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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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Students speak out for revenue at EWU legislative panel

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By Alyssa Henderson In November, we new interns at PJALS successfully held a legislative panel on EWU’s Cheney campus. The panel was sponsored by PJAL-EWU (the new club on Eastern’s campus that we kicked off in September) and the Associated Students of Eastern Washington University. Focusing primarily on proposed budget cuts to higher education, the […]

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Jobs, Not Jails, for Spokane County

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Nationally, communities use rehabilitative programs for people in the criminal justice system 70% of the time and jail only 30% of the time. In Spokane County, it is just the opposite – we incarcerate 70% of the people and provide alternative programs to only 30%. Alternatives to incarceration can save taxpayer funds, create safer neighborhoods […]

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Steve Williams, keynoting our Peace and Economic Justice Action Conference

Steve Williams is a longtime community organizer and political activist. Steve was the founder and former Executive Director of POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights), a 15-year old membership organization of low-income and working class African Americans and immigrant Latina women fighting for racial, gender and economic justice in San Francisco. Currently, POWER is […]

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Clyde Bellecourt, AIM co-founder, to speak in Spokane

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PJALS is delighted to welcome Clyde Bellecourt, Wounded Knee organizer & American Indian Movement co-founder and national director, Ojibwe name Nee Gon Nway Wee Dung “Thunder Before the Storm.” Clyde Bellecourt will address the 1973 AIM occupation of and subsequent protracted government siege at Wounded Knee in S.D. as well as Native Peoples’ near-term needs & long-term […]

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