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Humanity is Indivisible: Support Refugees, Reject War & Prejudice

by pjals Monday, Nov 23, 2015 | 10:10am | Comment on this

PJALS members stand against prejudice and war

PJALS members say no to prejudice and war.

On Thursday November 20, PJALS members stood together to say Support Refugees, Reject Prejudice and War! We got lots of waves, thumbs up, honks, and thanks.


A Time for Nostalgia

by pjals Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 | 11:11am | Comment on this

Rusty NelsonRusty Nelson: On Peace & War

There was never time for nostalgia, here, even when I wrote this column every month. Just as PJALS was so often derailed from local projects by global violence and the siren call of war, my plans for a 40th anniversary recollection have been curbed by horrible attacks in Paris. Curbed, but not cancelled.

Here’s what must be said in November, 2015: The established powers of the earth continue to prepare for the same war, thinking we’ve learned from every tragic human sacrifice offered in the names of peace, panic and greed. Now, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our outraged allies to prove we have not yet learned the lesson of the Trojan Horse, never mind Vietnam or Iraq. Read more »


Photos: Iraq Anti-War Protest

by pjals Monday, Jun 30, 2014 | 11:11am | Comment on this

Originally published by the Inlander (http://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2014/06/20/photos-iraq-anti-war-protest)

Posted By Matt Weigand on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Approximately 30 Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane activists met on the median between Ruby and Division at North River Drive on Thursday during rush hour to protest the possible threat of bombing Iraq.

The group handed out fliers to motorists stopped at red lights, who gave a wide range of reactions to the protest, from supportive honks and waves to angry comments and obscene gestures.

Michael Poulin protests against the threat of bombing Iraq. - MATT WEIGAND

See and read more at Inlander >>


The US and Syria: Sometimes Peace Wins!

by pjals Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 | 3:15pm | One comment.

Lucia Vazquez Love for SyriaThis summer, PJALS members like you stood together for peace and against war on Syria. Headlines predicted US missile strikes were just days away. But because of people like you taking action together, the story began to change!

Together, PJALS members like you deluged our then-undecided Senators and Representative with calls and emails with reasons to oppose war. Read more »


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.

 


Time is Now to Say No War on Syria

by pjals Sunday, Sep 8, 2013 | 11:11am | Comment on this

and Yes to Practical Peace-Building Actions

Vets for Peace & PJALS members say No War on SyriaWith all three of our Congressional delegation saying they are “undecided” on authorization of military intervention in Syria, THIS IS THE WINDOW for us to act! All are hearing from constituents, and all need to hear from YOU!

The full Senate will vote this week; the House vote is not yet scheduled.

Senator Patty Murray: via Facebook or Email, DC phone: (202) 224-2621, Spokane phone: (509) 624-9515

Senator Maria Cantwell: via Facebook or Email, DC phone: (202) 224-3441, Spokane phone: (509) 353-2507

Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: via Facebook or Email, DC phone: (202) 225-2006, Spokane phone: (509) 353-2374

When you call, or when you talk to friends, here are the best resources I’ve seen about why we MUST say no to war with Syria and the practical peace-building actions we can take instead. Read more »


Talking to Electeds: No War on Syria

by pjals Sunday, Sep 8, 2013 | 10:10am | Comment on this

On Thursday a multi-generational delegation including PJALS members, Veterans for Peace, and clergy visited Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ office where we met with her District Director Louise Fendrich and Senator Cantwell’s office where we met with her Eastern Washington Representative Bryan Raines. Both said their offices had received many calls–keep ’em coming! Here’s our quick debrief of our first meeting:

Each person shared his or her own story and most important reasons to vote NO on any authorization of military intervention in Syria: Read more »


Regional lawmakers hesitant to back Obama’s Syria plan

by pjals Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

Originally published by The Spokesman-Review (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/sep/04/inland-northwest-lawmakers-hesitant-to-back/)

by Kip Hill

The Inland Northwest congressional delegation is treading softly as President Barack Obama seeks authorization to use a big stick in response to charges that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its people.

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican serving on the Senate’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee, said he was reluctant to authorize any military action despite the “awful” and “horrendous” conditions in the country. During a committee meeting Tuesday, Risch questioned Secretary of State John Kerry about the country’s response if Russia, Iran, Israel and other regional actors embroiled themselves in the conflict.

“Probably the more likely actor would be Hezbollah,” Risch said, referring to the militant branch of Shiite Islam based in Lebanon that has aligned itself with the ruling regime. “They’re in that country fighting for Assad.”

Read more at the Spokesman >>