Spokane People of Color Legislative Conference

People of Color Legislative Conference
Areas of Focus Discussion for Spokane Region

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

The summit has three main goals: 1) to stimulate dialogue between diverse POC organizations, community leaders, and state legislators of color to build statewide solidarity, unity and mobilizing capacity on the most important issues to our collective communities of color; 2) to organize a platform for community leaders of color to develop a Legislative Agenda of top priorities for the Senate and House Members of Color Caucus (MOCC) to push forward; and 3) to come out with a working list of who’s working on what issue in what region, so that organizations across the state can build on momentum made at the summit. This is not meant to pre-empt any individual community’s legislative priorities, only build a resource for connecting people and organizations with shared issues.

Racial Justice Community Leaders

“Racial Justice Community Leaders” were invited to the summit and asked to bring their organization’s legislative priorities and were “welcome to invite POC community leaders you know to register for the event.”

Community Leaders of Color

The purpose of the summit was to hear from and connect people of color community leaders and legislators of color to build solidarity and mobilizing capacity across the state for issues that are of highest priority to our collective communities of color.

Below are Spokane’s top 10 priorities for each of the categories discussed.

Racial and Criminal Justice

  • End cash bail
  • Decriminalize driving with 3rd degree suspend license
  • Decriminalize poverty
  • I-1000 (pro) affirmative action (ref. 88 on ballot)
  • Expedition of voting rights restoration of people with felonies
  • HB 1517: Risk assessment, etc. for DV and IPV (need racial equity lens plus broader rep from impacted population)
  • Rights and education for women who enter prison while pregnant
  • True blood legislation

Housing, Homelessness, Displacement, & Human Services

  • Statewide rent control
  • Just cause eviction statewide
  • Fair chance housing
  • Enhance reentry housing
  • More $ for permanent affordable housing
  • Rental inspection
  • Landlord registry
  • Civil-legal aid/right to council for eviction court
  • Build in rent grace period or remove 3 notice protection revocation
  • Decriminalizing public camping
  • Data privacy

Education

  • Loan forgiveness
  • Universal voluntary access to ECAP
  • Full day kindergarten, Headstart
  • Raise ECAP poverty threshold so more people qualify
  • Cultural competence for Pre-K teachers
  • Increase support for teachers plus families for accessing development resources
  • Fund to provide disciplinary diversion to keep kids in classroom
  • More teachers/authority figures of color
  • Race pay equity-equal pay

Other

  • Racial health equity (tied for first priority)
  • Consideration of voting rights/participation in underrepresented communities (tied for first priority)
  • Ask for expulsion of Matt Shea (tied for second priority)
  • More $ resources towards impact of nuclear industry on communities of color (tied for second priority)

If you want to know what organizations and individuals registered for the event and represented people of color in our Spokane community, contact Terri Anderson and Jac Archer, the facilitators of the Spokane summit.

If you would like to see the entire list of issues suggested for consideration click here.

2019 Spokane Students Striking Over Climate

How I Saw It By Robert J Lloyd

Building 100 Discussion Groups

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 rdlloyd@comcast.net 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.

Contact: (509) 999-1263 or rdlloyd@comcast.net

14 Principles

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

What Are You Doing?


Who Are You Doing It With?

Join us at 4comculture.com. See those who have begun that change.

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

  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 systematic 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 devision
  10. I believe in a moral negative 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

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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