The “Listening Session” By Tim Connor On a Wednesday in mid-November the City of Spokane did something it had never done before. It convened a meeting to hear from the public about the City’s imminent contract negotiations with the Spokane Police Guild and the Lieutenants and Captains Association. Those familiar with the problem will recognize what a […]
A partial solution to unwarranted police shootings of unarmed civilians By Nancy Street Here is a partial solution to unwarranted police shootings of unarmed civilians.
Submitted on behalf of the Spokane Police Accountability & Reform Coalition on Friday Sept 16 2016.
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 […]
By Jaclyn Archer, YALPista On August 12 and 13 community organizers from Spokane, Portland, Seattle, Olympia, and other Washington cities came together to discuss police accountability in the Northwest. The first annual Northwest Community Coalition on Police Accountability was held at Portland State University, and hosted by the Portland NAACP in cooperation with the Peace […]
By Tim Connor The circumstances surrounding the death of Otto Zehm at the hands of Spokane police in 2006 marked a turning point in the relationship between city government and the Spokane community. After a local prosecutor declined to prosecute, the U.S. Justice Department opened a criminal investigation. That probe led to the conviction of […]
Compiled from members by Taylor Weech, PJALS Steering Committee Member After Wednesday’s Community Forum on Racism, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice, I had a lot of strong reactions and wanted to check in with other PJALS members and friends about their take on the meeting and what our next steps might be as an organization, […]
by Whitman Neruda This is in response to the Aug. 13 Inlander article, “Manufacturing Fear.” First, our view as progressives is this: we don’t want big, intrusive government; we want an effective, responsive government and a human-scaled, people-first economy. We want to mid-wife a transformed America adept at non-violent communication and the skills that negotiate […]