What White Women Can Do!

Who Does Safety Pin Box Support?

Safety Pin Box benefits all people involved, but is specifically geared at supporting Black women & femmes who are contributing to the movement for Black lives.

Every month, Safety Pin Box will give one-time financial gifts to individual Black women who have demonstrated a commitment to serving Black people. Financial gift recipients will be featured in that month’s box at their discretion, and will be invited to contribute to that month’s task writing. Any and all Black women contributing to Black liberation in any way are encouraged to apply and recipients will be chosen at random each month from Black women applicants in our pool. The more subscribers we have, the more Black women we can support. Subscription fees, as a form of reparations, go directly to supporting Black women freedom fighters every month.

Learn More Click  https://www.safetypinbox.com/black-women-being/

 

 

It Must Be Black History Month

African Americans in the Arts In Spokane and Inland Empire

Visual and Performing Arts, Literary Arts, Media Arts

I would like to thank all of those that are helping us to develop a database of African Americans involved in the Spokane and Inland Empire in the visual, performing, literary and media arts. 

Steve Pitters and I have been discussing how to bring about a change in mind-set infusing overall community opportunity for African Americans in the Arts in Spokane. The individuals listed here are being asked to consider the following ways they can enhance the cultural scene for each of us by doing the following:

  • Develop a community who will commit to attend each others functions and events. This will help to ensure our visibility at these events.
  • Use this list to notify us of our activities.
  • Use this list to make others in the community aware of our activities.
  • People in other cultures and communities in the United States and elsewhere insure the development and growth of talented individuals and businesses.
  • We need to change the “me for myself” attitude. Spokane is small enough for us to be able to sustain and support the talents of those who wish to share it with others.

Send us your thoughts and calendars of events and let’s collaborate with each other in support of like-minded interests and events.

Below are the names and contact information we have located so far. Please continue to send us names and contact information on other artists you might know. We would like to know the medium they operate in, email address, street address, phone number, web address,  and whether they are on Facebook
Adell Whitehead <mspine@comcast.net>
Angel Walker <angelicawalk@hotmail.com>
Anjelica Newsome
Bob Bartlett <rbartlett@ewu.edu>
Carl Richardson <Carl_richardson1966@yahoo.com >
Carlos Verde – Facebook
Daron <zrockman@hotmail.com>
Darrien Mack <DarrienM@community-minded.org>
David Casteal <davidca@spokaneschools.org>
David Parker <dlppv@aol.com>
Delbert Richardson <ahtm@thespokentruths.com>
Denise E. Roberson <littlesistahs@live.com>
Donzel Milan <donzel_milan@yahoo.com>
Dycelia Weiss <dycelia@weissfinancialconsulting.com>
Echo Elysium -guitar/vocals
Elisha J Mitchell <elisha@gospelvocalist.com>
Fran Hammond <fran.hammond10@gmail.com>
Frankie Valinda Ghee <fvghee@gmail.com>
Gaye Hallman – Facebook
Genesis Vernon -rap artist
Ginger Ewing <ginger_ewing@yahoo.com>
Inga Laurent <ilaurent@lawschool.gonzaga.edu>
Inga Laurent <laurenin@hotmail.com>
Jackie McCowen-Rose <jqmcrose@gmail.com>
Jacob <jacobsportraits@aol.com>
Jeff Mooring <here2there26@gmail.com>
Jermaine <jermaine_86@msn.com>
Joseph King <toneKane31@hotmail.com>
Kenya Diallo -piano/vocals
Keven DeWayne Franklin <kevendfranklin@gmail.com>
LaQuan (LQ)  Local Legendz 1917 E Sprague Ave, -music
Lindell Reason – Facebook
Mariah Nicole Hernandez <mhernandez18@outlook.com>
Maya Roseman <mayaaileen@aol.com>
Nicholas Sironka <sironkamaasai@yahoo.com>
Priscilla Barnett -mixed media
Quindrey Davis -drummer
Rachel Dolezal <radolezal77@gmail.com>
Raggs Gustaffe – Facebook
Robert Lloyd <rdlloyd@comcast.net>
Robert Williamson <robert5592@aol.com>
Ron Greene -guitar/vocals
Ron Smalls <concernedcitizen2017@yahoo.com>
Salik (Anthony Stevenson) <silverbraclet@hotmail.com> -painter</silverbraclet@hotmail.com>
Seneca Skillscreate Smith   Facebook
Shalon Parker <shalon_p@yahoo.com>
Shantell Jackson <shantell.r.j@gmail.com>
Stephen Pitters <stephenpitters@comcast.net>
Yolanda Everette <yo143mrk13@gmail.com>

What White Women Can Do!

Who Does Safety Pin Box Support?

Safety Pin Box benefits all people involved, but is specifically geared at supporting Black women & femmes who are contributing to the movement for Black lives.

Every month, Safety Pin Box will give one-time financial gifts to individual Black women who have demonstrated a commitment to serving Black people. Financial gift recipients will be featured in that month’s box at their discretion, and will be invited to contribute to that month’s task writing. Any and all Black women contributing to Black liberation in any way are encouraged to apply and recipients will be chosen at random each month from Black women applicants in our pool. The more subscribers we have, the more Black women we can support. Subscription fees, as a form of reparations, go directly to supporting Black women freedom fighters every month.

Learn More Click  https://www.safetypinbox.com/black-women-being/

 

 

In the Heat of Battle We Can Often Lose Sight

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to those in the social justice arena suffering loss: Phillip Tyler, Mr. & Mrs. Poindexter, Rachel Dolezal, Children of the Movement.

Four things happened this week. A live Facebook post, a movie, and a couple of quotes.

  • In the movie Roman J. Israel, Esq. lost sight of his own personal needs in a 39 year struggle.
  • “We felt ‘called’ to save the world from racism, poverty, and war. We willingly risked our lives. But too seldom did we stop to recognize the burden we placed on our children.” Andrew Young

  • In the book CHILDREN OF THE MOVEMENT by John Blake the sons and daughters of MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., MALCOLM X, ELIJAH MUHAMMAD, GEORGE WALLACE, ANDREW YOUNG, JULIAN BOND, STOKELY CARMICHAEL, BOB MOSES, JAMES CHANEY, ELAINE BROWN, and others reveal how the civil rights movement tested and transformed their families.

 

This is also true for the families of today’s activists.Even those with the same goals don’t agree on the same tactics.

  • “Life is chaos. Be kind.”  Devon Waine Tyler
  • “Let’s be kind. You never know what someone Is going through.” Phillip Tyler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Thursday Coffee Discussion Dec 7, 2017

We have all been to many rallies and meetings at the end of which no one knows what they can do.  If you participate in demonstrations, rallies and social media and you do not know any members of the affected classes you are concerned about, you need to go to your local coffee house and have a discussion with five to ten individuals. Be sure to invite someone from the affected classes.  Begin building the community you want to live in.

There are now three First Thursday Coffee and Discussion groups where we discuss current issues, culture and diversity.

  1. First Thursday Original Group 10:00 am Rocket Market 726 E 43rd
  2. First Thursday FORZA Coffee  10:00 am Lincoln Heights Shopping Center 29th & Regal Note from Tom: We will continue meeting every first Thursday, and will start each in the small back room, which can seat up to 7. If there is an over flow we will split into two discussion groups, with the second moving to tables in the front. Please buy their excellent coffee and pastries, telling them you are with the group. That way the cost goes toward paying any rent they rightly deserve, meaning free reserved tables.Thanks, Tom Schmidt. thomasschmidt202@yahoo.com
  3. Community Catalyst monthly 10:00 am private homes email Susan Hales susanhales2015@gmail.com

Let us know when and where the group you have started will be meeting and we will help spread the word on what you will be doing.   Go to 4comculture.com and enter your contact info and info about your meeting in the Contact Form at the bottom of the post.

Meeting Notes:

Community Catalysts

First Thursday Forza

Black & Native American Film Discussion List

First Thursday Coffee Visitor

SPOKANE OPEN POETRY PROGRAM

HOST: Stephen Pitters

Thin Air Community Radio

88.1/92.3

Steve joined us for Thursday’s Coffee discussion. This week we discussed developing grassroots community building on the precinct level. He said we may want to put in a proposal at Spokane’s KYRS radio for airtime. He left us a copy of the June schedule so that we might see the programs the station is presently airing.

We are looking it over for future programing.

We could discuss the need for GRASSROOTS community organizers INSIDE OR OUTSIDE of the two party system. We at the first Thursday coffee discussion group have discussed how to build the community we would like to live in and now it’s time to take the next step.

I’d suggest:

  1. Have a house party meeting. Open your house. Invite your neighbors to have a discussion about participating in a democratic process built from the grassroots of your community.
  2. Meet regularly and report back to a First Thursday coffee discussion group. If you are not currently participating in a First Thursday group, form one with other citizen activists with whom you would like to meet and discuss political, social justice and cultural concerns.
  3. Define a job description for what a community organizer might do.
  4. If you’ve been marching, protesting, rallying and complaining about your government you need to go to My Vote. After logging in with your name and birth date, click on Voter Registration Details to find your precinct number.

When was the last time you heard from your Precinct Committee Officer?

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: STeve is looking for VISUAL, PERFORMING AND LITERARY artists to interview on his program “Spokane Open Poetry”.  He DOesn’t JUDGE, JUST allows you TO SHARE WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT!

The Spokane Open Poetry Program is for of all ages.  He is waiting to hear from you. Spokaneopenpoetry@kyrs.org

 

 

Stop HATE and Support JUSTICE

For those involved/interested in the Hate Crime against Mr. Norris Cooley and arraignment of Cooper and Pritchard

Several of us sent a card of support to Mr. Cooley after the October 11 hate crime. It seemed so small, but was at least something we could do. I kept thinking about what else could be done regarding the ever increasing hate crimes in Spokane (see some sobering statistics here). Seems these happen so often, we get all worked up, and yet still feel helpless.

Well, here is another idea! I teamed up with Randi Madison from Ammonite Ink who is a former EWU student of mine. Randi and I with the support of First Thursday Coffee Discussion Groups, came up with a design and some ideas to make December a month of love, not hate. ALL profits will go to the Center for Justice in Spokane.

Ammonite Ink is selling yard signs and stands (printed front AND back), 5″ window clings, buttons, long and short sleeve, youth and toddler t-shirts (with graphic on front and “Stand Together For Justice” on back). There is even a special deal for a t-shirt and sign SUPER CHEAP. These are organic fair trade jersey cotton t-shirts.

Scroll through the products, click on each of them, read about the crime which provoked this idea, then order lots of Christmas gifts! All orders taken between Nov.14 – Nov. 30 will be available for pickup or will ship no later than Monday Dec. 4th. Pick up will be at the Center for Justice, located on the third floor at 35 W. Main the week of Dec. 4, 2017. Pick up time is from 9 am to 4 pm. Orders placed between Dec. 1-15th will be filled and shipped on Saturday Dec. 16th but with not guarantee of arrival before Christmas.

Not a single person is making any money on this. Try to order by November 25 so you can display your REAL feelings in signs, buttons, and shirts during the month of December (and longer!). Perhaps you might even join us when the trial for the white supremacists begins on December 18.

Let’s Stand Together for Justice.

Wouldn’t it be great to see photos of WHOLE families gathered together with these “shirt statements” and yard signs posted on Facebook or on their Christmas Cards for the holidays? THANKS for reading! Please feel free to pass this message on to your own friends/family.

Most sincerely,

BARB BROCK, member, First Thursday Coffee Discussion

BUY NOW.  CLICK AND SUPPORT JUSTICE