How I Saw It By Robert J Lloyd
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Power 2 the Poetry is reaching across the generation divide. Take this opportunity to support our younger people. It is not every day that the younger generation asks for your participation. Grab a car full of your peers and come on down. In October 2017 we saw the Individual World Poetry Slam finals here in Spokane. Click to see the posted story written by local author Sara Saybo.
What Can We Do Spokane? How about inviting 5-6 people for coffee, tea or milk and have a DISCUSSION about how you can help The Poor People’s Campaign locally. After your meeting visit https://wp.me/P1UPVH-2Xj and use the Leave a Comment box to tell us about what you decided. Below is more information about the campaign. The national website is www.poorpeoplescampaign.org
Here is a heads up for you to hear Mojdeh, an African American performance artist from Chicago.
Mojdeh will be performing at the 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam Thursday and Friday in competition bouts and will MC the African American Open Mic on Saturday. Mojdeh is the Director of the 2018 National Poetry Slam in Chicago; the Education Director of Poets With Class at the Poetry Center of Chicago; and a board member of Surviving The Mic.
performance video: “An Open Letter To The Fair Jesus From A Dusk Toned Girl”
Thursday Oct 12 6:30 pm
The Bartlett 228 W Sprague
Friday Oct 13 6:30 pm
Boots Bakery 35 W Main Spokane
Individual World Poetry Slam African American Open Mic
Saturday Oct 14 10am – 12pm
Auntie’s Bookstore 402 W Main Spokane
Spokane poetry community hosts Individual World Poetry Slam for second time
“Between Spokane Poetry Slam, BootSlam, Three Minute Mic and Broken Mic, Spokane has made a name for itself in recent years as home to a thriving performance poetry community. After a successful event in 2013, Spokane is once again hosting the Individual World Poetry Slam, which will be in downtown Spokane from Wednesday through Oct. 14. . . . .
At the 2017 competition, 96 poets will perform during two nights of preliminary bouts at four venues – The Bartlett, Boots Bakery and Lounge, Rocket Bakery in the Holley Mason Building and the downtown branch of Spokane Public Library. ………
Host city coordinator Isaac Grambo, who also acts as commissioner of Spokane Poetry Slam, has spent the past two years preparing for this year’s event, which was created by Poetry Slam Inc.” Spokesman Review Oct 06, 2017
Waiting for “My Spokane Black People” is like Waiting For GODot. Must we die first? Life After Trump. It has been difficult getting Spokane’s African American community involved in social justice concerns. Here’s something easy you can do. Come see talented young actress Regina Carerre at the September showing of Waiting for Godot.
The last time we, Bob and Diane Lloyd, were waiting for Godot was in the mid-1980’s at 123 Arts at 123 S. Madison with Dave Gustafson & his wife, Nancy Malloy, Johnnie Montgomery, Frank Ponikvar, Ralph Busch, Tim Behrens, Tom Davis, John Schneider, Jennifer LaRue, Brian Flick. 123 Arts was on the south side of the railroad tracks across from the Otis Hotel in another historic Spokane brick warehouse, now a parking lot for condos.
The Venue: Terrain
Don’t miss the mid-2010’s version 40 years later on the north side of the tracks at 304 W. Pacific. Watch for more Terrain events at the Washington Cracker building “changing our region one artist at a time”.
I witnessed a great performance by the Gonzaga University Dept. of Theater and Dance.
The Acting : The Cast
You should have seen Regina Carerre who played Pozzo. She is a senior at Gonzaga University with an English major and a double minor in Criminal Justice and Theatre. And Jaron Fuglie as the slave Lucky gave the most tremendous monologue when asked to demonstrate that he could think.
The Set : The Art
The outdoor set IS the environment and changes with the forces upon it. The installation artist J. J. McCracken says that it “responds to adjacent elements: the constant flow of materials via the BNSF Railway and the history of the Washington Cracker building. Embedded objects refer to the transformation of raw material into goods through refinement and manufacture. Items in the junk pile suggest transportation, labor, communication, marketing, demand, consumption and waste when a hill of earth material slowly weathers, washing over and reclaiming them. The tree, questionably dead, loosely references beetle kill ravaging forests as climate change warms the North American woods. other referents include the Great pacific Garbage Patch.
A moving part of the set, we wait for the next train. Part of the ambient sounds of police sirens, ambulances, motorcycles that weave into the stream of the sound design which featured selections from Insect Courage (2016) & Califone (1998) by Califone and Guitars Tuned to Air Conditioners (2016) by Tim Rutili & Craig Ross.
Says Director Charles M. Pepiton, “We are entangled. Climate changes. Leaves grow like ashes as the BNSF railway threads its way west and east rolling pipelines of oil, coal, and lumber. We wait. ‘But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not.'”