Cultural Awareness Night: Slavery by Another Name

You are invited to the screening of, Slavery by Another Name. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon. By 1865, despite the promise of the Emancipation Slavery By Another Name FlyerProclamation, the Thirteenth Amendment, and the Confederate defeat in the Civil War, many former slaves did not in reality experience “a new birth of freedom.” It is a shocking reality that often goes unacknowledged that a huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men became the new work force until World War II. In effect, the laws of Jim Crow “black codes” served to re-enslave African Americans which persist with our criminal justice system today.

For more information please contact: UNITYHOUSE@GONZAGA.EDU | (509) 313-5836


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Lessons from Ferguson: A Conversation on Race

The Moscow Human Rights Commission — The Palouse community is invited to attend a panel that will discuss questions regarding the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and their impact on our culture. These events in Ferguson highlight the issues relating to race and racism in America. What can we learn from these events? What does this mean for race and diversity in Moscow? Please join the Moscow Human Rights Commission on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7PM at the City’s Council Chamber.

Panelists include:

  • Rev. Elizabeth Stevens, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse
  • Chief David Duke, Moscow Police Chief
  • Steve Smith, Faculty, UI School of Journalism and Mass Media
  • Alejandra “Vivi” Gonzales, Director of Diversity, ASUI

For more information please contact The Moscow Human Rights Commission Community at or at 208.883.7000

Lessons from Ferguson

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2015 | Rosa Parks Human Rights Achievement Award Nominations are Now Being Accepted

The Latah County Human Rights Task Force is requesting nominations for the 2015 Rosa Parks Human Rights Achievement Awards. Two recipients are selected for this award each year and the awards are presented at the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Community Breakfast. The 2015 Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, January 17th at the Moscow Middle School. One award is given to a recipient who has a significant history of commitment and achievement in the field of human rights for Latah County. A Junior Award is presented to a high school or university student, or some other young person who demonstrates promise in the field of human rights. The award is named for Rosa Parks, who refused to sit in the back of the bus as African Americans were required to do in Alabama. Her courage initiated the Montgomery bus boycott, which marked a great stride forward for human rights and integration.

The criteria for the selection of Rosa Parks award include, but are not limited to, length of active participation in human rights causes; a record of leadership and accomplishment; and manifestations of special courage and commitment in opposing bigotry and celebrating diversity. To nominate an individual send a one to two page letter describing the accomplishments and background of the nominee and giving reasons to support the nomination.

Please mail nomination to Latah County Human Rights Task Force, Box 8613, Moscow, ID 83843 or e-mail the nomination to Joann Muneta at The deadline for nominations is Monday, January 5, 2015.

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Washington State University: The Dream Behind Bars


PULLMAN, WA., — Washington State University’s MLK Program presents their 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. Including the presentation of the MLK Distinguished Service Award, Angela Y. Davis, scholar and activist, will be the celebration’s keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public. It will take place at WSU’s CUB Senior Ballroom on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Doors will open at 7:00 PM and is scheduled to commence at 7:30 PM.


For further information please visit

“The Dream Behind Bars”

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Connections & Communications – December 2014

The new edition of the NWCHR Newsletter: Connections & Communications is now available!  Check out what our members are doing and how you can get involved!

Connections & Communications: December 2014


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Native American Heritage Month: Rock Your Mocs

Friday, November 14th 2014. The University of Idaho, Native Center invites you to help us celebrate worldwide, “Rock Your Mocs” Day. Come join us for the refreshments and pictures, and see moccasins created by the U of I Native students.

“Rock Your Mocs” is a day for Native people from all tribal backgrounds to recognize each other and celebrate their unique tribal cultures by wearing moccasins to school, work, or wherever they go. Started in New Mexico by Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye (Laguna Pueblo), Rock Your Mocs at U of I is a chance for Native Vandals to celebrate their heritage and show off their Native Pride.

Will be held at the Native American Student Center from 12PM-2PM.

For more information contact the NASC at 

208.885.4237 •

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WSU Stands Against Poverty during Poverty Awareness Week 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. – Each year, the Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) invites students, staff, faculty and community members to help raise awareness on issues of poverty during the week before Thanksgiving break, November 16-22, 2014. Throughout this week, the CCE partners with several WSU departments and student groups to hold events and activities throughout the week.

All week long, the CCE will hold daily service projects open to WSU students, and food and supplies drives will take place both on and off campus in support of local community organizations. Other events include a coffee hour and potluck on November 14, a bowling tournament at Zeppoz on November 15, a letter writing campaign for St. Jude on November 16, a documentary screening on November 16, a public discussion on November 18, a bake sale for United Way on November 19, a cardboard city on November 19, as well as a variety of other events.

Visit for a full list of events and sponsors as well as more information on poverty and local resources. Search for #cougsagainstpoverty on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. Join the CCE to show the world that Cougs stand against poverty during Poverty Awareness Week this year.

For more information contact:

Erin McIlraith,

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Center for Civic Engagement

Washington State University





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OutSpokane presents Murder at the Deadwood Saloon

OutSpokane is presenting their Murder Mystery and Silent Auction event, which includes a costumed murder mystery event, dinner, and a silent auction to raise funds towards the Spokane Pride Parade & Festival. This event will be held Thursday April 24th 2014 at 6:00pm (doors open at 5:45pm) at The Lincoln Center, 1316 N Lincoln St, Spokane, WA.

Tickets (available here) are $35 each or $350 for a premium reserved table of 8. Premium table includes preferred seating, 2 bottles of wine, your own copy of the evidence, two tickets to the Pride Cruise on Saturday June 7th, and table recognition. Sponsored in part by The Lincoln Center and The Blue Door Theatre as a benefit for OutSpokane.

Plated style dinner prepared by The Lincoln Center Chefs. Cash bar with ID. Menu includes –

  • House Salad
  • Artichoke Chicken in a Bacon Cream Sauce with Roasted Vegetables OR Herb Roasted Vegetables over Tri-Colored Quinoa (vegetarian, vegan, & gluten free)
  • Warm rolls and butter
  • Espresso Chocolate Mousse

Beverage station will include regular and decaf coffees and iced tea.

For more information, contact OutSpokane at

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Boxes and Walls at the University of Idaho

Boxes and Walls at the University of Idaho personalizes oppression and the importance of activism by “bringing it home” for the individual. Participants are led by a tour guide through a series of “rooms”. The tours will be held April 10th-12th in the Gooding Wing of the Wallace Complex residence hall on the University of Idaho campus.

Tour times: Thursday, April 10th 2:00-8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 11th 4:oo-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 12th 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Each room is designed to focus on a historically oppressed group, culture, or social justice concern named by students. Along the way, participants are placed into situations, doing activities, while being confronted with a wealth of information. The Boxes & Walls experience gives us all a glimpse of what being part of each group might be like, both historically and in the present day. The themes this year will include issues of oppression affecting: Poverty, Privilege, Language, and Ability.

For more information, contact Julia Keleher:
Phone: (208) 885-6583

Rooms by: Amnesty International, Black Student Union, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Lambda Theta Phi & Interested Men of Lambda Theta Phi, Native American Student Association, Organizacion de Estudiantes Latino Americanos, UNITY, and the UI Women’s Center.

Sponsored by: ASUI, College Assitance Migrant Program, Diversity and Human Rights, LGBTQA Office, Native American Student Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, University Housing, and Women’s Center

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2014 Peace & Economic Justice Action Conference

The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane is hosting the upcoming Peace & Economic Justice Action Conference, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Ft. Wright Drive.

On Friday, March 7th there will be an Opening Reception at 6:00 pm, with refreshments, live music and more.

The Conference will be held on Saturday, March 8th. This is a full-day conference with many workshops, speakers, and two included meals (breakfast and lunch). For a full schedule of events, and for more events and news, visit the PJALS website.

Enjoy Early Bird Registration Rates – through Feb 22, add $5 after Feb. 22:
$40 General Public
$30 members of PJALS and co-sponsoring groups
$15 Living Lightly (self-identified low-income, students, seniors, etc)

Limited “workshare volunteer scholarships” are available—please contact Shar at for info. Two-hour workshare shifts include set-up, registration table, resource table, clean-up, etc.

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