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PASSION for Justice: A Conversation with Yvonne Wanrow Swan and Ken Isserlis

by pjals Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

PASSION for Justice: A Conversation with Yvonne Wanrow Swan and Ken Isserlis

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6:00 p.m. Opening Reception

6:30-8p.m. Speakers and Conversation

Eastern Washington University Center (formerly Phase 1)

Auditorium-Room 122, EWU Spokane, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd.

Parking available in “yellow” lots or at meters. Limited free parking on street. Campus map here.

In a landmark 1977 Washington Supreme Court ruling, Yvonne’s criminal case brought to the forefront the discrimination against female defendants in the courts, and particularly against Native American women.

Yvonne Wanrow Swan is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Ken Isserlis is a local attorney who, in the 1970s, was a Peace and Justice Center staff person in Spokane. The Wanrow ruling played an important role in national criminal justice reform, the Spokane community, and the history of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS).

Join us for a conversation with Yvonne and Ken to learn of their experiences with this life changing and momentous event.

Celebrate 40 years of PJALS, where there is a PASSION for justice.

For more information on Yvonne’s case:

Story of Wanrow (Criminal Law Stories)

Yvonne Wanrow Hearing Transcript (April 26, 1979)

Spiral of Support in Spokane – Yvonne Wanrow (Swan) (1)




University Partners: EWU American Indian Studies Program and EWU School of Social Work Program



Bread & Roses Benefit Auction: Friday, May 20th

by pjals Friday, Apr 1, 2016 | 10:10am | Comment on this

Eventbrite - 2016 Bread & Roses Benefit Auction

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Friday May 20, 2016

5:30 – 9:00 pm

Bread & Roses Benefit Auction

A Friday evening of dinner, live & silent auctions, and fun as we celebrate our work together! Host a table of 10 for $250. Tickets on sale for $25 ($30 after May 6)

May 3-6, 2016

“Got Item” Days

This is an opportunity for members & supporters to drop off donated items for the Auction. What are we seeking: Experiences, cabin or condo getaways, gift certificates to local businesses, tickets to events, or tangible items.

Eventbrite - 2016 Bread & Roses Benefit Auction

Smart Justice Spokane Quarterly Meeting

by Cassandra Guerrero Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

Smart Justice Spokane header-logoThe Smart Justice Spokane Quarterly meeting was a great turnout with lots of attendees that were anxious to hear updates about the coalition’s next steps. The first item that was announced was the launch of their new website: smartjusticespokane.org. The website is filled with lots of great information on their vision, accomplishments, projects, events, resources, and most importantly how to get involved with the coalition!

The next item that was discussed was the legislative updates to let the attendees know what bills to support to advance the Smart Justice Spokane goals. Those bills are The Fair Chance Act, The Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity Act, Legal Financial Obligation Reform, and Use of Deadly Force Bill.  We need to let our senators know that they need to support these bills and to educate them about the ways the current criminal justice operates to reduce opportunities for those in the criminal justice system long after they’ve done their time. This is our time to speak on behalf for those that have been silenced! One bill that we need to say no to is the Police Body Cameras bill because the bill does not go far enough to protect privacy rights for our citizens and this is a violation of our rights. Please contact Senators Padden and Baumgartner and let them know what we want!


Tamir Rice Solidarity Action – Black Lives Matter!

by pjals Friday, Jan 8, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

Black Lives Matter

Tuesday Jan 12, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Main & Division, in downtown Spokane; then inside the Community Building at 35 W. Main.

12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by Cleveland police officers who were not indicted. Together, we’ll go out to hold signs to say Black Lives Matter and call for a Dept of Justice investigation, at the intersection of Division and Main. Then at 6:00 we’ll gather inside the Community Building for discussion.

A joint event of EWU Black Student Union, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, and NAACP of Spokane.

Invite your friends or share on Facebook here!

Give now to double your gift!

by pjals Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 | 11:11am | Comment on this

As a member of the Steering Committee of PJALS, as this incredible, busy, and full yearTaylor Weech, PJALS Steering Committee membercomes to a close, I am writing to ask you to join me in supporting the important, inspiring work of the Peace & Justice Action League

We all have a lot to celebrate during our 40th anniversary year! Right now, we’re celebrating a matching challenge from our generous long-time friends and supporters Jim Sheehan, Mary Alberts, and other dedicated members. Together, they will match all gifts made before midnight December 31st, up to $7635!

I know you already appreciate the work that PJALS does, so I’m hoping you’ll take advantage of this offer to double the value of your own gift.

Will you join me in supporting the Peace and Justice Action League?
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Our priority areas for 2016-17

by pjals Friday, Nov 27, 2015 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

As determined by our member priority survey responses and our Steering Committee!

  1.  A Just Society: Smart Justice and Police Accountability
  2. Peace: Truth in Recruitment, Consciousness-Raising about Militarism, and Mobilizing against War!
  3. Human Rights Community Organizing: Building collective power with targeted communities.
  4. Ending the Death Penalty in Washington as our top legislative priority.

Exposing & transforming systems of violence & oppression to create beloved community and build a just and nonviolent world.


Support Refugees & Civilians — Say NO to US Escalation in Iraq & Syria!

by pjals Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 | 5:17pm | Comment on this

Bombing doesn't work!Secretary Ash Carter has revealed that the U.S. will openly begin “direct action on the ground” and “strikes from the air” against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria and now President Obama has announced he’s deploying Special Forces.

As our friends at Win Without War have said, this back-to-the-future approach is a well-worn road to disaster. More than one year after America started bombing Iraq and Syria and nearly 13 years since the US unleashed chaos in the region by invading Iraq, we find ourselves no closer to peace and stability in the Middle East. Secretary Carter’s announcement is merely another effort to bomb our way to peace. Read more »