The Blogful of Salt


Summer Gathering for Justice in Portland

by pjals Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 | 3:15pm | One comment.

For two years now, PJALS has been networking and collaborating with Portland’s NAACP and Seattle’s Mothers for Police Accountability to form the Northwest Community Coalition for Police Accountability In order to strengthen our regional solidarity and develop a long-term, strategic framework, a Summer Gathering of activists will held in Portland at Portland State University on Aug. 12-13, a Friday and Saturday.

We hope a huge Spokane contingency will be there. People like you and your friends and allies. Read more »


Beyond Memorial Day

by pjals Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this
Rusty Nelson

Rusty Nelson

This is not for Memorial Day, but it’s being written over Memorial Day weekend, a time I’m at odds with many neighbors, extended family members, fellow veterans and fellow people of faith. In spite of solidarity in our anti-war community, I feel hostile and oppressed when the dominant culture prattles on about “ultimate sacrifice” and other fabricated concepts used to enhance the fantasy that the Pentagon is the author and finisher of our freedom, that every flag-draped corpse represents the best America has to offer, that dying in a murderous effort against another culture is a sacred gift to humanity. Read more »


Being A Part of this Selfless Fight for Justice

by pjals Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

tylerWhen I began my internship at PJALS back in February I remember how ambitious and eager I was to create change and create new ways of doing things. I was excited to see what we could do and how we could create a new communications strategy. This was all before I had even started to really get to know and understand the organization well. At this time as I reflect on my overall time at the organization this one aspect that I will take away and know that I have grown from. I realize know how foolish that approach may have been, and I am grateful for the invaluable experience that I have gained from it. Among many of the new skills that I have gained in my time here at PJALS is how to work and communicate effectively in a diverse team environment. Read more »


I Can Make A Difference

by pjals Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

As my year as an intern student here at PJALS comes to a close, I have come to notice how my time here has impacted my life on how I view the world and how I have learned and developed skills on how to become a social change agent and community organizer.

CassandraI had the opportunity of learning social work at the mezzo and macro levels and have valued every experience within them. I worked on policy issues such as the Fair Chance Hiring Act and helped with the beginning stages for the Immigration Initiative that will be on the November 2017 ballot. Working on these two issues gave me confidence and hope for a better future even when it seems that moving to the next steps will take time, I know that eventually it will get there! I know that PJALS has given me a voice to make a difference and I have never questioned because I do believe that I have made a difference in all the work that I have done. Read more »


Creating Awareness

by pjals Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

JessicaThrough the last nine months the Peace and Justice Action Committee, “PJAC” has made an effort to provide awareness among high school students about the cons of joining the military, while providing alternatives to consider before enlisting. On May 12, 2016 “Truth in Recruitment” went out to John R. Rogers High School as a last effort to provide awareness before summer break. The three interns Cassandra, Monce, and Jessica handed out 30 fliers and had a few short conversations with intrigued high schoolers. The fliers consisted of providing information to high school students regarding “10 things to consider before enlisting.” As an intern at PJALS it was an eye opener to see that most of the students would ignore our presence and avoid grabbing a flier; yet, those 30 students who did grab a flier seemed to be reading the paper as they walked to their destination. Read more »


I Had so Much Fun

by Monce Rodriguez Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

MonceSummer is just around the corner and the time here at PJALS went by so quick. I remember the first day at PJALS as an intern I didn’t know what to expect. I was just excited about the thing we were working on, but I had no clue how to start. What I worked on in my time at PJALS was with the Young Activist Leaders Program (YALP), Truth in Recruitment and with the Spokane Police Accountability and Reform Coalition (SPARC). Read more »


Thank you to all our “Bread & Roses” Dinner & Auction donors, guests, and volunteers!

by pjals Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | 4:16pm | One comment.

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Check out our 2016 Program Book (pdf)  to see ads by our generous community partners!

Supporting Community Partners: 

Sierra Club Power Past Coal
Ian Cunningham, Blasingame Insurance
Washington CAN!
Episcopal Diocese of Spokane
ACLU of Washington
The Oak Tree and Grove Community
EWU Activist in Residence Program
Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane
Erin Jellison Creative
Veterans for Peace, Spokane Chapter
Salem Lutheran Church
Northwest Fair Housing Alliance
Dove Printing

Item Donors:

Bella Cova
Ben Stuckart
Bill and Flo Moore
Black Label Brewery
Bonnie Mager
Carol Ehrhart & Alissa Taylor
Casa de Oro
C’dA Summer Theater
Celia Friedman
Center for Justice
Chris Berg
Cly & Charlotte Evans
Dan McCann
Daya Goldschlag
Dean Lynch and Michael Flannery
Dennis Medina
Desert Jewels Nursery
Egger’s Meats
Erin Jellison Design
Ferrante’s
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant
Festival at Sandpoint
Fiesta Mexicana
Ganesh Himal
Greencastle Soaps
Greg Youmans
Hogan’s Diner
Hugos on the Hill
Jeff Kinder
Joan & Ted Medina
Judy’s Enchanted Gardens
Kaylon Garden
Kim Thorburn
Kizuri
Kris & Gordy Hannigan-Luther
KYRS
Lake Pend Oreille Cruises
Lennie’s Thai
Louise Chadez and Dave McRae
Luigi’s
Margie Heller
Mary & Larry Weathers
Mary Pat Treuthart & Dan Webster
Megan Cuilla
Merlyns
Mike Nuess
Mountain Gear
Nancy Nelson
New Leaf Bakery/Transitions
Peech Chen
Pend D’ Oreille Winery
Pierrette Wing
Rebecca Lamb
Roast House Coffee
Sabrina Kimm
Shahrokh Nikfar
Shawn Vestal
Silverwood
Sky High Sports
Spokane Indians Baseball
Spokane Party Trolly
Spokane Symphony
Stage Left
Teresa Newberry
Thai Bamboo Restaurant
The Modern Theatre
The Roost
Tim Connor Photography
Total Wine & More
Trinity at the Beach
Wonders Bead Shop
Wonders of the World
Yuzen Japanese Restaurant

Table Captains:

Louise Chadez & Dave McRae
Linda & Bill Greene
Dean Lynch & Michael Flannery
Deena Romoff
Deb & Phil Svoboda
Lew & Marilynne Wilson
The Oak Tree & Grove Community


Rally in Support of ACLU’s Lawsuit Against Mitchell and Jessen

by pjals Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 12:12pm | Comment on this

torture photoLast Friday morning members of PJALS and Veterans for Peace stood outside in the wind and rain in protest of a common enemy of humanity: torture. In the 1990’s, psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen designed an experimental torture plan that was then used on prisoners at the time. Victims of the method along with ACLU have filed a lawsuit against the two for their crimes. We stood in front of the federal building for two hours in anxious anticipation for the results of Mitchell and Jessen’s motion to dismiss the case. Thankfully the motion was denied, we found out later. We gathered to show our support of the lawsuit and to declare that we were all in agreement that torture should never be allowed. Our signs donned the words, “torture hurts us all,” “to condone torture is to deny yourself life,” “Who killed Gul Rahman?” and the like. Gathering with a group to showcase our stance against violence produced a strong sense of solidarity. Even more than showcasing our point, I found the most powerful part being in community with other PJALS members that are willing to fight for what is right.