2021 Action Conference

Join us for the 2021 PJALS Action Conference on September 16th & 18th, 2021. The two day event will kick-off with an intergenerational panel and continue on Saturday with virtual workshops on a variety of topics. Hear from local and national activist leaders including our keynote speaker, Ian Haney López, one of the founders of the Race-Class Academy. 

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 Ian Haney López will be the keynote speaker for our 12th Annual Peace & Justice Action Conference, No Turning Back: Radical Progress and Collective Liberation! Ian teaches and writes about race and law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law. He currently focuses on the use of racism as a class weapon in electoral politics, and on how to respond. Through more than a decade of research, deep surveys, and message testing, he has shown what kinds of racial messages will divide voters—and what kinds of messages will unify across those divisions to build the broadest coalition. His most recent research focuses on Latino voters. Ian is the author of Dog Whistle Politics (2014) as well as Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America (2019).

 Conference Workshops & Events

Race-Class Praxis (Ian Haney López)

The race-class approach promotes a paradigm change in how activists conceptualize and in turn communicate the core questions that shape citizen participation: Who am I in society? Who threatens me? Who are my allies? And like any paradigm change, internalizing race-class insights requires practicing its application in different contexts. This workshop helps participants ask these key questions of themselves, while also practicing how they might frame race-class issue campaigns.


Thank you to our 2021 Action Conference sponsors: Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington & Northern Idaho, Whitworth University Office of Student Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, UFCW Local 21, UFCW Local 1439, LINC Foods, Western States Center, ACLU-WA, SEIU 1199NW, Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, Inland Northwest Unitarian Universalist Community, Gonzaga University on behalf of the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Chair of Humanities Endowment, EWU Women’s and Gender Education Center, JustLead Washington, Spokane Regional Labor Council AFL-CIO, United Way/Excelerate Success, Greater Spokane Progress, 350 Spokane, and the Tenants Union of Washington.