Bigotry is Alive and Well

Families forced to walk past anti-Muslim activists at last night's meeting.

Families forced to walk past anti-Muslim activists at last night’s meeting.

Last night there was an attempt to overshadow the City Council’s Town Hall meeting of Northeast Neighborhoods by anti-Muslim activists. Efforts to disrupt the meeting failed and supporters of Muslim families who came for a salutation honoring the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) gave these community members an ovation for being brave enough to run the gauntlet of right-wing activists demonstrating against Muslim-Americans in front of the community center. I have received some of the most vitriolic and bigoted emails in my years on Council in relation to the CAIR salutation yesterday. On the flip side I can only confirm one of these emails actually came from Spokane. As you may recall the salutation we gave was in response to a hate crime committed against the Bosnia Herzegovina Heritage Association Center. You can read more about that here.

According to ridiculous emails I received this is the face of terrorism in Spokane. Really?

According to ridiculous emails I received this is the face of terrorism in Spokane. Really?

After hearing from North East neighborhood council we had two legislative agenda items. The first was a resolution forming a advising committee for the Central City Line. This passed 6-1. Mike Fagan was the sole vote against. My has been a dependable vote against busses and transit since joining the Council and tonight was no different. He has even voted against improving transit in his own district where it is desperately needed. The second item was a neighborhood notification ordinance that aims to improve communication with neighbors regarding upcoming developments. The system is notoriously arcane now and often leads to mis-communication and misunderstanding. This item passed 5-2 with Councilmembers Allen and Fagan both voting against the process improvements.

Big turnout of supporters and neighbors for last night's meeting.

Big turnout of supporters and neighbors for last night’s meeting.


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