Building Organizing Leadership Development (BOLD) is gearing up for its second cycle.

Join the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane in partnership with Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR), Hispanic Business/Professional Association (HBPA), APIC, Spectrum Center Spokane, and others to learn how racism and economic injustice intertwine to oppress some people and fracture our community, while consolidating power in the hands of the reactionary rich.

Together we are taking BOLD action to challenge racism and poverty in Spokane County, and you are invited to participate.

The BOLD cycle has two parts.

FIRST: we educate ourselves in a shared analysis of race and class.

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.

A team of community members who took part in BOLD Cycle One have developed our new BOLD Academy curriculum addressing how, together, we can beat the divisive, dog-whistle politics of the reactionary rich by building cross-racial and cross-class solidarity.

BOLD Academy starts Wednesday, September 28th and runs for five consecutive Wednesdays, ending on October 26th.


NEXT: We act on what we learned, together.

We can fight back and win! We can come together to reject racism and make sure our government works for all of us, of every race and color.

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!

But what action?

The community organizations involved in BOLD are all committed to a race-class analysis of injustice, and fighting that injustice in some way. We hope to connect our community with a variety of opportunities to join that fight.

The conversations we’re having this fall will also encourage people to vote their values. On November 8th, Spokane County will elect a county prosecutor, 5 county commissioners, and several judges, all of whom play key roles in our local criminal-legal system. Voting our values is one limited but important step to shaping the future of Spokane County.

We also believe that talking about race and class, two things we are conditioned to be silent about, is revolutionary in itself. Subtle forms of racism and classism cannot thrive under the gaze of a community dedicated to justice.

If you are frustrated by racism and economic injustice in Spokane County, and want to do something about it, sign up for the BOLD Academy now.


But I still have questions…

Check out the BOLD FAQ for more answers. We can’t wait to work in solidarity with you.


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