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

 

 

iWPS Poets Finals In Spokane

Names are in order of above photos.  Click on names below to hear them perform.

Anthony McPherson   Arvind Nandakumar   Asia Bryant-Wilkerson  Christopher Michael Damien McClendon  Ed Mabrey  Jahman Hill  Kenneth Something  Kofie Dadzie  Michael Harriot  RJ Walker  Rudy Francisco  Steven Willis  Yaw Kyeremateng

Read the story by local writer Sara Saybo on winner Arvind Nandakumar:

“A Real Cinderella Story”

MORE INFORMATION ON LOCAL SLAMS

 

Individual World Poetry Slam African American Open Mic

4comculture.com

Here is a heads up for you to hear Mojdeh, an African American performance artist from Chicago.

Mojdeh will be performing at the 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam Thursday and Friday in competition bouts and will MC the African American Open Mic on Saturday. Mojdeh is the Director of the 2018 National Poetry Slam in Chicago; the Education Director of Poets With Class at the Poetry Center of Chicago; and a board member of Surviving The Mic.

website: mojdehstoakley.com

performance video: “An Open Letter To The Fair Jesus From A Dusk Toned Girl”

Competition Bout
Thursday Oct 12 6:30 pm
The Bartlett 228 W Sprague

Competition Bout
Friday Oct 13 6:30 pm
Boots Bakery 35 W Main Spokane

Individual World Poetry Slam African American Open Mic
Saturday Oct 14 10am – 12pm
Auntie’s Bookstore  402 W Main Spokane

Spokane poetry community hosts Individual World Poetry Slam for second time
“Between Spokane Poetry Slam, BootSlam, Three Minute Mic and Broken Mic, Spokane has made a name for itself in recent years as home to a thriving performance poetry community. After a successful event in 2013, Spokane is once again hosting the Individual World Poetry Slam, which will be in downtown Spokane from Wednesday through Oct. 14. . . . .
At the 2017 competition, 96 poets will perform during two nights of preliminary bouts at four venues – The Bartlett, Boots Bakery and Lounge, Rocket Bakery in the Holley Mason Building and the downtown branch of Spokane Public Library. ………
Host city coordinator Isaac Grambo, who also acts as commissioner of Spokane Poetry Slam, has spent the past two years preparing for this year’s event, which was created by Poetry Slam Inc.”    Spokesman Review Oct 06, 2017

 

We Welcome A New Team With New Visions

The Alliance For Media Arts + Culture *

with

The  Black Lens Tickets $8
Buy the Series Get all 8 films for $59
For trailers and information
www.magiclanteronmain.com

*The National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture has moved to Spokane.

Mission

* Strengthen the influence of media arts organizations, making them an integral part of their communities;
* Facilitate the support of independent media artists from all cultural communities and geographic regions;
* Integrate media into all levels of education and advocate for media literacy as an educational goal;
* Promote socially responsible uses of and individual access to current and future media technologies;
* Encourage media arts that are rooted in local communities, as well as those that are global in outlook.

African American Writer Dominique Christina in Spokane

Dominique Christina is a poet, activist, educator, mother and African American.  She spoke to two audiences in Spokane. On the Saranac rooftop she spoke to a predominantly young feminist crowd. The next evening she spoke at Gonzaga University to young creative writing students and local writers. When organizations bring talented and gifted speakers to town who bring messages of interest to a Black audience there appears to be a disconnect. Either we don’t get the message or we don’t give a damn about the message. Both engagements were free to the public. Gonzaga University has a whole program this fall around hate.  Communities for Justice Fall Events

 

When you are told what to believe ask . . . .

THEN WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT IT?

Groups meet the first Thursday of each month from 10 – 12 to discuss the issues of the day and to build the community we want to live in. Locations:

Rocket Market 726 E 43rd Ave

Forza Coffee  2929 E 29th Ave

Community Catalysts – meets at homes – email Susan Hales susanhales2015@gmail.com

How I See It : Waiting For Black People Is Like Waiting For Godot

Waiting for “My Spokane Black People” is like Waiting For GODot. Must we die first? Life After Trump. It has been difficult getting Spokane’s African American community involved in social justice concerns. Here’s something easy you can do. Come see talented young actress Regina Carerre at the September showing of Waiting for Godot.

The last time we, Bob and Diane Lloyd, were waiting for Godot was in the mid-1980’s at 123 Arts at 123 S. Madison with Dave Gustafson & his wife, Nancy Malloy, Johnnie Montgomery, Frank Ponikvar, Ralph Busch, Tim Behrens, Tom Davis, John Schneider, Jennifer LaRue, Brian Flick. 123 Arts was on the south side of the railroad tracks across from the Otis Hotel in another historic Spokane brick warehouse, now a parking lot for condos.

The Venue: Terrain

Don’t miss the mid-2010’s version 40 years later on the north side of the tracks at 304 W. Pacific. Watch for more Terrain events at the Washington Cracker building “changing our region one artist at a time”.

I witnessed a great performance by the Gonzaga University Dept. of Theater and Dance.

The Acting : The Cast

You should have seen Regina Carerre who played Pozzo. She is a senior at Gonzaga University with an English major and a double minor in Criminal Justice and Theatre. And Jaron Fuglie as the slave Lucky gave the most tremendous monologue when asked to demonstrate that he could think.

If you did not see it, it’s OK, Godot never showed. Come see it September 7 or 9 at 7:30 pm or September 10 at 2:00 pm.

The Set : The Art

The outdoor set IS the environment and changes with the forces upon it. The installation artist J. J. McCracken says that it “responds to adjacent elements: the constant flow of materials via the BNSF Railway and the history of the Washington Cracker building. Embedded objects refer to the transformation of raw material into goods through refinement and manufacture. Items in the junk pile suggest transportation, labor, communication, marketing, demand, consumption and waste when a hill of earth material slowly weathers, washing over and reclaiming them. The tree, questionably dead, loosely references beetle kill ravaging forests as climate change warms the North American woods. other referents include the Great pacific Garbage Patch.

The Trains

A moving part of the set, we wait for the next train. Part of the ambient sounds of police sirens, ambulances, motorcycles that weave into the stream of the sound design which featured selections from Insect Courage (2016) & Califone (1998) by Califone and Guitars Tuned to Air Conditioners (2016) by Tim Rutili & Craig Ross.

Says Director Charles M. Pepiton, “We are entangled. Climate changes. Leaves grow like ashes as the BNSF railway threads its way west and east rolling pipelines of oil, coal, and lumber. We wait. ‘But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not.'”

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Spokane’s First Thursday May 4th

Rocket Market 726 E 43rd every First Thursday of the month at 10 am and at 6:30 pm

WHAT ISSUES need WORK to build the communities we want to live in?

How do we increase Spokane Diversity in a RESIST TRUMP MOVEMENT?

LET’S SET UP MORE Coffee Discussions on Social Justice. Locations? Times?

 

 

Join the Raging Grannies

Join the Raging Grannies at the People’s Climate Rally this coming
Saturday April 29 at noon at:

Spokane Tribal Gathering Place
(Next to City Hall)
353 N Post St, Spokane

Want to know more about the Raging Grannies?  Want to sing with them? Check us out on Facebook.