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Our priority areas for 2016-17

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As determined by our member priority survey responses and our Steering Committee! A Just Society: Smart Justice and Police Accountability Peace: Truth in Recruitment, Consciousness-Raising about Militarism, and Mobilizing against War! Human Rights Community Organizing: Building collective power with targeted communities. Ending the Death Penalty in Washington as our top legislative priority. Exposing & transforming […]

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Blueprint for Reform calls for “Smart Justice”

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by Dom Felix The Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) released its report “Blueprint for Reform” January 10th 2014. Many of the Smart Justice Campaign’s policy recommendations are in the CJC’s report–ideas like moving to an evidence-based criminal justice system, creating a Disproportionate Minority Contact Workgroup to address racial disparities, building culturally appropriate programs and […]

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Education Deform: School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Originally published by Dissident Voice (http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/12/education-deform-school-to-prison-pipeline/) by Paul Haeder As a preface here, as I have done many times as my role as writer for DV, I have to default to the local, as in, where you see fault lines and bright lines in a local situation, you can pretty much make the larger microcosmic statement […]

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Your Voice is Needed for Smart Justice: Hearing Wed., Nov. 6

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We’re part of the Smart Justice Campaign because PJALS members like you told us alternatives to incarceration and criminal justice reform are worth winning. Now is the time for us to spring into action together! Your Voice is Needed at November 6th Hearing to  Call for Smart Justice in Spokane Criminal Justice Commission Hearing  Wed Nov 6th at 6:00pm  […]

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Smart Justice needs you this fall

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Our community has a huge opportunity to make major reforms our criminal justice system starting this year. A three-member Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission that was appointed by the Mayor of Spokane and the County Commissioners is in the process of conducting a comprehensive and broad review of the criminal justice system that is in […]

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August Claims

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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 […]

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Our Community of Action Going Forward Together

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by Liz Moore, PJALS Director What I love most about PJALS is being part of a community of people who take action together based on the connections between human rights, economic justice, & peace. Our Steering Committee asked you, PJALS members, to guide strategic planning for 2013-2014. We learned that you overwhelmingly support organizing to […]

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An Invitation to Share Your Story, for Smart Justice

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A diverse coalition including PJALS, Greater Spokane Progress, and the Center for Justice is about to launch a Smart Justice Campaign to persuade the County to fully implement comprehensive alternatives to incarceration for non-violent and low-level offenders. We need to humanize this issue, so community members and elected officials will understand how the current system affects […]

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