RSJ Spotlight: Mariah Brigman + Yoyot Sp’q’n’i

Categories: Advocacy, Community, Get Involved, Impact, Spokane Resources
Image of Native woman with red handprint over her mouth symbolizing the Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women movement, with quote that reads, "It seemed like anyone who wasn't Indigenous had no clue what was going on. Which is why I feel really inclined to bring awareness to it. Learning about the disproportionate rates of domestic violence, of violence in general towards Native woman and women of color just made me more passionate."
Racial & Social Justice Partner Spotlight Series Each month, our Equity Coordinator, Lara, sits down with an organization or individual in our community to spotlight the work they do to create real and lasting change for a more equitable Spokane. (3 minute read) CW: domestic violence, death/murder October Spotlight Mariah Brigman, co-founder of Yoyot Sp’q’n’i …

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RSJ Spotlight: Alex Gibilisco

Categories: Advocacy, Community, Get Involved, Spokane Resources
Image of Hispanic man with text that reads, "I am not scared about what our next generation's going to do. As long as we're able to have these hard conversations about how history and current society and cultures can negatively impact our human experience, they will carry on that work and dismantle in a lot healthier ways because we're providing those tools for them to be able to have those difficult conversations, to express how they're feeling, and why they're feeling it. And to set expectations for everybody else on how they want to be treated, looked at, and being able to ask for that."
Racial & Social Justice Partner Spotlight Series Each month, our Equity Coordinator, Lara, sits down with an organization or individual in our community to spotlight the work they do to create real and lasting change for a more equitable Spokane. (13 minute read) September Spotlight Alex Gibilisco, Manager of Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, Spokane City …

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Staff Spotlight – Rachel Dannen

Categories: Community, Get Involved, Impact, Other
We would like to take this opportunity to spotlight Rachel & wish her well! In December of 2020, we welcomed Rachel Dannen to our team as our new Racial & Social Justice Intern, a position created to help further the work of our agency’s Racial & Social Justice (RSJ) Committee. We are sad to share …

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2022 Spokane Pride Re-cap

Categories: Advocacy, Community, Events, Get Involved
(2 minute read) An earnest karaoke rendition of ‘What’s Up’ by 4 Non Blondes floated through the air as a group of festival goers walked by with a black cat on a leash. Roller derby girls whizzed by. Goths in platform boots towered over the crowds just as tall as drag queens in stilettos did. …

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Responding to Racist Attack at Buffalo Supermarket

Categories: Advocacy, Community

Again, we find ourselves mourning the loss of beloved Black sisters picking up groceries, parents picking up a birthday cake, a deacon offering transportation to his neighbors. We learn the names and lives of these strangers in Buffalo through another racially targeted mass shooting by a white man. This marks the 198th mass shooting less …

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