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Volunteers clean up graffiti after Salish school break-in

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By Elizabeth Backstrom and Elizabeth Schindler

A volunteer cleanup crew of more than 200 people joined staff at the Salish School of Spokane on Saturday to help paint over racist graffiti found on the walls and whiteboard May 4. Attendees included City Council President Ben Stuckart and Rep. Andy Billig, as well as leaders of the Colville and Spokane tribes.

The school, which operates a childcare center, ECEAP center, and provides Salish language classes, currently does not have security cameras, and staff said they don’t know how vandals entered the building.

Representatives from No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane plan to donate a security system to the school.

Police are investigating the incident, one of a string of recent hate crimes in Spokane, including anti-Semitic slurs found painted on the Community Building downtown and vandalism at the Martin Luther King Center.

Elizabeth Backstrom

About Elizabeth Backstrom

Elizabeth Backstrom majored in journalism at Western Washington University and currently works as a content analyst and grant writer in Spokane. Her background is in newswriting and features, but if an overabundance of caffeine is consumed, she has been known to write a humor piece or two. Backstrom attended various Christian churches growing up in Spokane and currently attends First Covenant Church, an inner-city ministry in downtown Spokane.

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Liz Schindler

About Liz Schindler

Liz Schindler grew up always wanting dreadlocks. Raised in a Christian household with Quaker roots, she has always been intrigued by hippies, communal living, and social change. Now, as a mother in an interfaith household, she is passionate about queer inclusion in Christian spaces, encouraging creative play in children, and hospitality. She is still devoted to activism and is currently interning for SpokaneFāVS. She lives on the line between gentrification and poverty in West Central with her husband, Neal Schindler (also a FāVS writer), son Oliver, and their two cats (who, let’s be honest, are the ones who own the house).

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