Staff and Steering Committee


Liz Moore
Liz is the director of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, where she began her activism in PJALS' youth group as a Deer Park high school student after looking up “peace” in the phone book. She worked as an organizer and educator in unions and community groups on issues including marriage equality, racial justice, and worker rights before returning to the organization that helped shape and define her work as a young activist. She is passionate about grassroots leadership development and supporting youth as leaders. In all that she does, Liz holds fast to the belief that everyday people have the power to build a just and nonviolent world.
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Shar Lichty
Shar is an organizer at the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane. She received her BASW with a minor in Africana Education from EWU in June 2010. Following an internship and a year as an AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer with PJALS, Shar joined the PJALS staff in 2012. Shar was first introduced to PJALS in 2006 when the human rights club at SCC that she was involved with co-sponsored a death penalty awareness event with PJALS. That event directly led to Shar's commitment to work on social justice issues.
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Farand Gunnels
Development Coordinator
Farand joined the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) family in March 2017. He was born in Crow Agency, MT, grew up in Billings, MT, and is a Two Spirit member of the Apsaalooke “Crow” Nation. In 1993, Farand moved to Spokane where he served as a steering committee member for Spokane Pride (currently OUTSpokane) and Hands Off Washington, created to defeat initiatives 608 and 610. In 1996, Farand met his wonderful and amazing husband, David, while singing in The Men’s Chorus. Two years later, they had a commitment ceremony and, after being together for 17 years, were finally able to legally marry. Farand volunteered on Pride Foundation’s local steering committee and, in 2002, was hired and eventually became Regional Development Organizer for Washington. After 14 years at Pride Foundation, he left to explore new opportunities and found PJALS. Farand is passionate about philanthropy, LGBTQ and racial equity, and social, gender, and economic justice. He has worked on issues that include marriage equality, transgender inclusion, and LGBTQ youth and elder safety and protections, and has volunteered with the Montana Two Spirit Society and Greater Spokane Progress. Farand enjoys spending time with his husband, two cats and two dogs, trying new restaurants and cuisine’s, beekeeping, baking, wine, and singing karaoke.
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Steering Committee

Bill Aal
Audrey Burr
Chair, Peace & Justice Action Committee
After 42 years as a clinical social worker, Audrey retired in September 2016. Just in time to witness the great catastrophe of Donald Trump's election to the presidency. Feeling a tremendous need to prevent the collapse of the safety net that helped her clients throughout all those years, she looked for a home base for her activism. She was a member of PJALS for many years in the 80's and 90's but drifted away. Now was the time to return! Audrey's roots in activism go back to the anti-war years and the women's movement. She worked throughout her professional career as an advocate for her clients and an activist for a change in the various systems in which she worked. She has worked with PJALS planning and carrying out various actions related to the federal budget, militarism, and the anti-torture activities this fall.
Dom Felix
Dom is a member of PJALS steering Committee and a Re-Entry Specialist for Revive Re-Entry Services. He struggled with addiction for 25 years and has a 25 year criminal history to match. After realizing how difficult it is to reenter society after prison Dom has worked to help others achieve this goal, mentoring at The Fulcrum Institute and volunteering with I Did the Time. While completing his Social Work degree at EWU, he did his practicum at PJALS and worked for police accountability, death penalty abolition, and with the Young Activist Leaders Program.
Fitz Fitzpatrick
Fitz is a performance poet based out of Spokane Washington where their mission is to fall in love with strangers through the written and spoken word. They were a member of the 2015 and 2016 Spokane National Poetry Slam teams and are representing Spokane in the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam. Other than hosting they have been featured as a poet in the Spokane LGBT Pride and numerous social justice events. In their “spare time” they run a weekly poetry open mic called “Broken Mic”, roll around on sidewalks with local cats and practice changing the world through compassion and actually laughing out loud. Fitz has been involved with PJALS for around five years and is especially passionate about empowering youth, lgbt rights and using art for activism.
Celia Friedman
Celia started volunteering at PJALS shortly after moving to Spokane from Baltimore two years ago. She learned and graduated from the Young Activist Leadership Program. She enjoys engaging with the community through social justice, activism and leadership. She put her B.F.A. in interior design to work and started Celia Friedman Interior Design. Learn more about Celia at
Ami Manning
Ami lives in Spokane with her two sons, Holden and Indiana and her partner Ken. She has been the Program Director of Transitions Miryam’s House since July 2014. Ms. Manning holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and has worked and volunteered in homeless and housing services for the last 18 years. Prior to Transitions, she worked for St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho for 11 years; most recently directing the Transitional Housing Programs. She has also volunteered for social, gender and economic justice. She has a deep commitment to communities of inclusion.
Taylor Weech
Steering Committee Chair

Taylor is a Spokane-born radio host, writer, and organizer. Starting in 2012, she hosted a weekly talk radio show on KYRS-FM that explores social change theory through interviews with activists, artists, scholars, and leaders called Praxis. She co-founded the Love & Outrage collective which merges the worlds of art and activism in Spokane and publishes a quarterly zine of the same name. Her main activism home is with the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS), where she serves as chair of the Steering Committee and coordinates anti-racist education and action through PJALS partnership with SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice).

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