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Local protestors voice concern over possible U.S. attack in Syria

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

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SPOKANE, Wash. — A group of local protestors gathered Downtown to voice their concerns over President Obama’s plan to seek military action in Syria.

“We’ve just been through two wars that is killing this country and this is insane,” said Michael Beasley with Spokane Coalition Builders.

Beasley and dozens of other protestors from organizations around Spokane gathered Saturday to stand against any possible violence.

“The civilian population will suffer the heaviest toll, so we will just be adding to it,” added Veterans for Peace protestor Arthur Hathaway. Read more »

Pentagon cuts could help all

Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 11:11am | Comment on this

Justin EllenbeckerPJALS member and disabled veteran Justin Ellenbecker placed this powerful Guest Editorial in the Spokesman-Review on Saturday, May 11. 

The discussion over what to do with the budget has been blanketing newspapers and airwaves for quite some time now. Several plans are jockeying to see how much we can cut without amputating some large portion of the voting public. As a combat veteran, I’m aware of the difficulty in making triage decisions. This is why I now fight to make sure all veterans receive the lifelines they need. Preserving and strengthening Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and care for returning service members needs to be a top priority.

While serving in Iraq, I suffered injuries that forced me to leave the line of work I’d trained for. Since my return, I’ve worked with supportive networks to counsel returning service members who, like me, have physical and mental health issues. One of the chief concerns that veterans raise is the ability to care for themselves and their families now, and in the future.

Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress are pushing budgets that directly attack the programs that Americans’ lives depend on: Medicare and Medicaid. Now, the president wants to weaken Social Security. All of this is in the guise of deficit reduction.

There’s no need to slash these programs, which help drive our economy, generate jobs and deliver health care to millions, including tens of thousands of veterans. Read more »

KYRS Local News Nov 2

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 | 9:09am | Comment on this

Highlights, history and analysis from Thursday’s news conference announcing the submission of a newly proposed Police Ombudsman Ordinance for the City of Spokane by the Center for Justice and the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane. Includes and interview with Liz Moore, Director of PJALS.

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Interfaith Peacebuilders exposes people to struggles, efforts for peace

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 | 4:16pm | Comment on this

From the Fig Tree

When Myrta Ladich toured the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem last May, she saw a photo of family of her closest friend during college and her early years of marriage. The photo brought tears to her eyes.

Myrta has long been attuned to the suffering of Jews in the Holocaust.

Her friend came to Seattle at the age of 18, having fled communist rule in Hungary by walking to Vienna. She had survived the Holocaust as a child at the age of six. Most of her family were killed in Auschwitz.

Before joining the May 18 to 31 delegation of 30, visiting through Interfaith Peacebuilders, Myrta knew her Jewish friend, who now lives in California, is appalled at what Israel’s government does to Palestinians.

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Selected news coverage of PJALS 2008-2010

Saturday, Jan 8, 2011 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

Tax Breaks Burden Poor

May 2011


County Jail Site Opposed at Hearing

March 2011


A Night in the Life of the Inland Northwest

February, 2011


Union wants lender’s support

January  2011


UN Human Rights Day speaker focuses on Middle East conflict

December 2010

Spokane unites against Westboro’s message of hate

October 21, 2010


Waging Love: Countering the Westboro rabble.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Marchers call for feeding the poor, not feeding the war

October 2010


State carries out first execution in nine years

September 10, 2010


Local peace group protests state execution tonight

Thu, Sep. 09, 2010


PJALS will mark 35 years

May 20, 2010


The Transcendence Project

March 28, 2010


Watch Man

The city’s first ombudsman finds himself in uncharted territory

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Greater ombudsman powers urged

February 7, 2010


Activism of peace group’s director began in school years in Deer Park

October 2009


Protesters call for police oversight

June 26, 2009


Protest outdraws ombudsman forum

May 30, 2009


In brief: Protesters hold anti-torture rally

May 22, 2009


Even into their retirement Couple will continue to nudge the world toward peace

May 2009


‘Icons’ of local political and social justice movement step down

May 4, 2009


Friendly Skies?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Big Brother is Watching

Wednesday, July 9, 2008