Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Committee Update

Our Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) committee has been busy this past year with continuing our anti-racist education through book discussions, hosting action hours during the state legislative session to advance police accountability and criminal system reforms, and most recently hosting a fundraiser to support the Salish School of Spokane. 

The fundraiser for the Salish School of Spokane was part of our commitment to support the work and organizations led by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in our community. The event was a huge success. We more than doubled our goal of $3000 with $6226 in total donations received. The committee planning group did a phenomenal job of leading the organizing of this event. Thank you all so much!  The event was so much fun and we look forward to organizing our next one. 

Our book discussions are a part of our anti-racist education that has been primarily focused on the learning and unlearning white people need to do to reduce harm while engaging in social justice work. We just began  discussing Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer last week and would love to have you join us. 

  • Book discussions are on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30pm via zoom.
  • Planning meetings are on the 4th Thursday of each month at 5:30pm via zoom (no planning meeting in Nov or Dec due to the holidays). 

If you would like to join the discussion and aren’t on the SURJ email list yet, email Shar at slichty@pjals.org  so you can be added to the committee specific email list.