2022 Peace and Justice Action Conference

Transnational Solidarity: Anti-Racist Foundations for Peace

Saturday, November 12th

Hybrid: online and in person at Spokane Convention Center (see COVID safety guidelines below)

**Click here to register for online participation**

ATTEND VIRTUALLY HERE (Password was provided via an email from [email protected] If you have trouble locating it, email [email protected])

**Registration for in-person participation is available at the Conference starting at 8am on Saturday, Nov 12**

  • $70 for General Public
  • $50 for Members of PJALS and co-sponsoring groups (see list of co-sponsors below)
  • $20 for Living Lightly (self-identified low-income, students, seniors, etc)

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Suggested Readings and Resources

At the Action Conference, you’ll have the opportunity to choose workshops from four topic clusters:
  • Countering White Nationalism – Learn more about white nationalism as a local and global project.
  • The World We Want – Envision together a just and peaceful world, in contrast to the strife we see around us.
  • Transnational Intersectional Peace Movement – Get educated on the peace and justice movements growing locally, nationally, internationally, and transnationally; and understand the conflicts these movements face.
  • Education for Action – Learn the skills we need to join movements for peace and justice and build the world we want to live in.

After the Action Conference, head across the street to join the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Cocktail Hour – click here to purchase tickets! PJALS members may purchase Banquet tickets at the NAACP member rate.

Keynote Speaker: Maria Stephan

Transnational Solidarity: Anti-Authoritarian Foundations for Racial Justice and Peace

Maria Stephan is the Co-Lead and Chief Organizer of The Horizons Project, a national organization building a movement to address systemic injustice, advance societal healing, and reimagine American democracy.

Maria is an award-winning author and organizer whose work in academic, public service, and nonprofit sectors has focused on the role of nonviolent action and peacebuilding in advancing human rights, democracy, and sustainable peace in the US and globally.

Maria has dedicated her life to the proposition that ordinary people, when organized and inspired, can bring about extraordinary change.

Maria Stephan’s work, experience, and theory of change make her an ideal Keynote Speaker for this year’s Peace and Justice Action Conference. We are honored to host her virtually on November 12th.

Friday Afternoon & Evening November 11

3:00-5:00 Making History Visible Walking Tour
Join us on a walking tour through downtown Spokane. Presenters will talk about parts of Spokane history that are not memorialized. Meet us at the West End Plaza, 1310 W 1st Ave (by Brick West Brewing) at 3:00 PM, dress for the weather, and wear comfy walking shoes! We’ll end on the Community Building block of Main in time to link up with the next Friday night event.

5:30-7:30 Reproductive Rights Happy Hour and Panel to benefit PJALS and the Northwest Abortion Access Fund
Stand up for reproductive rights by joining us at Boots Bakery and Lounge at 24 W. Main St. for a benefit Happy Hour and Panel in support of PJALS and the Northwest Abortion Access Fund.

Saturday November 12 Conference Schedule

Suggested Readings and Resources

8:00-9:00 Registration and Relationship-Building

9:00-9:15 Welcome

9:15-9:30 Mixer Break / Transition to Workshop

9:30-10:45 “Education for Action” Workshop Session 1

  • BOLD-ly Forward: How PJALS is Activating Community and Bringing Race-Class Conversations to Spokane County
    Jac Archer and Cori Jeager, PJALS
    TRACK: The World We Want
  • Map of Bigoted and Anti-Democracy Groups in the Inland Northwest
    Kate Bitz, Western States Center, Sarah Dixit, Planned Parenthood of
    Greater Washington and North Idaho, and Laura Tenneson
    TRACK: Countering White Nationalism
  • Ten Things New Activists Should Know
    Liz Moore and Sarah Hegde, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane
    TRACK: Organizing Skills
  • The Seattle Solidarity Budget: Defund, Defend, and the Power of
    Community Advocacy
    Angélica Cházaro, Charles I. Stone Professor of Law Assistant Professor
    of Law, University of Washington School of Law
    TRACK: Transnational Intersectional Peace Movement

10:45-11:00 Mixer Break / Transition to Workshop

11:00-12:15 “Education for Action” Workshop Session 2

  • Collaborative Artistic Expression and Creation
    Sarah Torres, Artist
    TRACK: The World We Want
  • Digital Warriors – Women, Social Media and Revolution
    Documentary Screening and Discussion
    Dr. Yasaman Naraghi
    TRACK: Transnational Intersectional Peace Movement
  • Engaging People to Act: Key Ingredients for Recruitment &
    Blair David Tweedy Anundson, SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW
    TRACK: Organizing Skills
  • Christian Dominance and Christian Nationalism: What is the
    Difference and What Difference Does it Make?
    Nell Myhand and Paul Kivel
    TRACK: Countering White Nationalism

12:15-1:00 Lunch and Relationship-Building

1:00-1:45 Keynote Speaker Maria Stephan: Transnational Solidarity:
Anti-Authoritarian Foundations for Racial Justice and Peace

1:45-2:00 Mixer Break / Transition to Workshop

2:00-3:15 “Education for Action” Workshop Session 3

  • Muhammad Ali & Dr. King: Their Stand Against the Vietnam War
    Dr. Scott Finnie and Dr. Okera Nsombi, Eastern Washington University
    Africana Studies Program
    TRACK: Transnational Intersectional Peace Movement
  • From Proto-Fascism to Neo-Fascism
    Dr. Yasaman Naraghi and Dr. Enrico Zammarchi, Gonzaga University
    TRACK: Countering White Nationalism
  • How to Plan an Action and Best Practices for Rapid Response
    Justice Forral, Spokane Community Against Racism, and Jac Archer,
    Spokane Community Against Racism and Peace Justice Action League
    of Spokane
    TRACK: Organizing Skills
  • Post-Election Political Landscape: Spokane County and Washington State
    Liz Moore, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, the Rev. Deb Conklin, and Mark Cooke, ACLU-WA
    TRACK: The World We Want

3:15-3:30 Mixer Break / Transition to Workshop

3:30-4:45 “Education for Action” Workshop Session 4

  • The Platform For Change: Envisioning a More Just Spokane
    Jac Archer, Spokane Community Against Racism and Peace & Justice
    Action League of Spokane, and Rev. Walter Kendricks, Morning Star
    Missionary Baptist Church and Spokane Community Against Racism
    TRACK: The World We Want
  • All Bodies, All Choices: Countering White Nationalist Threats to
    Abortion and Bodily Autonomy
    Gabbi Nazari and Sami Alloy, Pro-Choice Washington
    TRACK: Countering White Nationalism
  • Organizing for Justice and Community: How-To's for Powerful
    Sarah Hegde, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, and the Rev. Rick Matters
    TRACK: Organizing Skills
  • Israel/Palestine: US Militarism, Activism, and Solidarity
    Dr. Joan Braune, Gonzaga University, Dr. Raja Tanas, Whitworth
    University, Dr. Albana Dwonch, Gonzaga University, and Stephen Miles,
    Win Without War
    TRACK: Transnational Intersectional Peace Movement

4:45-5:00 Closing Plenary

Going Forward Together!
Jac Archer and Liz Moore


Sunday Morning November 13

8:30-10:00 Burritos for the People – Volunteer Opportunity
Every Sunday morning, Spokane Community Against Racism provides Burritos for the People: no-cost 1lb gourmet burritos, coffee, juice, water, and trash pick-up in the area around our burrito stand. PJALS Action Conference attendees are invited to join in volunteering for Burritos for the People and help build the more just, equitable, thoughtful, and human-centered world we all deserve. Contact [email protected]
to pre-register as a volunteer and meet us at 44 W. Main Ave to participate!

10:00 Diverse Books Storytime at Auntie’s Bookstore
Join us at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main, for readings from children’s books that celebrate our diverse communities. Age group: 3-6 years old.


Conference Co-Sponsors:

Members of co-sponsoring organizations may register at the PJALS member rate!

As part of our shared commitment to keep our community safe, we appreciate you joining us in following the lead of community health workers in Spokane.

  • If you are attending in-person, we do ask ALL in-person participants to be current on their COVD-19 vaccinations and booster(s). Bring your current vaccination card or digital copy of vaccination record. We strongly encourage all participants wear masks, due to the sheer volume of people at this event.

More details will follow.

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