PJALS Peace & Economic Justice Action Conference

Peace & Economic Justice Action Conference
Friday/Saturday, March 15th & 16th.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Ft George Wright Drive – Spokane

Our Action Conference–the 4th Annual this year–is the largest skill-building, relationship-weaving, movement-building gathering in our region, bringing together 200 grassroots activists and organizers for a full day of three workshop sessions (full list of topics here), a fantastic keynote speaker– Allison Cook from the Story of Stuff Project this year!–and lots of opportunities to connect with like-minded folks who are putting their values into action. Progressives in Spokane can feel very isolated; getting to leadership development opportunities usually requires hours in the car–but our conference gets rave reviews on both points:  

·         “Idealistic but practical. Motivating, energizing.” 
·         “Surrounded by the energy of like minded people, rare in Spokane!”
·         “I met amazing people and the mingle times were so productive and interesting. The energy at this conference and the reception was amazing. Wow! It is hard to feel hopeless about America’s current state when getting together to make a change like this.”
·         “It gave me inspiration and hope.”
OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday, March 15th from 5:30-8:30p at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Ft George Wright Drive.
Free and open to the publicFeaturing local spoken word and musical performances including local poet and aspiring musician Giovanni Aceves, singer/songwriter Ron Greene, acoustic musician Lucas Brookbank, Pixie Sweeney and Noel Jacobs.
– Giovanni Aceves will be performing his poetry about his personal experiences.  He is currently going to SFCC as a gateway to college student.  He plans on becoming a musician.
– Ron Greene is a singer/songwriter who performs soulful alt-pop music specializing in lyrics about life, love and the world around us.
– Pixie Sweeney is a Spokane transplant with plans to start a non profit and mobile free store. A stay at home mom with aspergers and a rare brain disorder, she has fought and won personal battles against homelessness, addiction, childhood trauma and most recently learned to walk again after a spinal cord injury.
– Lucas Brookbank Brown‘s down- home acoustic style has flavorings of folk, bluegrass, and rock combined in a savory melodic sauce.  His lyrics are thoughtful, evocative and genuine, as if penned by a man well beyond his years.
– Noel Jacobs is honored to be playing her songs for the first time.  She has been playing guitar since she was twelve.  She wants to dedicate this three song set to her late father Scott D. Cummings.
ACTION CONFERENCE: Saturday, March 16th from 8:00a-5:30p at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Ft George Wright Drive.
·         Conference registration at peacejustice.org/2013conference Early Bird Rates until March 2nd: $40 general public, $30 for members of PJALS and co-sponsoring groups, $15 for those who are living lightly (low-income, students, seniors, etc). After March 2nd, rates will increase by $5.
·         Keynote speaker Allison Cook, Director of Community Engagement for the award winning Story of Stuff Project. The Story of Stuff’s latest online movie, “The Story of Change: Why Citizens(Not Shoppers) Hold the Key to a Better World” offers ways in which citizens can come together for a more just and sustainable future. Interviews with Allison are available.
·         23 “Education for Action” interactive workshop sessions to help activists build their skills and develop as leaders building a broad movement for peace, economic justice, and human rights. Workshops will include: “Motivating People to Act: 4 Key Ingredients” by Liz Moore, Peace and Justice Action League, “Leading With Race: How to Advocate for Racial and Economic Equity,” by Rachael DeCruz and Tia Griffen from Washington CAN!, “Know Your Rights with the Police,” by Breean Beggs, Civil Rights Attorney, “Changing Lives, Lowering Costs, Creating Safer Communities: Smart Justice in Spokane,” by Ron Anderson from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mary Logan, Presiding Judge on City of Spokane Municipal Court and Marcus Ranson, MSW and ex-felon,  “Ending the Death Penalty in Washington,” by Brynn Smith from Safe and Just Alternatives, and “The Story of Change: What Kind of Change-Maker Are You,” by Allison cook from the Story of Stuff. Interviews with workshop presenters are available.
WHO:  The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane  is a 38-year-old organization engaging everyday people in building a just and nonviolent world through community organizing and leadership development for peace, economic justice, and human rights. The conference is co-sponsored by ACLU of Washington, Bart Haggin, Center for Justice, CME, Coalition Builders, Eastern Washington Voters, EWU Eagle Pride, Faith Action Network, Greater Spokane Progress, KYRS, Liberty Park United Methodist Church, MEChA, Notable Healing, Odyssey Youth Center, Palouse Peace Coalition, Pride Foundation, Progressive Democrats of America, Spokane, Safe and Just Alternatives, Scary Feminists of EWU, SMAC, Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, Social Justice Fund NW, Spokane Regional Labor Council, Sun People Dry Goods, Sustainable Structures, The Oak Tree, UFCW 1439, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, Veterans for Peace, Spokane, Washington CAN!, Washington Public Campaign LOGO, and Yak Research.

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