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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First Thursday Coffee Discussion Sept 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.
  3. Community Catalyst monthly 10:00 am private homes email Susan Hales

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 and enter your contact info and info about your meeting in the Contact Form at the bottom of the post.

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Community Catalysts

First Thursday Forza

Black & Native American Film Discussion List

Spokane Studies Hate

Have you seen this bumper sticker in your community? Tell us what you know about it.

OCTOBER 19th – 21st, 2017

Hate studies is defined as “Inquiries into the human capacity to define, and then dehumanize or demonize, an ‘other,’ and the processes which inform and give expression to, or can curtail or combat, that capacity.”

Here’s something you can do. This conference is taking place here in Spokane this fall. Check out the breadth of topics and presenters.

Sponsored by the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies, Kootenai County Task Force for Human Relations, and Spokane County Human Rights Task Force

Gonzaga University

OCTOBER 19th – 21st, 2017

After you go to the conference come to a First Thursday Coffee Discussion and talk with us about.

First Thursday Coffee Discussion Notes: Forza

Tom Schmidt:

A First Thursday coffee discussion on race and white exceptionalism will be at the Forza Coffee House, Lincoln Heights shopping center on E. 29th St., 10:00 to 12:00.

The first meeting of the Forza group, in June, was a success, with about 15 in attendance. (The another Thursday group will continue at the Rocket Market Coffee house at the south end of Grand.) The large number meant that some had trouble participating, yet the discussion was lively and all seemed happy. 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.

That we have an interracial group discussing this topic aids us in two ways. First we generate ideas about attitudes and programs that can be used in our fight for justice and the vitalization of an egalitarian culture, informing the participants of the continuing racism and its ongoing developments. For instance, we continue to have lynching culture, devising different methods used to terrorize minorities every time the culture as a whole or as individuals acts as if it or they had the power of self-assertion, a power that threatens white, Anglo-Saxon exceptionalism, a right legally and conceptually recognized in Stand Your Ground social and legal conventions, the new Jim Crow. Minority cultural institutions, such as the African Honoring of the Elderly, are demonized as not economically viable by the majoritarian Anglo/Saxon exceptionalist culture. And we need not recognize any rights of demons.

The second benefit is that we can practice and become accustomed to listening, conversing, and discussing important current topics with an awareness of our habitual white exceptionalist responses, learning respectful and (dare I say it?) loving participation which we can then turn toward beneficial, productive programs. Each person will be expected to tentatively commit to a weekly behavior that will express the new awareness and developed values.

I have found these meetings tremendously helpful; not only do I find what others are doing, but I discover insights into my own behaviors and what I need to do to better express my values.

Useful topics to discuss: That depends on each individual’s interests. I suggest, for myself, how I unconsciously exercise an assumed, God given right to tell others what to do and where they may or may not go. And how I have the right to expect my government to defend this right with new laws and social forms that assert my right to defend myself and my physical and social property.

So come, bring friends and enemies to our meeting, and expect to have fun.

Thanks, Tom Schmidt.  509-290-6890;

2017 Spokane Communities for Justice Events

After you’ve heard the speeches and watched the documentaries, what can you do?  Now you can build the community you want to live in.

Building a Movement

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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

Maria Cantwell Gives Positive Responses at Town Hall

As you view photographs of activities here in Spokane on you may notice that there are very few people of color or affected classes.

WHY?          Let us know in the Contacts / Comments form at the bottom of this post.

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Maria Cantwell Town Hall Video:

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Town Hall Video:

Who was at Cathy McMorris Rodgers Town Hall?

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