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Rusty Nelson on Peace and War: we can refuse to have people for our enemies

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By Rusty Nelson Here in our golden years, in our pastoral, rustic homestead, Nancy and I watch quite a few movies.  It’s sometimes a good way to escape reality and, sometimes a way to confront and examine reality, depending upon perspectives. As movie-watchers, we found ourselves viewing the whoop-de-do around the presentation of the Golden Globe Awards, […]

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Safe & Just Alternatives: Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty

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By Shar Lichty The death penalty is the issue that stirs up the most emotional responses for me. It is also the issue I have actively worked on the longest. So I am very excited about current statewide efforts to abolish the death penalty in Washington State. This year brings a new and robust campaign […]

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Water is a Human Right

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By Regina Steele Nearly one billion people suffer needlessly without access to safe water. Unfortunately, one out of every five deaths under the age of five worldwide is due to a water-related disease, according to The Water Project. In response to this crisis, the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane recently held a Bowling […]

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Washington United for Marriage: Campaign for Marriage Equality

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By Shar Lichty Will Washington be the next state to grant this civil right to same sex couples? I dare to dream the time is now. PJALS has endorsed and is actively working with the campaign for marriage equality in Washington State, Washington United for Marriage. Governor Gregoire made a public announcement in support of […]

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Young Activist report: I can make a genuine difference in my community

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By Molly Fitzpatrick, EWU Scary Feminists and Eagle Pride The PJALS Young Activist Leadership Program has been an absolutely integral part this year in shaping me as an activist. Since I was sixteen activism has essentially been a “learn as you go” process for me, peppered with a few conferences and workshops here and there. […]

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Young Activist report: a much bolder feeling of confidence

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By Jessica Jahn, SFCC Alliance Only just recently have I embraced the lifestyle that is activism and feminism.  I am so thankful for both. If I had not met Molly Fitzpatrick and in turn been introduced to the PJALS Young Activist Leadership Program, I fear I may still be living in blissful ignorance. Molly has […]

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Occupy the Capitol

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By Amanda Hunt PJALS and Washington Community Action Network worked together to get 20 Spokane residents to Olympia to Occupy the Capitol at the end of  November  We went to speak to our legislators and to encourage legislators to take a “balanced approach” to the budget and to raise revenue by closing corporate tax loopholes. […]

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Facing Race: How Budget Cuts Are Increasing Racial Disparities

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Washington’s communities of color and low-income communities have faced unequal pain in this recession. High levels of unemployment, home foreclosure, and racial inequities in health, education and criminal justice continue to devastate communities of color. By 2030, one in every three Washington residents will be a person of color. Everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed. […]

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