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Up On The Roof

by pjals Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 | 3:15pm | Comment on this

 Right smack dab in the middle of town/I found a paradise that’s trouble-proof (Up on the roof)
And if this world starts getting you down/There’s room enough for two up on the roof (Up on the roof
)—Gerry Goffin/Carole King

PJALS Steering Committee members Taylor Weech and Louise Chadez sponsored a fundraising party on June 27 up on the roof of the Saranc building in downtown Spokane. Dozens of their invited friends came to hear poetry by the Love and Outrage Collective, music by Lucas Brookbank Brown and PJALS director Liz Moore. All in all, we raised a little over $1600!

We met many new people, some from as far away as Guatemala recently settled in Spokane. Others were long time supporters/veteran activists and some were graduates of PJALS’s Young Activist Leaders program. Plus, friends and family of many of the attendees.

If you would like to host a fundraising rooftop party for your friends and family, comrades and allies, co-workers and neighbors to have an opportunity to learn about all the amazing work the Peace and Justice Action League is engaged in, we can help you with the planning. You do the inviting, decide on the theme if any, whether there is entertainment or poets or whatever vibe you want to make of it; we’ll walk you through it. PJALS director Liz Moore, will be there to speak about PJALS triumphs and needs. Contact us at amurillo@pjals.org

The Celebration Continues!

by pjals Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

condiPlease keep this date and place in mind: Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 pm-7:30 pm Saranac/Community Building 25-35 W Main Ave, Spokane, Washington 99201

Our continuing 40th anniversary celebration rolls into summer. Join wonderful like-minded PJALS members on the Saranac Roof Top (rain location: Community Building Lobby) to celebrate summer, our 40th anniversary, and all our marvelous PJALS volunteers!

This is our summer general membership meeting but all are welcome including newcomers interested in learning more about PJALS.

This is a pot-luck event. But please don’t hesitate to join us just because you have nothing to bring. We will be honoring our many volunteers who are the lifeblood of the movement for peace and justice in Spokane and  Eastern Washington. These are the people who remind us by their actions that we, the people, are the true, legitimate power in a democracy not the institutional powerholders.

The Saranac rooftop is always shaded by the afternoon. It’s the perfect place to share food and drinks and listen/watch  testimonies of our history, vision for the future, stories and memories,  and to network, sign up and join up with PJALS. For those who are interested in and curious about the Peace and Justice Action League, here is where your activist life can begin.

Pride…and then, pain

by pjals Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 | 4:16pm | Comment on this

13346769_10154129670101893_1795580373583024717_nWe had the largest number of volunteers serving on our Peacekeepers team this year. Seventeen people ranging in age from young to old showed up to help keep the peace during Spokane’s 25th Anniversary Pride Day parade and festival. Some followed alongside the parade route while others monitored the religious protestor’s circle at the park entrance, forming a human, porous, barrier between them and the thousands of beautiful individuals and families who showed up to celebrate their love and respect for the LGBTQ community. Peacekeepers served to remind folks not to engage with the hateful rhetoric and, in a few instances, to calm down bitter feelings and urges to escalate the tension into physical acting out against the religious agitators. Read more »

Young Activist Leaders Class of 2016

by pjals Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 | 4:16pm | Comment on this

0615161711aWith great pride and more than a little sadness at their departure, PJALS held a graduation ceremony for the 2016 class of the Young Activist Leaders program at the Community Building. This was an exceptional group of young leaders this year with nearly half of them being women of color. Three of the Latinas also worked as interns for PJALS providing invaluable support and spearheading the Truth in Recruitment program doing outreach work at Rogers High School about alternatives to joining the military. Read more »

Summer Gathering for Justice in Portland

by pjals Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 | 3:15pm | One comment.

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 »

Beyond Memorial Day

by pjals Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this
Rusty Nelson

Rusty Nelson

This is not for Memorial Day, but it’s being written over Memorial Day weekend, a time I’m at odds with many neighbors, extended family members, fellow veterans and fellow people of faith. In spite of solidarity in our anti-war community, I feel hostile and oppressed when the dominant culture prattles on about “ultimate sacrifice” and other fabricated concepts used to enhance the fantasy that the Pentagon is the author and finisher of our freedom, that every flag-draped corpse represents the best America has to offer, that dying in a murderous effort against another culture is a sacred gift to humanity. Read more »

Being A Part of this Selfless Fight for Justice

by pjals Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

tylerWhen I began my internship at PJALS back in February I remember how ambitious and eager I was to create change and create new ways of doing things. I was excited to see what we could do and how we could create a new communications strategy. This was all before I had even started to really get to know and understand the organization well. At this time as I reflect on my overall time at the organization this one aspect that I will take away and know that I have grown from. I realize know how foolish that approach may have been, and I am grateful for the invaluable experience that I have gained from it. Among many of the new skills that I have gained in my time here at PJALS is how to work and communicate effectively in a diverse team environment. Read more »

I Can Make A Difference

by pjals Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 | 2:14pm | Comment on this

As my year as an intern student here at PJALS comes to a close, I have come to notice how my time here has impacted my life on how I view the world and how I have learned and developed skills on how to become a social change agent and community organizer.

CassandraI had the opportunity of learning social work at the mezzo and macro levels and have valued every experience within them. I worked on policy issues such as the Fair Chance Hiring Act and helped with the beginning stages for the Immigration Initiative that will be on the November 2017 ballot. Working on these two issues gave me confidence and hope for a better future even when it seems that moving to the next steps will take time, I know that eventually it will get there! I know that PJALS has given me a voice to make a difference and I have never questioned because I do believe that I have made a difference in all the work that I have done. Read more »