2016 Peace & Economic Justice Action Conference

Register now for our 7th Annual Peace and Economic Justice Action Conference on February 26-27, 2016 Once again we will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Ft. George Wright Dr., Spokane, WA.

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Rave reviews about our Action Conference:

“Great variety of programs and the opportunity to meet new people!”

“It gave me inspiration and hope.”

“Surrounded by the energy of like minded people, rare in Spokane!”

“Open discussions, amazing positive energy, and equality.”

“I met amazing people and the mingle times were so productive and interesting. The energy at this conference and the reception was amazing. Wow! It is hard to feel hopeless about America’s current state when getting together to make a change like this.”

“Idealistic but practical. Motivating, energizing.”

We want YOU to join in this year!

Please pre-register now! 

• $45 General Public

• $35 members of PJALS and co-sponsoring groups

• $20 Living Lightly (self-identified low-income, students, seniors, etc)

Limited “workshare volunteer scholarships” are STILL available—please sign-up here or contact Adrian at amurillo@pjals.org for info. Two-hour workshare shifts include set-up, registration table, resource table, clean-up, etc.

Caregiver stipends available to defray childcare or eldercare expenses! Contact Shar at slichty@pjals.org for info.

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Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Ft. Wright Drive

Friday, February 26th: Love & Outrage: 40 years of social justice music! Opening Conference Reception

6:00 -9:00 Join us for tasty nosh, wine & more, and performances from local musical & spoken word artists.

Our fantastic line-up:

  •  Love & Outrage is a collective of poets/writers brought together by the Zine who are passionate about social justice. The editors are Taylor Weech & Adrian Murillo.
  • Liz Rognes is an indie-folk, Americana, and Jazz inspired singer/songwriter based in Spokane, Washington but her open-prairie Midwestern roots are apparent in her clear and uplifting songwriting. Classically trained as a Soprano, Liz started writing and singing folk songs in college and fell in love with the idea of singing about her trouble.
  • Stand Up Count is Dom Felix on bass, William Kiezer on guitar, and Layne Pavey on vocals: songs about prison, struggle and redemption.
  • Lucas Brookbank Brown is a guitarist/singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Spokane, Washington. He has been an active member in the northwest music scene since 2006 and has gigged with local celebrities in the area.
  • The Raging Grannies: In the tradition of wise, women elders everywhere, the Grannies rage in song against war and injustice.  The Raging Grannies began internationally in Victoria, BC.  The Spokane group formed in 2005.
  • Wrath Poetic Profit: Revolution, soul, hip hop. He plays original material and is a rebel revolutionary musician.
  • Tracy Carr: Blues, rock classical and jazz with a unique eclectic style.
  • Frank Clark: Rock and country with a hard rocking feel and high energy.

Saturday, February 27th: Action Conference

Join us for a full day with three workshop sessions, a panel representing 40 years of PJALS leadership, breakfast, lunch, and lots of opportunities to connect with like-minded folks who are putting their values into action!

8:00-9:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Opening Performances

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Dedication

9:30-9:45 Mixer Break

9:45-11:15 “Education for Action” Workshop Session 1 (90 min)

Housing Justice: Just Cause Eviction and Other Policies to Protect Tenants Rights

          Terri Anderson, Amber Abrahamson, and Hana Alicic, Tenants Union of Washington

 Nonviolent Communication

          Kathy DuCrest, Freedom Project Volunteer

 Wake Up & Work! How White People Can Dismantle White Supremacy

          Taylor Weech, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane

Reggio: H0w using Postwar Pedagogy can upgrade your life for Free

          Tara Williamson, Student

Criminal Justice Reform in Spokane – Moving our Smart Justice Vision

          Liz Moore, PJALS & Smart Justice Spokane and Inga Laurent, Gonzaga Law School & Smart Justice Spokane

Heroes’ Narrative: Harness the power of narrative and the art of storytelling

         Shetha Alaskar, FUSE Washington

 Truth in Recruitment & Militarism

 Jessica Silva & Monce Rodriguez, PJALS Interns, and George Taylor, Veterans for Peace-Spokane

           Challenging Oppressive Statements

          Mark Hamlin & Shar Lichty, PJALS

11:15-11:30 Mixer Break

11:30-1:00 “Education for Action” Workshop Session 2 (90 min)

 Creating the New Economy in Spokane

           Pastor Deb Conklin & Kenney Barney, The Grove Community

 Manifest Beloved Community

           Joan Medina, Brigid’s Cloak

 Reproductive Justice and the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class

           Jackie Vaughn, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington & North Idaho

 Love & Outrage:  Finding and Honoring Your Voice of Poetic Justice

           Adrian Murillo, Inga Laurent, & Taylor Weech, Love & Outrage

 Walk A Mile: Virtual Trip through the Criminal Justice System

           Bill Keizer & Layne Pavey, I Did the Time

 Linguistic & Cultural Revitalization: Genitive Justice for Indigenous Communities

  Christopher Parkin & LaRae Wiley, Salish School of Spokane

           How to be an Ally to American Muslims

            Arsalan Bukhari, Council on American-Islamic Relations of Washington & Skyler Oberst, Spokane Interfaith Council

 1:00-2:30 Lunch and Keynote Panel

 Panel: 40 years of PJALS Leadership

Panel: Ken Isserlis, Mary Pat Treuthart, Teresa McCann, Rusty Nelson

Moderator: Shawn Vestal

 2:30-2:45 Mixer Break

2:45-4:15 “Education for Action” Workshop Session 3 (90 min)

           Food Justice in Spokane

            Elizabeth Murphy, Catholic Charities Spokane Food for All

           Peace, Nonviolence, and Reconciliation Through the Arts

            Casey Andrews, Whitworth University

 Naming Modern Racism – Beyond Colorblindness

            Jessica Maucione, Inga Laurent, & Juanita Jasso, Gonzaga University

 Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline

            Vanessa Hernandez & Krista Elliott, ACLU-WA

 Fundraising: How to host a successful party

            Farand Gunnels, Pride Foundation

 Sunshine and Shadows: Making Sure Government Is Transparent

 Rick Eichstaedt, Center for Justice & Alexander Scott, Alli Beard, J.D. Lewis, & Stephanie Richards, Gonzaga Law Clinic Students

 Police Accountability Regional Panel

JoAnn Hardesty, Portland NAACP; Rev. Harriet Walden, Mothers for Police Accountability (Seattle); a representative from Tri-Cities Community Solutions, and Liz Moore from the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane. Moderator: Tim Connor

The Movement Restored: Back into The Classroom

Elizabeth Porter, Jacqueline Martinez, & Emily Thorpe, Whitworth University students

4:15-5:00 Closing Plenary: Going Forward Together!


Door Prize Drawing

Co-sponsoring organizations’ members can attend at the PJALS member rate. If you’d like to co-sponsor, just fill out this quick form and return it to us, or email slichty@pjals.org. Underwriting sponsors make this event a wonderful success–and we appreciate you! If your network is bigger than your budget, your group might be able to give sponsorship support through in-kind publicity! Contact us to talk about it!

Our growing list of sponsors includes:

  • Planned Parenthood Greater Washington and North Idaho–Networking Breakfast
  • Veterans for Peace, Chapter 35, Spokane–Opening Reception
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane–our host
  • Social Justice Fund Northwest–lunch
  • Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund
  • Spokane Regional Labor Council AFL-CIO
  • UFCW Local 1439
  • SEIU 1199NW
  • Washington Education Association
  • Washington Community Action Network!
  • ACLU of Washington
  • EWU Women’s Studies Center and Women’s and Gender Studies
  • FUSE Washington
  • Eastern Washington Voters
  • Greater Spokane Progress
  • KYRS Thin Air Community Radio
  • Spokane Socialist Alternative
  • Teleologics
  • The Oak Tree
  • The Grove Community
  • Smart Justice Spokane
  • Tri-Cities Community Solutions
  • Northwest Community Coalition for Police Accountability
  • Spokane NOW
  • Center for Justice
  • Gonzaga University Environmental Law and Land Use Clinic
  • I Did the Time
  • Spokane against the TPP and TTIP
  • Tenants Union of Washington



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