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Gonzaga Hosts Conference on Addressing Hate through Advocacy and Action

The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies joins sister organizations advocating for peace and goodwill to host the Good Neighbor Conference: Addressing Hate through Advocacy and Action on Saturday, Dec. 3, 6-9 p.m. in Jepson Center, E. 330 Desmet Ave.

The event is open to all. Registration is free and available at: www.gonzaga.edu/goodneighbor

Conference organizers include the Spokane Interfaith Council, Spokane Faith & Values, Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, and the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies. Attendees will benefit from a series of discussions, workshops, and seminars designed to equip community members with tools to be better advocates for themselves and their neighbors.

“We are deeply concerned with the recent events in our community that demonstrate intolerance and aggression,” said Skyler Oberst, president of the Spokane Interfaith Council. “The acts of vandalism that occurred last week at the Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Center and elsewhere in Spokane call for the attention of all people of goodwill.”

“There is a time as a community to come together in rallies and vigils,” Kristine Hoover, director of the Gonzaga University Institute of Hate Studies added. “There is a deep need in our community to mobilize and act in a clear, respectful manner to stand against all forms of bigotry, intolerance, and defamation.”

“Citizens of Spokane are calling for the tools to be better advocates for each other,” said Dean Lynch, president of the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force. “That’s what this evening is all about.”

The event is free and open to all. Donations can be made at the door. Proceeds collected will go directly to the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies’ Eva Lassman Student Research Award and the Spokane Interfaith Council’s Meet the Neighbors Campaign.

For more information, please contact Skyler Oberst at r.s.oberst@gmail.com or 360-989-8217.



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