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Workshops & Education
Annual Peace and Justice Action Conference
Our annual Peace and Justice Action Conference offers a large array of workshops from community leaders and educators – it truly is Education for Action! Our last conference was held on Saturday September 30, 2023 with additional kick-off events on Thursday and Friday. Bearing the resounding theme Praxis: Building Beloved Community Now, our 2023 conference aimed to push forth our collective journey toward a more just and peaceful world.
You can register at the link below to gain retroactive access to all conference recordings.
We are also excited to be able to offer retroactive access to previous conferences! The links below will take you to the corresponding conference registration pages. Once you register for the event, you will receive a confirmation email with the website and password you need to access all recorded conference materials.
- 2022 Peace & Justice Action Conference – Transnational Solidarity: Anti-racist Foundations for Peace
- 2021 Peace & Justice Action Conference – No Turning Back: Radical Progress and Collective Liberation
Check back here or on our Events page for upcoming workshops.
Why Race Matters Workshops
Why Race Matters: History, Systems, and Strategies workshops are offered by PJALS staff as members of the Racial Equity Trainers Cohort coordinated by Greater Spokane Progress. Visit Greater Spokane Progress to find out more about these co-hosted workshops.
Grass-Roots Organizing Workshops
Grass-Roots Organizing Workshops (GROW), offered throughout the year, are opportunities for everyday people to reflect on our experiences, deepen our analysis, learn new skills and information, and prepare to organize for peace and justice through practice and planning!
All our work for justice and peace is founded in the principles and practice of active nonviolence. PJALS helps train and staff events with peacekeepers who are skilled in nonviolent de-escalation techniques. We host training events for those interested in acquiring these skills.
Progressive Approaches to Addressing Antisemitism 2023 Conference Presentation
with Shane Burley and Ben Lorber
Based on the extensive archival research, original reporting, and over 150 interviews, our workshop is intended to take the lessons derived from progressive and antiracist approaches to community organizing and to apply them to antisemitism. Building on intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, Critical Theory, and other interdisciplinary interventions, our workshop attempts to develop a unique approach to the question of antisemitism that situates that struggle within larger movements opposing white supremacy, Christian dominance, and the legacies of settler colonialism. This workshop synthesizes the thesis and strategies that coalesced in an upcoming book for Melville House, which proposes a pathway for confronting antisemitism from within progressive social movements.
Fighting Antisemitism through Solidarity: A Justice-Based Approach Conference Presentation
with Ben Lorber
In our era of exclusionary ultranationalism, there is no question that antisemitism in America is on the rise, from the growing white nationalist movement to the increasingly radicalizing base of MAGA supporters. At the same time, national debates around what constitutes antisemitism are more politically charged, contentious, and confusing than ever. For progressive movements that care both about fighting antisemitism and winning justice and peace in Israel/Palestine, it’s more important than ever to get clear on these issues, as we protest Israeli human rights violations and advocate for freedom and equality for Palestinians.
Antisemitism is an ideology of conspiracy theory that locks systems of oppression in place, by keeping people confused about who’s really in charge. This interactive workshop will help us understand antisemitism through an intersectional lens, analyzing both how it impacts Jewish communities and how it works alongside other forms of oppression, such as anti-immigrant xenophobia, anti-black racism and anti-LGBTQ bigotry, to keep broader structures of racial capitalism in place. We’ll get clear on the difference between antisemitism and criticism of the actions of Israel or the political ideology of Zionism, while recognizing that antisemitism, like other kinds of oppression, can sometimes show up in progressive movements. Finally, we’ll explore strategies of fighting antisemitism wherever it shows up, from a perspective of solidarity and collective liberation.
Approaches to Change & Power Mapping Workshop
Youth organizers Ivy and Sarah present on different ways to make change on local and national levels. They also cover how to make change by working the way up institutions or individuals who have power.
Countering White Nationalism
Preventing Online Recruitment of Youth
With so many young people on the internet as schools are using online learning, there is more likely exposure to white nationalist recruitment content. This webinar comes with recording, slides, and resource sheet to help safeguard our youth.
We Keep Us Safe with Organizer/Attorney/Author Zach Norris
Zach discusses his newly released book, We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities, laying out a new vision of a care-based strategy for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment.
The organizing workshop will cover the basics of grassroots organizing. Specific organizing tactics, key steps to mobilization, and the anatomy of a successful campaign are included in the workshop recordings and slides.
Bystander Intervention Training
Sign up for the recordings and slides from this important workshop on how to speak up against anti-Asian racism in person or online.
Partners & Resources
Partners and Networks
ACLU of Washington
Asians for Collective Liberation – Spokane
Faith Action Network
Greater Spokane Progress
NUESTRAS RAÍCES of Spokane
Muslims for Community Action and Support (MCAS)
Odyssey Youth Movement
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI)
Raíz of Planned Parenthood
Resident Action Project (RAP)
Smart Justice Spokane (SJS)
Spectrum Center Spokane
Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR)
Spokane Immigrant Rights Coalition
Spokane Regional Labor Council
Tenants Union of Washington
Veterans for Peace Spokane Chapter
Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (WANW)
Washington Coalition for Police Accountability (WCPA)