The Blogful of Salt
Will you help power our grassroots surge?
Every day since the election, we are seeing a grassroots surge of love, outrage, and determination in action! If you’re new to PJALS, hello! We need you and welcome you in our intergenerational grassroots movement for peace & justice.
PJALS has a 40-year track record of engaging everyday people. This moment is key—we must unite and combine our energy so we can roll forward and rise together!
Will you help power our grassroots surge with a donation today?
People Power Must Be Visible. We need to keep mobilizing, connecting, and growing! Our commitment is deep and unwavering: We will stand up against hate. We will speak out and show up! We will challenge our own fears. We will be true to our values! We will act with courage, passion, and strategy!
We reject fear, hate, apathy, white supremacy, homophobia, patriarchy, militarism, narcissism, Christian supremacy, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, economic exploitation, violence, apathy, and despair.
We are rooted in and moving toward love, respect, community, peace, justice, youth, intersectionality, compassion, equity, dignity, equality, safety, empathy, understanding, graceful defiance, collective action, and liberation.
The power of our grassroots movement comes with every hour volunteered and every dollar given. Every donation makes a difference!
How can we best struggle together now? Here are six steps forward:
1. Connect with each other! Please invite your friends, family, faith community, and/or book club to come with you to PJALS events and actions!
2. Make our circles bigger! Let’s build our movement with strategic engagement beyond our current circles to reach newly aware folks, as-yet-undecided people, or those beginning to feel buyer’s remorse.
3. Commit right now to long term action. We’re not going to move toward LOVE and EQUALITY and SAFETY enough today, or next week, or in year 1 of the Trump presidency. We’ve got to commit NOW to keeping our eyes open, our ears open, and our hearts & bodies in motion permanently.
4. Take action on your priorities. Our PJALS commitment is to stand with Muslims and the undocumented as people under immediate assault, as well as standing with all immigrants, refugees, Black people and other people of color, LGBT people, and minoritized religious communities; we will stand against Trump’s promise to re-institute torture and speak out against escalated or expanded wars.
5. Work with a STRATEGY – A goal without a plan is just a wish. Learn who is already working on what you want to tackle. Listen with respect and accountability to folks who are directly affected by the problem you want to work on. Identify who can say yes to what targeted folks want. How will you influence that person so it’s in their self-interest to say yes? “Some policy makers need to see the light, and some need to feel the heat,” as the saying goes! Time spent planning is good cultivation and fertilizer to bring fruitful efforts.
6. Systematize your self-care! No one can pour from an empty cup!
Our grassroots movement gives me hope. Thank you for being part of our PJALS community!
The Transformational Impact of The Calling Us All In Workshop
by Bailey Russell
Bailey is a new intern at PJALS
I went to this event not really knowing what to expect. My aura was the same as the weather—glum, dark and rainy. I was enmeshed in a plethora of non-consequential things that I wasn’t treating as such. I was just feeling lost. I needed guidance. Most of all I needed healing. That’s exactly what I found that night at the workshop.
It started out much different than I expected—we were tasked to place ourselves at different sides of the room depending on how we identified with questions asked of us. Starting out with this activity really opened up everyone in the room. We began somewhat closed off. I could feel the tension as we started, because we were all different people from different backgrounds talking about something that makes us all, collectively, uncomfortable—race. Read more »
One White Woman’s Thoughts on the Recent Anti-racism Workshop
by Sara, workshop participant
It’s hard to know what to do about racism. As a white person, the whole systemic institutionalization of racism and slavery in our prison industrial complex and in our police stations and courts (and media and neighborhoods and homes and brains) seems so enormous. What can one person do when so many people before me—smarter and more capable—haven’t seemed to make a dent?
This is the state of mind I was in, as a middle-aged burned out activist, when I sat down at the table for the PJALS Anti Racism Workshop on October 6th. Read more »
Transformational Organizing for Social Change: Calling Us All In WORKSHOP
All Saints Lutheran Church, 314 S Spruce St # A
Thursday, Oct 13th 5:30pm-8:00pm
- PJALS members and Living Lightly – Free
- General Public – $10
The key to movement building for the long haul is changing hearts and minds,and we are in an exciting consciousness-raising moment where people are trying to find their political home in the movement for justice. In this workshop we will use interactive exercises, share tools, and collectively brainstorm how we can engage our friends, neighbors, community leaders, and allies in challenging conversations that lead to meaningful action and transformation.
5:30 Snacks & Gather
6:00 Prompt Start of Workshop!
Workshop Facilitator: Jessica Campbell is a national leader of Showing Up for Racial Justice and co-director of Oregon’s Rural Organizing Project. She has worked with some of the most rural communities in Oregon to fight for the commons from post offices to public parks, to support communities on the frontlines of the militia movement, and to envision what healthy and vibrant rural communities could look like.
Organized by the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane
Presenting Sponsor: Community Building Foundation
A Poet’s Thoughts on Our PJALS Annual Membership Meeting
Hello Peace and Justice advocates,
My name is Fitz and I have been a member of PJALS since I was a teenager and involved in the reincarnation of Young Activist Leaders Program a few years back. I’m also a performance poet locally who writes a lot about social justice and my personal connection to oppression. The annual membership meeting turnout was certainly impressive. The generational demographics that showed up are certainly a testament to PJALS’ accessibility. What especially stood out to me from the night however was the conversation around “Calling in vs. Calling out.” I had vaguely heard this term before and what Adrian and Taylor described put a name to a discomfort I had started to have in activist circles. This was the first categorically “activist” event I had attended in quite some time and lately being very much engrossed in a world outside of my typical “woke” crowd I had started to think about how to make Art that doesn’t just preach to the choir and even before that how to have tough conversations with people who had not had them before. I had started to become a lot more honest with myself in terms of when I was trying to engage someone in compassionate dialogue and when I really just wanted to yell at someone and call them names (which you know is how violence starts, which is the thing that I oppose at a fundamental level). Thanks to the discussion portion of the night I was able to start some fantastic dialogue with, in this case, other young folks about how to deal with folks that make mistakes in a way that helps create actual change and doesn’t compromise our own self care. How do we live out compassionate and nonviolent values in the way we advocate for peace and justice? I hope those of you who attended may take a few minutes out of your day to internally explore your own ideas and emotions and I hope you come to Taylor Weech’s workshop series and potentially explore your thoughts and feelings in public with other humans (including myself!).
Peace and Justice and Love and Poetry to all of you,
A New Intern Meets PJALS Community
By Christina Walden
Last week we had the annual membership meeting for PJALS! It was the first one I have attended as I am a new Intern this year. We had a great turnout of people from many generations and walks of life who came together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the fight for a just and nonviolent world here in Spokane. The meet and greet portion of the potluck meeting was a great opportunity for me to meet many of the people who support our organization.
The meeting portion was a chance for us to recognize volunteers, share how our different fights are going and go over the financials of the organization. I thought the power point presentation about our causes and activities that played on a loop during the beginning of the meeting was a great way to let people know what has been going on even if they couldn’t stay for the entire meeting.
This may have been my first meeting but it will not be my last. I look forward to being associated with PJALS for many years to come and getting to know more of our members!
Register for “Wake Up & Work” Anti-Racism Workshop Series
Join PJALS steering committee vice-chair Taylor Weech for a series of evening workshops addressing what anti-racist principles look like in practice and planning ways to get more deeply involved as a multicultural coalition of members in identifying and addressing the racial elements of the issues we work on from police oversight to militarism and war. Register (at no cost) here!
Questions for Spokane Police Department Chief Candidates
Submitted on behalf of the Spokane Police Accountability & Reform Coalition on Friday Sept 16 2016. Read more »