Right now, County Prosecutor Larry Haskell, Commissioner Al French, and a few other politicians are proposing to dissolve the 23-member Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council (SRLJC) and to replace it with a smaller Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee of 13 positions, currently all held by white men. This eliminates four community member seats as well […]
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PJALS Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) – Spokane committee is hosting an Action Hour on Thurs. Feb 25th at 5:30pm. While we are apart we continue to take action together. Join with like-minded folks to amplify our voices and help get some of our state legislative priorities, including police and criminal system reforms. PJALS staff will share a briefing […]
New Webinar Wednesday Series: GROW! You’re invited to the new workshop series, GROW: GrassRoots Organizing Workshops! Join PJALS Youth Organizers Sarah Hegde and Ivy Pete for intergenerational, interactive workshops on key skills YOU can use! Learn power-mapping, recruitment, public speaking, campaign planning, self-care, and more! All ages and experience levels welcome. Those who attend four […]
PJALS legislative priorities for the 105 day session which began Jan. 11. Treatment First Washington – to replace failing drug laws with a public health approach – treatment, recovery, and education. Washington Coalition for Police Accountability package of bills: HB 1054 prohibits unnecessary violent police tactics (chokeholds, tear gas, unleashed dogs, no knock warrant, […]
Calling our PJALS family to gather for poetry, dialogue, reflection, and planning with re-centering intention. We will have breakout rooms so we can debrief the past and plan for the next few weeks with each other. Link to register here: https://secure.everyaction.com/o8t_Ahx2mke2SW6mcKfbYg2
1.6.21 was an attack on our country by right-wing militants brought on by a President and complicit Republicans spreading lies about an election, hoping to subvert the will of the people who turned out in record margins. Confederate flags in our Congress, while some who swore to protect us and others who pledged to represent […]
A recent poll from Change Research shows Spokane County voters strongly prefer investing in social services and treatment instead of a proposed 1,200-bed jail. The poll, which was conducted in December on behalf of the Smart Justice Spokane coalition, found that 58% of respondents support increasing the sales tax by 0.2% to fund solutions like […]