Our Accomplishments

  • In 2015 we celebrated 40 years of engaging everyday people to build a just and nonviolent world. Check out our 40th anniversary video “Engaging Everyday People” here!
  • Knowing peace is possible, PJALS members have presenting a consistent voice and presence in opposition to war, militarization, and nuclear proliferation for over 40 years. We stand together in spring rain, summer heat and smoke, and gather to tell the truth about the need to grow beyond militarism and end our endless wars, connecting the dots between out of control military spending and cuts to lifeline programs for struggling families.
  • Supporting youth as leaders, our Young Activist Leaders Program and Community Organizing Internships offer passionate youth leaders ways to deepen their analysis, sharpen their skills, and strengthen their own youth-led organizations and to strengthen intergenerational organizing within PJALS.
  • Inspiring students for social justice as the first-ever EWU Activist in Residence in 2014 and in 2015 PJALS director Liz Moore shared principles of nonviolence, social change organizing, and the imperative for ending mass incarceration with over 600 students.
  • Building Smart Justice Spokane‘s call to end racial disparities and win non-jail solutions, non-arrest solutions, culturally appropriate mental health & chemical dependency treatment, and smart hiring so we can stop the cycle of crime, save money, and change lives! In 2015, two Community Representative positions were created on the Spokane Regional Law & Justice Council, and the SRLJC committed to ending racial disparities and created the Racial Equity & Disparities subcommittee. In 2014,  the SRLJC created policy-reform subcommittees which include Smart Justice Spokane representatives.
  • City of Spokane “bans the box” and adopts Smart Hiring to reduce employment barriers for people with conviction records in 2014.
  • Moving to end the death penalty, the unceasing work of PJALS members helped lead to Governor Inslee’s moratorium in 2014. Washington is now recognized as one of the likely next states to permanently end this costly, unjust, unfair, and irrational practice.
  • Organizing for police accountability, in 2-13 we won a 70% Yes vote for Police Accountability, established the the Police Ombudsman Commission, and moved City Council to reject a police union contract which prohibited independent investigations.
  • Putting nonviolence into action, we hold Nonviolent De-escalation Techniques Workshops to train peacekeepers for the Immigration Reform March, Pride, and other human rights mobilizations – and then march!
  • We helped to win the freedom to marry in WA in Nov 2012! PJALS members have worked for decades for full LGBT equality and volunteered for critical voter education. We also organized to increase the visibility of people of color who are LGBT as well as influential people of color allies.
  • Believing that the costs of war are unacceptable, PJALS members connect the dots between out-of-control military spending and cuts to lifeline programs for struggling families. In 2011, 0ver 1100 people and 17 organizations signed on to our “Money for People, Not for War: Bring Our Billion$ Home” campaign.
  • Building our movement through grassroots leadership development, since 2011 our Peace and Economic Justice Action Conference has become the largest leadership development and relationship-weaving gathering in the Inland Northwest. We energize & inspire grass roots activists to take action together for justice.
  • Helping to win passage of a Spokane ordinance for police accountability, mandating independent investigations and public reports on police conduct, in 2010.
  • We co-founded the Spokane Police Accountability and Reform Coalition working to secure true independent oversight of the police and to reform use of force protocols, practices and attitudes in 2009.
  • Leading our region’s opposition to US military action in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.
  • Hosting a dialogue between Muslim and Jewish clergy in the early 2000’s.
  • Helping to win passage of and successfully defending Spokane’s Human Rights Ordinance in 1999.
  • Supporting a successful union organizing campaign at Château Ste. Michelle, including holding an educational forum on farm worker rights keynoting Dolores Huerta, in the early 1990’s.
  • Anchoring statewide organizing for vigils and services against state executions.
  • Advocating and educating around “free trade” and globalization issues, since the early 1990’s.
  • Sponsoring an annual “Compose Peace” youth essay contest for over a decade.
  • Organizing the Pacific Northwest’s only counter-Quincentennial event representing every regional Indian nation, in 1994.
  • Establishing Spokane’s first fair trade store, in the early 1990’s.
  • Organizing and demonstrating grassroots opposition to massive US-funded human rights violations in Central America and US training of human rights violators and death squads at the School of the Americas in the 80’s and 90’s.
  • Ending the Spokane school district’s policy of excluding students from extra-curricular activities if they request not to have their information released to military recruiters, in the mid-1980’s.
  • Leading the largest anti-racism march in the Inland Northwest, in the mid-1980’s.
  • Supporting the passage of a state initiative to ban the transportation of out-of-state nuclear waste into Washington, in 1980.
  • Supporting political prisoners from Native American communities in association with the American Indian Movement, in the mid-1970’s.
  • Offering workshops and study groups on nonviolence, from 1976 to the present.
  • Preventing funding for the B-1 bomber, in 1975.
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