In light of more damaging news about State Rep. Matt Shea — this time about him seeking to run surveillence on left-wing activists — faith leaders are planning to gather outside Spokane Valley City Hall Tuesday to sing, pray and try to repair the image of Spokane Valley.
“We will have citizens speak to the issue of damage done to the character of our area. This is a time of sharing experiences and concerns,” an announcement reads.
The event, organized by Faith Leaders and Leaders of Consciousness, will include faith and non-faith speakers who will address the, “moral need to heal our reputation” and also speak against extremism
The vigil is designed to encourage City Council members.
” This is hard work and it will take our leaders and citizens working together to heal the continued damage to our reputation,” the announcement read.
The vigil will be at 5 p.m. at Spokane Valley City Hall, 11707 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley and will end at 6 p.m. so attendees can attend the City Council meeting, which several community members are planning to speak.
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 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, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.