Young Activist Leaders Program 2021-2022

The Young Activist Leaders Program (YALP) is beginning on Wednesday, December 1st. If you are, or know a young person interested in social justice that wants to learn about community organizing, the Young Activists Leaders Program is for you!   YALP is a cohort based program for  young people aged 12-20, both experienced and new to the Peace […]

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PJALS Winter Party

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the PJALS Winter Party on Wednesday December 8 via zoom! We’ve just begun planning it and it’s going to be fun! We’ll gather online at 6:00 pm and enjoy an hour of music, raffle prizes, and the warmth of community.  Register here to let us […]

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Welcome Jac Archer, PJALS Organizer!

I am just delighted to announce that Jac Archer has joined our staff team as PJALS Organizer! Jac (they/them/theirs) is an experienced organizer and leader who brings a depth of analysis, knowledge, and skill. For me it’s especially wonderful that we can hire a graduate of our Young Activist Leaders Program! Many folks in our […]

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Young Activist Leaders Program (YALP) Update

Fueled by the immense success of the GrassRoots Organizing Workshops earlier this year, Sarah and Ivy are preparing for yet another dynamic session of the Young Activist Leaders Program (YALP). They are excited to invite young people (both experienced and new to PJALS) from around the region to participate in a 4 month long intensive […]

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Congratulations Ivy – ACLU of Washington Youth Activist Award winner!

The ACLU of Washington honored Ivy Pete with the 2021 Youth Activist Award at its Annual Celebration event in October. Ivy, of course, is one of the wonderful PJALS Youth Organizers — but of course she is more than that! As a North Central High School student, Ivy has led a successful effort to end […]

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Demanding Community-Led Public Safety

by Jac Archer, PJALS Organizer In May this year, Governor Inslee signed eleven police accountability bills into law. Instead of clearly embracing and implementing these new policies, leaders within the Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office stirred up public fear and uncertainty through press releases and social media claiming that these new laws […]

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You spoke up for fair districting!

The Spokane County Redistricting Committee agreed on a final map that more closely adheres to the proposal outlined from the “Coalition For Creating Five, Equitable Spokane County Commissioner Districts.”  The final redistricting map incorporates our coalition’s values of equity, fairness, and competitiveness, and many of the principles that together we urged the Redistricting Committee to […]

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Reflecting on PJALS 2021 Action Conference – No Turning Back: Radical Progress And Collective Liberation

by Shar Lichty, PJALS Development Director This September we held our 12th Annual Action Conference virtually for the first time and moved it to the Fall. Moving the conference to zoom presented many new opportunities and challenges. I am so grateful for the fantastic team that made up our planning committee and worked for months […]

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