Cly Evans – Chair
My interest in PJALS began about 6 years ago because of their death penalty abolition work. My enthusiasm grew as I became involved in the anti war and various social justice issues confronted by the members and associated groups. I have been continuously dazzled by the variety of dedicated, hard working activists that make the organization both possible and effective. It is a privilege to be associated with this group.
Taylor Weech – Vice Chair
Taylor is a Spokane-born radio host, writer, and organizer. Since 2012, she has 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 vice-chair of the Steering Committee and coordinates anti-racist education and action through PJALS partnership with SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice).
Ray Thorne – Secretary
Ray is a retired U.S. Army Signal Corps officer who has lived all over the world. Ray moved to Spokane in 2012 and has a wife Elaine, a daughter Michelle who lives in Berlin and a son Kevin who lives in Philadelphia. Ray is active in Veterans For Peace and has been a member of PJALS for 4 years with a focus on anti-militarism.
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 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 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 www.celiafriedmandesignblog.wordpress.com.
Alyssa is a Spokane native who has been involved in activism since 2009 and a member of PJALS since 2011 when she was an organizing intern. Her personal passions include domestic violence work, death penalty abolition, and issues surrounding economic and racial injustice. As a person of faith, she believes it’s not only her calling, but her responsibility to advocate for vulnerable and marginalized populations, and to be a voice for the powerless. Alyssa graduated with her B.S.W. from Eastern Washington University in 2012.
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.
George Critchlow – Legal Advisor
George is a professor at Gonzaga Law School and one of the founders of the Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate (now known as the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies), which focuses on the interdisciplinary study of why people hate, and develops strategies for combating hate. He has been involved off and on with PJALS since the mid-1980s when he worked on anti-war (Nicaragua) and anti-nuclear (white train) issues.
Liz Moore – Director
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.
Shar Lichty – Organizer
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.
Bailey Russell – Intern
Bailey is a senior at Gonzaga University and will be graduating with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in French. She will be heading to law school in the fall of 2017. Bailey started researching organizations in her Junior year determined to make her senior year worthwhile. In PJALS she found an organization that worked on issues close to her heart; criminal justice reform, anti-racism, anti-militarism, rights for undocumented immigrants, reproductive rights, and human rights.
Dena Brill – Intern
Dena is a student at Eastern Washington University who will be graduating this spring with a B.A. in Social Work. She moved here Vancouver, WA in the summer of 2015 alone and not knowing anyone, luckily she found a community that is warm and welcoming. Being at PJALS has taught her that is not our place to speak for people but rather to be a support to people so their voices can be heard.
Hannah Powers – Intern
Hannah is a student at Eastern Washington University, double majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She moved from Olympia to the Spokane area in 2013, where she lives with her fiancé, Jayden, and their cat, Sophie. Hannah is also an intern with Greater Spokane Progress, which fueled her interest in working with PJALS. Her passions include criminal justice reform, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and issues surrounding economic and racial injustice.
Hawa Elias – Intern
Hawa joined PJALS as way to get away from the “Gonzaga Bubble” and involve herself in the Spokane community. There is always something new to learn at PJALS – organizing, activism, and learning about the Spokane community. Being an intern at PJALS has really shown her what community is and what it means to stand in solidarity with others.
Christina Walden – Intern
Christina is a student at Eastern Washington University who will graduating with her Bachelors in Social Work this June. She is very passionate about equity in society especially for those who are marginalized by race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and disability status. Christina was drawn to PJALS because they stand and fight with others to make sure that all voices are heard.