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Water Is Life: 8 ways to Stand with Standing Rock #NoDAPL

by pjals Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 | 2:14pm | 2 comments
water-is-lifeRight now is an important time for all of us to stand with Native people opposing the construction of the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline project. If you want to get up to speed, check out this “5 Fast Facts” article or the links below.

Donate for a Supply Run for Standing Rock by local activist Jacob Johns

“Help send supplies to the standing rock sacred stone camps. We need everything from gas to medical supplies. We’ve raised the goal so that one bigger trip can expidite delivery of needed items. This fight is far from over!”
Last year we were honored to host Judith LeBlanc as our keynote speaker at our Action Conference. Judith is the director of the Native Organizers Alliance, which is joining tribal leaders throughout the country to call on the Army Corps of Engineers to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline:

In the last few weeks, thousands of people from throughout the country have joined the Standing Rock Tribe in North Dakota to peacefully protect the land and water.

Over the Labor Day weekend, workers flagrantly bulldozed sacred grounds at Standing Rock while elders, children, and many others watched in horror. Private security forces also brazenly used attack dogs against families who attempted to protect the sacred burial site.

“We are shocked by the brutality – and the loss to future generations,” said Judith LeBlanc, director of the Native Organizers Alliance and member of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma.

“This is an especially horrifying example of disdain for the history of the Oceti Sakowin people and of the disrespect Native people encounter on a daily basis.

“We are standing with Standing Rock, and with people throughout Indian Country in calling on President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline now, before more irreversible damage occurs to the ancestral sites, as well as the water that nourishes this entire region,” said LeBlanc.



Inside the Activist Studio with Winona LaDuke

by pjals Thursday, May 28, 2015 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

Winona LaDukeby Liz Moore

I loved talking with Winona LaDuke at Inside the Activist Studio at EWU at the end of April. I had heard her speak at EWU when she was campaigning for Vice President as Ralph Nader’s running mate. As the saying goes, I don’t remember what she said, but I do remember how she made me feel: excited, hopeful, like change was possible and regular people could make it happen. As soon as I met Winona, I began to feel calm and looked forward to talking with her more. She’s very warm and down to earth, not ego-oriented.

For me, Inside the Activist Studio capped off my second year as the Activist in Residence at EWU, a new program based in the Women’s and Gender Studies program. Just this year, over 600 EWU students were exposed to PJALS and social justice work; about 150 attended my panels and workshops on mass incarceration and criminal justice reform, and 200 joined our email list. Several will participate in our internships and Young Activist Leaders program, and of course some connections will last a long time and flower later. It is a position with a lot of freedom, and I’ve really enjoyed building relationships with some faculty and learning more about the campus culture. It was a huge treat to end my time in that role by talking with Winona LaDuke. Read more »

What I wanted to say…

by Rusty Nelson Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 | 2:14pm | One comment.

Rusty Nelson“If corporate interests cared about ‘creating’ jobs in the U.S., NAFTA and subsequent greased skids for ‘Made in the USA’ would be dismantled, and Americans would be building solar and wind power components for global energy needs.”

Rusty Nelson on Peace and War

It’s exciting to watch PJALS cram meaningful meetings, public events, and activist opportunities into your monthly schedule.  It reminds me that, halfway through our tenure at PJALS, Nancy and I realized Spokane had undergone drastic changes regarding things to do, places to be, and live and interactive education and information.  These days, of course, I have options. Sometimes, I feel free to simply stay home or even be detached about significant issues.  But there are times I miss the action, being in the trenches or on the street.

One week in December, there were two opportunities I couldn’t resist.  Read more »

PJALS statement on Coal

by pjals Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 | 11:11am | One comment.

See below to RSVP for the Dec 4 hearing on the impact of coal trains & exports. 

PJALS advocates leaving both coal and uranium in the ground, in order to accelerate as much as possible the rapidly growing deployment of solar and wind energy technologies. Only these (and a couple of other) proven renewables can swiftly eliminate energy scarcity, the key necessary condition for peace. Only swift transition to them can reverse the global warming trend and minimize its already manifesting impacts, like the $50 billion cost of New York’s “climate change hurricane.”

These renewables deliver the most jobs per unit of energy delivered. They are the least cost option when sensible economic analysis (which means the inclusion of externalities like health and environmental costs) is used. And they are the most readily available as they can be brought online much faster.

Coal benefits only a small fraction of the 1% (like the Koch criminals bringing us the Keystone pipeline) and harms virtually all other sentient beings on this planet, rapidly destroying their environmental, health, economic and strategic security.

This is a critical peace and justice issue. We support this position in concert with powerful cohorts like the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Rocky Mountain Institute and Read more »

Energy Abundance — a Cornerstone for Social Justice

by pjals Friday, Apr 29, 2011 | 3:15pm | One comment.

By Mike Nuess

Use of nuclear and fossil fuels has become humanity’s folly. In contrast, renewables like solar, wind and water (mainly geothermal) are abundant, clean, safe, democratic and durable. We’ve been lied to by powerful interests whose servile economists play the deceitful game of keeping so-called externalities out of the equation, because otherwise we would swiftly, urgently and competently develop the engineeringly proven renewable energy infrastructure available to us today.

But nature doesn’t ignore what the economists externalize: the costs of energy scarcity (endless war), increased food and water scarcity from climate turbulence, disease escalation, large uninhabitable areas of irradiated earth, etc. are part of nature’s equation.

It is essential to have a sense of scale. Read more »