PJALS Turns 40, With A Purpose

pjals logoBy Tim Connor

Where did the time go? This coming year will mark PJALS’s 40th year—hosting, organizing and generally radiating good works from Spokane.

To mark this remarkable milestone—of a transformative social change organization growing from a seedling to a mature oak in one of the nation’s most conservative regions—PJALS staff and volunteers are already headed in at least two directions.

The first is to compile and organize the photographs, articles, and event memorabilia that chronicle the organization’s rich history and personalities. The second is to make the most meaning and use of the anniversary as a springboard to the future, especially to recruit new PJALS activists and supporters.

To be sure, Spokane still has its social and political roots in Gilded Age economics and militarism. But it is becoming a more diverse, tolerant and worldly city as a result of the work that PJALS has initiated and supported over the years. The 40th Anniversary will be an opportunity to chronicle, celebrate and set new courses for change.

If you have stories, photos, and/or memorabilia from PJALS history, or if you’d like to join the Anniversary Team, please contact Suzy at shalberstadt@pjals.org. For announcements about celebrations of our 40th, watch this space.

 

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