Did you attend at least 3 Race-Class Academy Workshops? RSVP now for the next BOLD Canvass or BOLD Phone Bank happening July 9!

 

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You are invited to be part of our new BOLD Project – Building, Organizing, Leadership Development!

Here’s what we know: Certain politicians exploit racist rhetoric to divide and distract, while they rig government and the economy for themselves and their big money donors. They get richer, we get poorer—and the power of government is turned against communities of color.

But we can fight back and win! When we come together to reject racism as a weapon of the reactionary rich, we can make sure that the government works for all of us, of every race and color.

Here’s what else we know: a lot of people in Spokane County care about our communities and show up in solidarity across race, class, and the other things that sometimes divide us. But we don’t necessarily have a shared understanding of how race and class interact and how we can make the biggest impact on the injustices in the world.

We believe the best way to create a shared understanding is to talk about it: We’re going to talk with thousands of our neighbors about race and class and invite them to join us in action — yes, that is BOLD!

BOLD has two parts. First: how can we educate ourselves in a shared analysis of race and class? We believe Ian Haney Lopez’s Race-Class Academy is the best tool: a four-part introduction to how together we can beat dog whistle politics by building cross-racial and cross-class solidarity.

Here’s the invitation to part one: Join us via Zoom from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on four Wednesdays: March 23, March 30, April 6, and April 13. We’ll spend these evenings together moving through the Race-Class Academy videos and discussions. Because race operates differently for white people and people of color, we’ll hold the first three sessions in caucus space and come together for the final session.

REGISTER FOR THE RACE-CLASS ACADEMY

But that’s not enough: we shouldn’t only be talking to each other. Building a movement means offering clear entry points for new people to get involved. So during part two of BOLD, we will hit the streets!

Our outreach will start in late April and continue through June. We’re going to have real conversations about race, class, and power with our neighbors across Spokane County, either in person or on the phone!

We want to deeply engage people! We’ll invite them to connect with PJALS, SCAR, APIC, RAP, NAACP, and other partner organizations — and we’ll ask them to take specific actions like pledging to vote with a racial justice lens this fall and in the future. These conversations will provide hundreds of starting points for us to welcome more of our neighbors into a beloved community of action!

So that’s the project: we’re starting out with education and then we’re going to “hit the streets.” Through real conversations and coordinated online engagement, our goal is to engage 20,000 people to reshape the narrative around racial and economic justice in Spokane County! Are you in?

I’M IN! SIGN ME UP FOR THE RACE-CLASS ACADEMY

Registering doesn’t mean you are committing to go talk to strangers — but volunteering for the outreach will only be open to folks who have completed the Race-Class Academy. It is necessary for our volunteer team to have a shared and consistent approach!

Are you excited? Do you have questions? Do you want to invite your friends, congregation, or book group to get involved? We’re just getting started, so please register now and then get in touch to share your thoughts, questions, or requests to help make BOLD a game-changer for Spokane County!

 

Our BOLD Partners:

Spokane County Against Racism (SCAR)

APIC Spokane

Spectrum Center Spokane

Raíz of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho

Hispanic Business/Professional Association of Spokane

NAACP Spokane Branch

Inland Northwest Unitarian Universalist Community

Resident Action Program

Faith Action Network