On Thursday, February 7th, the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane is holding a panel on violence, gun regulations, and related issues. This panel is in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, the Sikh temple shooting, the Aurora, Colorado shooting, and the realities of violence in our culture. The central question will be “In preventing future tragedies, what are the threads that we should unravel and what actions should we take?”
“Pulling at the Threads: Examining Our Culture of Violence”
This panel and discussion will focus on the many threads of culture, physical, and structural violence in our society. The speakers listed below will be addressing topics including gun regulations, mental health care, masculinity and gender, the Second Amendment, militarism, race and privilege, media, and more.
- · Dr. Jakob Camp, Board Certified Psychiatrist for 23 years, 10 years of which included work as a forensics expert in CA, CO, NV, IL, and New Zealand, consulting courts & treating violent mentally ill offenders in secure institutions.
- · Bill Morlin, longtime reporter for the Spokesman-Review covering extremist & hate groups, now writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s blog Hatewatch
- · Sandra Williams, an activist, writer, and filmmaker, with an extensive background addressing issues of discrimination, oppression, equity, and social justice. Currently the Coordinator of the Pride Center at Eastern Washington University, she is also the former Executive Director of Odyssey Youth Center, serving Spokane’s LGBTQ youth, and also the Spokane Field Coordinator for Youth Suicide Prevention Program, conducting school based peer education programs and community in-service trainings and workshops that addressed adolescent stress and depression, and effective strategies for suicide prevention.
- · Victoria Redstarr, a trainer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.
- · Tim Connor, Center for Justice Communications Director. Tim was named the Outstanding Graduate in Journalism at Washington State University in 1979 and in his career as a journalist has won several national and regional investigative reporting awards including the Washington State Bar Association’s Excellence in Legal Journalism
The panel will be held on Thursday February 7th. The speakers will begin at 5:30 pm, and will be followed by a discussion from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The venue will be the Community Building Lobby, 35 W. Main, Spokane, WA.
For more information contact: Liz Moore (PJALS Director), 509-742-0938 cell, or visit her post about this upcoming panel here.