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PJALS conference to feature 21 workshops, keynote from Sandy Williams


The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane will host its annual conference, “Resist and Rise Up” this month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive.

The event will kick off with an opening reception Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. with entertainment and wine, and then the day-long event will be the next day, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m – 5 p.m.

Sandy Williams, publisher of The Black Lens, is this year’s keynote speaker and will be presenting, “The Art of War.”

Attendees also have a choice of 21 workshops including “Bystander Intervention,” by Tara Dowd, “Friar Tuck Faith,” by Rev. Liv Larson Andrews and “LGBTQ Equality: Yesterday’s progress, Today’s challenges, Tomorrow’s opportunities,” by Tylene Carnell. A full schedule is available on the PJALS website.

Early bird registration is $40, $30 for PJALS members and $15 for those “living lightly.”


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Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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