We have all been to many meetings and rallies at the end of which no one knows what they can do. If you participate in demonstrations, rallies and social media you need to go to your local coffee house and have a discussion with five to ten individuals about what you can do about racial and social justice and community development. Begin building the community you want to live in. We want to build 100 of these coffee discussion groups. You may want to come to one of these listed below. Or start your own and let us know. Be sure to invite someone from the affected classes.
There are now several First Thursday Coffee and Discussion groups:
First Thursday Coffee & Discussion East Central Community Center 10 am 500 S Stone
First Thursday Original Coffee & Discussion 10:00 am Rocket Market 726 E 43rd (meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays)
Third Thursday Film Discussion 10 am Usually held in a member’s home. That person selects the film and sends out the invitation notice. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509.999.1263 for more information.
First Thursday Evening Discussion 6 – 8 pm BEGINS July 11 Carl Maxey Center 3116 E 5th Avenue
African American Men’s Discussion 6 – 8 pm BEGINS July 11 Carl Maxey Center 3116 E 5th Avenue
Call to Participation
Those interested in racial and social justice Those interested in community development 5-10 people meeting regularly for deep discussion Willing to meet regularly to plan strategies and take actions
First meeting: Thursday July 11 6 – 8 pm Carl Maxey Center 3116 E 5th Avenue
Depending on the number of participants we will divide into smaller groups based on interest. Each group can schedule future meetings.
1. I believe in justice for all 2. I believe in lifting up the disadvantaged 3. I believe in dismantling unjust criminalization systems 4. I believe in equal protection under the law 5. I believe in ending poverty 6. I believe in ending systemic racism 7. I believe in ending the war economy 8. I believe in ending ecological devastation 9. I believe in building unity across lines of division 10. I believe in a moral narrative that is concerned with how society treats the marginalized 11. I believe in transforming the political, economic, add moral structures of our society 12. I believe in working toward non-partisan goals 13. I believe in sustained moral direct action 14. I believe in nonviolence
We’re talking about a revolution: A revolution is a sudden radical change from the status quo. Here is an illustration. It is an abrupt change of the clock hand from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock. Gradualism could be on the same course from 12 to 6 but moving very slowly through seconds and minutes. But if you spin the hand in either direction you could bypass your goals and end up right where you started, advancing no change. The question is how do we move to our goals with a swift, direct, measured pace.
Can We Get Consensus On This
Organizations and community groups can share defined broad goals and objectives but tactics and leadership decisions should be based on their own agenda and left in the hands of the members of the specific organization, community or group.
The 14 Principles
I believe in justice for all
I believe in lifting up the disadvantaged
I believe in dismantling unjust criminalization systems
I believe in equal protection under the law
I believe in ending poverty
I believe in ending systematic racism
I believe in ending the war economy
I believe in ending ecological devastation
I believe in building unity across lines of devision
I believe in a moral negative that is concerned with how society treats the marginalized
I believe in transforming the political, economic, add moral structures of our society
I believe in working toward non-partisan goals
I believe in sustained moral direct action
I believe in nonviolence
Can we have your consensus on the 14 Principles above? Please click on “Leave a reply” at the bottom of the post then sign your name and email address in the Leave A Comment box appears.
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Homelessness is a national issue. This photo was taken in Washington DC September 2017.
This point-in-time count is a snapshot of people who are homeless in Spokane, counted by local teams on one night in January, a statistic that is limited by a variety of factors and not considered the complete picture. Because more homeless people were in shelters, and fewer were outside in hard-to-find places, it was easier to get a count, according to McCann and city officials. That might apply particularly to the chronically homeless, who are more likely to use emergency shelters.
In particular, the city’s super-tight rental market – with an estimated vacancy rate of 0.7 percent – makes it very hard for people to find affordable housing and pushes the homeless numbers upward. Nearly 500 people are qualified for federal housing vouchers but can’t find a place to use them in town, said Dawn Kinder, the director of the city’s Community, Housing and Human Services Department.
This year’s count showed:
1,090 homeless individuals, an 11 percent increase over last year. Eighty-seven percent of all people counted were in shelters. Around three-quarters of those were in emergency shelters, and one quarter were in transitional housing.
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