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Speakers to explore human rights history

Kootenai County Democratic Club offers series in August

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - The history and impact of human rights advocacy in the region will be the subject of a five-part weekly speaker series hosted in August by the Kootenai County Democratic Club.

"The Story of Human Rights in the Pacific Northwest: A Look Back at the Past Three Decades" is being coordinated by local human rights leader Tony Stewart at the request of the Democratic Club.

"The goal of the series is to tell the three-decade story of how the region's many human rights groups through their leaders and supporters successfully defeated the purveyors of hate with the establishment of successful community models advancing human rights," Stewart said. "These models have been adopted by communities across America to promote human rights and counter bigotry."

The series will feature speakers and panelists who have observed, reported on or directly participated in the enactment of civil rights laws, creation of regional human rights organizations, and the various communities' responses and support for the activities of the human rights groups.

The discussions will focus on three main areas: First, the establishment and growth, starting in the early 1980s, of human rights groups and their work to counter the emergence of hate groups in the region.

Second, the rise and fall of hate groups in the region over the past 30 years.

Third, the recognition of the many successes and triumphs for the region's human rights organizations in public policies, educational programs, events, activities and the national recognitions and honors that have come from these successes.

"I hope the series will be of interest to both new residents and our youth who may not know this history," Stewart said.

The program will take place each Friday at noon, Aug. 2 through Aug. 30, at the Iron Horse, 407 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene. The public is welcome and encouraged by the group to attend.

Schedule of speakers and topics

Aug. 2

Panelists: Mike Patrick, manager editor of The Coeur d'Alene Press; Maureen Dolan, longtime journalist with The Coeur d'Alene Press; and Jeff Selle, a seasoned reporter with The Coeur d'Alene Press.

Topic: "The Role of the Media in Covering this Human Rights Story Over the Past Three Decades."

Note: Tony Stewart's Human Rights Collection at the North Idaho College Molested Library has documented that The Coeur d'Alene Press has covered more of these human rights stories in our region than any media outlet in the United States.

Aug. 9

Keynote Speaker: Bill Morlin, longtime reporter for The Spokesman Review and presently a researcher and writer for The Southern Poverty Law Center, has often been described as the most knowledgeable journalist in America regarding hate groups, their leadership and the methods used by human rights groups to counter the threat.

Topic: "The Historical Perspective on Hate Groups in America and the Success of Human Rights Groups in Countering the Hate"

Note: The Spokesman Review, according to Stewart's human rights collection, holds the record for the greatest number of editorials in support of human rights and opposition to hate groups over this 30-year period.

Aug. 16

Panelists: Marshall Mend and Tony Stewart, founding board members in 1981 of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and KCTFHR attorney Norm Gissel will share four inspiring events from the 32-year history of the movement.

Topic: "Lessons Learned from Communities' Responses to Hate"

Aug. 23

Panelists: Gretchen Hellar, co-founder of the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force and former mayor of Sandpoint; Christina Crawford, president of the Benewah Human Rights Coalition; Joann Muneta, co-founder of the Latah County Human Rights Task Force; and Christie Wood, president of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations.

Topic: "The Merits of County Human Rights Task Forces in Promoting Diversity and Human Rights in Their Communities: What Do They Do?"

Aug. 30

Keynote Speaker: Norm Gissel, civil rights attorney and one of the attorneys in the civil court case "The Keenans v Aryan Nations" in 2000.

Topic: "The Story of How the "All-American City" Coeur d'Alene became a National Icon and Model for Human Rights"

Info: www.kootenaicountydemocrats.org

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  • Randy Myers posted at 7:27 pm on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    Please read the article greyhound so you can discover the sponsor ids HREI...a not for profit private organization....NOT Idaho Dep't of Labor.

    "....wasting it on trying to shove the multi-cultural diversity social engineering stuff down people's throats."
    Get a clue greyhound.

  • Mahiun posted at 3:17 pm on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5402

    Of course you could care less about any of these issues as long as you get your man/man fix.

    Au contraire; I care about many things --- but you seem to simply be jealous that you're not one of them!

  • DeNiles posted at 2:35 pm on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Looks like Flash has a problem understanding our system of justice. No doubt if he got things his way Zimmerman would have gotten summarily lynched.

  • greyhound2 posted at 12:27 pm on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    greyhound2 Posts: 896

    As the Human Rights Commission is on the payroll of the Idaho Department of Labor, you would think the Department's money would be better spent improving working conditions and payroll for Idaho's workforce than wasting it on trying to shove the multi-cultural diversity social engineering stuff down people's throats.

  • Joe D posted at 10:07 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    Joe D Posts: 3140

    Right On Max!

  • Joe D posted at 9:57 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    Joe D Posts: 3140

    Hi Humanist, I past buy a woman last Sunday at Independence Point in CDA that had a tattoo on her left shoulder that looks exactly like your avatar. Made me wonder. And does human rights begin and end in Kootenai County for Tony Stewart and his group? I think only on certain matters it does. Even the pro wolf people come here from all over the country to speak out against wolf hunting.

  • Flash Gordon posted at 9:23 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1483

    Niles is more than a grumpy goose. He has some long standing grievances against the very same people the human rights task force was created to defend and protect.

    It says a lot about Niles character when he comes to the defense of George Zimmerman and rationalizes the murder of Trayvon Martin in a previous blog comment.

    Niles past comments about the human rights task force(there's no mistaking his very own words that can be reviewed in here,,,just click on his name, as offensive as that may be) makes the case for the continuing and necessary vigilance of the human rights task force in our own community.

  • Humanist posted at 9:05 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3166

    You seemed to miss the part where the speaker series is about this region.

  • Joe D posted at 8:30 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    Joe D Posts: 3140

    Where is Tony Stewart to speaking out against the hate and violence shown toward the two Christians peacefully protesting the gay day in Seattle a few weeks ago? Or the New Black Panthers and other black leaders stirring up hate and violence over the T. Martin trial out come? Bet if those where another group he would be all over it.

  • Randy Myers posted at 8:28 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    DeNiles = grumpy goose who takes shots at people and organizations from his smug, holier than thou perch. now THAT'S pathetic.

    Little do you seem to know about the strong bond between HREI and the Cd'A tribe deniles. So much for your theory about HREI not viewing Native Americans as human.

  • max power posted at 7:31 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    max power Posts: 559

    Non productive freeloading jobless libtards shouldn't have any trouble making these meetings. Enjoy...

  • DeNiles posted at 7:30 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Mahiun....... The deeper story here IS this continual self serving preoccupation with the Aryan Nation episode. The only purpose it serves is to keep these businesses and organizations in some concocted realm of meaningful. And whilst they scour daily events for the merest nuance of potential, maybe racism our local tribes go wanting for any attention to a myriad of serious long standing social issues. It is very telling that these supposed 'Human Rights' folks do not seem to consider Amerindians as - humans.

    Of course you could care less about any of these issues as long as you get your man/man fix.

  • Mahiun posted at 7:06 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5402

    So why not volunteer to help coordinate a presentation (or series) on Amerindian Human Rights history in the region, Niles? It's clearly something near and dear to your heart; why not do something positive with that instead of simply complaining that others aren't doing things the way you think they ought to?

    I believe the quote is, "That is where your vigilance might actually do some good." Physician, heal thyself....

  • DeNiles posted at 6:33 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Judging from the title of the article I thought this event was going to be more of an academic historical review of this issue. But it isn't. It is going to be another regional flagellation forum to rehash just the ugly Aryan episode.

    The real human rights story here is about the native Amerindians, not some latent Nazi-esque wanna-be that came to North Idaho from another state. You gonna discuss the Kootenai Tribe declaration of war on America, what led to it and how it was managed? Our local tribes not worthy of your historical examinations or current human rights worries? That is where your vigilance might actually do some good.

    The intent here is not discussion about human rights but to keep this long dead story festering. It will not seek to recognize the regions gains but aims to exaggerate the slightest negatives. Keeping racism simmering on the front burner keeps a lot of these folks in Skittles so they will find it whether real, unreal, or in the case of the HREI, fabricated. Pathetic to the point of shameful.

  • Randy Myers posted at 6:00 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    Sounds like a great series. Noon on Fridays might be tough for the average person to attend though.

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