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Tutu in a Tempest

Did you see that coming? Gonzaga University is taking heat for honoring Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Having more than one serious knee-jerk reaction to this contro-versy, I have to chime in. It seems some conservative supporters of the local Jesuit university are upset , not about Tutu speaking on campus, but about his having the honor […]

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Whom Would You Bomb?

Now, we seem to have a choice. We two potential enemies in the Middle East. Libya was a distraction just to remind us that all Islamist evil does not reside in Iraq and Afghanistan, but here are Iran and Syria just begging for IT.   Plainly, President George W. Bush had no choice after 9-11. […]

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2012 Legislative Update

By Amanda Hunt, Intern The 2012 legislative session was a whirlwind of good, bad, and even ugly. Our legislators had, once again, the difficult task of reducing Washington’s budget due to revenue shortfall. There was much disagreement on cutting of programs, which ultimately lead to another special session. Toward the end of the regular session, […]

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Peace & Economic Justice Action Conference 2012

by Taylor Malone, PJALS Young Activist Leader It can be difficult for activists to remain confident and optimistic about the impact we have on our community. Changes come so slowly and with so much opposition that, at times, I feel like Sisyphus, always pushing but never quite making it. One of the most inspiring ways […]

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Free Bradley Manning

As we go to press, supporters of Bradley Manning are preparing to demonstrate, while the U.S. government moves toward harsh punishment for this alleged whistleblower who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Charged with giving graphic evidence of U.S. war crimes to Wiki-Leaks, Manning was to be in court on April 24. Manning […]

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Nonviolent resistance and the tiger’s nature in the Middle East

BY SEAN CHABOT AND MAJID SHARIFI A new consensus has emerged about how to promote freedom and democracy in the Middle East. Instead of supporting authori-tarian regimes, experts across the political spectrum now agree that nonviolent resistance by people in the region is the ideal method for achieving liberation. But what purpose does such nonviolent […]

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Palestine-Israel Human Rights Committee

By Regina Steele, Intern emma’s revolution came to the Spokane region once more on April 21st. Pat Humphries and Sandy O performed at the Unitarian Universalist Church in a bene-fit concert for the MAIA Project to provide Palestinian children with clean, safe drink-ing water.  Because of this and other events along with the many generous […]

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Death Penalty Panel: Educating the Community

Monday March 5th, PJALS’ Inland Northwest Death Penalty Abolition Group (INDPAG) hosted a panel/Q&A discussion at Liberty Park United Methodist Church that addressed many reasons why Washington needs to abolish the death penalty. The panel was moderated by Sara Schmidt from Amnesty International and included five local panelists: Nancy Nelson, longtime abolitionist and member of […]

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