Ignite Peace believes that racism is a system of advantage and disadvantage based on skin color that is both implicit and explicit, and includes race-based prejudice and institutional power. 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 believe these priorities are integral to our mission of promoting the creation of a nonviolent society. We recognize that people of color have and continue to experience oppression and that white people must play a role in dismantling and deconstructing racism. Read more about our Anti-Racism Framework here.

Our Work

  • Race and Racism in Cincinnati: A 3 Part Docuseries shares a people’s history that places storytelling authority in the hands of common people and people on the racial margins. It tells a history that is not often told in school curriculums or in mainstream (white) culture.
    • To learn more or find screening times click here.
  • Race and Racism in Cincinnati Toolkit was developed in 2018. The toolkit explores race and racism in Cincinnati as it relates to history, the law, and resilient communities of color, and it features post-reading quizzes, reflection questions, and action steps
    • You can read it online through Issuu here.
    • You can download it for print here.
  • The Rethinking Racism Committee works to raise Cincinnati’s consciousness and create change to end racism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy through education, dialogue, and action. Rethinking Racism is a program of IJPC that is supported by the YWCA Greater Cincinnati, and is made up of a committed group of individuals to meet these specific objectives:
    • Challenge white people to take responsibility for understanding/deconstructing racism.
    • Provide space for authentic intraracial and interracial exchanges.
    • Meaningfully explore the history and impact of individual and institutionalized racism in Cincinnati.

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About IJPC

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust local, national and global systems, and promotes the creation of a nonviolent society. IJPC is supported by faith-based organizations and individuals who work together to educate around justice issues, take collaborative action and do public witness. We address local, national and international concerns focusing on the death penalty, immigration, human trafficking and peace and nonviolence.