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May 2022 Newsbriefs


Institute becomes Center for Hate Studies

Gonzaga University (GU), which formalized the interdisciplinary field of hate studies in 1997, marks its 25th year by announcing a new name: the Gonzaga Center for the Study of Hate.

The name change is part of structural changes in GU interdisciplinary studies and research.

The name doesn't change the mission of what was formerly called the Gonzaga Institute of Hate Studies.

"We continue to support research and education on the human capacity to dehumanize people as 'other' and processes to counter that capacity," said Kristine Hoover, professor of organizational leadership and director since 2016, citing national and global support for the center.

"Consistent with GU's commitment to courageous conversations, productive discomfort, and other diversity initiatives, the advisory and editorial boards will not back away or back down from discomfort that studying hate may create," she said.

"Expanding awareness of oppression and marginalization is the first step in moving toward safer, more inclusive communities," she said. "The center focuses on the antecedents of hate so we can better address root causes and encourage effective strategies to counter it."

Kristine and others have an endowment and develop courses on justice issues that connect with the community.

The upcoming "Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries," made possible by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association, is an opportunity for the center to develop programming in partnership with GU's Foley Library, which will host the exhibit beginning Friday, Aug. 26.

In 2021, Kristine published "Countering Hate: Leadership Cases for Nonviolent Action," a handbook for "how ordinary people can do extraordinary things to build just communities and stand against hate." The book recounts nonviolent strategies by people across the country.

"It explores how those of us who believe in equity and justice stand up against exclusion, intolerance and violent forms of oppression without resorting to exclusion, intolerance and violence ourselves," she said.

Kristine affirmed commitment to the center's next 25 years.

For information, call 313-3665 or visit

APIC Spokane plans events during May

"Amplify and Diversify" is the theme for APIC Spokane's Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (A/AA&NH/PI) Heritage Month activities in May in Spokane. APIC Spokane is organizing a graduation celebration, workshops, film screenings and art events from May 1 to 27.

APIC Spokane and Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington will host an Asian, Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Student Graduation for college, university and high school students from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 1, at the Hemmingson Ballroom at Gonzaga.

The Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR) and APIC will hold a meeting on "Asian Americans 101: Complexity and Diversity" with Pui-Yan Lam and Ryann Louie speaking at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, at Niche Coworking at 25 W Main Ave.

A panel on "Uncovering the Umbrella Term: AAPI" begins at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, on Zoom at

A "Hidden in Plain Sight: A Visual Anthology on the Complexities of Asian Identities" exhibit with photos from Margaret Albaugh's "Indivisible" and Frances Grace Mortel's multimedia installation, "Diaspora Recipes," will be on display from 9 a.m., Monday, May 2, to 4 p.m., Friday, May 27, at Terrain Gallery, 628 N. Monroe. There is a satellite program at the Eastern Washington University Women's and Gender Education (WAGE) Center in Monroe 207 in Cheney.

An opening reception for the exhibit is from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 6, and a closing reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 27, both at Terrain Gallery.
At noon, Monday, May 16, there will be a screening of "Diaspora Recipes" and panel discussion at the EWU WAGE Center.

At 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, there is a program on "Asian Americans 101: The Complexity and Diversity of Asian American Experiences" at the Spokane Valley Library.

A presentation on "Asian College Connections on Asian American Achievements, Familial Pressure and the Model Minority Myth" will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 19, online.

For information, call 339-4861 or visit


Fig Tree seeks support for 2022 directory

As The Fig Tree appeals for the last $7,696 to meet its Spring Benefits goal, it faced increased costs for publishing the annual, comprehensive Resource Directory for 2022-23.

As a result, they chose to work with TPC Holdings in Lewiston, which prints the newspaper, even though pages will be three-eighths of an inch shorter, requiring adjustments to some ad sizes. However, all pages will be color.

"We will do saddle-stitch binding—using staples. It's much less expensive than perfect binding," said Mary Stamp, The Fig Tree editor.

"We appreciate the flexibility of TPC Holdings to accept working on this project so near our deadline. We are pleased because of our ongoing relationship with TPC Holdings," said Mary.

Malcolm Haworth, directory editor, is working to cut and consolidate listings to save space and prepare a more concise, user friendly directory.

"We expected costs would be up for the printing and paper, so we are increasing advertising and seeking more individuals and agencies to be community partners," he said. "We have $36,000 of our $48,000 ad goal and $10,000 of $20,000 from community partners confirmed."

He urges people to send listings and ad copy as early as possible before May 31, so he can complete pages and send them to the printer in June.

For information, call 535-4112 or email

Center for Hate Studies receiving nominees

The Gonzaga University Center for the Study of Hate is accepting nominations for the Eva Lassman "Take Action Against Hate" (TAAH) Awards through July 31.

Anyone may nominate an individual or organization countering hatred in the local, national or global community by addressing racism, religious bigotry, sexism or hatred toward the LGBTQ community.

Nomination forms are at under Eva Lassman Awards.

For more than 10 years, in honor of the life and memory of Spokane Holocaust survivor and educator Eva Lassman, the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies, now called the Center for the Study of Hate, has presented the two annual awards.

Winners of the 2022 TAAH awards will be recognized at a ceremony in Spokane, on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Criteria for the award are demonstrating a commitment to both action and awareness, and the outcomes and impact of the individual's or organization's work, said Rachelle Strawther, chair of the Eva Lassman TAAH Award Committee.

For information, email

Second Harvest restarts The Kitchen

For one in eight people, putting a meal on the table can be a challenge, and a nutritious meal is even more of a challenge, said Melissa Johnson, a nutrition educator on staff at Second Harvest.

"Second Harvest doesn't just feed people. We work to feed them well," she said. "This means providing as many fresh, whole foods as possible. It also means teaching them how to cook with ingredients and sharing simple recipes so they can take their nutritional health into their own hands."

After a pause in the pandemic, Second Harvest's Kitchen reopened on-site cooking classes to teach healthy eating, she said.

Its "nutrition ambassadors" donate time to help with cooking classes. They also prepare and hand out nutritious food samples and recipes at Mobile Markets.

"With community support, Second Harvest makes nutrition part of the solution to hunger in our community," said Melissa, reflecting how food is a shared experience that connects people and how nutrition education gives families in need access to nutritious meals.

Melissa said people like new recipes and trying cuisine from different cultures.

For information, call 534-6678 or visit

World Relief expects no more Afghans

World Relief Spokane has received all scheduled arrivals from the U.S. Afghan Placement and Assistance Program from the crisis in Afghanistan that began in September 2021. No more Afghan arrivals are scheduled.

"We are aware the crisis in Afghanistan is not over, and there is still need for aid and assistance," said Justin Li, communications coordinator. "If more refugees arrive from Afghanistan, we are ready to serve them."

As for Ukraine, there are still many unknowns, he said.

Other World Relief offices have received Ukrainian refugees, but World Relief Spokane has not received any yet.

Ukrainians living in Spokane can apply via the Lautenberg program to bring family members, Justin explained. This is not a refugee program and is limited to certain religious minorities that faced persecution under the Soviet Union.

For information, email

PJALS announces 2022 benefit speaker

The virtual Annual Benefit for the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) begins at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, on Zoom.

"Solidarity: Building a Just Future for All of Us" is the theme. Presentations will share how PJALS involves people in peace and justice action to expose and transform systems of hate, violence, exclusion and oppression to build a just future.

Keynote speaker Alfredo Carlos, interim director of Chicano Studies at Eastern Washington University and founder and director of the Foundation for Economic Democracy, will discuss community, democratic ownership of businesses, land and housing.

For information, call 838-7870 or visit

Transitions helps single mothers improve lives

As part of a statewide GiveBIG fundraising campaign that began April 19 and ends in a giving event May 3 to 4, Transitions will match $15,000 in gifts from Providence and an anonymous donor for its programs like Transitional Living Center'

In 2021, the center served 23 moms with 51 children, women like Miesha, a single mother of two who sought to overcome her challenges and abuse in her background. She was ready to move forward with her life.

At the Transitional Living Center, a temporary housing facility for mothers with children, staff help mothers overcome barriers and achieve their goals in job search, children's educations, permanent housing, food access and other services.

With support, Miesha found permanent housing after 13 months. Now, her family has a stable place to live, and she is studying to be a dental assistant with Transitions financial aid.

For information, call 994-9580 or visit

Women Helping Women Fund marks 30th year

Women Helping Women Fund is hosting their 30th anniversary celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, with an "Iconic Night" at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.

Notorious RBJ authors Irin Carmon, a journalist with New York magazine and CNN, and Shana Knizhnik, a lawyer and author from Philadelphia, will speak on their book on Ruth Bader Ginsberg's life from becoming a lawyer to serving on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1993 to 2020.

The event includes discussion of issues affecting women and children in Spokane, information on organizations and a performance of Spokane Symphony musicians.

For information, call 328-8285 or visit

United Way co-sponsors learning event

As part of its Excelerate Success program, United Way, along with Better Health Together, Providence and Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, offer an annual community learning session and virtual conversation at noon, Wednesday, May 18, with Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.

Resmaa, a healer, coach, therapist and social worker, founded the Cultural Somatics Institute to help people heal from racialized trauma. His new book, The Quaking of America, surveys the deteriorating political climate.

For information, call 952-0936 or email

'The River as Muse' features Northwest artist

Northwest artist LR Montgomery will have his oil paintings featured at a First Friday Art Walk event, "The River as Muse," an evening of friends, food and art celebrating Spokane Riverkeeper from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Community Building Lobby at 35 W. Main Ave.

LR's work shows his affection for the Spokane River, tributaries and shoreline and is available to view and purchase.

"The river is a creative force that keeps me coming back to paint its beauty and magic," he said.

"Spokane Riverkeeper believes his art provides a direct connection to magnificence of the Spokane River," said Spokane Riverkeeper Jerry White, adding that advocates will talk on efforts to protect the river's ecological health.

For information, call 389-3155 or email

Film, speakers discuss returning salmon

"Returning Salmon to the Spokane River Basin: Welcome Home!" is the title of a short film to be presented at the Magic Lantern Theater at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.

Spokane and Coeur d'Alene Tribal biologists and Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) leaders will respond to questions about bringing salmon home.

Salmon once ran along the Spokane River and tributaries like Hangman Creek to spawn and restart the life cycle. Dams and other environmental impacts block their natural path, which affects the indigenous communities that have relied on salmon and aquatic ecology to sustain them.

With the help of leaders in five UCUT tribes, plus the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene Tribes, salmon might be able to return and recover, said Spokane Riverkeeper Jerry White.

For information, visit

UCUT members hand carve canoes at MAC

Through the end of May, the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) is hand carving two traditional dugout canoes from cedar logs at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's (MAC) outdoor amphitheater. The carving began on April 21.

Visitors may watch and learn about the tools, techniques and historical significance of the canoes. UCUT members will share about recent canoe voyages on area rivers, said Marc Gauthier, UCUT wildlife program manager.

The canoes will become part of the MAC's permanent collection.

"Canoe carving is rarely done with museums," said Tisa Matheson, American Indian Collection curator at the MAC and a Nez Perce member.

The canoe carving coincides with the MAC exhibit, "Awakenings: Traditional Canoes and Bringing the Salmon Home," on display through August 2022.

The exhibit explores the history and recent revival of the annual Columbia River Canoe Journey and First Salmon Ceremony, from buying old growth cedar logs and carving dugout canoes to the annual launch and landing at Kettle Falls, Tisa said.

Tribal elders have been working to bring canoe building back into their cultures and salmon back to the Columbia River. Canoes were essential for the Tribes' survival and their connection to the rivers, she added.

When the carving is completed this summer, one canoe will be launched into an area river. It will be available for future programs on the importance of salmon to tribes and the revitalization of traditional water transportation.

For information, call 842-2943 or 363-5325.

Agency offers text app for clients in recovery

The Recovery Services program of Community-Minded Enterprises (CME) has a new tool, an enhanced text communication application that helps clients at Recovery Café Spokane maintain sobriety.

Founded in 2017, the Recovery Café helps people in recovery reduce relapses, realize their potential and reclaim their lives. 

Christine McMackin, manager of Recovery Café Spokane, said members can access assistance 24 hours a day with a few clicks on a smartphone.

CME added the app for recovery clients with a $50,000 grant from Coordinated Care's Community Investment Fund.

"Technology in behavioral health offers innovative opportunities to remove barriers for treatment, enhance convenience and complement traditional therapy models," said Beth Johnson, CEO of Coordinated Care. "An app addressing those matters can impact equity and engagement in one's health."

Quiq, a digital customer service company in Bozeman, Mont., developed the platform working with CME on an app for parents with young children to access resources and support at the start of the pandemic.

"That app helps CME connect with parents and caregivers, guiding them to educational materials, activities and resources when in-person opportunities are hard to access," said Jan Thoemke, CME's interim CEO.

The recovery app uses artificial intelligence so clients can connect with a CME staff member and find resources based on answers they give.

Because of its growth, the Café relocated Feb. 1 to CME's new 7,000-square-foot Recovery Services building at 622 E. 2nd Ave.

It is now also home to other CME programs: State Opioid Response, Substance Abuse Block Grant, Child Care Assistance Program and Foundational Community Support.

For information, call 822-8040 or email

Goodwill brings digital equity

Inland Northwest and other Northwest Goodwill agencies are partnering to bring digital equity to Washington with a pilot program called Goodwill® Connect.

The state digital inclusion system will bring digital literacy, access and training to 39 counties with funds from the Washington State Department of Commerce's Broadband Office.

Goodwill hired 17 digital navigators to give tech support in basic digital skills and connect callers with online information on jobs, housing, social services and state resources.

They train on how to turn on a computer, use a mouse, set up a cloud account and navigate the internet. They can point callers to other digital skills and jobs.

Goodwill® Connect reaches people at risk of digital exclusion in rural areas, low-income neighborhoods, communities of color, tribal communities, seniors, people with disabilities and non-English speakers.

Tech support is available on the Digital Resource Hotline, 844-492-6663, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and at

The program, which ends June 30, will provide 1,350 people with Chromebooks and internet access, plus connection to Goodwill for job training, case management and wrap-around services.

For information, call 444-4383 or visit

Totem Journey builds awareness

Lummi tribal members, the House of Tears Carvers and the intertribal nonprofit Se'Si'Le invite the region's faith communities to witness the Snake River to Salish Sea Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey as it visits in Washington, Oregon and Idaho in May.

The journey, one of 12 in the last 20 years, will include ceremony, art, science, spirituality and cross-cultural collaboration to support the movement to restore the free flow of the Lower Snake River and the health of its salmon and orca.

Events begin Thursday, May 5, in Bellingham and end May 20 in Tacoma. Eastern Oregon and Washington stops include 1) 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, at the Longhouse in Celilo Falls; 2) Thursday to Saturday, May 12 to 14, at the Whole Protectors Exhibit at Tomastslikt Center in Pendleton, and 3) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, May 16, at Hell's Gate State Park, in Lewiston/Clarkston.

"As people of faith, we are called to be leaders of integrity and conscience. We have a moral responsibility to support this indigenous-led movement to protect their salmon and orca relations, and hold the U.S. government accountable to treaty promises with Native nations," said Sr. Jessica Zimmerle, program and outreach director with Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power and Light.

For information, call 206-632-2426 or email

Food for All offers variety of summer programs

The Catholic Charities Eastern Washington (CCEW) Food For All recently announced its summer farmers' market programs.

• Through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Food for All works with Aging and Long-Term Care of Eastern Washington to distribute $80-vouchers for Spokane County low-income seniors to use to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and honey.

More than $200,000 in vouchers will be given to more than 2,500 through a drawing in June.

• The Kids Eating Right Nutrition and Exercise for Life (KERNEL) Program is open to any child.

Participants receive a $2 coupon to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in the farmer's market after they do an activity.

Each market chooses from 50 activities, including learning about bugs, pollinators, composting and eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for health.

• For Market Gleaning, Food for All partners with Spokane Edible Tree Project. Volunteers pick up produce after a farmers' market. Food For All delivers it to 25 CCEW low-income housing sites and eight food pantries.

• The Spokane County Farm to Food Pantry works with food pantries to buy produce and proteins from local farmers for the pantries.

• Food for All installs garden beds and provides plants and seeds at Head Start programs and housing sites. It has a curriculum and supports Head Start healthy eating and produce sampling.

• It also helps with the SNAP (Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners) Market Match at farmer's markets, which replaced Fresh Bucks.

For information, call 459-6163.

Events coincide May 14 at Riverfront Park

The annual Asian Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (ANHPI) Heritage Day will be held from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 14 at Riverfront Park, coinciding with the Family Fun Fair.

The ANHPI event includes such cultural activities as music, demonstrations, dance, food trucks with various Asian cuisine and a historical exhibit on Spokane's ANHPI community.

The Family Fun Fair, a parenting expo for awareness on children's services, offers resources for emergency services, homelessness, food banks, domestic violence, parenting support, summer activities and family friendly businesses. There will be a vaccination clinic in the Central Pavilion Sky Room.

For information, call 928-9664.





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