Canvassing, talking with everyone you know and a lot of people you don’t yet know about the candidates, the elections, and what is important to both of you is the most effective means of winning elections and actually getting to the issues. Even the little things like wearing a Lisa Brown T-shirt to the grocery or to a concert in the park (Want one? Call Eileen 509-939-9108) and smiling at everyone whose eye you catch has a ripple effect. Tack on some extra buttons and offer one to anyone who engages you.
Humanists, liberals, scientists, educators, mainstream Christians, Muslims, Jews, and ivory town intellectuals have been quiet long enough. We’ve sat in our armchairs with our books, read the polls, and shaken our heads in despair. It is time to buzz. It’s time for us to throw off that old dictum that one should not talk politics in “polite company.” Damn it. We ARE polite company and it is well past time to talk!
From “The Importance of Smiling” an email sent Thursday July 18, 2018 by Jerry LeClaire, Eastern Washington Indivisible Group. He sends out an email “most weekdays” with a short topical post, upcoming activist event opportunities and links to resources and information. Contact Jerry if you wish to receive his emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW I SEE IT
By Bob Lloyd
I was asked by the Washington State Democratic Party to participate in a 30 second spot announcement. Being a visual artist I worry about the production process. When your ideas get turned into sound bites you never know what you are going to look or sound like. So here is the original full text of my testimonial about why I vote Democratic.
My Name is Bob Lloyd. I Am A Democrat.
I vote Democratic because I fought for self determination. I fought for desegregation of schools. I fought for public accommodations. I fought for the right to vote. I fought for open housing. I fought for economic development. I fought for affirmative action. I fought for equal and fair employment. I fought against the War in Vietnam.
All my life I have been fighting for the elimination of exclusion. The only place short of civil war is the democratic process. In all of my struggles for civil rights and social justice the Republican Party has been absent on all of the things that I hold dear. So I choose to vote Democratic and struggle within the party for inclusion, civil rights and social justice.
In This exhibit was first seen at the Spokane downtown library from January through March. Now we will be moving two E. Central Community Center we were able find it’s permanent home. But it will be made available to other institutions and galleries if you’re interested contact Robert Lloyd at email@example.com.
Coming soon to East Central Community Ctr. 500 S. Stone.
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 (4comculture.com). 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 take part and meet new friends, you’ll visit East Central Community Ctr. 500 S. Stone Spokane WA for First Thur each month at10 AM coffee discussion.
IF YOU REALLY KNEW ME Stories of Survivors and Warriors.
This exhibit we’ll be House & display at the E. Central Community Ctr. May.
This will be a traveling exhibit and can be made available for exhibitions at your gallery or institution. contact Robert Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
We believe in justice for all
We believe in lifting up the disadvantaged
We believe in dismantaling unjust criminalization systems
We believe in equal protection under the law
We believe in ending poverty
We believe in ending systemic racism
We believe in a moral narrative that is concerned with
how society treats the marginalized
We believe in transforming the political, economic, and
moral structures of our society
We believe in working toward non-partisan goals
We believe in sustained moral direct action
We believe in nonviolence
But getting organized doesn’t mean joining a pre-existing institution and taking orders. It shouldn’t mean for feiting your agency and intelligence to become a cog in a machine. Organizational structure should maximize both freedom and voluntary coordination at every level of scale, from the smallest group up to society as a whole.
You and your friends already constitute an affinity group, the essential building block of this model. An affinity group is a circle of friends who understand themselves as an autonomous political force. The ideal is that people who already know and trust each other should work together to respond immediately, intelligently and flexibly to emerging situations.
This leaderless format has proven effective for political and civic activities of all kinds, as well as other tactics in which many unpredictable autonomous groups overwhelm a centralized adversary. You should go to every demonstration in an affinity group, with a shared sense of your goals and capabilities. If you are in an affinity group that has experience taking action together, you will be much better prepared to deal with emergencies and make the most of unexpected opportunities.