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After the election: Grassroots surge

by pjals Monday, Dec 5, 2016 | 2:14pm | 2 comments

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By Liz Moore, PJALS Director

Hello to new members of PJALS holding our newsletter in their hands for the first time! We need you and welcome you as activists and leaders in our intergenerational grassroots movement.

With the electoral college victory of President-Elect Trump, many of us woke up on November 9 with reactions including fear, worry, astonishment, grim realism, and outrage for ourselves and those we love and stand with. Though all the fault-lines and fractures of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, manipulation, and big money have been present since the origin of our country, I have felt the need to map the new landscape, which retains very familiar landmarks as well as new terrain formations after this earthquake.

We are seeing a grassroots surge now. Every day since the election, we are seeing new members donating and new activists signing up on our email list and  on Facebook. Over 80 people gathered for a discussion on 8 hours’ notice the day after the election. Young people moved to action have organized large community mobilizations with hundreds turning out. Our PJALS post-election discussion “Coming Together, Gathering Hope” bulged at the seams with over 200 people – 3/4 of them new to PJALS!

People Power Must Be Visible. We need to keep mobilizing, connecting, and growing! Our commitment is deep and unwavering: We will stand up against hate. We will speak up! We will challenge our own fears. We will be true to our values! We will act with courage, passion, and strategy!

We reject fear, hate, apathy, white supremacy, homophobia, patriarchy, militarism, narcissism, Christian supremacy, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, violence, apathy, and despair.

We are rooted in and moving toward love, respect, community, peace, justice, youth, intersectionality, compassion, equity, dignity, equality, safety, empathy, understanding, graceful defiance, collective action, and liberation. Read more »


Our priority areas for 2016-17

by pjals Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 | 12:12pm | Comment on this

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 systems of violence & oppression to create beloved community.


Our priority areas for 2016-17

by pjals Friday, Nov 27, 2015 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

As determined by our member priority survey responses and our Steering Committee!

  1.  A Just Society: Smart Justice and Police Accountability
  2. Peace: Truth in Recruitment, Consciousness-Raising about Militarism, and Mobilizing against War!
  3. Human Rights Community Organizing: Building collective power with targeted communities.
  4. Ending the Death Penalty in Washington as our top legislative priority.

Exposing & transforming systems of violence & oppression to create beloved community and build a just and nonviolent world.

 


Spokane Supports Pasco – End Police Brutality

by pjals Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

Join MEChA de EWU and Tri-Cities Community Solutions at 2pm in Volunteer Park Pasco, WA as we come together for the 3 month anniversary of Antonio Zambrano-Montes’ death.

Use the facebook event page to organize carpools.

Donate to support gas money via this button — PJALS will pass through 100% of donations via this button to folks who are carpooling.

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Marching for Immigration Reform

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

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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!

 


A Part of Us All

by pjals Monday, May 5, 2014 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

Originally published by the Inlander (http://www.inlander.com/spokane/a-part-of-us-all/Content?oid=2300159)

By Rachel Dolezal

“Mayday, Mayday, Mayday,” seemed to be the call of more than 100 protesters lined up to march in Spokane last week, seeking urgent immigration reform. “We have written letters, gone on hunger strikes, made phone calls and are marching again to send a message to Cathy McMorris Rodgers that this issue is important to the people she represents,” said Dr. Martin Meraz-Garcia from Eastern Washington University’s Chicano Education Program. “This is about having compassion for others. It’s a humanitarian issue we should all care about.”

While immigration reform is supported by more than 70 percent of Americans, the small gathering at last Thursday’s march suggests an underrepresentation of regional voters. “All people should understand that immigration reform is important, because these people are a part of our society and the backbone of our workforce,” said Jackie Vaughn, a leader of MEChA de EWU, a Chicano student group. “We need people to be proactive and not just passively supportive.” Key legislation overwhelmingly passed the Senate in 2013, but if that bill, S. 744, does not make it to a vote in the House by this August, the movement will suffer a major setback.

Read more at the Inlander >>



Inspiration & Impact in Olympia: Lobby Day!

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

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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 »