTube page:

    Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a Multifaith Apprach to Counter Anti-Muslim Discrimination


    PEN America - Banned in the USA


    World BEYOND War: How can we support youth to become sustainable peace leaders?


    Apartheid-Free Communities: An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism


    Clergy Standing Up For Our LGBTQ Community


    11.17.23 Forum - George Lakey: How can we get creative in the Israel-Palestine conflict?


    10.13.23 Friday Forum - Israel and Palestine Yes, there IS a Path to Peace

    _________________________________________

    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 crises 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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt
  • Friday, December 01, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

    12.01.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    December 1st, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    The UN and the UNA: Who, What and Why?

    Event Description: A brief conversation sharing the purpose, mission, and importance of the United Nations in today's world. How the grassroots United Nations Association of the USA strives to advocate and educate our local communities about the work of the UN and the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:


    Barry Simon was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.  He attended the University of Oregon and graduated from Portland State University, majoring in business and psychology.  He has lived in San Francisco, Marin County, CA, Florence Italy, and currently resides in Santa Monica, CA  The events of the 60’s and 70’s (assassinations, war, poverty, etc.) led to his commitment to make a difference, to improve the quality of life for all people.  To that end, he began a career in financial services to assist others in living a fulfilled life, and achieving their financial goals. In addition, Barry created “Conversations for Peace” – a project giving people around the world an opportunity to express themselves, be heard, understood and appreciated.  Guests are invited to share “what would be possible in their community, in the nation, and in the world if people could all get along?”  “What would that be like?”  “What would that make available?”  (see www.conversatiosforpeace.com)

    To further his commitment to a world that works for everyone, Barry has been an active member of Rotary International, as well as being a 16 year member and past President of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), Southern California Region (see www.unausa.org or www.una-socal.org). Barry currently serves the UNA on the National Council assisting and supporting membership and leadership development of UNA members throughout the US.

    Barry also enjoys playing golf, riding his bike, talking politics, traveling, and personal growth and development seminars.

    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: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Phil Way

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 12/01/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

    12.08.23 Friday Forum - Yasmin Snounu, Palestinian activist

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    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 crises 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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  • Friday, November 17, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

    11.17.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    November 17th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    How can we get creative in the Israel/Palestine conflict?

    Event Description: Understandably, activist responses to the new outbreak of Israel/Palestinian fighting is moralistic, preoccupied with "who's right and who's wrong." We'll take a deeper dive, trying to initiate a conversation about how adoption of nonviolent means of fighting it out might make a difference to the outcome. The point of the discussion will be to provoke creativity in the midst of a moralistic debate. One dimension of the speaker's thinking is featured on WagingNonviolence.org.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Born into a white working class family in a small town in rural Pennsylvania, George Lakey was first arrested in the civil rights movement and risked arrest recently for climate justice as an 85-year old great-grandfather. He’s led social change projects on neighborhood, city, state, national, and international levels. He married a Norwegian woman, played cocktail piano in a hotel, taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College, co-parented a majority Black family, came out publicly as gay, and published ten books on how to make change. He led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents, for Buddhist monks, Russian LGBTQ activists, South African National Congress members, and Northern U.S. students bound for 1964 Mississippi Summer.

    A Quaker, he has been named Peace Educator of the Year and given the Paul Robeson Social Justice Award and the Martin Luther King Peace Award. His eleventh book, a memoir, is Dancing with History: A Life for Peace and Justice, from Seven Stories Press.

    “A civil rights legend” – The Guardian

    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: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Maggie Hutchison

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 11/17/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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 crises 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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

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    FOLLOW US!

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  • Friday, November 10, 2023 at 07:30 AM

    11.10.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    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. **
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    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.)

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    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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  • Friday, November 03, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    November 3rd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

     The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign: A Multifaith Approach to Countering Anti-Muslim Discrimination

    Join video conference here:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85795929427

    Call in by phone: +1 669 900 6833* 
    Meeting ID: 857 9592 9427
    PASSCODE: 800955

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

    Event Description: Participants will explore the importance of multifaith solidarity work, the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign's specific framework for practicing it, and discuss strategies and tactics for building a more pluralistic and inclusive nation where all people are treated respectfully, fairly, and with dignity.

    Shoulder to Shoulder is a national multifaith coalition that connects, equips, and mobilizes faith communities in the United States as strategic partners in countering, addressing, and preventing anti-Muslim hatred, discrimination, and violence.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Nina M. Fernando serves as Executive Director of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign: Standing with American Muslims, Advancing American Ideals, a multifaith coalition of religious denominations and faith-based organizations committed to countering and preventing anti-Muslim discrimination and violence in the United States by building a society where all are treated with dignity and respect. She first joined the Shoulder to Shoulder team in 2017.

    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: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 11/03/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Option 1: Join video conference 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85795929427

    Meeting ID: 857 9592 9427
    PASSCODE: 800955

    Option 2: Dial in by phone only:
    +1 669 900 6833 US (California)
    Meeting ID: 857 9592 9427
    PASSCODE: 800955

    *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.)

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    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 week - 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 this past weekend 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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    available for purchase online!

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  • Friday, October 27, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

    10.27.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    October 27th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Building Housing on Faith Lands: How Congregations Can Take Action for Housing in CA 

    Brooke Wirtschafter, Director of Community Organizing at IKAR, a Jewish Spiritual Community will speak about IKAR's efforts to build affordable housing on their site and advocate for housing in Los Angeles and California.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Brooke Wirtschafter is Director of Community Organizing at IKAR, a Jewish spiritual community
    in Los Angeles. At IKAR, Brooke works with community members to build effective teams and
    cultivate leaders, to identify shared values and goals and work toward a better, more just, more
    humane city, county, and state, with partners from across Los Angeles. Brooke has been proud
    to support IKAR's work in coalitions advocating for immigrants' rights, justice system
    transformation, environmental justice, climate action, and housing. She helped IKAR lay the
    groundwork for building a permanent supportive housing development for formerly homeless
    seniors as part of its new building, with plans to break ground in 2024.

    In 2022, she led IKAR’s successful effort to draft and pass a state law (AB 2244) that reduced parking requirements for faith communities that choose to build affordable housing. Brooke also serves as a member of the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.

    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 and Reflector: Anthony Manousos

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 10/27/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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.

    _________________________________________

    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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

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  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp

    10.20.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    October 20th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Interspirituality: What it is and how it supports us in working for Peace and Justice

    Join video conference here:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85007238483

    Call in by phone: +1 669 900 6833* 
    Meeting ID: 850 0723 8483
    PASSCODE: 563334

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

    Richard Davenport will share his biblical and theological grounds for a spiritual life and practice that sustains one through the challenges of peace and justice work. How can we deal with opposition, roadblocks, division in our own ranks, emotional setbacks and injury, exhaustion, despair, lack of hope, tests of courage, and the capacity to see and appreciate progress?

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Chaplain, Lt. Col, Richard Davenport USAF (retired) represented the Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science) as a Protestant Chaplain across three continents for two decades. He attended both Andover-Newton Theological School and Boston University’s School of Theology, graduating with a Masters of Divinity degree from the latter. He later pursued doctoral studies in adult spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He retired early from the Air Force to be a college Dean of Students at his alma mater near St. Louis.

    After several years focusing on faith formation and community, he left the Dean’s work to launch a nationwide ministry to adults — which included publishing a series of contemporary Bible studies and holding marriage enrichment weekends, as well as on-line Bible and spiritual life programs and in-person conferences in 43 cities.

    In Orange County he is deeply involved with the Irvine United Congregational church (IUCC), where Richard leads prayers in worship and serves as a Stephen Minister. He has a remarkably rich interfaith background which he will share as he focuses on how interspirituality supports one in the pursuit of greater peace and justice.

    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: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Dave Clennon

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 10/20/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Option 1: Join video conference 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85007238483

    Meeting ID: 850 0723 8483
    PASSCODE: 563334

    Option 2: Dial in by phone only:
    +1 669 900 6833 US (California)
    Meeting ID: 850 0723 8483
    PASSCODE: 563334

    *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.

    Oct. 27th Forum: Brooke Wirtschafter - IKAR
    _________________________________________

    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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt

     

     ICUJP CALENDAR

    FOLLOW US!

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    If you wish to join the ICUJP discussion list, sign into Google Groups, search for ICUJP, and use the "Ask to join group" button.

    For inquiries about our other programs, please email [email protected]

    Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
    To learn more about ICUJP, please visit our website.
  • Friday, October 13, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

    10.13.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    October 13th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Israel and Palestine: Yes, there IS a Path to Peace 

    It is hard at this time to see a way to peace in many parts of our world, especially now in the Middle East. But how did we come to this place in time, and how can we forge a path to compassion and understanding?

    Join us as we take a serious look at the root causes of the ongoing violence in the Middle East, and do the work of healing our world one person at a time.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:



    Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb
     is a professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). She is the recipient of the 2020 CSUSB Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities Award and was one of the 2019-20 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Faculty Mentor Awardees. She has an M.A. in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Digital Communication from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. Her research interests include digital communication, digital resistance & decolonization, social justice and diasporic communities. Dr. Muhtaseb is also the co-director and producer of the film 1948: Creation and Catastrophe.



    Estee Chandler is a longtime film and media professional who now focuses her work on human rights. In 2010 she founded the Los Angeles chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a now proudly serves on the JVP and JVP Action boards of directors. Along with Nagwa Ibrahim she is a Host/Producer of KPFK’s long running radio show Middle East in Focus.



    Benjamin Kersten is a member-leader with Jewish Voice for Peace at UCLA. He is a graduate student in the UCLA Department of Art History and the Graduate Student Fellow at the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. He also works as a youth educator.

    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: Dave Clennon
    Reflector: Rubi Omar

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 10/13/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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.

    Oct. 20th Forum: Dr. Richard Davenport - Interspirituality
    _________________________________________

    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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt
  • Friday, October 06, 2023 at 07:30 AM

    10.06.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    October 6th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific
      

     PEN America: Banned in the U.S.A

    The freedom to read is under assault in the United States—particularly in public schools—curtailing students’ freedom to explore words, ideas, and books. PEN America, a leader in free expression work in the U.S. and abroad, records 3,362 instances of book bans from the 2022–23 school year. Join the organization, represented by PEN America Los Angeles Director Allison Lee, in conversation about further research into book bans, as well as discussing what the bans mean for the future of free expression and diversity.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:



    Allison Lee serves as PEN America’s Los Angeles Director. Prior to working at PEN, Allison was the Chief Development Officer for TIME’S UP, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting gender equity and ending sexual violence in the workplace. She has previously served as Vice President of External Affairs at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, where she worked to increase their annual revenue and helped to launch their Rapid Response Family Immigration Project and Transgender Advocacy Program. Prior to that, Allison served for eight years as the founding Executive Director of American Jewish World Service – Southern California.

    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!

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 10/06/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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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  • Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    September 29th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    The Struggle For Unity in Diversity: The Culture War In the United Methodist Church 

    One-fifth of United Methodist congregations in the United States have received permission to leave the denomination over disagreements over same-sex marriage and gay preachers. Those churches have left over concerns that the UMC has grown too liberal on key cultural issues. This is part of a larger schism within other mainline Protestant denominations that has caused the largest rift in denominations in the U.S. since the 1840's and the question of slavery.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:


    John Lurvey is the Director of Elder Ministry at Wesley United Methodist Church of San Diego, and President of the Disciplined Order of Christ Western Region



    Greg Estep is the Chair of the Trustees of Wesley United Methodist Church of San Diego, and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church of San Diego since 2003.

    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!

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

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    Oct. 6th Forum: Allison Lee, PEN America: Banned Books Week
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    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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  • Friday, September 22, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    September 22nd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  
    The Military Religious Freedom Foundation: 
    Founded December 15, 2005
    Validated January 6, 2021

    Join video conference here:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84766721624
    Call in by phone: +1 669 900 6833*
    Meeting ID: 847 6672 1624
    PASSCODE: 928775
    *Meeting controls for call-in attendees:
    To mute/unmute yourself: *6
    To raise hand: *9

    MRFF’s Founder and President Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein will be speaking on MRFF’s battle, since it’s founding in 2005, against the alarming trend of Christian Nationalism and aggressive proselytization, whose fundamentalist Christian militancy is ingrained with a virulent hostility to the core democratic rights afforded to all U.S. military service members.

    Mikey will also elaborate on the GOP's Turner Amendment to the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act to shut MRFF down:

    GOP CONGRESS SHOCKING DISGRACE!!! HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE PASSES AMENDMENT TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO COMMUNICATE WITH MRFF!!!

    In an almost inconceivable action, a Christian nationalist GOP congressman, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, has introduced legislation to shut MRFF down — to make it ILLEGAL for Department of Defense personnel to even communicate with MRFF!

    Turner’s legislation comes in the form of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2024 — an amendment that was PASSED in the GOP-led House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the NDAA.

    If this amendment remains in the final bill, it will become LAW, specifically it will become part of Title 10 of the U.S. Code, also known as the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). This means that if a military commander even responds to an email from MRFF, or makes any decision as a result of being contacted by MRFF, that commander can be charged with violating the UCMJ and potentially face a court-martial!

    Join the conversation with our speaker:


    The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

    Just over 85,000 active duty, veteran, and civilian personnel of the United States Armed Forces, including individuals involved in High School JROTC around the nation, have come to our foundation for redress and assistance in resolving or alerting the public to their civil rights grievances, with hundreds more contacting MRFF each day. 95% of them are Christians themselves.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

      The Military Religious Freedom Foundation
    Send action letter: 
    This form submits a letter to Congress on your behalf, which
    will be sent to your U.S. Representative in the House and your
    U.S. Senators urging removal of Christian Nationalist Rep. Turner's
    blatantly unconstitutional NDAA amendment and, additionally,
    sends a copy to the entire Senate Armed Services Committee.

    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!

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 09/22/23
    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.)

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    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.
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    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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    Sept. 29th Forum: John Lurvey
    The United Methodist Church Divison

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  • Friday, September 15, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    September 15th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    World BEYOND War: How can we support youth to become sustainable peace leaders?

    How can we support youth to become sustainable peace leaders? What do they need to know, be, and do in order to make direct positive impacts on issues of peace and security? How can we improve collaboration, innovation, and impact in peacebuilding education and action efforts?

    These questions and more will be explored in this presentation.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Phill Gittins, 
    PhD, is World BEYOND War’s Education Director. Phill has over 20 years of leadership, programming, and analysis experience in the areas of peace, education, youth and community development, and psychotherapy. He has lived, worked, and travelled in over 55 countries across 6 continents; taught in schools, colleges, and universities around the world; and trained thousands on peace and social change-related issues. 

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

      Attend World BEYOND War's virtual #NoWar2023 Conference Sept 22nd-24th:

    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: Chris Ponnet

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 09/15/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Option 1: Join video conference 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81103169564

    Meeting ID: 811 0316 9564
    PASSCODE: 666383

    Option 2: Dial in by phone only:
    +1 669 900 6833 US (California)
    Meeting ID: 811 0316 9564
    PASSCODE: 666383

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

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    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.
    _________________________________________

    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.  

    DONATE HERE!

     


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    Sept. 22nd Forum: Mikey Weinstein
    - Military Religious Freedom Foundation

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  • Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 01:00 PM · 16 rsvps
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    SAVE THE DATE!

     Pursuing Justice and Peace
    ICUJP 2023 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards

    Housing Is A Human Right

    GeorgeRegas

    Sunday, September 10, 2023 • 1:00-3:00 pm, All-Saints Church, Pasadena 

    132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

    Only days after the devastating 9/11 attacks, the late Rev. George F. Regas brought together Christians, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, humanists and people of many faiths and beliefs to found Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. Acutely aware that this dire moment posed a grave threat to peace and justice, George knew instinctively that peacemakers needed to create 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 from speakers from all over the world; organized mass demonstrations, vigils, and acts of civil disobedience; presented numbers conferences and webinars; held an annual Close Guantanamo rally; sent many delegations to meet with elected officials; issued a variety of statements, petitions and policy papers on a wide range of international and domestic issues; provided scholarships to deserving peace activists; supported the work of our allies in the cause of peace and racial and economic justice; and provided a loving, safe, and compassionate home for anyone committed to the struggle to replace war with peace and oppression with justice.

    We're delighted to recognize the following remarkable individuals as 2023 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemakers:

    Watch for the announcement of additional special guests!

    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. The annual George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards event is our primary fundraising activity of the year. We are 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. The benefits included at each level of sponsorship are shown below. Please purchase a package and submit a Tribute Ad honoring the life and legacy of Rev. George Regas, or the inspiring work of the extraordinary individuals we are honoring, or the over 20 years of important work done by ICUJP, or all of these in the largest Tribute Ad you can afford.

                            Donate Here!
    Instructions to donate:
    1. Visit ICUJP's donation page and input your donation amount next to "Regas Event". Follow the instructions to complete your donation. 
    OR

    2. For checks, please mail to the address below. Please write "Regas Awards 2023” in the “memo” or “for” line of the check. 

    ICUJP
    c/o Rod Sprott, Church-Biz
    1125 N Fairfax Ave #46836
    Los Angeles, CA 90046 

    Sponsorship Benefits

    $1,000

    $500

    $250

    $100

    $50

               

    Ad in online tribute book will rotate on screen before and after event which will be posted online indefinitely 

    Full page

    Half page

    Quarter page

    Name and logo

    Name in list

               

    Name and logo in all event materials

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    Click Here to Submit a Tribute Ad
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    Individual sponsor tickets to help underwrite our expenses are $25, $50, $70, and $100 apiece. To spread our vision of peace and justice, the live streamed online event will be free to anyone around the world and will be posted indefinitely on our website.
    Please let us know of your interest in becoming a sponsor by emailing [email protected]. Thanks very much for your generous support. We look forward to your co-sponsorship.

    Thanks for everything you do in pursuit of justice and peace.
    On behalf of ICUJP's Board of Directors,
    Stephen Rohde
    Chair

     

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    September 1st, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    We’re not in Kansas Any More Toto!! But Where Are We? The Southern Baptist Schism

    The history and functioning of Southern Baptists is somewhat unique among American Protestantism. Southern Baptists are not a denomination in the strict sense of the word, but surely act as one. This loose confederation of similar minded churches had, until recently, covered a wide spectrum theologically, from far left to far right. The middle ground was the common mission of sharing the Gospel. Since Moral Majority’s dawn, the tent continues to shrink, marked this year by ejecting any church from the tent who had the audacity to ordain women as clergy. It is a much smaller tent. Craig Loscalzo will address this shrinking in light of ICUJP's focus that Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence, and place under that rubric, any form of morally questionable action that would limit the embrace of human dignity and human right.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Craig Loscalzo, Ph.D.
      was the senior pastor of Immanuel Church, Lexington, Kentucky, where he served for fifteen years. He came to this pastorate after eight years of teaching ministry at The Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served numerous churches and institutions throughout the country as pastor, visitation minister, and interim pastor.

    Currently, as the Spiritual Care Partner for Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, he connects with people who may be going through tough times, meeting them where they’re at in their spiritual journey. The goal of the Spiritual Care is to provide nondenominational support for people with significant change in their lives.

    Craig and his wife Aunchalee have lived in Lexington, Kentucky since 1996. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

    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: Phil Way
    Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 09/01/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    _____________________________________________

    SAVE THE DATE!

     Pursuing Justice and Peace
    ICUJP 2023 Rev. George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards - 

    Housing Is A Human Right 

    GeorgeRegas

    Sunday, September 10, 2023 • 1:00-3:00 pm, All-Saints Church, Pasadena 

    132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 

    RSVP/Donate Here: https://www.icujp.org/09_10_23regas_awards


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    Sept. 8th Forum: Barbara Motz - Affordable Housing

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  • Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    August 25h, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Larry Barragan: Union Labor Built The American Dream

    Larry Barrigan of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition will be speaking on various issues confronting Labor in Los Angeles in 2023, as well as the annual Labor Day Parade, with the theme “ Union Labor Built The American Dream”.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Larry Barragan is a longtime member and supporter of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition,  In 2016, he was appointed Chairman of the Coalition.

    The mission of Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition is to promote union solidarity and is responsible for producing one of the nation’s largest Labor Day Parades; an annual tradition in Los Angeles, CA for 44 years where thousands of union members, labor unions and the community at large enjoy celebrating “Labor Day.”

    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: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

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

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    SAVE THE DATE!

     Pursuing Justice and Peace
    ICUJP 2023 Rev. George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards - 

    Housing Is A Human Right 

    GeorgeRegas

    Sunday, September 10, 2023 • 1:00-3:00 pm, All-Saints Church, Pasadena 

    132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 

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  • Friday, August 18, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    August 18th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Insurgent Beatitudes: The History of a Cultural Center

    Peter Maravelis, event director at City Lights, will offer a brief meditation upon the history of the celebrated bookstore and publishing house, now in its 70th year.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Peter Maravelis 
    is the event director at City Lights Booksellers and Publishers where he has been producing the event calendar for the last 30 years. He is also the editor of the celebrated crime fiction anthology SAN FRANCISCO NOIR.

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    9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

    Start your morning with us!

    Facilitator: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Rubi Omar

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    ICUJP Friday Forum 08/18/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    08/25 Friday Forum - Labor Day 
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    Housing Is A Human Right 

    GeorgeRegas

    Sunday, September 10, 2023 • 1:00-3:00 pm, All-Saints Church, Pasadena 

    132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 


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  • Tuesday, August 08, 2023 at 12:14 PM

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    August 11th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    YOU'VE GOT TO BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT: How American History Has Been Distorted to Conceal White Supremacy

    Event Description

    Stephen Rohde, Chair of ICUJP, a retired civil rights lawyer, and contributor to several publications, draws on his recent reviews of four important books, THE NATION THAT NEVER WASTEACHING WHITE SUPREMACY, RACE AND THE MAKING OF AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE, and WHEN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WAS WHITE, to explore how the institution of American education trained its teachers and taught its students to believe slavery was good for the enslaved, that Reconstruction was a disaster, that African Americans were innately inferior and that the destiny of the United States was to be ruled by the descendants of White Europeans.

    Americans are fond of telling themselves (and teaching future generations) a comforting and reassuring story that we are the heirs of the visionary Founders, when in fact we are the heirs of the brave men and women who defeated the Confederacy and brought about the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, Reconstruction, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. It is that New Birth of Freedom, not a founding based on enslavement and exclusion, that we should be celebrating and using to help build a more just and equal society.

    Yet, today Republicans in Congress and several state legislatures across the country are actively seeking to turn back the clock by passing new laws to erase history and reimpose a white supremacist narrative in American education and by banning certain books and curriculums because they offer a thorough account of the ongoing struggle throughout American history to overcome racism, sexism, homophobia and bigotry.

    In preparation for this special Friday Forum, here are links to Mr. Rohde's reviews of these four books:

    TEACHING WHITE SUPREMACY and RACE AND THE MAKING OF AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE 

    WHEN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WAS WHITE 

    THE NATION THAT NEVER WAS 

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Stephen Rohde 
    is a lecturer, writer, political activist, and retired constitutional lawyer. In addition to his role as a founder and Chair of ICUJP, he is a past Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, past Chair and board member of Death Penalty Focus, and Chair Emeritus of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Steve authored the books American Words of Freedom and Freedom of Assembly and is co-author of Foundations of Freedom, published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
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    9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

    Start your morning with us!

    Facilitator: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Phil Way

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 08/11/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    August 18th Forum: Peter Maravelis, City Lights Bookstore/Publishing

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    ICUJP 2023 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards

    GeorgeRegas

    Sunday, September 10, 2023 • 1:00-3:00 pm, All-Saints Church, Pasadena 

    132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 

    We're delighted to recognize the following remarkable individuals as 2023 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemakers:

    Watch for the announcement of additional special guests!


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  • Wednesday, August 02, 2023 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp

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    August 4th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Apartheid-Free Communities:
    An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism and End Support for Israeli Apartheid.

    Event Description: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Yesh Din, and B’Tselem have all named the collection of systems and laws that the Israeli government uses to rule Palestinians inside Israel and Palestine as apartheid. Sonia Tuma, Associate General Secretary for Global Cohesion at the American Friends Service Committee, will speak about the Apartheid-Free Communities campaign, which came together in 2022 as an interdenominational coalition of faith groups in North America following the emerging consensus among the international human rights community that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people amounts to the Crime of Apartheid.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Sonia Tuma 
    is the Associate General Secretary for Global Cohesion at the American Friends Service Committee. In that role she leads the organization in threading together AFSC’s global work on peace and justice in 18 countries toward greater collective impact.  Sonia’s career includes community organizing, the development and delivery of educational programming, advocacy work on local and national levels and at the UN. Sonia has an academic background in International Relations, with special focus on political economy and the interplay between nationalism and feminist movements. 

    In addition to work with the AFSC, she has been a researcher, educator, organizer, and activist. Sonia is a trained mediator and facilitator who has worked with community groups and nonprofit organizations to develop shared visions and creative, strategic programming toward social change. 

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
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    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: Dave Clennon
    Reflector: Anthony Manousos

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 08/04/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    08.11.23 program: Phill Gittens - World Beyond War
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    PLEASE SUPPORT ICUJP'S FERVENT CALL THAT RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES MUST STOP BLESSING WAR AND VIOLENCE BY MAKING A GENEROUS DONATION

    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Friday, July 28, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    July 28th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Building on Faith: The Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Initiative

    Event Description: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) brings people of all backgrounds together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1990, we have built, rehabilitated, or repaired over 1,200 houses in neighborhoods all across greater Los Angeles.

    Shelter is a basic human need, and Habitat for Humanity strives to achieve its goal of eliminating substandard housing by making decent, sustainable, and affordable housing a reality for all. Partnerships within the faith community continue to play a critical role in moving Habitat LA’s mission forward.

    We look forward to the opportunity to share the latest Habitat LA Happenings, discuss ways faith communities can be involved, and answer questions.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Chris Untiet 
    grew up in Iowa, receiving his Master of Arts Degree in political science and history from Iowa State University in 2008. He has since served as Habitat LA’s faith relations director, connecting over 100 diverse congregations and community groups of various traditions from across greater Los Angeles with Habitat’s mission to put God’s love into action to build homes, communities, and hope. He has also traveled to China, El Salvador, Paraguay, Malawi, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.

    He enjoys traveling, running, watching movies, politics, and reading in his spare time.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
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    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: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Carolfrances Likins

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 07/28/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    08.04.23 program: Sonia Tuma: AFSC Apartheid-Free Campaign
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    PLEASE SUPPORT ICUJP'S FERVENT CALL THAT RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES MUST STOP BLESSING WAR AND VIOLENCE BY MAKING A GENEROUS DONATION

    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    July 21st, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare

    Event Description

    In October 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee called on Hollywood figures to testify about allegations of Communist propaganda in American films. Although the committee never found evidence of this, the film industry responded by becoming the first mass employer to adopt a blacklist against employees whose political beliefs ran counter to prevailing ideals.

    Making its West Coast debut at the Skirball Cultural Center with newly added artifacts, Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare, on view through September 3, shines a spotlight on the proceedings, investigations, motives, and choices of those caught in the crosshairs—including the many Jewish creatives and executives who suffered under and enforced the blacklist.

    The result is an emotionally complex and compelling exhibition that demonstrates how the politics of Hollywood can shape the entire country.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Cate Thurston is the coordinating curator of Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
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    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: Rubi Omar
    Reflector: Chris Ponnet

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 07/21/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    07.28.23 program: The Face of Interfaith Chaplaincy 
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    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Friday, July 14, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 3 rsvps

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    July 14th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    The Parliament of the World’s Religions: A Call to Conscience

    Event Description

    We will hear from Nitin Ajmera, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Parliament of World Religions about the upcoming Parliament Convening in Chicago this coming August, and how we can augment the Parliament's message of inclusion, understanding and peace.

    The Parliament of the World’s Religions cultivates harmony among the world’s spiritual traditions and fosters their engagement with guiding institutions in order to achieve a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Mr. Nitin Ajmera is Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Parliament of World Religions (PoWR). He played a leading role in organizing a virtual convention in October 2021 that delivered more than 500 programs and having luminary speakers from around the world. Prior to that he was treasurer of PoWR.

    Mr. Ajmera belongs to the Jain faith. Since 2008 he has held more than a dozen positions including President of Jain Center of America in New York. 

    Mr. Nitin Ajmera lives with his wife Shefali who is also an MBA, in Plainview, Long Island NY. They have one son, who is a rising Senior at University of Chicago and a Bharatnatyam dancer.

    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: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 07/14/23

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    07.21.23 program: Cate Thurston/Skirball - Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare
    _____________________________________________

    PLEASE SUPPORT ICUJP'S FERVENT CALL THAT RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES MUST STOP BLESSING WAR AND VIOLENCE BY MAKING A GENEROUS DONATION

    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Friday, July 07, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    July 7th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Clergy Standing Up For Our LGBTQ Community

    Event Description

    There has been a concerted effort on the part of the far-right in this country to find the next enemy, the next imagined villain to gather around their followers for their two-minutes hate rallies that pass as political and religious protests.

    These efforts have extended to public libraries and school board meetings, where the ideas of empathy, compassion and understanding are painted as Un-Christian, demonic, or an attempt to "groom" children.

    Many brave clergy and religious leaders have spoken up for the defiled and oppressed in board meetings, legislatures, and houses of worship themselves. We will be hearing from those that are doing the work of standing up with our LGBTQ+ community and speaking their truth.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:


    Photo Credit: Dirk Bolle

    Rev. Dr. Pat Langlois is Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church United Church of Christ in the Valley (MCCUCCV), as well as an organizer of the Los Angeles Queer Interfaith Clergy Council (LAQuICC), which serves as an umbrella organization for LGBTQ-affirming congregations in the region.

    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: Phil Way
    Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 07/07/23

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    07.14.23 program: The Parliament of the World's Religions
    _____________________________________________

    PLEASE SUPPORT ICUJP'S FERVENT CALL THAT RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES MUST STOP BLESSING WAR AND VIOLENCE BY MAKING A GENEROUS DONATION

    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    June 30th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

      

    A Conversation with Sonali Kolhatkar

    Event Description:

    Sonali Kolhatkar's new book Rising Up offers a timely exploration of how truthful narratives by and about people of color can be used to advance social justice in the United States.

    While people of color are fast becoming the majority population in the United States, the perspectives of white Americans still dominate the vast majority of the media created and consumed every day. Media makers of color, long shut out of the decision-making process, are rising up to advance a set of different narratives, offering stories and perspectives to counter the racism and disinformation that have long dominated America’s political and cultural landscape.

    In Rising Up, award-winning journalist Sonali Kolhatkar delivers a guide to racial justice narrative-setting. With a focus on shifting perspectives in news media, entertainment, and individual discourse, she highlights the writers, creators, educators, and influencers who are successfully building a culture of affirmation and inclusion.

    Join us in a conversation with Sonali on her new book Rising Up, and on the larger media landscape overall.

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    Sonali Kolhatkar is an award-winning journalist, activist, and artist, and the founder, host, and executive producer of the popular weekly program Rising Up With Sonali which airs on KPFKKPFA, and dozens of other radio stations, as well as in television format on Free Speech TV. She is the author of Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice (City Lights, 2023) and the racial justice and civil liberties editor at YES! Magazine. She is also Senior Correspondent and Writing Fellow of the Independent Media Institute‘s Economy for All project and was formerly a weekly columnist at Truthdig. Sonali is also the founding Co-Director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a US-based non-profit solidarity organization that funds the work of RAWA.

    Her earlier book, co-authored with James Ingalls, is Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence (2006, Seven Stories). She lives in Pasadena with her husband and two sons.

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    9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Rose Leibowitz

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    ICUJP Friday Forum 06/30/23

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    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    June 23rd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Photo Credit: Robert Corsini/Videocratic Media

    Freedom From Torture Is a Human Right

    Event Description:

    In all but the most extreme and distorted views, people of faith and conscience have spoken with one voice: Torture is a moral issue, and it degrades both the victim and the perpetrator. It takes many forms in our society, from force-feeding detainees in Guantanamo to subjecting people to solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, jails and immigrant detention centers.

    For 12 years, ICUJP has held a "Close Guantanamo" event at the Los Angeles Federal Building to mark the 21st anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and the human rights violations and torture it spawned. At its peak, the illegal detention center at Guantanamo Bay held some 800 men and boys of Muslim faith - most of whom were never charged with a crime. Today, 35 prisoners still languish there.

    Filmmaker Robert Corsini has directed a documentary on the human rights abuses at Guantanamo, the former prisoners speaking out against their torture, and the involvement of political figures in initiating these abuses and covering up their involvement. Please join us as we screen segments of the documentary and talk about how we can prevent these inhuman atrocities from happening in our name.

    The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) mobilizes people of faith to end torture in U.S. policy, practice, and culture. A nationally recognized interfaith membership organization based in Washington, DC, NRCAT is comprised of more than 300 religious organizations and more than 75,000 individuals have participated in our programs and activities. Our diverse partners share a common commitment to advancing the values of human dignity, human rights and an end to torture, without exception. To achieve its mission, NRCAT engages in grassroots organizing, public education, and state and national policy advocacy.


    Join the conversation with our speakers:



    Robert Corsini is the owner of Videocratic Media Inc. and has 30 years of experience producing and directing documentary content for features, specials, and a wide range of entertainment projects. Since its inception in 2014, Videocratic Media has embarked on a wide range of Documentary and Entertainment projects including feature documentaries on genocide and Anti-Semitism, disability rights, and grassroots peacemakers in Israel and Palestine.



    Rev. Ron Stief, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is the executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, an interfaith organization of more than 325 religious organizations committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture. He is a national leader and faith strategist on ending CIA torture and ending the torture of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.

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    7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
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    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: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Rick Banales

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 06/23/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Friday, June 16, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    June 16th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    The Death Penalty is Dead Wrong, and Should Be Put To Rest

    Event Description:

    The movement to abolish capital punishment is reaching a tipping point in the United States. Today, in addition to the 23 states and the District of Columbia which have outlawed the death penalty, 8 states have formally or informally suspended its use and in 8 more states there hasn't been an execution in 10 years. The Biden administration has suspended capital punishment pending a thorough review. That leaves only 11 states in which an execution has taken place in the last 10 years.

    Join us as activists trace the history of the movement to abolish capital punishment, debunk the myths that law and order politicians continue to peddle to justify the death penalty, discuss how people of faith are actively seeking to end this immoral form of punishment, and explore how we can finally put an end to state killing.

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    Mary Kate DeLucco is Communications Consultant for Death Penalty Focus. She has spent most of her career as a writer, reporter, and producer in television news before her interests led her into communications work in the nonprofit world. Before joining Death Penalty Focus she worked for two Bay Area hospice organizations on staff, and as a volunteer. She is a member of the Petaluma Recreation, Music, and Parks Commission, is a volunteer at the Petaluma Library Bookstore. She has a BS in Journalism from Ohio University.



    Father Chris Ponnet has been pastor at Saint Camillus Center for Spiritual Care since 1995, as well as Chaplain/Director of LAC/USC Medical Center. He is also a longtime member of the Board of Directors of Death Penalty Focus.



    Philip Hansten is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, where he teaches philosophy of science and drug interactions. His books on drug interactions have sold more than one million copies, and have been translated into seven languages. He became involved in the death penalty debate after being asked to consult on the drugs used for lethal injection. His recent book, Death Penalty Bullshit. Fifteen Absurd Claims of Death Penalty Supporters is a philosophical assessment of the validity (or lack thereof) of the arguments used by death penalty supporters.



    Stephen Rohde is a lecturer, writer, political activist, and retired constitutional lawyer. In addition to his role as a founder and Chair of ICUJP, he is a past Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, past Chair and board member of Death Penalty Focus, and Chair Emeritus of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Steve authored the books American Words of Freedom and Freedom of Assembly and is co-author of Foundations of Freedom, published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Websites: Death Penalty Focus

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    7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
    9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    ICUJP Friday Forum 06/16/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Thursday, June 08, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    June 9th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Summer of Solidarity: Faith Communities Showing Up with Hospitality and Tourism Workers!

    Event Description:

    CLUE invites the faith leaders and communities of Southern California to join us this summer in direct action and mutual aid in solidarity with 17,000 hospitality, tourism, hotel and food service workers represented by UNITE HERE! Local 11 who are preparing to go on strike in July! We will discuss why so much is at stake in this struggle for the workers and all of our communities, share numerous opportunities to support this campaign throughout the summer, and in particular invite ICUJP leaders to take direct action with us on Century Boulevard on the afternoon of Thursday, June 22!

    Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) educates, organizes, and mobilizes the faith community to accompany workers and their families in their struggle for good jobs, dignity, and justice.

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    Matthew Hom (he/him) is the Faith-Rooted Organizer in Los Angeles and Santa Monica at CLUE (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice). He grew up in a multiracial and interfaith Chinese and Ashkenazi Jewish family in Cerritos, studied history and music at UC Irvine, and earned a Master’s in Jewish Studies at NYU. Since pursuing a career in social justice organizing, he has worked with the California Democratic Party and CAIR on electoral campaigns and Census outreach, and served in volunteer leadership roles with Jewish progressive organizations.

    In his role at CLUE, he organizes clergy and congregational leaders from diverse faith traditions as they build communities of action for economic and racial justice, and in solidarity with workers and immigrants. Matthew teaches Hebrew School at Temple Isaiah, is a member of the Boyle Heights Chavurah, and serves on the Grant Advisory Committee of the Jews of Color Initiative. He feels called by his faith and identities to help build a vibrant and transformative multiracial democracy in Southern California.

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    9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Rubi Omar
    Reflector: Phil Way

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 06/09/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    _____________________________________________

    PLEASE SUPPORT ICUJP'S FERVENT CALL THAT RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES MUST STOP BLESSING WAR AND VIOLENCE BY MAKING A GENEROUS DONATION

    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Thursday, June 01, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    June 2nd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    John Cobb: Confessions

    Event Description: "I wanted to write once to state, if only for myself, what I really felt most keenly about, without worrying about whom I might offend. That primary concern has, for many years, been the global crises and the policies of my own country that, on the whole, speed up the move to the destruction of civilization and the physical world that supports life. I have felt called by Jesus’ Abba to do what I could for the healthy survival of the biosphere and for an ecological civilization for humans.”

    In these pages, a “here I stand” near the end of a long and prestigious career, Cobb declares his faith, tells us his view of the world, names the dangers we face, and urges us to act.

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    John Cobb is an American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist known for his work across multiple disciplines and sectors of society. He taught theology at the Claremont School of Theology from 1958 to 1990. Author of more than 50 books, most recently Confessions (2023), his work For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, Environment, and a Sustainable Future (1989), co-authored with Herman Daly, won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. In 2014, Cobb was elected to the prestigious Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    In retirement John Cobb lives at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California. In 1973, with David Griffin, he established the Center for Process Studies. Throughout his career he has contributed to Whitehead scholarship and promoted numerous process programs and organizations. In recent years he has given special attention to supporting work toward the goal of becoming an ecological civilization. Toward this end he led the efforts to found Pando Populus in 2014, Institute for Ecological Civilization in 2015, Cobb Institute in 2019, and Living Earth Movement in 2022.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
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    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: Carolfrances Likins

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

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

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    _____________________________________________

    PLEASE SUPPORT ICUJP'S FERVENT CALL THAT RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES MUST STOP BLESSING WAR AND VIOLENCE BY MAKING A GENEROUS DONATION

    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Friday, May 26, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    May 26th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Mariana Marroquin, Los Angeles LGBT Center: Ending LGBT Bigotry

    Event Description: From passing oppressive state and local legislation to cultural shunning and marginalization, the LGBT community has been systematically targeted by cynical political actors for electoral gains.

    Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond, and we will hear about ways that the community is countering the rhetoric and consolidating support from allies.

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    Mariana Marroquin, Program Director for the Trans Wellness Center, is the former Anti-Violence Project Manager at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

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    7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
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    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: Phil Way
    Reflector: Rubi Omar

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

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  • Friday, May 19, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    May 19th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    The Power of Protest: The Movement and the "Madman"

    Event Description

    The Movement and the "Madman" tells how two antiwar demonstrations in the fall of 1969 helped prevent a massive escalation of the Vietnam war, including the possible use of nuclear weapons. At the time, the protesters had no idea of the impact of their actions.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Robert Levering is the executive producer of the film The Movement and the "Madman" which premiered on PBS's American Experience on March 28th when it was watched by more than a half-million people. He was a fulltime antiwar organizer from 1967 to 1973. After the war, he worked as a journalist, wrote 8 books about the corporate workplace, and for 20 years coauthored Fortune magazine's popular annual feature "The 100 Best Companies to Work For." He was a producer of The Boys Who Said No!, a 2021 film about the draft resistance movement.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
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    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: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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  • Friday, May 05, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    May 5th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Richard Zaldivar, The Wall Las Memorias: God Speaks, we must Listen!

    Event Description: A conversation with Richard Zaldivar, the founder of The Wall Las Memorias, who will speak about his journey of activism in Los Angeles, from coming out of the closet to building the nation's only AIDS monument and establishing a premier health prevention organization in Los Angeles.  

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    Richard Zaldivar is a nationally renowned and well-respected leader in both the Latino and LGBTQ communities. Based in Los Angeles, California, he is often sought for his expertise, leadership and strategic thinking in the topics of community engagement, empowerment, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental health, LGBTQ issues, faith and community politics.

    Richard is the founder and executive director of The Wall Las Memorias Project, a ground-breaking community health and wellness organization dedicated to serving Latino, LGBTQ and other underserved populations through advocacy, education and building the next generation of leadership.

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    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Anthony Manousos
    Reflector: Rick Banales

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  • Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    April 28th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    The Wildlands Conservancy's Wind Wolves Preserve

    Event Description: Founded in 1995, The Wildlands Conservancy (TWC) is dedicated to preserving the beauty and biodiversity of the earth and providing programs so that children may know the wonder and joy of nature. In working to achieve this mission, TWC has established the largest nonprofit nature preserve system on the West Coast, comprising 23 preserves encompassing 192,000 acres of diverse mountain, valley, desert, river, and coastal landscapes. These preserves are open to the public free of charge for passive recreation, including camping, hiking, picnicking, birding, and more.

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    Ann Wempe is the Outdoor Education Director at Wind Wolves Preserve. She has been working for The Wildlands Conservancy for 3.5 years.

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    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Phil Way
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

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  • Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    April 21st, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    The Task Ahead of Us: What Mother Earth Needs Us to Do

    Event Description: Every day is Earth Day, but it’s good to have one day set aside for Her. On this day before Her day, we will celebrate Her with a bit of poetry, but we’ll also get down to work on learning facts about Her troubles and look at possible solutions. It’s about seeing how militarism and white supremacy connect with environmental destruction, but also what environmental justice looks like.

    If you have a favorite poem celebrating our Mother, bring it.

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    Carolfrances Likins is an ICUJP board member, a writer, and a retired teacher.

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    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Rubi Omar

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  • Friday, April 14, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    April 14th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

     Street Symphony: Creating beloved community at the CROSSROADS

    Event DescriptionA discussion and demonstration of how Street Symphony programs create new works of music from the intersection of community participants living in Skid Row shelters or SRO's and musical/performing artists.

    CROSSROADS programs create new communities of audiences, combining Skid Row community participants with the public at large.

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    Vijay Gupta is a violinist, speaker and collaborative artist. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of Street Symphony, an organization he founded in 2011 which provides thousands of musical experiences for people in reentry from homelessness, addiction and incarceration in Los Angeles. Gupta is also the co-founder of Skid Row Arts Alliance, which creates artistic experiences in collaboration with Skid Row arts providers. Gupta is the recipient of a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship.

    Street Symphony, founded by Gupta in 2011, has provided thousands of musical experiences for people experiencing homelessness, incarceration, addiction, and poverty in Los Angeles county. Recognized as a national model for community engagement through music, Street Symphony partners with Skid Row service providers, and Los Angeles county jails to create musical experiences of the highest artistic quality, bringing together musicians from the LA Phil, Master Chorale, and countless other musical artists from a variety of genres, to create music for, and with, people living in Skid Row.



    Kendall Moran graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing & Communication Studies. Prior to that, she had been working in the Events & Hospitality industry since 2014, and now has almost a decade of experience specializing in the coordination & production of a wide variety of events.


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    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Anthony Manousos
    Reflector: Carolfrances Likins

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  • Friday, April 07, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    April 7th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    José Woss/Friends Committee on National Legislation - A struggle for human rights from the prison cell to statelessness 

    Event Description: Human rights is not merely an academic notion, we see them violated by the warehousing of Black people and stripping Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship. We will look at policies that seek to advance human rights, but often a prohibition of the deprivation of human rights. 

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    José Woss is a life-long justice seeker. He is the son of immigrants, a former social worker, interpreter for survivors of torture, and current Director for Justice Reform at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. 

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    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Rick Banales
    Reflector: Carolfrancis Likins

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  • Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp

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    March 31st, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Back from the Brink: Local Organizing to Prevent Nuclear War

    Event Description: The threat of nuclear war is real and rising. Vladimir Putin has threatened to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, tensions are rising between the United States and China, and a new global nuclear arms race is underway.

    Back from the Brink: Bringing Communities together to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is mobilizing local communities throughout the country to demand that our leaders in Washington take bold action toward nuclear abolition and common sense policies that can prevent nuclear war.

    Here in California, our demand can be especially impactful. California has long led the nation on important environmental and social policies and we must do so again, this time on the critical issue of nuclear weapons.

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    Denise Duffield is Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles and directs its Nuclear Threats program, which advocates for health protective policies related to nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. She serves on the steering committee of Back from the Brink: Bringing Communities Together to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and leads PSR-LA's efforts for a full cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL). Denise also serves on the board of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a national network of organizations that works to address issues of nuclear weapons production and waste cleanup.

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    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Carolfrancis Likins
    Reflector: Anthony Manousos

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  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    March 24th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Earthling - Climate Ethics

     

    Event DescriptionA discussion of the main ethical issues relating to climate change, highlighting intergenerational equity and the moral standing of non-human animals.

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    Dean Wallraff is an attorney and Executive Director of Advocates for the Environment, a public-interest law firm and environmental advocacy organization. He represents public-interest groups such as the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, and the California Native Plant Society in environmental, land-use, water-law and open-government litigation. His legal practice focuses on reducing the impacts of climate change.

    Dean is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Loyola Law School. He lives in Shadow Hills with his wife Benita and a large Kuvasz dog named Bartok.

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    Facilitator: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

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  • Friday, March 17, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    March 17th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Care First, Jails Last: Why can't California keep people with mental illness out of jail and how do we fix this?

    Event Description: People do not "get well in a cell." Jail is the wrong place for people struggling with mental illness. In Los Angeles, 40% of the men and 66% of the women incarcerated in our jail system live with a severe mental illness. New laws and programs bring hope for more understanding, resources, and justice in California, but our statewide efforts have lacked scale and commitment. We have a long way to go.

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    Mark Gale is the Criminal Justice Chair of NAMI (National alliance on Mental Illness) Greater Los Angeles County and serves on advisory committees for the LA County District Attorney's Office and the Office of Diversion and Reentry. He attends various county meetings on behalf of NAMI GLAC and engages the system at both the county and state levels. Mark has been honored with several awards for his hard and creative work in the criminal justice field as it relates to mental illness. He is the father of a son with a serious mental illness.




    Dick Bunce's career combined pastoral ministry with various forms of social work. He is a former chair of ICUJP. Regarding the mental health field, he has been executive director of the Pomona Valley Chapter of NAMI and subsequently interim ED of NAMI LA County Council (now called NAMI Greater Los Angeles County.)  Dick is now retired, though busy with community work. 

    His son was afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia during his college years. For the next twenty years he rotated through hospitals, jails, homelessness, and times of relative stability.

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    Facilitator: Phil Way
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

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  • Friday, March 10, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    March 10th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    03.10.23 Friday Forum - Palestine in America: Activism, Advocacy, and Adversity

    Event Description: Arguably the most crucial battleground for the Palestinian struggle outside of Palestine, the United States has seen an intensification in the discourse surrounding Palestinian rights and liberation in the past decade. From major electoral victories to strategic boycott wins and large-scale mobilizations to Netflix shows centering on the Palestinian narrative, the discourse and trajectory of Palestine activism have shifted dramatically. This has created significant opportunities for the Palestine movement in the US on campuses, in Congress, and beyond.

    American Muslims for Palestine has been at the center of the action since 2015 and has organized some of the largest and most effective Palestine advocacy campaigns in the US. 

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    Raised in Southern California, Taher Herzallah came of age in a vibrant Muslim and Palestinian activism scene and was the president of MSA West and his local Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at UC Riverside where he completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Affairs. As the Director of Outreach & Community Organizing for American Muslims for Palestine, Taher facilitates national coalition-building and expands the organization’s grassroots presence across the US.

    Mr. Herzallah is one of the 'Irvine 11,' a group of students who were arrested and prosecuted for expressing their constitutionally protected rights of free speech and political dissent when they walked out of a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine in 2010. Mr. Herzallah was also one of six people arrested for protesting the appointment of David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in February 2017.

    Mr. Herzallah is currently doing his PhD in American Studies and his research interests focus on Muslim and Palestinian political and social activism in the context of the ongoing settler-colonization of Palestine and ongoing military-style police warfare against people of color in the US. Mr. Herzallah’s research lies at the intersections of Middle East and Islamic Studies, Indigenous Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, Black Studies, and Religious Studies while bringing an important Critical Muslim Studies dimension to the American Studies Department.

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    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Dave Clennon
    Reflector: Dr. Rubi Omar

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  • Saturday, March 04, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

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    03.03.23 Friday Forum - Carey Shenkman: The Espionage Act and Freedom of the Press 

    Event Description: A Century of Repression offers an unprecedented and panoramic history of the use of the Espionage Act of 1917 as the most important yet least understood law threatening freedom of the press in modern American history. It details government use of the Act to control information about U.S. military and foreign policy during the two World Wars, the Cold War, and the War on Terror.

    The Act has provided cover for the settling of political scores, illegal break-ins, and prosecutorial misconduct. The cases of Eugene Debs, John S. Service, Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange, among others, reveal the threat posed to whistleblowers, government critics, and journalists alike.

    Join us for a discussion on this obscure but far-reaching example of government overreach.

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    Carey Shenkman is a lawyer, author, and litigator focusing on freedom of speech. He testified in the Assange extradition proceedings, and is co-author of the book A Century of Repression: the Espionage Act and Freedom of the Press.

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    Facilitator: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Rick Banales

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  • Friday, February 24, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    February 24th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    2.24.23 Friday Forum - Dialogue between the Black and Jewish communities through music: Brubeck's "The Gates of Justice" at Holman UMC 

    Event Description: By the time Dave Brubeck was commissioned to write a piece of music by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the bond formed by the Jewish and African American communities during the civil rights movement had weakened and was starting to break down in the wake of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    On Tuesday, February 28th, the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at UCLA in collaboration with Holman United Methodist Church will be presenting a concert in their Music and Justice series at Holeman UMC that features a performance of Dave Brubeck's The Gates of Justice. This powerful work of interfaith and intercultural unity and hope is a work that pulls from biblical and Hebrew liturgical texts, Martin Luther King’s speeches, African American spirituals and from the writings of the Jewish sage Hillel, and this Dave Brubeck composition with lyrics by Iola Brubeck still resonates today.

    Please join us for a discussion on the Milken Center, the ongoing work of Holeman UMC, and the intersection of art and activism in the context of music and Black freedom.

    “When King said, ‘We must live together as brothers,’ people didn’t hear it. Now they damn well hear it.”
    — Dave Brubeck

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    Rev. Dr. Ken Walden was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Saint George, South Carolina.  At an early age he served in leadership positions within various organizations such as the Junior Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Boy Scouts of America, and church congregations.  He is an ordained clergy-member of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church.

    Prior to being named Senior Pastor of Holman United Methodist Church, Dr. Walden served as the 16th President of Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center located in Atlanta, Georgia.




    Mark Kligman is the Inaugural holder of the Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music where he is a Professor of Ethnomusicology and Musicology. He specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music. Professor Kligman is the Director of the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience.



    Jeff Janeczko is the Curator and Chief Operating Officer of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music and a Visiting Researcher with the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at UCLA. He holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he has taught courses on Jewish music and ethnomusicology.

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    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Carolfrancis Likins
    Reflector: Phil Way

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  • Friday, February 17, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    February 17th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum - Carrying on the NAACP's legacy and mission

    Event Description: The NAACP seeks to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

    The Pomona Valley Branch serves five cities in San Bernardino County and five cities in Los Angeles County., and we will hear about the priorities and initiatives of the Pomona Valley office and the NAACP overall.

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    Jeanette Ellis Royston serves as the President of the National Association for the
    Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Pomona Valley Branch.



    Chris Lodgson is a lead organizer with CJEC, the Coalition for a Just and Equitable California, and ARCC, the American Redress Coalition of California, which are grassroots, California-based organizations working for Reparations and Reparative Justice for descendants of US Chattel Slavery living in California. CJEC is one of seven Community Organizations selected by the California Reparations Task Force to conduct community outreach and engagement for Reparations. CJEC helped write the final version, and was instrumental in the passage, of AB3121, the law that created California's first-in-the-nation Reparations Task Force.



    Raphael H. Plunkett is a 28 year volunteer in literacy, political and civic endeavors.  Credited for her work with CJEC and NAASD as a grassroots organizer, she has been working on behalf of the CA Reparations Task Force process, honored with the NAASD Stellar Award, a Diamond Bar Volunteer of the Year Award, and the Fred Hampton Scholarship Fund Image Award.

    The NAACP Pomona Valley motto:

    “Together We Are Stronger.”

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    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Anthony Manousos
    Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

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    February 17th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum - Carrying on the NAACP's legacy and mission

    Event Description: The NAACP seeks to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

    The Pomona Valley Branch serves five cities in San Bernardino County and five cities in Los Angeles County., and we will hear about the priorities and initiatives of the Pomona Valley office and the NAACP overall.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Jeanette Ellis Royston serves as the President of the National Association for the
    Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Pomona Valley Branch.

    The NAACP Pomona Valley motto:

    “Together We Are Stronger.”

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    7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
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    9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Anthony Manousos
    Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

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    February 17th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum - Carrying on the NAACP's legacy and mission

    Event Description: The NAACP seeks to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

    The Pomona Valley Branch serves five cities in San Bernardino County and five cities in Los Angeles County., and we will hear about the priorities and initiatives of the Pomona Valley office and the NAACP overall.

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    Jeanette Ellis Royston serves as the President of the National Association for the
    Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Pomona Valley Branch.

    The NAACP Pomona Valley motto:

    “Together We Are Stronger.”

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
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    7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
    9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Anthony Manousos
    Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

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  • Thursday, February 09, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    February 10th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum - CASA of Los Angeles: Advocating for Children 

    Event Description: Children in the dependency and juvenile justice court system face obstacles in receiving the basic care that all children need, like emotional support and a chance for a stable and loving home. They often lack appropriate education and vocational training, medical and mental health care. Angela Daughtry of CASA of Los Angeles will be sharing with us on how the organization trains committed, consistent and caring adults who provide equitable access to resources and life-affirming connections.

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    Angela Daughtry is the recruitment and outreach manager at CASA of Los Angeles, and an advocate for education, diversity, equity, inclusion, and most importantly, for our youth.  

    She is currently serving with a board of directors for Eastern Michigan University's Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) Alumni Association, Children's Center of Antelope Valley, and MomHouse of AV. 


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    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Anthony Manousos

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    February 17th: Jeanette EllisRoyston, Pomona Valley NAACP

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  • Thursday, February 02, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    February 3rd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum: Censorship, Intellectual Freedom, and Social Justice: Where are We at Today?

    Event Description: Joyce McIntosh will share information about the current state of censorship and challenges in the United States and lead into the ways each one of us can identify a path to advocacy in hopes of protecting access to information for all. We will share a time of questions and conversation following.

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    Joyce McIntosh is the Assistant Program Director for the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), an organization dedicated to First Amendment education, litigation, and advocacy. She has worked at the intersection of intellectual freedom, communication, and the First Amendment for three decades. Her background and education in journalism and library and information science have led her to work for newspapers, non-profits, and for the last two decades in libraries. She worked in a public library outside of Chicago, IL providing reference, programming, outreach, and assistive technology before joining FTRF. 

    In addition to her work with FTRF, Joyce has worked for the Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter (Michigan) and has participated in an anti-racism training program called White Women Fighting Racism. Joyce strives to apply her values of faith and social justice to every role, conversation, and training she is part of.

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    7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
    9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Rick Banales
    Reflector: Carolfrances Likins

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    February 10th: Charity Chandler-Cole, CASA of Los Angeles

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  • Friday, January 27, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    January 27th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum: Get On The Bus - Keeping Families Connected During COVID-19

    Get On The Bus (GOTB) helps bring children and their incarcerated loved ones together for a specialized visiting day. One of the newest and biggest challenges that families with incarcerated loved ones face today is an additional barrier to conducting visiting: COVID-19. Learn about how GOTB helped families maneuver through barriers and how you can help.  

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    Kristal Corona is the Program Coordinator for Get On The Bus since 2022. She has worked in the restorative justice field for 7 years and focuses on finding ways to help heal families and communities through conflict resolution, mediation, and community dialogue. She has led national and international workshops on peacebuilding and research theories.

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    9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

    Start your morning with us!

    Facilitator: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

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  • Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    January 20th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum - Elizabeth Gonzalez: How Public Counsel Protects Consumer Rights and Economic Justice

    Learn about ways Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights and Economic Justice Project serves Los Angeles County residents who are low-income. Supervising Staff Attorney Elizabeth Gonzalez will discuss the areas of practice we assist with, and will provide information about our free debt collection defense, foreclosure prevention, and bankruptcy clinics.

    This is an information session and legal advice will not be provided. However, you will learn how to contact Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights and Economic Justice Project for assistance.

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    Elizabeth Gonzalez serves as a Supervising Staff Attorney with Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights and Economic Justice Project. Elizabeth has assisted consumers who are low-income in all areas of consumer law for over a decade, including student loans, debt collection defense, home equity scams, and bankruptcy.

    Elizabeth serves on the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation’s Debt Collection Advisory Committee, has presented to national audiences on student loans and bankruptcy, and has testified in front of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on bankruptcy reforms to assist student loan borrowers.

    Elizabeth Gonzalez is also a Lecturer in Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

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    9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Phil Way
    Reflector: Richard Bunce

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    January 27th: Kristal Corona: Get On The Bus/Center for Restorative Justice Works 

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  • Friday, January 13, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    January 13th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum - Greg Palast on Vote Supression

    "Those who rage against and work against expanding the electorate know what's at stake. The goal is to block access to the ballot and to policy making because letting the agitators inside might yield new laws to remedy inequality or injustice". -- Stacy Abrams

    The push to prevent people from voting has always been an American tradition - from Poll Taxes to supposed "literacy tests", those who want to suppress the rights of citizens have always known that the power is not in who votes, but in who counts the votes.

    Investigative reporter Greg Palast will be informing us on recent and ongoing attempts to disenfranchise voters, and the ongoing work to make sure that everyone has equal access to the ballot box.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Greg Palast Greg Palast is known for his investigative reports for The Guardian, BBC Television and Democracy Now. Palast is author of several New York Times bestsellers including "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy".

    Palast’s new film, "Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman", produced by Martin Sheen and narrated by Rosario Dawson, will be released later this year.

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    9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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    Facilitator: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Rose Leibowitz

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    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Please join ICUJP and allies in-person or online at:

    ICUJP Close Guantanamo Live Stream

    Wed., Jan. 11, 2023, 12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
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    Please join ICUJP and allies online or in-person Wednesday, January 11, to mark the 21st anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and the human rights violations and torture it spawned.

    At its peak, the illegal detention center at Guantanamo Bay held some 800 men and boys of Muslim faith - most of whom were never charged with a crime. Today, 35 prisoners still languish there.

    After the Guantanamo Bay prison camp was opened, the Bush Administration commissioned the torture memos, a series of documents designed to retroactively provide a pseudo-legal justification for crimes against humanity. To date no one in the Bush administration has been called to account for writing and implementing these documents.

    Let's send a message to President Biden:

    Close Guantanamo NOW and release all detainees!
    End torture NOW and prosecute the torturers and those who authorized them.

    Speakers:

    • Estee Chandler, Jewish Voice for Peace
    • Jim Lafferty, National Lawyers Guild LA
    • Shane Que Hee, Out Against War
    • Mohammad Tajsar, ACLU of Southern California
    • Atra Flemons, CAIR
    • Michael Rapkin, Guantanamo Bar
    • Shakeel Syed, South Asian Network
    • Ysabel Gonzalez, Code Pink
    • Vincent DeStefano, AssangeDefense.org
    • Tarek Shawky, Shawky Law Office

    Thank you to our event sponsors and endorsers!

    Co-sponsors:                                            

                   

     

    National Religious Campaign Against Torture • Out Against War

     

    Endorsers:

     ACLU of Southern California •
    Addicted To War •  American Muslims for Palestine
    Anti-racist Action/LA • CAIR •
    Defending Rights and Dissent • 
    Jewish Voice for Peace • KPFK 90.7FM • National Lawyers Guild LA • 
    North Carolina Stop Torture Now • Out Against War • Reprieve UK •
    September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows • St. Camillus Center • Topanga Peace Alliance • Witness Against Torture


    Please assist ICUJP in fulfilling its mission:
    Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence
     


    Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
    ICUJP

     

     

  • Wednesday, January 04, 2023 at 06:00 PM · 4 rsvps

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    January 6th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum - WHY IS GUANTANAMO STILL OPEN?

    A group of thought leaders and activists on the issue of Guantanamo discuss its dreadful history, how it clashes with America's stated ideals, and the prospects for its closure.

    Joining longtime ICUJP member and "Close Guantanamo" event organizer Jon Krampner are the Rev. Ron Stief of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Mohammad Tajsar of the ACLU of Southern California, and Michael Rapkin, a member of the Guantanamo Bar.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:



    MOHAMMAD TAJSAR has been a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California since 2017. One of his areas of primary concentration is national security and counter-terrorism policy, with a particular focus on the impacts of national security law on Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.



    MICHAEL RAPKIN, along with his son, is a senior partner in the Marina Del Rey law firm of Rapkin and Associates. He has been a real estate lawyer for 46 years and, since 2005, a member of the Guantanamo Bar. He had two clients in Guantanamo, both of whom were transferred out after undergoing torture and indefinite detention at the hands of the U.S. government. Charges were never filed against either of them.



    REV. RON STIEF, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is the executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, an interfaith organization of more than 325 religious organizations committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture. He is a national leader and faith strategist on ending CIA torture and ending the torture of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.



    JON KRAMPNER (moderator) has organized ICUJP's “Close Guantanamo” protest rally in front of the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building for the last 12 years; before that he solo picketed there every January 11. His article “The Fog Machine,” about the CIA's “extraordinary rendition” (torture taxi) program appeared in the summer 2016 issue of The Brooklyn Rail.

    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: Dave Clennon
    Zoom Host: Rick Banales

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

    Close Guantanamo 2020 vigil by Mohammed TajsarPhoto: Mohammed Tajsar

    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Join us in-person or online:
    Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all

    ICUJP CLOSE GUANTANAMO LIVE STREAM

    Speakers:

    • Estee Chandler, Jewish Voice for Peace
    • Jim Lafferty, National Lawyers Guild LA
    • Shane Que Hee, Out Against War
    • Mohammad Tajsar, ACLU of Southern California
    • Atra Flemons, CAIR
    • Michael Rapkin, Guantanamo Bar
    • Shakeel Syed, South Asian Network
    • Ysabel Gonzalez, Code Pink
    • Father Chris Ponnet, St. Camillus Center
    • Vincent DeStefano, AssangeDefense.org
    • Tarek Shawky, Shawky Law Office

    THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS AND ENDORSERS!

    Co-sponsors:                                            

                   

     

    National Religious Campaign Against Torture • Out Against War

     

    Endorsers:

     ACLU of Southern California •
    Addicted To War •  American Muslims for Palestine
    Anti-racist Action/LA • CAIR •
    Defending Rights and Dissent • 
    Jewish Voice for Peace • KPFK 90.7FM • National Lawyers Guild LA • 
    North Carolina Stop Torture Now • Out Against War • Reprieve UK •
    September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows • St. Camillus Center • Topanga Peace Alliance • Witness Against Torture

  • Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 06:00 PM

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

    Friday Forum: Year-End Reflections and New Year Aspirations

    "A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it". -- Frederick Douglass

    Let’s look back together on 2022 from a personal, community, and global perspective.  Where have we succeeded and where have we failed?  What lessons have we learned?  What are our fondest hopes for 2023 and how are we actually going to achieve them?

    ICUJP invites all to join us in looking back on 2022, sharing your own reflections, and preparing for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

    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: Rose Leibowitz
    Zoom Host: Rick Banales

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    Close Guantanamo 2020 vigil by Mohammed TajsarPhoto: Mohammed Tajsar

    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Join us in-person or online:
    Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all

    ICUJP CLOSE GUANTANAMO LIVE STREAM

  • Friday, December 16, 2022 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    December 16th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum: ICUJP Holiday Gathering and Call for Ukraine/Russia Christmas Truce

    In December 1914, small pockets of French, German, Belgian and British troops held impromptu cease-fires across the Western Front, with reports of some on the Eastern Front as well. Some accounts suggest a few of these unofficial truces remained in effect for days. These troops honored each other's humanity when the leaders of their countries just wanted to wage war.

    We are honored to host Medea Benjamin from Code Pink, who will be talking about the call for a Christmas Truce in Ukraine as well as observations highlighted in her new book 
    War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict, and we will have reflections from other ICUJP presenters sharing their thoughts on the past year, their work, and ways that we in ICUJP can be of service in creating a more peaceful and just world in the upcoming year and beyond.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:


    Medea Benjamin is an American political activist who was the co-founder of Code Pink with Jodie Evans and others. Along with activist and author Kevin Danaher, she created the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange. Benjamin was the Green Party candidate in California in 2000 for the United States Senate, receiving the highest raw vote total of any Green Party U.S. Senate candidate.

    As part of Code Pink's mission, Benjamin helped organize many International Women's Day Marches and Mother's Day Calls for Peace, the latter to bring back the original intent of Mother's Day as women mobilizing against war. These included bringing women from war-torn countries such as Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan to the U.S. to speak about their experiences. Between 2003 and 2010, Benjamin helped organize anti-war mass mobilizations in Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco.

    Benjamin organized the campaign Bring Our War Dollars Home, which fought to divert money from the Pentagon into social programs at home.
    _______________________________

    General, your tank
    is a powerful vehicle
    it smashes down forests
    & crushes a hundred men.
    but it has one defect:
    it needs a driver.

    General, your bomber is powerful
    it flies faster than a storm
    & carries more than an elephant.
    but it has one defect:
    it needs a mechanic.

    General, man is very useful.
    He can fly & he can kill.
    but he has one defect:
    He can think. -- Bertolt Brecht

     

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Website: CodePink
     

    Schedule:

    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: Steve Rohde
    Zoom host: David Clennon

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

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    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.

    Close Guantanamo 2020 vigil by Mohammed TajsarPhoto: Mohammed Tajsar

    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Join us in-person or online:
    Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt

    UPCOMING FRIDAY FORUMS:

    December 23rd - No Meeting - Enjoy the Holidays!

    December 30th - Year End Reflections

  • Wednesday, December 07, 2022 at 06:00 PM

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

    12.09.22 Friday Forum - The Brazilian elections, the MST and challenges of the new government

    The Brazilian Landless Rural Workers Movement – MST -- is a Brazilian social movement fighting for land, agrarian reform, and social change. It is the result of a long history of land concentration and social inequality and is inspired by various forms of resistance and popular struggles for social justice and the sovereignty of people.

    For 38 years the MST has organized landless peasants throughout Brazil to fight for their land and produce healthy food, building a better life for their families with education, health, and culture, based on cooperation and respect for each other and for nature.

    The MST has organized more than 1.5 million people in about 1,200 cities located in 23 states and the Federal District.

    The MST is part of La Via Campesina, an international coalition of more than 170 peasant movements from 80 countries worldwide.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Cassia Bechara
     has been a  member of the MST since  2001.  She has taken on different tasks in the  Movement, such as in the communications sector and grassroots organizer. Today she is a member of MST  National Board and coordinates the International  Relations Collective.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Schedule:

    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!

    Reflection: Veda Veach
    Facilitator: Carolfrances Likins
    Zoom host: Rick Banales

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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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    Close Guantanamo 2020 vigil by Mohammed TajsarPhoto: Mohammed Tajsar

    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Join us in-person or online:
    Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt
  • Thursday, December 01, 2022 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    December 2nd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    The William Grant Still Arts Center - Fun and Games: The 42nd Annual Black Doll Show

     

    Join us for a discussion on the history of The William Grant Still Arts Center in Los Angeles, and a preview of this year's annual exhibition featuring dolls, games, quilts and multi-media art.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Amitis Motevalli is the director of the William Grant Still Arts Center, a multi-arts exhibition and educational space focusing on community histories and broadening canons through the arts. The William Grant Still Arts Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. Amitis is also a multimedia artist born in Iran. Within her practice as an artist, she explores the culture and survival of people living in poverty, conflict and/or war. Her experience as a trans-national migrant is foundational in her work. Motevalli is invested in research, collaboration, and the potential of art to expand thought.

    As the director of the William Grant Still Arts Center, Motevalli has broadened the pedagogical and exhibition programming by bringing a focus to grassroots archives, in particular within South Central Los Angeles. She also directed a city wide program called LA/Islam Arts Inititative in partnership with the Doris Duke Foundation. Motevalli is now also responsible for the upcoming Charmette Bonpua Art and Cultural Center, a satellite space to the William Grant Still Arts Center, with a specific arts focus on exhibition, education and a repository of South Central Los Angeles Archives. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles exhibiting art internationally. 

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Schedule:

    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!

    Reflection: Jasmine Hailey
    Facilitator: Rick Banales
    Zoom host: David Clennon

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

    Close Guantanamo 2020 vigil by Mohammed TajsarPhoto: Mohammed Tajsar

    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Join us in-person or online:
    Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt

    UPCOMING FRIDAY FORUMS:

    December 9th:
     Brazilian elections/activism

  • Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 06:00 PM

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    It's Fair-Trade Shopping Week at ICUJP!

    ICUJP is taking a break from our Friday Forums this week, no Forum Nov. 25th.

    On this week of giving thanks, we wish you all a wonderful time with friends and family. 

    Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace encourages all of our friends to shop responsibly and mindfully this holiday season.  Please check out this past Friday's forum presented by Carolfrances Likins: Fair Trade Gift-Giving as Acts of Solidarity.

    Palm-Leaf Bowl, Mexico
    Palm-Leaf Bowl, Mexico

    Carolfrances Likins and ICUJP have also compiled our First Annual Fair-Trade Shopping List, with links to local and international sources for Fair-Trade, handmade items made by local artisans from all over the globe.


    Oil-Drum carving, Haiti

    Please consider making at least one holiday purchase from one of these great resources for beautiful pieces of art made by real, local craftspeople, and support these communities and traditions. 

    One of the longest-running and best places to shop for Fair-Trade products is Ten Thousand Villages, and from November 28th through December 12th, if you mention ICUJP Ten Thousand Villages will make a donation to Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace!  So shop responsibly and support community artisans as well as ICUJP!


    Olivewood carving, Palestine

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

     

    Close Guantanamo 2020 vigil by Mohammed TajsarPhoto: Mohammed Tajsar

    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Join us in-person or online:
    Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt

    No meeting on November 25th, get some fair-trade gifts for your friends and family!

    UPCOMING FRIDAY FORUMS:

    December 2nd:
     Ami Motevalli: The William Grant Still Arts Center

     ICUJP CALENDAR

    FOLLOW US!

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  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    November 18th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Carolfrances Likins: Fair Trade Gift-Giving as Acts of Solidarity

    When you start gift shopping – whether your traditional gift-giving time will be this December or next April – will your money go to enrich a capitalist corporation? Or will it go straight to a village or town where women and men will put it toward a school, a clinic, a water purification system, or whatever else the workers vote to use it on after paying themselves the agreed-on amount?

    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.

    We will see a large array of gifts available through Fair Trade networks. You might want to screenshot some of them, so if you don’t know how to do this, you might want to learn beforehand.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Carolfrances Likins is a retired teacher with three decades in elementary schools of Watts and Compton. She has traveled as an internationalist to places where people ask for our solidarity, from Latin America to the Middle East.

    She is a board member of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Schedule:

    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!

    Reflection: Rubi Omar
    Facilitator: Rose Leibowitz
    Zoom host: Rick Banales

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

    Close Guantanamo 2020 vigil by Mohammed TajsarPhoto: Mohammed Tajsar

    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Join us in-person or online:
    Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt

    UPCOMING FRIDAY FORUMS:

    No meeting November 25th, get some fair-trade gifts for your friends and family!

    December 2nd:
     Ami Motevalli: The William Grant Still Arts Center

     ICUJP CALENDAR

    FOLLOW US!

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  • Wednesday, November 09, 2022 at 06:00 PM · 5 rsvps

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    November 11th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Roundtable: Julian Assange and Freedom of the Press

    Why is President Biden actively pursuing the prosecution of Julian Assange brought by President Trump and rejected by President Obama, which poses a grave danger to the freedom of the press? Learn the latest about the international movement to end the prosecution of Assange and what you can do about it

    Join the conversation with our speakers:



    Vincent De Stefano
     is founding member of Assange Defense in Southern California. He also sits on the National steering committee and is their National Organizing Director. He currently serves as President of the Pasadena/Foothill chapter of the ACLU and sits on the ACLU Affiliate board and the Executive Committee. He has been involved with Amnesty International for more than four decades and was the recipient of Amnesty’s 2019 Urgent Action Hero award.



    Jim Lafferty is the Executive Director Emeritus of the National Lawyers Guild in Los Angeles, co-host of The Lawyers Guild Show on KPFK, and co-host of the national public affairs show, Law & Disorder. He is a board member of the ACLU of Southern California, a fellow of The Institute for the Humanities at the University of Southern California, and a founding member of the national Julian Assange Defense Committee and its Los Angeles affiliate.




    Marjorie Cohn is a retired criminal defense attorney, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and member of the advisory board of Assange Defense and the bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Marjorie is a legal and political analyst who writes a regular column for Truthout, does frequent media commentary, and has published several books. She is co-host of the nationally broadcast radio show “Law and Disorder.”



    Carey Shenkman is a lawyer, author, and litigator focusing on freedom of speech. He testified in the Assange extradition proceedings, and is co-author of the book A Century of Repression: the Espionage Act and Freedom of the Press. 



    Stephen Rohde is a lecturer, writer, political activist, and retired constitutional lawyer. In addition to his role as a founder and Chair of ICUJP, he is a past Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, past Chair and board member of Death Penalty Focus, and Chair Emeritus of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Steve authored the books American Words of Freedom and Freedom of Assembly and is co-author of Foundations of Freedom, published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Schedule:

    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!

    Reflection: Dick Bunce
    Facilitator: Phil Way
    Zoom host: Carolfrances Likins

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

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    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.

    Close Guantanamo 2020 vigil by Mohammed TajsarPhoto: Mohammed Tajsar

    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Join us in-person or online:
    Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt

    UPCOMING FRIDAY FORUMS:

    November 18th: Carolfrances Likins - Gift giving and Fair Trade

     ICUJP CALENDAR

    FOLLOW US!

    Facebook ICUJPTwitter ICUJPYouTube ICUJPInstagram ICUJP

  • Friday, November 04, 2022 at 06:00 PM

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    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    November 4th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum 11/04 - John Parker: The role of the U.S. in Ukraine, from the perspective of the Donbass region

    John will be discussing the history of the U.S. influence in Ukraine before 2014 and to the present and also sharing eyewitness accounts from interviews with the people of the Donbass region taken while visiting there last May.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    John Parker is a 2022 Socialist Unity Party and Peace and Freedom Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. Parker has been a union organizer, public school teacher, and member of the Black Alliance for Peace, and the Coordinator of the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Schedule:

    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!

    Reflection: Jasmine Hailey
    Facilitator: Steve Rohde
    Zoom host: Dave Clennon

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 is a non-partisan 501 (c) (3) organization and takes no position on candidates for elective office. The appearance of any candidate at any ICUJP program should not be understood as an endorsement of such person.
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  • Wednesday, November 02, 2022 at 06:00 PM

    ICUJP Friday Forum November 4th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    November 4th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Friday Forum 11/04 - John Parker, Black Alliance for Peace

    The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) seeks to recapture and redevelop the historic anti-war, anti-imperialist, and pro-peace positions of the radical black movement. Through educational activities, organizing and movement support, organizations and individuals in the Alliance will work to oppose both militarized domestic state repression, and the policies of de-stabilization, subversion and the permanent war agenda of the U.S. state globally.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    John Parker is a member of the Socialist Unity Party and a senatorial candidate on the Peace and Freedom party ticket in California for 2022. Earlier this year he was on a fact-finding trip to Russia and Ukraine. He is also a member of the Black Alliance for Peace

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Schedule:

    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!

    Reflection: Jasmine Hailey
    Facilitator: Steve Rohde
    Zoom host: Dave Clennon

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    October 28th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    SolaStouffer

    Susan Stouffer: Why and how do we teach peace and how can we get more peace education in our communities?

    SOLA Community Peace Center has been partnering with ICUJP to do peace education with children and families in South L.A. for more than 16 years. We have learned some things during that time about the "how" of peace education and always learn more from ICUJP partners. Together we can create takeaways, as well as actions to address barriers and increase peace education opportunities. Bring your ideas, energy, and hopes.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:

    SusanStouffer

    Dr. Susan Stouffer has been working in Peace Education in South LA since she helped found Peace Camp more than 16 years ago. She has a Ph.D. in Occupational Science from USC. She loves peace education and working with and supporting/mentoring young people. She loves creating curricula, writing stories, gardening, and cooking. Her experience with a terminal cancer diagnosis at the age of 11 helped shape her valuing of people and their struggles, and her desire to have a positive impact.

    Shawntelle Augustine

    Shawntelle Augustine is a student at West Los Angeles College studying health professions and public health. She is the Peace Camp Assistant Director. She works with the younger kids group ages 5-7. She wants to make an impact by becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner and building a practice in South LA in the future.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Website: 
    Sola Community Peace Center 
    (includes a weekly blog by Shawntelle)

    Schedule:

    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!

    Reflection: Rubi Omar
    Facilitator: Phil Way
    Zoom host: Rick Banales

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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  • Friday, October 21, 2022 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    October 21st, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

    Luis J. Rodriguez

    Luis J. Rodriguez: In A Time of Crisis, Time for Rebirth

    Presently Los Angeles City is reeling with four Latino leaders speaking against Blacks, Indigenous, LGBTQ people, Jews, and Armenians. We must reset and regenerate a new vision, with inclusivity and embracement, for all Angelenos. And set the foundation of a new type of governance in the city.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    For 50 years, Luis J. Rodriguez has been working with gang youth, the homeless, prisoners, labor, the undocumented, Indigenous people, poets, and artists. He's co-founder of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore and founding editor of Tia Chucha Press. He has 16 multi-genre books including the memoirs "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A." and "It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions & Healing." From 2014-2016, Luis served as Los Angeles' official Poet Laureate.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Schedule:

    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!

    Reflection: Rubi Omar
    Facilitator: David Clennon
    Zoom host: Rick Banales

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

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  • Friday, October 14, 2022 at 07:30 AM · 13 rsvps
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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    October 14th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

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    Anthony Manousos: The Quaker Peace Testimony

    Description: Anthony Manousos will discuss the history of the Quaker Peace Testimony and how Quakers have provided alternatives to war during the past 350 years.

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    Dr. Anthony Manousos is a Quaker peace activist, retired college professor, and author who co-founded a housing justice nonprofit called Making Housing and Community Happen(MHCH) and serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Friends Committee for National Legislation and Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. He has edited or written seven books, the most recent being "Transformative Quakers" and "Howard and Anna Brinton: Reinventors of Quakerism in the 20th century." He earned a Ph.D, in English literature from Rutgers University, a B.A. from Boston University (where he studied poetry with Anne Sexton) and taught at numerous colleges and universities, including Carleton College, Rutgers, Pepperdine, UC San Bernardino, San Bernardino Valley College, etc.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Making Housing & Community Happen equips congregations, community leaders, and neighbors with practical tools needed to transform their communities to end homelessness, and to stabilize the cost of housing through education, advocacy, organizing, and advisement. Please go to the MHCH website to find out how you can help support their work.

    Website: Making Housing & Community Happen 

    Schedule:

    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!

    Reflection: Steve Rohde
    Facilitator: Carolfrances Likins
    Zoom host: Rick Banales

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

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  • Friday, October 07, 2022 at 07:30 AM
    Online Zoom Meeting

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

    Kent Wong: The Future of the Labor Movement

    Description: UCLA Labor Center Director Kent Wong will provide an analysis of the current state of the labor movement, and the critical importance of advancing social justice unionism

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Kent Wong is the director of the UCLA Labor Center where he teaches Labor Studies and Ethnic Studies. The UCLA Labor Center recently purchased a permanent home in the Pico Union neighborhood, and renamed the building the UCLA James Lawson Jr. Worker Justice Center. The UCLA Labor Center is currently supporting the launch of six new Labor Centers throughout the University of California during the coming academic year.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    The UCLA Labor Center is launching six new Labor Centers statewide and 3 new Labor Centers in Mexico.  This provides exciting opportunities to advance labor and community alliances.  Please go to the Labor Center's website to find out how you can help support their work.

    Website: UCLA Labor Center 

    Schedule:

    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

    9:35 Board Meeting

    Start your morning with us!

    Reflection: Chris Ponnet
    Facilitator: Stephen Fiske
    Zoom host: David Clennon

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  • Friday, September 30, 2022 at 07:30 AM
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    September 30th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

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    Crimea: Key to Ending War in Ukraine - Opinio Juris

     

    Description: John Quigley was appointed in 1994 by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to go to Ukraine to examine the situation in Crimea and to make recommendations to avert conflict there. He engaged in shuttle diplomacy over the following year. Based on this experience, he will discuss how he sees possibilities for ending the war in Ukraine.

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    Quigley

    John Quigley is Professor Emeritus at the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University. His field is international law and ethnic conflict.

     

     

     

     

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    Schedule:

    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

    9:35 Board Meeting

    Start your morning with us!

    Reflection: Rick Banales
    Facilitator: Rubi Omar
    Zoom host: Dave Clennon

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