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Our Mission

Ignite Peace (formerly Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center) educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust systems, and promotes the creation of a nonviolent society.

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Criminal Justice

One of the most unjust systems in our society is our punitive, discriminatory criminal legal system. The most egregious example is our capital punishment system, which is why Ignite Peace is focused on ending the death penalty in Ohio.

You can take action to end the death penalty in Ohio by learning about the reasons the system is unjust, by attending a meeting to mobilize support, or contacting your Ohio legislator and asking them to support abolition. Learn more.

Immigration Justice

Through leadership of the Immigrant Dignity Coalition, Ignite Peace works in partnership with immigrant leaders and local organizations to identify, call attention to, and mobilize around issues facing our local immigrant community.

Get involved to work in partnership – immigrants and allies – to learn about the broken immigration system and its impact on individuals in our community. Through education and raising awareness about the stories of local immigrants, Ignite Peace seeks to build relationships, learn from each other, and work to create equitable systems so immigrants can thrive as welcomed members of society. Learn more.

Anti-Racism

In alignment with our core values, Ignite Peace works through a framework of racial equity, centering the elimination of systemic racism and the creation of equitable opportunities for all humans. We provide education and space for dialogue and reflection toward racial justice.

You can learn about the history of Race and Racism in Cincinnati through our 3-part Docuseries, and other educational opportunities focusing on the individual, communal, and societal impacts of systemic racism. Learn more.

Nonviolence

Ignite Peace’s mission is to create a nonviolent society and we embrace nonviolent action as the pathway and strategy to systemic and societal change. As practitioners of strategic nonviolence, we recognize the power we hold when bringing people together to organize under shared values. We bring this lens to every level of our work, from shaping our own staff culture, to community building in grassroots settings, to working in coalitions.

Take action as an individual, group, or organization to learn more about nonviolence as a concept and be trained in the skills of nonviolence. Learn more.

Today we wrap up our series highlighting Black immigrant changemakers in honor of Black History Month. We hope this series has inspired you to learn more about these amazing people.

Singer Celia Cruz, aka The Queen of Salsa, not only graced us with her voice but also demonstrated incredible resilience. Despite being exiled from Cuba, she turned her pain into powerful music that transcended borders. Today let's honor her legacy as an icon of strength, freedom, and Afro-Latinx pride. #CelebrateBlackImmigrants

Today we wrap up our series highlighting Black immigrant changemakers in honor of Black History Month. We hope this series has inspired you to learn more about these amazing people.

Singer Celia Cruz, aka The Queen of Salsa, not only graced us with her voice but also demonstrated incredible resilience. Despite being exiled from Cuba, she turned her pain into powerful music that transcended borders. Today let`s honor her legacy as an icon of strength, freedom, and Afro-Latinx pride. #CelebrateBlackImmigrants
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Today we're celebrating Bernard Fernard Fils-Aimé, a Haitian refugee. As both a community organizer and entrepreneur, he left an indelible mark. Establishing a Haitian refugee center in Miami, Bernard tirelessly fought for immigrant rights and guided fellow Haitian immigrants in navigating their new life in the United States. Today, let's come together to honor his legacy of unity, advocacy, and empowerment.
#CelebrateBlackImmigrants

Photo Credit: CNN - Courtesy of Karl Fils-Aimé

Today we`re celebrating Bernard Fernard Fils-Aimé, a Haitian refugee. As both a community organizer and entrepreneur, he left an indelible mark. Establishing a Haitian refugee center in Miami, Bernard tirelessly fought for immigrant rights and guided fellow Haitian immigrants in navigating their new life in the United States. Today, let`s come together to honor his legacy of unity, advocacy, and empowerment.
#CelebrateBlackImmigrants

Photo Credit: CNN - Courtesy of Karl Fils-Aimé
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One of the largest immigrant groups moving to the Cincinnati region are asylum seekers from Mauritania, a nation of West Africa. This group of mostly young men have come to join their elders who fled the country nearly 40 years ago.  In many ways, the two generations face similar challenges but a new bill proposed by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Representatives Mike Carey (R-OH-15), Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3), and Greg Landsman (D-OH-1) would help. Read more in our latest blog post - link in bio.

One of the largest immigrant groups moving to the Cincinnati region are asylum seekers from Mauritania, a nation of West Africa. This group of mostly young men have come to join their elders who fled the country nearly 40 years ago. In many ways, the two generations face similar challenges but a new bill proposed by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Representatives Mike Carey (R-OH-15), Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3), and Greg Landsman (D-OH-1) would help. Read more in our latest blog post - link in bio. ...

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A refugee from Somalia, Iman Abdulmajid is not only a supermodel and philanthropist; she's a trailblazer who reshaped beauty standards in the fashion world. Beyond the runway, she passionately advocates for diversity and inclusivity, launching her own cosmetics line when options for people of color were scarce. As an active voice on refugee issues and anti-poverty campaigns, let's unite in honoring her influence and tireless commitment to breaking barriers. #CelebrateBlackImmigrants

A refugee from Somalia, Iman Abdulmajid is not only a supermodel and philanthropist; she`s a trailblazer who reshaped beauty standards in the fashion world. Beyond the runway, she passionately advocates for diversity and inclusivity, launching her own cosmetics line when options for people of color were scarce. As an active voice on refugee issues and anti-poverty campaigns, let`s unite in honoring her influence and tireless commitment to breaking barriers. #CelebrateBlackImmigrants ...

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It's raffle time! Buy your tickets for a chance to win AND support Ignite Peace!

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It`s raffle time! Buy your tickets for a chance to win AND support Ignite Peace!

https://piggestraffleever.com/
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Today we're celebrating Chinua Achebe, an influential literary giant from Nigeria. Achebe's words transcended borders, championing African voices and narratives. His powerful storytelling challenged stereotypes and ignited conversations about cultural pride. Let's honor his legacy and continue to amplify diverse stories. #CelebrateBlackImmigrants

Today we`re celebrating Chinua Achebe, an influential literary giant from Nigeria. Achebe`s words transcended borders, championing African voices and narratives. His powerful storytelling challenged stereotypes and ignited conversations about cultural pride. Let`s honor his legacy and continue to amplify diverse stories. #CelebrateBlackImmigrants ...

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To celebrate Black History Month, we'll be taking a look at some Black Immigrant changemakers this week. 

Singer Miriam Makeba, exiled from South Africa, was a musical icon and passionate activist. Her powerful voice echoed the call for justice and equality. Today, we celebrate her enduring legacy and unwavering commitment to the fight for a better world. #CelebrateBlackImmigrants

To celebrate Black History Month, we`ll be taking a look at some Black Immigrant changemakers this week.

Singer Miriam Makeba, exiled from South Africa, was a musical icon and passionate activist. Her powerful voice echoed the call for justice and equality. Today, we celebrate her enduring legacy and unwavering commitment to the fight for a better world. #CelebrateBlackImmigrants
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Join us this Friday! Link in bio!

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Today we wish Derrick Jamison a very Happy Birthday! He was celebrated by anti-death penalty advocates this weekend. As an exoneree who continues to work to end the death penalty, his passion for a more loving and just world inspires us!

Today we wish Derrick Jamison a very Happy Birthday! He was celebrated by anti-death penalty advocates this weekend. As an exoneree who continues to work to end the death penalty, his passion for a more loving and just world inspires us! ...

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Happy 7 year work anniversary to our Program Manager Samantha!! We’re so grateful for her ongoing commitment to justice and community.

Happy 7 year work anniversary to our Program Manager Samantha!! We’re so grateful for her ongoing commitment to justice and community. ...

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Submit your nominations for our 2024 Ignite Peace Awards!

Do you know an outstanding peace builder? Do you work with students who are building a more just future? Nominate them to be honored at our 2024 Annual Gathering.

The Bob Maxwell Peace Builder Award recipients are distinguished by giving public witness to justice issues to bring about peace. They have contributed to building understanding, collaboration, and trust in Greater Cincinnati, while holding the belief that peace is possible. 

The Youth Justice Award is given to a club, group, or extracurricular program of high school students who have made a dedicated effort to promote justice in Greater Cincinnati. In addition to the recognition, a $500 award will be given to the group.
 
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#peace #justice #cincinnati #ignitepeace

Submit your nominations for our 2024 Ignite Peace Awards!

Do you know an outstanding peace builder? Do you work with students who are building a more just future? Nominate them to be honored at our 2024 Annual Gathering.

The Bob Maxwell Peace Builder Award recipients are distinguished by giving public witness to justice issues to bring about peace. They have contributed to building understanding, collaboration, and trust in Greater Cincinnati, while holding the belief that peace is possible.

The Youth Justice Award is given to a club, group, or extracurricular program of high school students who have made a dedicated effort to promote justice in Greater Cincinnati. In addition to the recognition, a $500 award will be given to the group.

Link in bio.
#peace #justice #cincinnati #ignitepeace
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In The News

July 10, 2023

Introducing Ignite Peace

After much anticipation and a lot of hard work, we are excited to reintroduce ourselves with our new organizational name…

February 17, 2023

Strategic Planning Updates

When the IJPC board and staff gathered together for our first strategic planning meeting in June of 2022, we reflected on IJPC’s past to help ground us in our vision for the future. We are excited to be at a point where we’re able to share details about how we’re modifying IJPC’s internal systems and our work moving forward.

February 26, 2024

In Memoriam: Pat Berning

Last week, we were saddened to learn of the passing of former Board Leader and long time advocate for social justice, Pat Berning. S. Alice Gerdeman, former IJPC Coordinator said, […]

February 22, 2024

Winter 2024 Newsletter

Read the Winter 2024 Newsletter.

February 21, 2024

Two Generations of Mauritanians Waiting for Solutions

With our asylum system under-resourced and overwhelmed, many Mauritanians wait in legal limbo to make their case for asylum.

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