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Inspiration & Impact in Olympia: Lobby Day!

by pjals Friday, Feb 28, 2014 | 10:22pm | 3 comments

Bobby Kirlby Bobby Kirl

On January 20th, I and members from the 6th Legislative District participated, alongside PJALS and Washington CAN members from many Eastern Washington Legislative Districts, in an exciting and highly effective lobby day in Olympia. Our PJALS delegation of 16 people was our largest to date! The atmosphere and mood of the delegation was more than this aspiring activist could have hoped for right from the start.

2014 MLK Lobby Day - PJALS delegation in march to capitolMy first lobby day began with an inspirational rally. Several highly motivated organizers and activists shared heart-felt personal stories of their struggles and triumphs on important legislative issues like the Washington DREAM act–which has since been signed into law!– as well as increasing access to dental care, paid sick days for all workers and health care reform. The rally left the congregation with no doubt of the importance of the agenda. Shortly after that inspiration the entire group, nearly 200 strong, took to the streets for a multi-block march from the Capitol Theater all the way to the steps of the State Capital building. Read more »


Build your communication skills for effective lobbying!

by pjals Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

Frustrated with the political process? Feel like your voice is not heard when communicating with your legislators? Want to increase skills for effective meetings with legislators?

If so, please join us on Thursday, Dec. 5th at 5:30pm in the Community Building, 35 W. Main.

Come and learn effective methods of communicating with your state representative! We will use state revenue as the subject matter for this workshop, but the principles of communication apply to any issue. Come and learn how to let your voice be heard here and in Olympia! We will also be recruiting for a delegation to go to MLK Lobby Day in Olympia to put these skills to good use!

For more information, contact Shar at slichty@pjals.org or 838-7870.


Corporate Tax Evasion Costs Us Dearly

by Carroll McInroe Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 | 12:12pm | One comment.

Carroll McInroeby Carroll W. McInroe, former Sgt., U.S. Army and WACAN Editorialist

“Mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them.” Jefferson wrote those words in an 1826 letter to a friend, only days before his death – but he wrote for all of us. He was sounding a warning for the ages; mankind has always been plagued by the privileged and the powerful riding roughshod over the rest of us. And they always will – if we let them. Read more »


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

by Shar Lichty 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 »


August Claims

by pjals 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


We Walk to Keep Our Community Whole

by Josh Neil Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

signs on the cornerby Josh Neil, PJALS intern

On March 23rd our community came together to urge our representatives to reject cuts to education, healthcare, and other lifeline programs.  Nearly forty people from several organizations came together in the largest action the Spokane’s northside has ever seen.  Read more »


Walk to Keep Our Community Whole!

by pjals Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 | 8:20pm | Comment on this

Walk to Keep Our Community WholeCome Walk to Keep Our Community Whole on Saturday, March 23rd at 12Noon to reject the Senate’s proposed All-Cuts budget, and call on our state Senators in the 6th and 7th Legislative Districts to raise revenue and reject cuts that hurt real people in our community.  Read more »


Our Community of Action Going Forward Together

by Liz Moore Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

Dove Powerby 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 raise revenue & reject cuts as well as to counter the costs of militarism and to demand money for people, not for war. You’re also passionate about alternatives to incarceration & police accountability. You value that we create community together through our events & campaigns. You strongly support our Young Activist Leaders Program & our interns. You love our Action Conference. You want PJALS to continue to strengthen our connections with communities of color & with rural people.

Why prioritize those areas? Read more »