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Archive 2017

February 2017

Thousands of MLK marchers honor work of past and ongoing work for civil rights and overcoming discrimination.

Churches form Leavenworth ReSettles with the goal of connecting with refugees and Muslims.
Community Living Connections finds resources to help keep seniors, disabled in homes

Whitworth President Beck Taylor says an ally is in solidarity to own his power, show up, speak out and be counted for justice.

Students, ad exec share the role Spokane’s MLK Center has played in their successes.

Post Falls Food Bank operates like a supermarket for its clients.

Chinese students, who are 20 percent of St. George's 8th to 12th graders, add to the school's diversity and cultural awareness.
American Guild of Organists connects 42 organists in the region

Gordon Jackson, a retired Whitworth University professor of journalism, recently published two books, one in print and one online.

Editorial Trust is essential to our living together as a society and nation

Spending time with elders we can find their wisdom ‘wisdoms’ us

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Excerpts and summaries of stories, comments from Spokane’s Women’s March




January 2017

Fawn Schott works through VOA shelters and programs to meet people’s basic needs.

Pastor works through The Grove Community to expand housing in West Central Spokane and bring economic justice.
Scott Cooper is responsible at Catholic Charities for outreach, advocacy, Catholic social teaching, and emergency financial assistance.

To help feed hungry people, Steven Brashears rescues quality food from hotels, restaurants and grocery stores.

Pastor called to serve church and community has been involved with food bank, teen center, veterans’ retreats and praying for small churches.

Grandmother is storyteller in Coeur d’Alene schools, dispelling cultural stereotypes of American Indians.

Speakers define ‘gracism’ and consider ways to challenge racism as God intersects with racism.

Jerry Sittser of Whitworth Universityoffers retreat on overcoming adversity and finding redemption.

Sounding Board Newsletter excerpts and letters to the editor

Anxieties rekindle, reigniting proactive quest for equality and equity

Editorial Media can inform and inspire or can numb and overwhelm as info-tainment.


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