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Peace & Justice Action Conference

by pjals Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 | 11:11am | Comment on this

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.” Read more »


PJALS Postcard Happy Hour

by pjals Friday, Jan 27, 2017 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

PJALS Postcard Happy Hour

Tuesday, January 31 4:30-8pm (this is an open house type event–come when you can during this period) at the Saranac Commons, 19 W. Main

Come write postcards to your Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Senator Cantwell, and Senator Murry! We’ll deliver to Rep. McMorris Rodgers the next day, Wednesday, Feb 1st from 12-2 at her office at 10 N. Post. New folks welcome, kids welcome!


PJALS Resist & Rise Up: take action against Trump’s agenda

by pjals Friday, Jan 27, 2017 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

PJALS Resist & Rise Up: take action against Trump’s agenda

Wednesday, Feb. 1st 12-2pm at the Peyton Building, 10 N. Post

Come deliver postcards & make our voices heard!

As we watch a flood of harmful executive orders coming from Trump, we must Rise Up together in a strong demonstration of Resistance to his agenda.

In just a few days we have seen executive orders to reinstate the Gag Order on Reproductive Rights, advance construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL Pipeline, ban immigrants from countries with Muslim populations, build a wall on our southern border; and reinstate torture. We are likely to see more before this event.

Join with PJALS as we Resist & Rise Up! We will have speakers, signs (feel free to bring your own), and will send a delegation up to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers office to deliver postcards.


PJALS Delegation at Washington CAN! action on healthcare

by pjals Friday, Jan 27, 2017 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

We will be joining our community partner, Washington CAN!, at their action on healthcare at Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers office, 10 N. Post, on Monday, Feb. 13th at 1pm.

If you would like to be a part of our delegation, please contact Christina at cwalden@pjals.org

Washington CAN! is also looking for folks who are willing to share personal stories on why we need Rep. McMorris Rodger to save our healthcare. If you have a story to share, please contact Shar at slichty@pjals.org.


PJALS Delegation to Olympia

by pjals Friday, Jan 27, 2017 | 3:15pm | Comment on this
2014 MLK Lobby Day - PJALS delegation in march to the Capitol

2014 MLK Lobby Day – PJALS delegation in march to the Capitol

Once again we will be sending a delegation to Olympia with our community partner, Washinton CAN! to lobby for fully funding education. We will be leaving Spokane on Sunday, February 19th and returning after a full day of lobbying and action on Monday, February 20th. All expenses are covered.

If you would like to be a part of our delegation, please contact Dena at dbrill@pjals.org

 


People Rise Up! A Community Invitation to Action

by pjals Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 | 12:12pm | Comment on this

People Rise Up! A Community Invitation to Action

Saturday, Jan 21, 2pm – 5pm Community Building, 35 W. Main

Save the date & invite your friends! Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane and our partners are organizing our grassroots power action festival to say from day 1: We are paying attention, we are reaching out, we are mobilizing, we are turning up the heat! We believe in peace, human rights, respect & equality, racial justice, gender justice, economic justice — for ALL. And we’re not backing down, we’re surging up from our roots!

We feel the WHY of our commitment to take action — Come sharpen your skills for the WHAT and the HOW!

This FREE family-friendly, kid-welcoming event will feature:

* Soup & Bread Potluck! – come plug in your crock pot before the Women’s March if you want! Or just come eat! If you would like to contribute to the potluck, please contact Dena at dbrill@pjals.org.

* Creative Activities for all ages! Bring your left brain!

* Action Bar with postcards, petitions, and more!

* Tips for Action – Experienced activist and leaders will share guidelines for effectiveness in actions like calling elected officials, difficult conversations, assertiveness and setting boundaries, bystander intervention, public speaking, recruiting & motivating others, planning collective actions, and lots more so we can all work at the edges of our comfort zones.

* What kind of Changemaker are you? How to find your role and play it with your strengths!

* Poetry, music, and speakers!

Volunteers needed! Sign up here.

 


Thank you! Happy New Year!

by pjals Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

Update: Thanks to all who donated — gifts ranging from $10 to $2500 — we have surpassed our matching challenge! Thank you! 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Steering Committee and staff of PJALS!

We’re so grateful for all the wonderful members, supporters, volunteers, leaders, sponsors, donors, and partners who are part of our PJALS community.


Year-End Matching Challenge: Every Dollar You Give Matched!

by fitz Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 | 4:16pm | Comment on this

We need your help with our year-end matching challenge from long time member Jim Sheehan and our Steering Committee! Every dollar you give by December 31 will be matched up to $5410 – so please give today! I encourage you in this moment to dig deep for our year-end drive. We need resources to grow this movement. Whether digging deep means $20 or $250, I hope you see your gift as an investment in our collective survival.

 

 

I want to share my own story as one of your newest Steering Committee members. My name is Fitz. In the wake of the election you, like me, may have found yourself in an initial state of shock, anger and maybe even fear. In my opinion we are facing the most contentious political moment since 9/11 and certainly the most panic-inducing president-elect for those of us engaged and awake to the plight of oppressed populations. When I found out I would be living in a country where Donald Trump — a man who has expressed sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic and xenophobic views — would be president, I almost refused to believe it. As a queer and trans person living in Eastern Washington, I am used to feeling like an outsider but this was a whole other ball game. I awoke to panicked messages from my parents and other loved ones who were actively fearing for my life in light of the impending administration.

PJALS had already planned an election debrief event no matter the results. I didn’t have to ask where to go or what to do and I had an answer for other folks who were similarly at a loss. My own fear was replaced with a sense of responsibility as a new Steering Committee member. That day I got on Facebook and amidst the rubble of status updates that spurted feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and even hate, I saw glimmers of light from PJALS Director Liz Moore and my fellow Steering Committee member, Taylor Weech. What they each said boiled down to the following: Agitate. Educate. Organize.

Over two hundred people turned out to our election debrief meeting and renewed my faith in humanity. For most people there, showing up to share their frustration was their first act of activism, in their entire lives. I spoke to numerous white folks who were finally admitting to themselves that racism was alive and more monstrous than ever. People were on fire!

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