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2016 Peace & Economic Justice Action Conference

by pjals Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 | 12:12pm | Comment on this

Register now for our 7th Annual Peace and Economic Justice Action Conference on February 26-27, 2016 Once again we will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Ft. George Wright Dr., Spokane, WA.

Eventbrite - 2016 Peace and Economic Justice Action Conference

 

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PJALS Receives Fellowship of Reconciliation Local Hero Peace Award

by pjals Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

PJALS received FOR’s Local Hero Award for outstanding service to the community in Nov. 2015 in New York City. The January issue of The Fig Tree features a story about long time PJALS member Mark Hamlin’s trip to NYC to accept the award on behalf of PJALS.

“As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) in New York City in November, Mark Hamlin of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) was on hand to receive FOR’s Local Hero award for PJALS as one of its affiliates.

PJALS is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015-2016.

Mark not only gave an acceptance speech on the importance of PJALS work for peace and justice in the region, but also learned about FOR’s history at a centennial exhibit at Union Theological Seminary’s James Chapel.”


Civil rights groups rally for more law enforcement oversight

by pjals Tuesday, Sep 8, 2015 | 2:14pm | Comment on this
Author: Jeff Humphrey, KXLY4 Reporter , jeffhu@kxly.com
Published On: Sep 02 2015 06:57:32 PM PDT
SPOKANE, Wash. -A national trend toward more police accountability has now caught up with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.On Wednesday, several civil rights groups, including the Center for Justice and the NAACP called for independent citizen oversight of sheriff’s deputies in use of force incidents. Those groups and about a thousand people who’ve signed a petition want the Spokane County commissioners to pass a new ordinance requiring independent citizen oversight. Read more »

Petition for sheriff’s office independent review is a political move, Knezovich says

by pjals Tuesday, Sep 8, 2015 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

September 2, 2015

Petition for sheriff’s office independent review is a

political move, Knezovich says

Kip Hill
The Spokesman-Review

Calling the process of selecting an ombudsman for the Spokane Police Department “a political nightmare,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday dismissed a petition requesting independent civilian oversight for his department as redundant.

“This is being driven by a few political opponents of mine,” Knezovich said at a news conference called a day before organizers planned to deliver more than 1,000 signatures to Spokane County commissioners requesting a new body to oversee operations of the Sheriff’s Office. Read more »


Center for Justice, others voice new concerns with SPD body cam policy

by pjals Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 | 5:17pm | Comment on this

Originally published by the Inlander (http://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2014/07/16/center-for-justice-others-voice-new-concerns-with-spd-body-cam-policy)

Posted By Jacob Jones on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Police accountability advocates today voiced several new concerns about the Spokane Police Department’s proposed usage policy for officer-worn body cameras, taking issue with vague recording requirements and a perceived lack of public input.

The Center for Justice issued a letter dated July 16, also signed by the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane and other local groups, saying advocates found the latest draft policy insufficient to ensure body cameras would provide reliable oversight.

“Unfortunately,” the letter states, “the current version of the policy supports a purpose mostly of discretionary surveillance, not of transparency and accountability.”

A promotional photo of the chest-mounted Taser Axon Body camera Spokane Police will start wearing in September. - TASER

A promotional photo of the chest-mounted Taser Axon Body camera Spokane Police will start wearing in September.

Advocates expressed the most concern with the rules defining what and when an officer must record. The proposed policy says “most” police encounters “shall” be recorded, but a section specifically listing many common, required interactions was removed. Read more >>


Stopping the Spiral of Violence: PJALS’s Shar Lichty on Praxis Radio

by pjals Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

“Host Taylor Weech talks with Shar Lichty, organizer at the Peace and Justice Action League, about the upcoming rally and march “Stop the Spiral of Violence: End These Endless Wars” in Spokane and the issues of U.S. imperialism and cultural violence that will be addressed there. In the second half of the hour, they are joined by phone by Hakeem Bashir, a Gazan PhD student at Washington State University, who shares his perspective on the current violence directed at Gaza and how it fits into the overall story of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.” (Praxis Radio)

Listen to the podcast here >>


Israel’s hypocritical claim of “self defense” goes largely unquestioned in U.S. media

by pjals Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 | 9:09am | Comment on this

Originally published by the Inlander (http://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2014/07/12/israels-hypocritical-claim-of-self-defense-goes-largely-unquestioned-in-us-media)

Posted By Taylor Weech on Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM

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Taylor Weech

Five days ago, when I interviewed Ayman Nijim, a Gazan masters student working on his degree in Vermont, the bombardment of his neighborhood and other major population centers in Gaza had barely begun. Since then, he has posted updates that tally the numbers of dead and wounded in his town and others in the besieged area and memorialized specific friends killed in the bombing. While the news we see here might portray the success of Israel in targeting Hamas specifically, the stream of images coming directly from Gaza tells a different story. An ambulance carrying wounded to a hospital that can’t sustain electricity for more than 12 hours a day targeted and destroyed; homes, churches, and stores bombed without warning; children dead in their parents’ arms or missing entire pieces of their bodies. Read more >>