10th Annual Peace & Justice Action Conference: Building Beyond the Moment!

10th Annual Peace & Justice Action Conference: Building Beyond the Moment!

Save the Date!! Our 10th Annual Peace & Justice Action Conference: Building Beyond the Moment will be held February 22nd-23rd at the Unitarian
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2018 Year End Matching Challenge

2018 Year End Matching Challenge

Imagine everyday people accomplishing extraordinary things together to build a just and nonviolent world -- uniting to address systemic racism,
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PJALS Winter Party & Potluck

PJALS Winter Party & Potluck

You are Invited! PJALS Winter Party & Potluck Tuesday, December 18, 6-8 pm Community Building Lobby, 35 W. Main Bring your favoite dish to
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Protect Passenger Rights!

Protect Passenger Rights!

We need you: Next Monday, October 22, the Spokane City Council will vote on an important ordinance to protect passenger
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Meet our 2018-19 Interns!

Meet our 2018-19 Interns!

Welcome to our 2018-19 Interns! Brooke Sutton Brooke Sutton joined PJALS this fall as an intern through Eastern Washington University’s School of
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Books Not Bombs – PJALS Benefit Booksale

Books Not Bombs – PJALS Benefit Booksale

Books Not Bombs - PJALS Benefit Booksale Community Building Lobby, 35 W. Main Thursday, Nov 1 12-6pm Friday, Nov 2 12-6pm
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PJALS Voter Guide 2018

POSITIONS TAKEN BY THE PJALS STEERING COMMITTEE Statewide & local initiatives YES on I-940 – Police Training & Community Safety This measure would require all law enforcement officers in the state to receive violence de-escalation and mental health training, as developed by the criminal justice training commission. It would require law enforcement personnel to provide first-aid […]

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Protest Vice President Mike Pence in Spokane!

On Tuesday October 2, Vice President Mike Pence is expected to appear in Spokane! If Vice President Pence has his way, our future wouldn’t be far off from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian Handmaid’s Tale, a book that deeply terrified me at an early age. So we’re calling all Handmaids (and activists) to show up in solidarity […]

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Rusty Nelson on Peace and War: Power to the Peaceful!

Rusty Nelson on Peace and War: Power to the Peaceful! “Power to the Peaceful” is emblazoned upon one of my favorite t-shirts, the one commemorating the VFP National Convention of 2013. Hollis Higgins brought it to me from Madison, Wisconsin, and it’s part of my motivation for attending the convention in St. Paul, this August. […]

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Peace and Justice Action Committee needs you!

Peace and Justice Action Committee needs you! Peace and Justice Action Committee members went all-in for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival launch with 40 Days of Action during May and June. We began with outreach, coordinated carpools to Olympia for six Mondays of direct action, and co-organized local report back […]

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Supporting Immigrants, Racial Justice, and Criminal Justice Reforms

Supporting Immigrants, Racial Justice, and Criminal Justice Reforms Last year’s member survey showed broad member support for supporting immigrants and criminal justice reform and resulted in these two issues being a part of our priorities during 2018-2019. We have recently done some restructuring of our committees to provide better opportunities for our members to get […]

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How Anti-Semitism Animates White Nationalism

How Anti-Semitism Animates White Nationalism The re-emergence of white nationalism as a movement in our region and nation calls us to deepen our understanding of these issues and deepen our commitment to anti-racism, to fighting anti-Semitism, and to identifying and pushing back against oppression in all its forms. Eric Ward, executive director at Western States […]

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Brené Brown, personal growth, and working on structural racism

Brené Brown, personal growth, and working on structural racism By Liz Moore, PJALS Director What are the ways that structural racism inhibits the personal growth and healthy personhood of white people? And how can we intertwine our inner and outer work to dismantle structural racism? For me — a white woman from a rural, working […]

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What’s F.A.B? Fighting Fascism

What’s F.A.B? Fighting Fascism By Ad Astra, FAB member In April this year, some Spokane Valley students organized a pro-guns alt-right protest. The sentiments expressed by one student garnered the attention of contemporary post-Aryan fascist groups. In response, Families Against Bigotry formed initially without a name within two weeks of the alt-right student rally. The […]

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