Spokane Public Library, Downtown branch 906 W Main Ave., 3rd Floor

If You Really Knew Me you’d know that I’m the Black guy photographing your events and meetings.  If You Really Knew Me you’d know I am a supporter of community building (  If You Really Knew Me you’d know I taught my photography students that good photographs have four components.

This exhibition has

  • Impact – size 4 x 5 feet
  • Technique – cutting edge technology: CherryPIX video
  • Design/Composition – bold colors, striking brush strokes and textures, interaction
  • Content – in depth storytelling, stereotype blowing, media mixing, community building

If you would like to participate and meet new friends, you’ll visit the 3rd floor of the Downtown Spokane Public Library Tuesday January 30th at 6PM for the Artists Reception and Panel Discussion IF YOU REALLY KNEW ME Stories of Survivors and Warriors.


January 9 – February 28, 2018

Photographs by Robert Lloyd

Video by Doug Dalton and DaShawn Bedford

Wendy Levy for The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture

A collaborative, interactive photography exhibition in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness month in Spokane, these photographs were created with local women survivors and warriors. We hope these images and stories raise awareness, engagement and political will, so all those still in risk may find safety and freedom.

A project of The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, The Spokane Human Rights Commission, Community-Minded Television,The Jonah Project and Spokane Arts Supply

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.

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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 Visitor


HOST: Stephen Pitters

Thin Air Community Radio


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.



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”



How I See It: Money Talks. Divest Now.

How I See It: Hate starts and ends in your home

This weekend we will  be at your family reunion. They will be asked to sign this statement on family unity. What if you asked your families and Online friends to join the Stoakley’s we can change the world.

Something You Can Do: Share At Dinner Tonight

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This is a needed conversation every night. What strategies can we use to protect our freedoms, families, healthcare, environment, air, schools, our vote, and to stop wars.


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Black Agenda Spokane Starts Mid-Monthly Meetings JOIN

If you read The Black Lens News or ask Sandy she can tell you when & where. So What’s Next?  What Support  is Needed?  Have A Seat At Your Own Table!!

What’s the Next Step?  Subscribe to the Black Lens News, write an article in the Black Lens News, follow 4comculture has been posting events and things you can do. Become media literate and savvy.  When your politicians hold town hall meetings show up. This past week there were two. If you weren’t there, here they are:

  1. Maria Cantwell’s Town Hall meeting:
  2. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Town Hall meeting:

Here are nine of the 20 people who showed up at Washington United Black Agenda Spokane.

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If you want to see who showed up at the town hall meetings, photos are posted at 4comculture.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Maria Cantwell