Video – Coffee Talk: Responding To Hate & Violence, Part 2
On Sunday SpokaneFāVS hosted a Coffee Talk where panelists continued a previous discussion on Building Dialogue for Justice in Response to Hate & Violence.
The first conversation took place at the June Coffee Talk and can be viewed below.
Panelists spoke on the topic briefly, before leading a discussion on the topic with attendees.
Some questions addressed included:
- What is the role of each citizen to create a more civil society where random acts of violence cannot be tolerated as normal?
- How can we empower ourselves to effect a positive change in our community?
- What actions, large or small, can each of us commit to on a daily basis?
- Angela Schwendiman, Africana Studies Director, EWU
- Pui-Yan Lam, Professor of Sociology and Justice Studies, EWU
- Amy McColm, Education Committee Chair, Spokane NAACP
- Joan Braune, Lecturer in Philosophy, Gonzaga University, who recently wrote, “Experts who study far-right mass violence must center the communities affected“
The next SpokaneFāVS event will be in September. Details coming soon.
Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 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 SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.