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  • Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
  • Peace and Opposing Militarism
  • Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform
  • Peacekeeper Teams and Nonviolent De-Escalation
  • Leadership Development and Organizer Training
  • Music and Cultural Arts

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is bringing together tens of thousands of people across the country who are organizing to build a broad and deep national moral movement—led by the poor, impacted, clergy and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings—to unite our country from the bottom up.

By engaging in sustained, coordinated and collective nonviolent demonstrations and direct action across the nation, we will

  • confront the enmeshed and inseparable evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation;
  • begin to shift the distorted moral narrative of our nation;
  • advance common demands for transformative change; and
  • build power to continue this fight long through a long-term, multi-year campaign.

You’re invited to the Peace and Justice Action Committee to organize with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival!

Our Peace & Justice Action Committee meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm in the Community Building, 35 W. Main.

Peace and Opposing Militarism

PJALS members have led our region’s opposition to US militarism and imperialism for 40 years! We stand together in spring rain, summer heat and smoke, and gather to tell the truth about the need to grow beyond militarism and end our endless wars, connecting the dots between out of control military spending and cuts to lifeline programs for struggling families.

We believe that all human, financial, and community costs of war are unacceptable.  As an organization dedicated to building a just and nonviolent world, PJALS opposes the billions our country spends on war and militarism and its devastating impact on our national and local economies, including cuts to education, health care, and basic human services. The twin “sacred cows” of tax loopholes for corporations and the super-wealthy at the state and national levels and our country’s bloated military budget have structurally reduced resources for the needs of low-income families. For all families to thrive, our country must commit to inclusive democracy and reject exploitation and violence in all forms.

You’re invited to join the Peace & Justice Action Committee on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm in the Community Building, 35 W. Main.

Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform

Our top priority in our work for racial justice is organizing to end mass incarceration and racial disparities in our local criminal justice system. We also work to hold law enforcement accountable and to end the death penalty.

Through working closely with accountability partners who are leaders in communities oppressed by racism, we identify campaigns and needs to support in Spokane while also doing the work of educating white people about our collective role in maintaining systems of race-based violence and the potential to take a new role in dismantling them.

You’re invited to join our Showing Up for Racial Justice committee to get involved in our work for racial justice and criminal justice reform! SURJ is on hiatus until July.

PJALS is a founding member of Smart Justice Spokane, a broad coalition of over 30 organizations working together to end mass incarceration and eliminate racial disparities in our local criminal justice system. We organize and mobilize together for effective, restorative solutions that are driven by the experiences and needs of those impacted by the criminal justice system. The recovery and integration of those caught up in the criminal justice process is essential for a strong, healthy, and just community.

The Smart Justice Spokane campaign coalition: 

ACLU/Washington · All Saints Lutheran Church · Center for Justice · Chihak & Associates – Disability Attorneys · Community Building Foundation · Community-Minded Enterprises · CORD (Coalition of Responsible Disabled) · Friends of Compassion   Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Clinic · Greater Spokane Progress / Win/Win Network · I Did the Time. · KYRS/Thin Air Community Radio · League of Women Voters Spokane Area · NAMI Spokane – National Alliance on Mental Illness · Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane · Northwest Fair Housing Alliance · November Coalition · Odyssey World International Education Services · Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane · SEIU Heathcare 775 NW · Spokane Branch Unit 1137 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People · Spokane Humanist Focus · Spokane Tribe of Indians · Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane · University Legal Assistance, Gonzaga Law School · Washington Community Action Network · Washington Education Association, Eastern Washington · Washington Normal · Washington State Council of City & County Employees – Local 270 AFSCME

Undocumented Immigrant Legal Defense Fundlearn more here!

Peacekeeper Teams and Nonviolent De-Escalation

In the traditions of Mahatma Gandhi, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Day, Utah Philips, and millions of people all over the world, our work for justice and peace is founded in principles and practice of active nonviolence.

As a way to practice our commitment to effective nonviolent action for peace and justice, PJALS holds Peacekeeper Trainings where participants learn nonviolent de-escalation techniques to help make for successful demonstrations. After completing the training, volunteers are eligible to join our Peacekeeper Team for specific events.

Read our Nonviolence Guidelines and learn more about the role of Peacekeeper Teams here.

If you are interested in requesting a training on nonviolent de-escalation for successful demonstrations, please contact PJALS Organizer Shar Lichty at slichty@pjals.org.

If you are interested in a PJALS Peacekeeper Team for a demonstration you are planning, please know it usually takes at least a three-week turnaround to schedule and organize a training for new Peacekeepers and at least two weeks lead time to organize a group of volunteers as a Peacekeeper Team.

Leadership Development and Organizer Training

PJALS’ Young Activist Leaders Program offers workshops for skill-building and political education. Learn more here!

Our annual Peace and Justice Action Conference, held on the last Saturday of February, offers more than 20 workshops and speakers – it’s Education for Action!

Grass-Roots Organizing Workshops (GROW), offered throughout the year, are opportunities for everyday people to reflect on our experiences, deepen our analysis, learn new skills and information, and prepare to organize for peace and justice through practice and planning!

Why Race Matters: History, Systems, and Strategies workshops are offered by PJALS staff as members of the Racial Equity Trainers Cohort coordinated by Greater Spokane Progress. Learn more here and contact Greater Spokane Progress directly.

Music and Cultural Arts

The PJAMRS!

A community marching band, the P-Jammers, or PJAMRS is acronym for Peace and Justice Musical Rascals of Spokane. Loosely affiliated with the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS), PJAMRS fancy ourselves as part of the HONK band movement. See honkfest.org and honkfestwest.com for more info. As such, membership is open to musicians of all levels with an emphasis on fun and doing the right thing. We play at public celebrations, marches and rallies, or just for the heck of it.

To get on the call list, just leave your contact info at the PJAMRS Facebook group and we’ll be in touch!

Love and Outrage Arts Collective!

PJALS is officially “in cahoots” with the Love and Outrage Arts Collective, which publishes poetry zines and organizes the Love and Outrage Choir. Check out the Love and Outrage group on Facebook.

 

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