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After the Election: Coming Together, Gathering Hope

by pjals Friday, Nov 11, 2016 | 10:10am | Comment on this
We’re still here, we’re still together, we are still who we are. We see each other, we care about each other. We’re committed to justice and peace; we can fight shoulder to shoulder, AND WE WILL.
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Come listen, discuss and work together on how to reboot our energies. The resilience of the peace and justice movement flows from our individual contributions and our progress is driven by our collaboration and collective actions. Whether you are new to grassroots politics or an old hat, let’s meet over food and drink and share our hope and ideas.
Thursday November 17
5:30 – 7:00
Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway
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All welcome, kid activities available. Vegetarian, vegan, carnivorous food provided by PJALS volunteers!
If you want to contribute to our Taco Bar, please email brussell@pjals.org — Thank you!


Another Report on Jessica Campbell’s Workshop Calling Us All In: Race, Class, Gender and Justice

by pjals Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

By Ami Manning

I went to the workshop bone-tired. It had been a long, rainy day that began before 7 am and was stretching into the evening. I went for my family, Holden and Indy, two white boys from Idaho, who need to understand privilege and systemic racism. I feel this responsibility deep in my bones. My family is white, working-class poor, the kind of rural family that is losing out to corporate greed and has very few options left. There is despair and decline in the places I grew up. There is xenophobia and racism deep in the places I grew up, long legacies of exclusion and white pioneer worship.

When I was younger I found Anti-Racist Action; it was a confrontational and in your face kind of activism.  There was no room for dialogue; we were right and they were bigots. This year of all years, as I have been confronted daily by my own racist family members and a deluge of facebook hate, I wanted to know better, to understand better and to do better. Read more »

PJALS Voting Party and Potluck

by pjals Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 | 7:19pm | Comment on this

Between the fatigue of this election cycle and the fallout from the extreme divisions it’s brought to the surface of our social media feeds (and lives!), many of us are ready for it to be over already. But there’s one thing left to do before it can be over, and that’s vote. So let’s gather together to do our research, and make informed decisions–from the bottom of the ballot up. While PJALS can’t endorse candidates, we can share recommendations on initiatives and provide a neutral space for discussion and seeking to understand one another even as we disagree. So come on down! Bring your ballot and friends (and snacks to share if you want!) as we prepare to organize for whatever outcomes the elections bring.

Thursday October 27, 5:30 – 7:15, in the Community Building Lobby, 35 W. Main

Invite your friends on Facebook here. All welcome! Kid activities available!

PJALS Voter Guide 2016

by pjals Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 | 10:10am | One comment.

Positions taken by the PJALS Steering Committee

Statewide & local initiatives

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Share your PJALS Story

by pjals Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 | 11:11am | Comment on this

We want to hear your PJALS story! As we near the end of our 40th year of building a just and nonviolent world, we are asking for your help to tell the story of PJALS–through your experiences.

Will you take a moment and fill out the short form here.

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Support Indigenous Peoples Day

by pjals Friday, Aug 26, 2016 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

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Spokane’s City Council will vote Monday night, August 29, whether to begin to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. Will you come show your support? You can invite your friends here.

Or, will you email citycouncil@spokanecity.org to encourage undecided Council Members to support the resolution declaring the second Monday in October “an opportunity to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of the American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Indigenous Peoples of our region”?

You can see the Spokesman’s coverage here.

I went to my copy of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History to find Columbus’ journals and the eyewitness account of Bartolome de Las Casas. Zinn begins the chapter: Read more »

Part 2 of Doing Democracy book discussion

by pjals Friday, Aug 5, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

doing democracy bookCome join us on August 10 for the 2nd part of our discussion of Doing Democracy! And join us for a snack potluck so we can munch while we chat! We will be meeting at 5:30-7:30 pm in the conference room of the Community Building, 35 W. Main St.

Doing Democracy presents the Movement Action Plan (MAP), Bill Moyer’s practical strategic model that describes how social movements work.

The book presents a general theory of how social movements work,
including sections on democracy, power, powerholder strategy and
movement strategy; describes the four roles that activists need to
play effectively (compared to ineffectively) and explains in detail
the eight stages of the road to success along which activists need to
guide their social movement.

For more info on the book or to download a pdf of the first 3 chapters:

It’s okay if you missed the first discussion; our first meeting was a lively, thoughtful, discussion between 15  or so people (not all of them had read the book) and it soon became apparent we needed to continue the discussion to glean all the wisdom out of the book. Each of the first three chapters alone is so rich with ideas and insights as to be a single group discussion in itself. The best part was the forging of new connections between people who share a passion for justice, equality and freedom. Hope to see you there.

Summer Gathering for Police Accountability in Portland

by pjals Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 | 1:13pm | One comment.

Registration is now open: Click here to register!

For two years now, PJALS has been networking and collaborating with Portland’s NAACP and Seattle’s Mothers for Police Accountability to form the Northwest Community Coalition for Police Accountability In order to strengthen our regional solidarity and develop a long-term, strategic framework, a Summer Gathering of activists will held in Portland at Portland State University on Aug. 12-13, a Friday and Saturday.

We hope a huge Spokane contingency will be there. People like you and your friends and allies. Read more »