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Preparing for the 2022 State Legislative Session Training 1

Virtual event via Zoom

Faith Action Network Advocacy Day, Jan. 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Zoom. The Faith Action Network and Paths to Understanding will conduct two training sessions to prepare for the 2022 Washington legislative session. At the first training session, the organizations will share advocacy videos produced by Paths to Understanding, an overview of the 2022 …

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Hip Hop and It Don’t Stop

Virtual event via Zoom

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. Hip-hop culture and its founding principles are often misunderstood due to its commodification and exploitation by corporate interests and mainstream media. Few know its humble roots as a tool to unify, uplift, and amplify voices, particularly for youth of color. Artist and activist King Khazm will explore the art, history, …

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Faith Action Network Annual Celebration

Virtual event via Zoom

Registration is open for the Faith Action Network’s 2021 virtual Annual Celebration and Fundraising Event, Sunday, Nov. 21, early evening. The virtual celebration will mark Faith Action Network’s 10th birthday and Paul Benz’s years of service. Tickets are by donation, and the event links will be sent out closer to Nov. 21. To register: bit.ly/FANDinner2021

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Taste of Guatemala: Virtual Chocolate Tasting & Celebration

Virtual event via Zoom

Taste of Guatemala: Virtual Chocolate Tasting & Celebration Nov. 18, 4:30 p.m. (PST) This 75-minute event will feature an interactive tasting with chocolate sommelier Estelle Tracy of 37 Chocolates and Nico Silverman of Diego’s Chocolates, followed by a celebration of CEDEPCA’s 35th anniversary. The $58 registration fee includes four artisanal Guatemalan chocolate bars delivered to …

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Our Biblical Connection to the Land

Virtual event via Zoom

Our Biblical Connection to the Land Featuring Daniel Stulac, ” Land and People Together: A Biblical Vision of Health,” and Yoshi Silverstein, “Sojourn & Soil: Connections to Land, Place, and Community in Jewish Tradition & Contemporary Practice.” At 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10 via Zoom. Here is the Zoom invite for this presentation: https://gonzaga.zoom.us/j/96333378163 Sponsored …

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Together Again: Bedtime Stories Fundraiser

Virtual event via Zoom

Friday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m. Every year, Humanities Washington and its friends gather for Bedtime Stories, Humanities Washington's annual fundraiser. To keep the community safe, this year’s event will be virtual. From the Poet Laureate to Prime Time Family Reading, Bedtime Stories will showcase the Humanities Washington programs that bring the state together. It is …

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Know Your Rights: Police Encounters

Virtual event via Zoom

Thursday, Sept. 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Morning Star Baptist Church, 3909 W Rowan Ave, Spokane, and via Zoom. Civil Rights attorney Andrew Biviano will help participants understand their rights when encountering law enforcement, including when and how an officer can arrest or detain an individual, what options a person has for asserting …

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Know Your Rights: Police Encounters

Virtual event via Zoom

Thursday, Sept. 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Morning Star Baptist Church, 3909 W Rowan Ave, Spokane, and via Zoom. Civil Rights attorney Andrew Biviano will help participants understand their rights when encountering law enforcement, including when and how an officer can arrest or detain an individual, what options a person has for asserting …

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Public Records Request Training

Virtual event via Zoom

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn how to do your own public records requests. Police accountability activist JD Leighty files dozens of records requests every year for various groups and his personal interest in holding the Spokane Police Department accountable. JD will be answering questions and walking through the process of obtaining records …

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Washington State Latina Health Symposium

Virtual event via Zoom

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Presenters include Dr. Elena Anaya of Marca Familia, Dr. Jasmin Zavala and Anastasia Newton of Sea Mar, and Dr. Rachel Bender-Ignacio of Fred Hutch. The symposium is free but registration is required. Register here: https://redcap.iths.org/surveys/?s=7KYXM9HJM9NJATY7 Sponsors include the Fred Hutch Center for Community Promotion, the Fred Hutch …

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Leadership Summit

Virtual event via Zoom

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sponsored by Spokane NAACP. Young people with experience in foster care and homelessness will present their ideas to transform foster care and end youth homelessness. Young people between 13 and 26 who have experience in foster care or with homelessness can register at surveymonkey.com/r/2021TMSSummit.

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Should We Build “Better” Humans?

Virtual event via Zoom

July 28, 6:30 p.m. This online event is sponsored by the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University and the KCLS Foundation, in cooperation with Humanities Washington. Should we use biotechnology to make humans “better?” Gene editing, pharmaceuticals, and computer tissue implants, among other interventions, will soon be …

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This is the End: How Movies Prepared Us for the Apocalypse

Virtual event via Zoom

July 24, 11 a.m. This online event is sponsored by the Upper Skagit Library and Humanities Washington. Great city streets emptied of people; a population panicked; misinformation in the air. If some of our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic seemed familiar, it might be because the movies already imagined them. Whether the cause is environmental …

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One Second of Hate: A Story of Forgiveness

Virtual event via Zoom

July 17, 10:30 a.m. This online event is sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Camas Public Library. “Where are you from?”, his attacker asked before shooting Rais Bhuiyan during a killing spree in Texas shortly after 9/11. The attacker, a white supremacist, had been hunting for “Arabs” and perceived Muslims, though not one of his …

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Faith Leader’s Sustainability Training

Virtual event via Zoom

The purpose of this meeting is to learn how to teach faith communities and networks about the City of Spokane’s Sustainability Action Plan (SAP). During the meeting, participants will learn where to find materials to help teach others about the SAP and to invite participant networks to provide feedback. Over the next 4 months, the …

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Law Enforcement and Racial Justice

Virtual event via Zoom

Wednesday, June 9, 7 p.m. This is the second of a two-part Zoom series sponsored by Spokane NAACP. Panelists will discuss recommendations made by the City of Spokane Use of Force Commission that was created 15 years ago following the Otto Zehm tragedy. They will summarize and discuss progress that has been made in implementing …

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Recurring Event Faith Action Network Spring Summits

Faith Action Network Spring Summits

Virtual event via Zoom

Faith Action Network’s Spring Summits will be held Sunday, May 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. or Sunday, June 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. Each spring, FAN gathers advocates from across the state to reflect on the past Washington legislative session and to discuss issues participants want to work on together in the future. …

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We Are Not OKAY: A Space for Black Healing

Virtual event via Zoom

Friday, May 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m. This virtual Zoom meeting is to bring together all Black communities, Black leaders, Black Educators, Black Health workers and all Black experiences. The goal is to address the many needs of the Black community, and for this space to be a source of inspiration, connection, belonging, and healing. …

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Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President

Virtual event via Zoom

Whitworth University will host a virtual discussion with New York Times bestselling author and historian Ron White, Tuesday, May 25, 7 p.m. White will talk about his new book Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President. In it, White explores the meaning behind a dozen notes that President …

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Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

Virtual event via Zoom

The 40th Annual Clergy Institute Featuring Jeffery Robinson – Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America. Thursday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For over three decades, attorney (and now ACLU Deputy Legal Director) Jeffery Robinson has devoted his career to racial justice. The history Robinson imparts is not easy. It is …

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Questioning Morals of a Student Journalist Covering the UI Homicide

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I am a student at Washington State University, a university that is not even ten miles away from the recent homicides of four students from the University of Idaho. As a journalist, and managing editor of the school paper, I have covered this story ever since WSU sent an alert to its students: “Moscow Police Department investigating homicide near University of Idaho campus. Not aware of any threat to the WSU Pullman Community.” But as a student, I was terrified.

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Can We Heal Our Divisive Politics?

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In our zero-sum political system, winners take all. It pays to invest in politicians who further our own interests, often at the expense of others. Ironically, our system of governance is among the world’s finest. For a couple of centuries it’s set the gold standard for emerging democracies worldwide. And that’s what’s scary. We can, we must, do better.

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Greetings from a Cesspool of Liberalism

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Spokanites (or is it Spokanians?) might not be aware where the dangerous stench is coming from. It arises out of “the cesspool of liberalism” about ninety miles south-south-east of them. This is what Dan Foreman, a newly elected Idaho State Senator, once called “Latah County, particularly the university, [and the] greater Moscow area” (Moscow-Pullman Daily News April 25, 2018). Now he will soon represent this “cesspool” in which I swim.

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