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On Iran: Say “Yes” to Peace!

by pjals Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

Finally some good news! After a marathon of diplomatic efforts from seven nations, a Framework Agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has been reached. This opens the door to further non-proliferation efforts and to a dramatic improvement in US-Iranian relations, after decades of frozen enmity. Most Americans desire a diplomatic solution to the conflict with Iran. But without significant grass- roots mobilization, that aspiration will be thwarted.

[a message from our friends at United for Peace & Justice]

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“From Spokane With Love” World Premiere to benefit PJALS

by pjals Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 | 10:22pm | 2 comments

From Spokane With Love

Thursday Oct 17

Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main

7pm reception; 7:30 showing

Come for the reception at 7:00 with finger foods handmade by Shahrokh Nikfar!

“From Spokane With Love” is a heart-warming, entertaining and informative movie about the Friendship Delegation from Spokane who went to Iran to try and bridge the gap of stereotypes and misinformation and bring their two peoples together.

Shahrokh says it is the BEST DOCUMENTARY EVER.

Tickets are $20


or call 838-7870, or purchase at the PJALS office or at the door.

Regarding Syria

by pjals Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 | 11:11am | Comment on this

PJALS leader Mike Nuess has this strong op-ed on Truth-Out: 

Regarding Syria

While thinking about Syria it may be valuable to keep in mind something Chomsky regularly and wisely suggests: that the realization of a just and eventually peaceful world certainly requires our sustained commitment to the fundamental moral principle of universality, which simply means that we hold ourselves to the same set of standards that we expect of others. Then it would be complete hypocrisy to consider ourselves civilized were we to claim an act wrong for others but not for us.

On August 26, 2013 US Secretary of State Kerry said, referring to Syria, “The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children, and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity.”

Yet Kerry should know the U.S. has failed to renounce both its direct use of and complicity in the use of chemical weapons to indiscriminately kill thousands—possibly millions—in Vietnam, the Iran-Iraq war, the 2003 Iraq Invasion and 2008-9 in Gaza. The hypocrisy of our own government’s barbaric sale, tolerance and use of internationally outlawed weapons lends no credibility to its current claim that Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons is its real motive for attacking that nation.

Every act of state terrorism needs its pretext. … Read the full article here.


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 »

Mossadegh Legacy Institute founder to speak June 6

by pjals Monday, Jun 3, 2013 | 3:15pm | One comment.

The non-profit Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI), inspired by the legacy of the late Iranian Prime Minister, Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, seeks to “create a world that nurtures the nonviolent virtues and values of “The Gandhi of Iran” [Mossadegh], not only for his beloved Iran, but for the global community on our distressed Mother Earth.”

MLI has composed a petition to the Nobel Foundation for a joint Posthumous Nobel Peace Prize for Mossadegh and Mahatma Gandhi. MLI’s Board of Endorsers includes MIT Professor Noam Chomsky (Honorary Chair); Prof. Ervand Abrahamian; Tariq Ali; Cindy Sheehan; Professor Richard Falk; Prof. Stephen Kinzer and many other effective contemporary voices for truth and justice.

MLI is conducting a Mossadegh Awareness Speaking Tour across the U.S., seeking to build a deeper understanding of Mossadegh and beget Sanity in Foreign Policy, a condition urgently needed in today’s world. MLI founder Moji Agha will speak in Spokane on June 6:

6:00 to 8:00 PM, at Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W 1428 W Broadway Ave, Spokane, WA 99201 Read more »

Rusty Nelson on Peace and War: we can refuse to have people for our enemies

by Rusty Nelson Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 | 10:22pm | Comment on this

By Rusty Nelson

Here in our golden years, in our pastoral, rustic homestead, Nancy and I watch quite a few movies.  It’s sometimes a good way to escape reality and, sometimes a way to confront and examine reality, depending upon perspectives. As movie-watchers, we found ourselves viewing the whoop-de-do around the presentation of the Golden Globe Awards, holding out the hope that a “Hollywood Liberal” or two might make an inspiring statement about Martin Luther King or the Occupy movement, or denounce militarism or capital punishment or money-driven elections in the temporary, bully pulpit.

My moment arrived when Iranian director Asghar Farwadi went to the stage to accept the award for his film, “A Separation.”   Read more »