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A Letter from the President: INBA stands with NAACP to support regional diversity.
NAACP Spokane Rally
NAACP Spokane supporters rally to promote diversity and acceptance in Spokane and spread the message across our region.

To: INBA Members and our Community
From: Lance Kissler, INBA Board President
Re: INBA Statement on Recent Racist Incidents in the Spokane Community
Date: March 9, 2015

The president of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP recently received racist threats, along with official reports of KKK flyers distributed to Millwood residents. These acts are a solemn reminder that our work is never done—and that no matter how far we’ve come, we still have a long way to go towards equality for all.

INBA stands in solidarity with all members of our community in expressing our concern and disappointment with these threats. While our mission is to advocate on behalf of LGBT and Ally business perspectives, we enthusiastically embrace our vision of an economically robust and civically engaged community through the acceptance of diversity throughout our region. We recognize that diversity comes in many forms, and that many underrepresented groups have had to—and will continue to—fight for their acceptance and equality.

Now is the time to renew our commitment to our community and to one another—no matter the color of our skin, race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, gender identification, or socio-economic status. As a community, we cannot stand silently idle while our friends, neighbors, and loved ones—our fellow human beings—are subjected to hatred and prejudice because of who they are. It is their uniqueness that we must embrace, celebrate, and fight for every day, because it is in our individuality that we find commonality with one another.

If you are able, please join us on Monday, March 9 at the Spokane City Human Rights Commission’s “Stand Against Racism Rally” outside Spokane City Hall at 5:30 p.m. This is your opportunity to stand up and speak out for others—to give those who don’t have a voice an opportunity to be heard. Together, our words can speak louder than those hateful actions.
To learn more, check out The Human Rights Commission’s facebook event.

Click here to download a .pdf of the INBA Statement on Racists Incidents in Spokane – 9Mar2015

 

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