by Michelle Little
When I first chose to do my internship with PJALS, I was a bit wary of how well I could function as a community organizer. I can’t even keep my house organized, so the thought of organizing a whole community was a bit intimidating. However, looking back over the experience I have had with PJALS it was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made.
While working with PJALS I was able to be involved with so many different campaigns for progressive change not only in our community but statewide as well. From organizing a community meeting regarding Spokane Police Accountability to speaking to a crowd of 300+ people on the front steps of the Capitol Building in Olympia, it is safe to say my experience has not only been diverse but extremely empowering as well. I have done things that I never would have thought that I was capable of. I have gained so much insight and self-confidence while being a part of PJALS. I even helped with the campaign to pass Referendum 74 that allowed freedom to marry for all couples. Who would have thought, little old me being involved in making such a massive change that positively affected the lives of so many wonderful people.
I also want to mention the people who made this wonderful experience possible for me. Liz and Shar are two of the most amazing individuals I have ever met in my life. Their hard work with PJALS has paved the way for individuals like me to get involved in the community in ways I never knew were possible. The members and supporters of PJALS are some of the best people out there. The passion of this organization and the people involved in it is so inspiring. Last and most importantly the relationships I have built with the other interns and people I have met along the way are friendships that I feel will last a lifetime. I am grateful for this experience and it could not have been possible without all of you! I humbly and wholeheartedly thank each and every one of you for making this year one of the best of my life!