Our deep appreciation to all the guests who came to our “Everyday People Building Beyond the Moment” Benefit Luncheon last week, to the table hosts who invited such marvelous people, to the sponsors who made the event possible, to the volunteers who made it flow smoothly, and to our inspiring speakers! If you weren’t able […]
By Liz Moore, PJALS Director On a cold and icy day in January, I joined our PJALS Steering Committee at a planning retreat to set priorities for 2018-2019. We discussed your responses to the member survey, the sober realities of the current political landscape locally and nationally, what makes PJALS unique and strong, and how […]
By Shar Lichty, PJALS Organizer This year’s short legislative session was a whirlwind with the new majority seeming to have an agenda of finally pushing through as many progressive bills that have been stalled in recent years as possible. A lot of legislation that will advance equity and justice in our state was passed this […]
By Rusty Nelson, former PJALS co-director In a community of people who care about what happens in Syria, D.C., Olympia, and around the corner, one can be overwhelmed by calls to action. Choosing a struggle for personal engagement would be almost impossible except that the most compelling struggles often have a way of choosing us. […]
By Caty Youso, PJALS Intern As a PJALS intern for the last 6 months, I have learned so much about what the organization stands for. I am glad to be here because what I have stood for most of my life very much aligns with PJALS’ mission and values.
By Megan Juneau, PJALS Intern Over the last six months as an intern, I have had many eye-opening, humbling experiences. I have had the pleasure of working with Greater Spokane Progress, Smart Justice Spokane, the NAACP, Spokane’s city council members, the Inland Northwest Death Penalty Abolition Group, the Young Activist Leaders Program, the Spokane Police […]
Our Annual Peace & Justice Action Conference continues to be my favorite event each year. Each year it gets a little bit better. This year was exceptionally moving for me. Nearly 200 of you joined us on a snowy Saturday to build relationships, increase our analysis, and take action together as we Build Beyond the […]
Eric K. Ward Biography Eric K. Ward is a long time civil rights strategist and newly appointed Executive Director of Western States Center (WSC). The organization works with leaders in the West to reduce inequality and advance opportunity. From 2014 – 2017, Eric worked as a Ford Foundation Program Officer. His grant making supported […]