June Showers Bring…?

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Sodden pelting wash

Rising spring things desire

Left my rain boots home

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Rachel Dolezal resigns as president of NAACP’s Spokane chapter amid race controversy

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Rachel Dolezal resigned today as president of NAACP’s Spokane chapter amid controversy of her apparent lying about being black; she released a statement that was posted on the chapter’s Facebook page. See statement below:

Dear Executive Committee and NAACP Members,

It is a true honor to serve in the racial and social justice movement here in Spokane and across the nation. Many issues face us now that drive at the theme of urgency. Police brutality, biased curriculum in schools, economic disenfranchisement, health inequities, and a lack of pro-justice political representation are among the concerns at the forefront of the current administration of the Spokane NAACP. And yet, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.

I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions – absent the full story. I am consistently committed to empowering marginalized voices and believe that many individuals have been heard in the last hours and days that would not otherwise have had a platform to weigh in on this important discussion. Additionally, I have always deferred to the state and national NAACP leadership and offer my sincere gratitude for their unwavering support of my leadership through this unexpected firestorm.

While challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness, we can NOT afford to lose sight of the five Game Changers (Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Health & Healthcare, Education, Economic Sustainability, and Voting Rights & Political Representation) that affect millions, often with a life or death outcome. The movement is larger than a moment in time or a single person’s story, and I hope that everyone offers their robust support of the Journey for Justice campaign that the NAACP launches today!

I am delighted that so many organizations and individuals have supported and collaborated with the Spokane NAACP under my leadership to grow this branch into one of the healthiest in the nation in 5 short months. In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP.

It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley. It is my hope that by securing a beautiful office for the organization in the heart of downtown, bringing the local branch into financial compliance, catalyzing committees to do strategic work in the five Game Changer issues, launching community forums, putting the membership on a fast climb, and helping many individuals find the legal, financial and practical support needed to fight race-based discrimination, I have positioned the Spokane NAACP to buttress this transition.

Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights and will do everything in my power to help and assist, whether it means stepping up or stepping down, because this is not about me. It’s about justice. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum. It’s about moving the cause of human rights and the Black Liberation Movement along the continuum from Resistance to Chattel Slavery to Abolition to Defiance of Jim Crow to the building of Black Wall Street to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement to the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ movement and into a future of self-determination and empowerment.

With much love and a commitment to always fight for what is right and good in this world,

Rachel Dolezal

And Cry Baby of the Year Award Goes To….. Torii Hunter

In the bottom of the 8th inning in last night’s game between Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins, Torii Hunter gets into it with the umpire and sheds his elbow guards, helmet and even his jersey on the field in spectacular tantrum after getting tossed. *slow clap for performance, Torii*

Forgotten Paradise

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Forgotten shell was

Not always felled to pieces

Whispers paradise

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Striking crimson branch

Perfect perch for this moment

Brief blissful balance

American Pharoah vs. Secretariat

American Pharoah’s Triple Crown win this weekend at the Belmont Stakes was pretty exciting; see how the horse matches up against Secretariat’s legendary win at the same venue in 1973.

Video made by the Wall Street Journal

Target Angers Shoppers With Sexist Sign

Apparently Target is under the impression that girls build differently than boys. Yikes! Not cool Target, not cool.

Picture taken at Target and posted to twitter by @abianne

Picture taken in the toy section at Target and posted to twitter by @abianne

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

aboCertainly a blow for abortion rights advocates, today a U.S. appeals court upheld the main provisions of a restrictive Texas abortion law including one provision that requires clinics to have certain hospital-grade facilities, a regulatory obstacle that was designed to shut down abortion providers.

Under the “ambulatory surgical center requirement” clinics would have had to meet a set of building standards such as widening halls and having facilities for certain surgeries.

While Abortion opponents welcomed the ruling, abortion rights advocates say such requirements are unnecessary, especially when an abortion is medically induced.

Chris Martin’s Touching Tribute to Beau Biden

When Coldplay’s front man, Chris Martin heard that Beau Biden was a longtime  fan of Cold Play, he volunteered to play at his funeral. He performed the touching song, “Til Kingdom Come.”

Call Me Caitlyn 

We finally get to have a glimpse at Caitlyn, formally Bruce Jenner, as she debuts her new look as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair.. And dam, she looks good!