Our 8th Annual Peace & Justice Action Conference will be held February 24-25th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane.

Friday, Feb. 24 6-9pm Rise Up! Opening Reception

Saturday, Feb. 25 9am-5pm All Day Action Conference

Register Now!

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 February 13th, add $5 after February 13th:

  • $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 sign-up for your desired shift here or contact Dena at [email protected] for info. Two-hour workshare shifts include set-up, registration table, resource table, clean-up, etc.

Register Now!

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

Friday, February 24th: Opening Reception

6:00-9:00 Join us for tasty nosh, wine & more, and performances from local musical & spoken word artists: Love & Outrage Choir; Liz Rognes; Love & Outrage Poets; Stand Up Count; Frank Clark; & more!

Saturday, February 25th: Conference

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

8:00-9:00 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)

Mobilizing for Justice and Community: How-To’s for Powerful Actions and Campaigns
Liz Moore, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane

Challenging Oppressive Statements
Shar Lichty, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane

No Discrimination Spokane: Defeating Spokane’s Anti-Immigrant Proposition

Erin Williams Heuter, Lutheran Community Services NW, Breean Beggs, City Council member, John Lemus, City of Spokane Human Rights Commisssion

Developing Skill in Compassionate Communication: Alternatives to Judging, Shaming, and Blaming
Mark Hamlin, Carol Bryan, & Susan Burns, Nonviolent Communication Facilitators

Impacts of Military Occupation on our Communities
Hollis Higgins, Ray Thorne, Mike Edwards, Larry Shook, Mary Kay McCollum, & George Taylor, Veterans for Peace, Spokane Chapter #35

Friar Tuck Faith
Liv Larson Andrews, Pastor, Salem Lutheran Church

Wake Up and Work: Anti-Racism for White People
Taylor Weech, PJALS Steering Committee

11:15-11:30 Mixer Break

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

Militarism, Human Rights, & the Trump Regime
Liz Moore, PJALS

Leading with Conviction: Empowering Voices of those Most Impacted
Layne Pavey, I Did the Time

We’re All Susceptible: Propaganda and Media Literacy
Mary Stamp, The Fig Tree and Celia Friedman, PJALS Steering Committee

How to be an Ally to American Muslims
Council on American-Islamic Relations

Exploring Collective & Individual Liberation through Best Practices in Fundraising
Dianne Riley, Social Justice Fund NW

LGBTQ Equality: Yesterday’s Progress, Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities
Tylene Carnell, Pride Foundation

1:00-2:30 Lunch and Keynote

Keynote Address: The Art of War

Keynote Speaker: Sandy Williams, Black Lens News

2:30-2:45 Mixer Break

2:45-4:15 “Education for Action” Workshop Session 3 (90 min)

Building a Unified Movement: Power, Identity, & Solidarity
Stina Janssen, Board member, Tenants Union of Washington, and Ingrid Chapman, United Auto Workers

Bystander Intervention
Tara Dowd, Red Fox Consulting

A Lesson on Privilege for Progressives: Why are People of Color So Angry?
Sandy Williams, Black Lens News

How to Advocate for Justice in the State Legislature
Liezl Rebugio, ACLU-WA

More than Just Malice: the Most Dangerous Law in America
Gabe Meyer & Reynelle Warren, Not this Time

4:15-5:00 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, please contact Shar at [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!

Our growing list of co-sponsors:

Premier Sponsor

Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund

Si, Se Puede!

Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane (our host)

Lunch Sponsor

Community Building Foundation

Networking Breakfast Sponsor

Social Justice Fund NW

Reception Sponsorship

Veterans for Peace

Building Power to Win

Growing Our Movement

Spokane Regional Labor Council

Washington CAN!

UFCW Local 1439


YWCA of Spokane

Strengthening Our Work


NASW-WA Inland Empire Region

Dedicated to Justice

The Oak Tree

The Grove Community

Spokane Socialist Alternative

In-Kind Support

Planned Parenthood Greater Washington and North Idaho

Spokane National Organization for Women

Center For Justice

Greater Spokane Progress

Tenants Union of Washington

Spokane Against the TPP

I Did the Time

Earth Day Spokane

Erin Jellison Design