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Actions & Resources for Peace in Israel & Palestine, Iraq, and Transparency in US Drone Targetting

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

Actions

Call Today:
Sen. Murray: 624-9515
Sen. Cantwell: 353-2507
Rep. McMorris Rodgers: 353-2374

Tell them: We have to build a better world for all our kids, and it has to start with each of us. Elected leaders must hear our demands that our money be spent to create true peace with justice, not to send more missiles or drones around the world. End drone use. End US war, occupation, and military aid in Iraq & Afghanistan. End military aid to Israel. 

Special message for Senator Murray: “Please tell the senator to vote against the additional funding to Israel in TODAY’s Defense Appropriations bill, especially since Israel is massacring people in Gaza right now.” 

Jewish Voice for Peace: Join the 64,000 who’ve signed our Open Letter telling Israeli leaders to stop killing civilians.

Just Foreign Policy: Urge President Obama and your representatives in Congress to demand that Israel refrain from bombing Wafa Hospital and other medical facilities in Gaza protected by international humanitarian law by signing our petition at MoveOn.

Avaaz: As a new round of violence kicks off in Israel-Palestine and more children are killed, it’s time to take definitive non-violent action to end this nightmare. Our governments and companies have continued to aid, trade and invest in the status quo, but we can stop this cycle of violence if we call on key banks, pension funds and businesses to pull out their investments — add your voice now.

United for Peace & Justice:  Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) have just introduced House Concurrent Resolution # 105, a privileged resolution under the War Powers Resolution that will force a debate and vote on U.S. military intervention in Iraq. It will come up for a debate and vote within fifteen days of the date in which it was filed. Call Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers now at 353-2374 to ask her to co-sponsor.

CREDO: Sign the petition: Demand transparency on U.S. drone strike targets: According to a number of civil and human rights groups, drone warfare has led to hundreds of civilian deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia – and a possible violation of international law. We want the government to name who it has killed with U.S. drones, where, and why, including an explanation of the legal authority and evidence supporting each of those killings.

Information & Resources:

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Marching for Immigration Reform

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 | 12:12pm | Comment on this

immigration reform march May 12014

Jeremiah Manes and YALP alum Molly Ftizpatrick carry the PJALS banner at the May 1 2014 march for Immigration Reform. PJALS Organizer Shar Lichty and member Mark Hamlin offered a Peacekeeper training for MEChA de EWU members who organized the event.

PJALS Director Liz Moore and little Duncan

PJALS Director Liz Moore and little Duncan say: Immigration Reform Now!

 


Your Snowflakes created a Blizzard for Accountability

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 | 11:11am | One comment.

blizzard collage

 

Our snowflakes created a facebook blizzard that could not be ignored! Thank you to the more than 40 individuals who helped spread the message: Mayor Condon failed the voters; Council: Reject the new police contract; Police Accountability for Spokane NOW! Click here for the collage all the “snowflakes”!

We helped to call out Mayor Condon on his complete failure to listen to the voters who overwhelmingly passed Prop. 1 and put pressure on the Council to unanimously reject the police contract.

There is still a lot of work ahead for us to achieve independent oversight for the Office of Police Ombudsman but for now let us bask in our victory!

 


“Move, Cathy–Get Out of the Way!”

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 | 10:10am | Comment on this

PJALS members join OneAmerica for Immigration Reform Action Nov 13

Momentum for commonsense immigration reform is growing. But Speaker John Boehner has yet to schedule a vote. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers continues to stand behind him. And 1,100 people are deported each day. We spoke out to call on GOP leadership to vote on a pathway to citizenship this year!

filling the sidewalk in front of Rep McMorris-Rodgers' office

filling the sidewalk in front of Rep McMorris-Rodgers’ office

 

filling the street

Filling the street, while we chant, “Move, Cathy, Get Out of the Way!”

 

12 risk arrest for 11 million people living in shadows

12 risk arrest for 11 million people living in shadows, including PJALS members David Brookbank and Mark Hamlin

Members of Washington Community Action Network and PJALS as well as college students from Whitworth, EWU, and Whitman were arrested in a civil disobedience action to convey the urgency of comprehensive immigration reform.

 


Time is Now to Say No War on Syria

Sunday, Sep 8, 2013 | 11:11am | Comment on this

and Yes to Practical Peace-Building Actions

Vets for Peace & PJALS members say No War on SyriaWith all three of our Congressional delegation saying they are “undecided” on authorization of military intervention in Syria, THIS IS THE WINDOW for us to act! All are hearing from constituents, and all need to hear from YOU!

The full Senate will vote this week; the House vote is not yet scheduled.

Senator Patty Murray: via Facebook or Email, DC phone: (202) 224-2621, Spokane phone: (509) 624-9515

Senator Maria Cantwell: via Facebook or Email, DC phone: (202) 224-3441, Spokane phone: (509) 353-2507

Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: via Facebook or Email, DC phone: (202) 225-2006, Spokane phone: (509) 353-2374

When you call, or when you talk to friends, here are the best resources I’ve seen about why we MUST say no to war with Syria and the practical peace-building actions we can take instead. Read more »


Talking to Electeds: No War on Syria

Sunday, Sep 8, 2013 | 10:10am | Comment on this

On Thursday a multi-generational delegation including PJALS members, Veterans for Peace, and clergy visited Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ office where we met with her District Director Louise Fendrich and Senator Cantwell’s office where we met with her Eastern Washington Representative Bryan Raines. Both said their offices had received many calls–keep ‘em coming! Here’s our quick debrief of our first meeting:

Each person shared his or her own story and most important reasons to vote NO on any authorization of military intervention in Syria: Read more »


Saying NO to Civil Liberties Violations

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 | 12:12pm | Comment on this

july 3 protest

PJALS members at our July 3rd 2013 action against government violations of our civil liberties received positive responses from passersby.


Peace & Justice Action Committee: A new model to advance our work

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 | 11:11am | Comment on this

building a just and nonviolent worldby Shar Lichty

After a summer off, our Peace & Justice Action Committee (PJAC) will be resuming our meeting schedule on Sept. 19th with a new approach: leadership development and campaign-specific organizing. Read more »


Say NO to US War on Syria

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 | 8:08am | Comment on this

No War on Syria

War is not the answer! US military intervention in Syria will lead to more bloodshed and deaths. Come join members of the PJALS, Veterans for Peace, and people from all over Spokane as we make our “NO WAR” position visible. ALL WELCOME!

Say NO to US War on Syria
Saturday August 31, 2:00 pm
Riverfront Park Fountain at Howard & Spokane Falls Blvd

Here are 5 ways you can ACT NOW: 

  • Spread the word on Facebook about Saturday’s rally or download & post this flier
  • Join us to make signs Friday at 2pm in the Community Building Lobby, 35 W. Main. Bring your own materials or use ours.
  • Donate to support this rapid response at www.pjals.org/contribute –all gifts appreciated!
  • Sign these three petitions–and share them!
  • Educate yourself with these useful articles below.

Petitions to Sign and share:

Articles:

 


August Claims

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. … If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, … want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. …. Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.

– Frederick Douglass,  Letter to an abolitionist associate, 1849


12 hours for everyday suffering

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

Lucia Vazquezby Lucia Vazquez

To bring attention to the suffering and struggles of undocumented Americans, I participated in a 12-hour fast along with 10 other folks from Spokane and Walla Walla on July 3rd in front of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office.

At first I was very optimistic of being able to do the full 12 hours with only water to drink yet as the day progressed I doubted being able to make it– my feet were sore, my head pounding, constant thoughts of food raced in my head.

My pain was nothing compared to the number of years families wait to see their loved ones, the deaths of innocent people attempting to seek a better future, the agony undocumented students experience knowing that tuition is due, the fear children face when their parents leave for work, the cruel reality that you’re one traffic stop from deportation–these are all real scenarios and being able to symbolized the suffering undocumented people face every day was my motivation. Read more »


Join Our Media Action Team

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013 | 1:13pm | One comment.

Justin FillaBy Justin Filla

The Peace and Justice Action League is looking for individuals who would like to join our Media Action Team. This Media Action Team will consist of authors who would like to write letters to the editor for causes that PJALS focuses on. These letters will be submitted to The Spokesman-Review as well as other area publications. The goal of this action team is to get more progressive voices out in the Spokane community. Read more »