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 […]
Families are being ripped apart by racist and inhumane anti-immigrant policies. We stand with undocumented immigrants! Donations will provide legal representation for undocumented immigrants who need an attorney. Together, the Hispanic Business and Professionals Association, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, and Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane are organizing this Undocumented Immigrant Legal Defense […]
After three years of tenacious organizing with I Did The Time, NAACP, Greater Spokane Progress, and our other partners in the Smart Justice Spokane coalition – we won a very important victory! Last night, Spokane’s City Council “banned the box” and passed Fair Chance Hiring! Now, private employers within city limits will remove the criminal […]