Peace and Justice Action League Joins Showing Up for Racial Justice

Spokane PJALS joins SURJ Show Up for Racial Justice

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.

Our Vision for PJALS

The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane engages everyday people to build a just and nonviolent world

Everyday people are together advancing peace, economic justice, and human rights, through campaigns grounded in the intersections of these values. We are:

  • Engaging youth, cultivating youth leadership and long-term involvement.
  • Nurturing strong relationships & active partnerships with communities of color, LGBT+ communities, faith communities, and other progressive bases.
  • Sharing our messages, setting the frame of debates, and engaging everyday people.
  • Delivering high-quality work through robust volunteer involvement and leadership, appropriate staffing, strong organizational systems, and a funding base that’s expanding, stable, and sufficient.

Life After Trump Starts January 1,

THURSDAY December 1st bring ideas for the life after DONALD. Drop in ANY coffee house and start A  DISCUSSION don’t wait on me! I am with Jay, Ron, Idris and Jim will be having are usual Thursday discussions at 10am the same place on the Spokane South Hill. We can make changes one cup at a time. Report back after you meeting. (Message me Robert Lloyd on Facebook for my coffee spot)


The 2016 Democratic National Convention

20160726_007765 BW COVERLiving in the Inland Empire of the Pacific Northwest we hear President Obama talk about hope and we see glimpses through the national media and online communications that a change is coming but it has not yet hit our corner of the northwest. The Democratic Party, progressives, the Socialist Alternative and churches have little to show in the way of diversity other than tokenism.  Seeing the Republican Party’s convention and their choice of Donald Trump as presidential candidate makes one lose hope in the future of America.

The 2016 Democratic Convention showed what democracy can be when color is added. Taking these pictures inspired this visual communicator and I hope looking at them will inspire you too.



Follow How I See It: the 2016 Presidential Election. Visit the page to view more pictures and share your responses.

I dedicate these images to Anderson Stoakley Lloyd, my 8 year old grandson.  I want to thank Diane Lloyd, my wife, my support and technical assistant; Sandy Williams and the Black Lens News; Pastor Percy Happy Watkins and New Hope Baptist Church; and Philadelphia cousins Ramona Rousseau-Reid and Joseph Reid.

Spokane Vigil Had Three Parts

How I See It by Bob Lloyd

July 9, 2016 Spokane County Court House

Part one was Black Lives Matter / All Lives Matter.

Click for more photos

Part two was Police Lives Matter.

P1020885_2Part three was Spokane showed how to handle a person when he tries to disrupt your non-violent protest/vigil/rally.

20160709 WhoKnowsFLAT-1Don’t let anyone hijack your non-violent protest.

Frank Ponikvar Passes

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Artists Communication Pallet members will miss the daily posts of artist Frank Ponikvar of Spokane, Seattle, Hawaii and Montana, one of the founding members of 123 Arts, publisher of the Art Paper, who just passed away. He will be missed by family, friends, and many on Facebook. There will be a memorial service in Spokane in a month or so.

When we met for coffee each week we would discuss what we could do with our time in retirement besides creating more art and filling up our studios. We would put our ideas on the table. These ideas ranged from starting an art school with a different curriculum to developing a place where artists could hang out and drink coffee and maybe play cards. I was always pushing to get started trying one of the ideas and he would return to sipping coffee and say “What will be will be.” One of his dreams was returning to living on his boat.

Shiosaki Family Arrives in Spokane

By Patricia Bayonne-Johnson

Kisaburo Shiosaki

Railroad and mine companies in the West had a severe shortage of laborers in the 1880s and 1890s so they reached across the Pacific to Japan to solve their problem. Thousands of healthy, strong, young Japanese laborers were recruited.  Kisaburo Shiosaki was of the laborers who came to America and eventually ended up in Spokane.

Click here for full story of Kisaburo Shiosaki.