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Militarism, Islamophobia, and the Trump-Bannon-Pence Vision

by pjals Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 | 9:09am | Comment on this

PJALS Community Presentation:

Militarism, Islamophobia, and the Trump-Bannon-Pence Vision

Thursday June 29, 2017   6:00pm – 8:00pm

Westminster United Church of Christ, 417 S. Washington, Spokane, Washington

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What does Militarism look like under President Trump?  How does it connect to white supremacy, xenophobia, corporate exploitation, torture, Christian supremacy, patriarchy and far-right power?  This presentation and discussion will connect the dots between militarism and other forms of oppression and violence as it relates to President Trump and White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon’s plans for war.

Free & open to the public! 

Presented by PJALS.  Read more »


March for Racial Justice: Saturday June 17

by pjals Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 | 9:09am | Comment on this

March for Racial Justice

Saturday June 17, 1pm-2pm

Liberty Park, in East Central Spokane

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The Spokane Minister’s Fellowship, Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR), and Spokane NAACP have organized a March for Racial Justice, being held in conjunction with Spokane’s annual Juneteenth celebration, to highlight the community’s displeasure with the verdict in last month’s Bushnell trial, to address ongoing racial disparities, and to demand justice and racial equity within Spokane’s criminal justice system.

On May 11, 2017, a jury rejected first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter charges for the 2015 shooting of William Poindexter and instead ruled that it was self-defense for Edward Bushnell to shoot William Poindexter twice in the back as he was walking away. The Spokane Minister’s Fellowship and SCAR believe that the Bushnell verdict was not an isolated event, but one that happened within, and as a result of, a criminal justice system that is broken and riddled with racial disparities.

A snapshot of Spokane’s racial disparities:

  • Racial Disparities in Police Use of Force (Spokane Police Department Annual Use of Force Report, 2016)

~33% of Use of Force Incidents in 2016 were African American, Native American, and Hispanic

  • Racial Disparities in Officer Stops, Searches and Arrests (Officer Contacts with Civilians and Race in the City of Spokane, Edward Byrnes & Brad Arleth, March 2017)

~African Americans, Native Americans, Middle Easterners, and Pacific Islanders were substantially overrepresented in their proportion of contacts.

~At the City of Spokane level, African Americans and Native Americans were significantly more likely to experience officer-initiated contacts, and to be searched or arrested, in comparison to other racial groups. Native Americans were also more likely to experience a use of force incident.

  • Racial Disparities in Jail Confinement Rates (W. Haywood Burns Institute SCLJC Presentation, July 2016)

~In Spokane County for every White adult detained: 7 Blacks and 6 Native Americans were detained (2014)

~In Spokane County for every 1,000 White adults in the population: 18 Whites were detained, 130 Blacks were detained, 30 Latinos were detained (2014)

  • Racial Disparities in School Arrests (Spokane Public Schools 2016-2017, as of February)

~52% of Spokane Public School arrests were children of color

 

In addition to marching, PJALS has been asked to bring our Peacekeeper Team. If you’ve completed our Peacekeeper Training, you can sign up to be part of the team on Saturday at this link.

 


A sitdown with Lisa Brown

by Alyssa MacKay, Steering Committee Member Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 7:19pm | Comment on this

I had the privilege of sitting down and interviewing former Washington State Senate majority leader, and our keynote speaker for our Head, Heart & Hands luncheon, Lisa Brown.

You’ve been a champion of vulnerable populations for quite some time and in your past work in the legislature. How did you get started down the path of wanting to help people?

“I would have to say that it probably related to growing up Catholic and being exposed to the social justice aspect of Catholicism. I think in many ways that was the root. I would add that I also had an amazing high school teacher. My hometown in rural Illinois appeared to me to be all white and I was growing up, in essence, during the civil rights movement, so I decided to do an independent study on civil rights. My teacher gave me an amazing reading list. I started reading  an autobiography on Malcom X and Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver so it really covered a wide spectrum. I think that the combination of my education and the religious piece is what first got me on that path. Where it really came together even more is when I started being a part of a study group on Central America in graduate school. We were studying what was happening in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and what was happening to Bishop Oscar Romero and the nuns that were killed there, etc. So, those pieces sort of came together and it’s always been an interest of mine since then.” Read more »


Head Heart & Hands: Moving Forward Together – PJALS Luncheon

by pjals Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 | 10:10am | Comment on this

You are invited to attend our 2017 Spring PJALS Luncheon – Head Heart & Hands: Moving Forward Together.

There’s no cost to attend – you will have the opportunity to give at the luncheon!

Reserve your seat at this link at no cost!

Reserve Your Seat!

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Reject Trump’s Budget: Tax Day March, Rally, & Teach In

by pjals Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 | 11:11am | Comment on this

Reject Trump’s Budget: Tax Day March, Rally, & Teach In

Saturday, April 15th 12-2pm

Location:  March will start from the Community Building, 35 W. Main. Rally will be at Westminster United Church of Christ, 4th and Washington.

A budget is a moral document. Does Trump’s budget reflect your values?

Continuing our tradition of tax day actions that link out of control military spending with cuts to safety net programs for struggling families, we will be holding a March, Rally, & Teach In to connect the dots between Trump’s proposed $54 billion increase in military spending and cuts to many vital social and environmental programs.

Featuring the Love & Outrage Choir! 

Teach-In Speakers: 
Liz Moore, PJALS
Bonnie Roberts, Washington CAN
Amina Fields, immigrant and refugee advocate and leader
Annica Eagle, Planned Parenthood
Lee Taylor, Fuse Washington
Terri Anderson, Tenants Union of Washington
Kitty Klitzke, Futurewise

Ami Manning, Transitions

Jacob Johns, community supported organizer, Backbone Campaign

 


No War On Syria

by pjals Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 | 11:23pm | 2 comments

Friday April 7, 4:00-6:00 4pm, at the “V” at Division /Ruby and N. River Drive

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Come say no to war! We reject the false choice in #Syria that says “accountability” can only be found at the tip of an American bomb. Our sympathy and justifiable anger for the people of Syria should not push us into rash actions that could have terrible consequences. Support refugees, say no to war!

PJALS Statement and resources here: “8 Steps That Don’t Involve Raining Missiles on Syria”


PJALS Rally & Community Meeting

by pjals Friday, Mar 10, 2017 | 11:11am | Comment on this

PJALS Rally & Community Meeting

Thursday, March 16th 5-8pm

Community Building, 35 W. Main

Come meet like minded people – find ways of plugging in with your PJALS community!

Connect with people who share your passion for justice; learn ways to get involved!

 

  • 5:00-6:00 Come join the street corner rally: Support Refugees and Immigrants!
  • 6:00-6:30 Let’s meet and eat!
  • 6:30-7:00 Welcome and Discussion: What do we each need to build our movement for the long term?
  • 7:15-8:00 Small groups – where you can ask questions and find the area that holds the most interest for you and find ways to plug into PJALS:

* Peace & Justice Action Committee – Resist the Trump Administration; Rise Up!

* Showing Up for Racial Justice – moving white people into action as part of a multi-racial majority!

* Spokane Police Accountability & Reform Coalition – working for fair treatment, community oversight, and ending abuse of force!

* No Discrimination Spokane – educating voters & the community to defeat the anti-immigrant profiling initiative on our Nov ballot.


International Women’s Day: Be Bold For Change

by pjals Friday, Mar 3, 2017 | 5:17pm | Comment on this

 

FAVIANNA RODRIGUEZ IS OUR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER!

12:30-5:00, Saturday March 4

Spokane Woman’s Club, 1428 W. 9th
No cost! Kid friendly, open to the public.

Keynote Speaker Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, and activist based out of Oakland, CA; she is well known for using her art as a tool for activism on a larger scale. Her designs and projects focus on a wide variety of social issues ranging from immigration to interdependence and everything in between. Rodriguez is involved in various advocacy groups including, but not limited to, Presente.org and Culture Strike, in which she is the Executive Director. Rodriguez was recently featured in a documentary series titled Migration is Beautiful, which addressed how artists responded to failed immigrant policies in the United States. Read more »