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Welcome Cassandra!

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

Cassandra Guerreroby Jessica Silva

Cassandra Guerrero joined PJALS this fall as part of an internship through EWU’s Social Work program. She is from Moses Lake and moved to Cheney to pursue a higher education where she can make a difference. Cassandra has volunteered at Betz Elementary School where she mentored children at risk. She chose to do her internship at PJALS because she wanted to make a difference at the community level and not just on individualized problem and because she is tired of not acting upon issues that are important to her. Read more »


Welcome Jessica!

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

Jessica Silvaby Cassandra Guerrero

Jessica Silva joined PJALS through the EWU Social Work program for an internship with a community organizing perspective. Jessica chose a Social Work Degree because for five years of her life she lived in Mexico and saw all the hardships that people had to endure on a day-to-day basis and wondered how those people got there in the first place, then when she moved to the United States she was given the opportunity to gain an education. That’s when she knew she wanted to understand how to help people when they are most vulnerable. Read more »


Welcome Daniel!

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

Daniel Geiterby Moncerat Rodriguez

Daniel Geiter is a student from Whitworth University. His passion is fighting issues of societal inequity. Until the time he started high school, Daniel’s family was low-income. Daniel, who is white, says “I did not realize how much I benefited, solely due to my skin color. I started to hear about others’ experiences and how they have been treated when I got to college.” He felt a responsibility to try to secure equal treatment for individuals and believed he was capable of helping, which brings him to PJALS. Read more »


Welcome to Social Work Practicum Student Moncerat Rodriguez

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

Monce Rodriguezby Andrew Lack

Monce is a senior at EWU, doing her social work practicum at PJALS.  Monce is drawn to working within the juvenile justice system.  She also has always felt a close connection to Child Protective Services.

Monce is a graduate of the Toppenish School District in Yakima County.  She originally came to know of PJALS through a friend who had once worked with us as an intern.  She also credits her involvement with M.E.Ch.A. at EWU and participated in a PJALS peacekeeper training with them. Read more »


“I have done things I never thought I was capable of “

by pjals Friday, Jun 21, 2013 | 10:10am | Comment on this

Michelle Littleby Michelle Little

When I first chose to do my internship with PJALS, I was a bit wary of how well I could function as a community organizer. I can’t even keep my house organized, so the thought of organizing a whole community was a bit intimidating. However, looking back over the experience I have had with PJALS it was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. Read more »


“I was part of a monumental victory”

by pjals Friday, Jun 21, 2013 | 10:10am | Comment on this

Justin Fillaby Justin Filla

These past nine months at PJALS has been a great experience. I have had the privilege of sitting on the Marriage Equality Committee as well as the Palestine and Israel Human Rights Committee (PIHRC). From sitting on these committees I had the opportunity to work with some amazing individuals who have an abundance of knowledge and passion for the issues we worked on. Read more »


“I discovered my passion”

by pjals Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 | 5:17pm | Comment on this

Lucy Vazquezby Lucy Vazquez

The past nine months at PJALS have been very rewarding. There were many times I doubted my abilities in community organizing and often thought that perhaps community organizing wasn’t for me. During my practicum experience I didn’t get the intern-to-client work experience that my fellow classmates did, however I do understand the importance of lobbying and the importance of being politically involved. I would like to continue working around changing policy for social justice. One of my professors mentioned to us, “social workers are the lobbyists of the poor.” At first I didn’t understand her statement but now after seeing all the work that PJALS does for our community, I get it. Read more »


“I have the values and drive to influence change”

by Josh Neil Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 | 5:17pm | Comment on this

Josh Neilby Joshua Neil

I started the school year off excited to be able to gain knowledge and experience from PJALS.  Now I have a little over a week left of my undergraduate career and I’m wondering where the time went!  My time as an intern at PJALS has been so enriching.  I have learned so much about the issues I’ve worked on, and at the same time I’ve learned more about myself.  The thing I will remember most about my practicum experience is the people.  Read more »