AiR launched in fall 2013 with Liz Moore, Director of Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS). Moore brings an emphasis on Young Activist Leadership Training and community organizing skill development to PJALS. In the 2014-2015 academic year, her second year as the Activist in Residence, Moore focused on student activist training, activist projects, and community engagement.
Liz Moore is the director of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, a 40-year-old Inland Northwest organization, engaging everyday people to build a just and nonviolent world through community organizing and grassroots leadership development for peace, economic justice, and human rights. PJALS’ annual Action Conference is the largest progressive skill-building and relationship-weaving gathering in our region, and the Young Activist Leaders program graduates passionate, highly-skilled, cutting-edge community organizers. Current PJALS campaigns include organizing for police accountability and alternatives to incarceration in Spokane, pushing for alternatives to war and to cut the bloated Pentagon budget to protect social investments and lifeline programs, and closing corporate tax loopholes in Washington state.
Liz began her nearly 20 years of social justice organizing in PJALS’ youth group. Her experience as a social justice educator and organizer includes coalition-building, racial justice organizing, leadership development, strategic communications, movement-model community-based electoral organizing on several initiative campaigns, and a depth of community organizing on a broad array of issues including marriage equality and environmental justice. During her two years as Activist-in-Residence, Moore was on campus for presentations, workshops, activist projects, and organizational meetings.