Eventbrite - 2014 Peace and Economic Justice Action Conference

Rave reviews about our Action Conference:

“Great variety of programs and the opportunity to meet new people!”

“It gave me inspiration and hope.”

“Surrounded by the energy of like minded people, rare in Spokane!”

“Open discussions, amazing positive energy, and equality.”

“I met amazing people and the mingle times were so productive and interesting. The energy at this conference and the reception was amazing. Wow! It is hard to feel hopeless about America’s current state when getting together to make a change like this.”

“Idealistic but practical. Motivating, energizing.”

We want YOU to join in this year!

Enjoy Early Bird Registration Rates – through Feb 22, add $5 after Feb. 22:

    • $40 General Public
    • $30 members of PJALS and co-sponsoring groups
    • $15 Living Lightly (self-identified low-income, students, seniors, etc)
    • Limited “workshare volunteer scholarships” are available—please contact Shar at [email protected] for info. Two-hour workshare shifts include set-up, registration table, resource table, clean-up, etc.

Eventbrite - 2014 Peace and Economic Justice Action Conference

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Ft. Wright Drive

Friday, March 7: Opening Reception

6:00 -8:30 Join us for tasty nosh, wine & more, and performances from local musical & spoken word artists.

Saturday, March 8: Conference

NOW ANNOUNCING: A Global Listening Experience to open our conference on Saturday morning at 7:30:

PJALS and Global Days of Listening have teamed up to bring you an amazing experience:
Join us in connecting with a courageous group from Afghanistan, the Afghan Peace Volunteers, for a short conversation as registration opens on Saturday morning. Starting at 7:30 am we will live stream the Volunteers into Spokane for a very intimate listening and sharing session with those whose homeland has been torn apart with violence and occupied in our name.

Join us for a full day with three workshop sessions, a fantastic keynote speaker, breakfast, lunch, and lots of opportunities to connect with like-minded folks who are putting their values into action! Full Schedule with workshop descriptions.

7:300-9:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Opening Performances

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Dedication

9:30-9:45 Mixer Break

9:45-11:15 “Education for Action” Workshop Session 1 (90 min)

  • MLK’s Call to Conscience & What It Means in 2014 – Ellen Finkelstein, Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • Fundraising for Social Change: Asking for Money – Liz Moore, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane
  • You can make a difference: Abolishing the Death Penalty – Shar Lichty, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane
  • Building Grassroots Power Through Grand Strategy & Creativity – Bill Moyer and Eric Ross, Backbone Campaign
  • Interrupting Oppressive Statements – Mark Hamlin and Alyssa Henderson, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane
  • The campaign cash tsunami: why it’s happening, what is doing to the country, and how you can stop it – Ted Hensold, Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution (SMAC)
  • Why Won’t They Listen? Tools For Community Organizers! – Pastor Deb Conklin, The Oak Tree

11:15-11:30 Mixer Break

11:30-1:00 “Education for Action” Workshop Session 2 (90 min)

  • Nonviolence in Action: Building Community, Building Our Movements – Kristin Stoneking, Fellowship Of Reconciliation
  • Responsibilities and Duties of Board Members To Their Non-Profit Corporation – Mary Giannini, attorney
  • How to Persuade and Influence Others Through Story Telling – Bart Haggin
  • Artful Activism – Valerie Waley and Steve (Ziggy) Sigfreid, Occupy Spokane
  • Know Your Rights with the Police – Breean Beggs, Civil Rights Attorney
  • Truth in Recruitment – Hollis Higgins and George Taylor, Spokane Veterans for Peace
  • CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS: Achieving Equity in Health Care: Eliminating Economic and Racial Disparities in Health Outcomes – Mariah McKay, Lead Organizer, Washington CAN!

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-2:45 Keynote Speaker: Kristin Stoneking, Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation “Going viral: Pepper spray, the Panopticon and Peace”

A vocal advocate for the Occupy/Decolonize movement, Kristin achieved national attention in November 2011 for her role in a situation with violent overtones. Police officers pepper-sprayed activists who had joined a large Occupy Davis protest. Kristin successfully mediated between the parties and, when video footage of the dramatic incident “went viral” via social media, promoted the disciplined, principled use of nonviolent action.

2:45-3:00 Mixer Break

3:00-4:30 “Education for Action” Workshop Session 3 (90 min)

  • Time to Choose: Well-Being or War? Advancing Beyond the War Economy – Mike Prokosch, New Priorities Network
  • Planning & Running Meetings That Don’t Suck… and instead are Awesome – Liz Moore, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane
  • Youth Exist Now! Centering Youth and Breaking down Adultism in Activism and Youth Programs – Molly Fitzpatrick and Sevan Bussell, Odyssey Youth Center
  • Yoga as Self Care – Jenifer Harbour, Yoga Instructor, N. Idaho College/Garden Street Yoga
  • So You Think You Want to Run for Office – Bonnie Mager, former County Commissioner
  • The Only Democracy in the Middle East? – Jennifer Calvert and Taylor Weech
  • Smart Justice Campaign Panel – Angela Vera Webster, Smart Justice Campaign Organizer; James Wilburn, NAACP; Justin Pimsanguan, Don’t Shoot; Dom Felix, PJALS; and Layne Pavey, EWU MSW Student

4:30-5:00 Closing Plenary: Going Forward Together!


Door Prizes!

Co-sponsoring organizations’ members can attend at the PJALS member rate. If you’d like to co-sponsor, just fill out this quick form and return it to us, or email [email protected]. Underwriting sponsors make this event a wonderful success–and we appreciate you! If your network is bigger than your budget, your group might be able to give sponsorship support through in-kind publicity! Contact us to talk about it!


  • 15 now-Socialist Alternative
  • ACLU of Washington
  • Backbone Campaign
  • Bart Haggin
  • Community Building Foundation
  • Eastern Washington Voters
  • Faith Action Network
  • Greater Spokane Progress
  • Helena Service for Peace and Justice
  • House of Charity- Lunch support
  • I Did the Time
  • Inland NW Vegan Society
  • KYRS
  • Liberty Park United Methodist Church
  • Northwest Coalition for Human Rights (NWCHR)
  • Occupy Spokane
  • Odyssey Youth Center
  • Proud Times
  • Rachel Corrie Foundation
  • SEIU 1199NW
  • SHAWL Society
  • Sierra Club-Beyond Coal Campaign
  • Spokane Faith and Values
  • Spokane Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Social Justice Fund NW – Networking breakfast sponsor
  • Teleologics
  • The Fig Tree
  • The Oak Tree
  • UFCW 1439
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane
  • Veterans for Peace-Spokane Chapter
  • Washington CAN!
  • Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Why this conference? We want participants to leave with…

  • Analysis: deeper understanding of patterns of unequal power relations, locally and globally, and the interconnections of our work for change in this moment in history.
  • Skills: greater confidence and sharper skills to take creative and strategic action to shift the balance of power toward economic justice, human rights, and peace.
  • Relationships: strengthened relationships and networks as building blocks to creating change in our communities, with an emphasis on young activists and regional participation.
  • Action: increased commitment to ACT!

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