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After a year of organizing and activism against hate, Asian and Pacific Islanders in Spokane are coming together, this time to celebrate their culture and heritage.

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The city of Spokane released a report Wednesday that shows disparities in interactions between police the community.

The city hired a consulting firm to analyze the last three years of data that includes arrests and other interactions with the public. The firm found racial disparities in 911 and Crime Check calls to police and disparities in use of force.

It became clear in the last election that a stark division existed between urban and rural areas. In places such as north Idaho, people with similar political stripes have begun seeking each other out.

When Adrien Koch retired last summer from her job with FEMA in the Bay Area, she and her husband resettled in the wooded mountains of north Idaho. They had visited only a few months before on a vacation but had quickly fallen in love. For Koch, Idaho reminded her of the California she knew in the 1970s.

In the last week, Spokane, Washington, has severed most of its official ties with Rachel Dolezal, the local civil rights leader who gained national infamy for lying about her race.

At a Monday night rally in downtown Spokane, members of the city's black community said they want to put former NAACP president Rachel Dolezal behind them.

Former NAACP official Rachel Dolezal shared her views on race — including her own — in a live interview Tuesday, the first time she's spoken with the media since reports emerged that questioned her racial identity.

When the Today show's Matt Lauer asked, "Are you an African-American woman?" Dolezal replied, "I identify as black."

Rachel Dolezal, the controversial head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, announced Monday she’s stepping down from her post.

Last week, we rounded up a few thoughtful remarks on Rachel Dolezal, the white woman and head of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP chapter who publicly passed herself off as a black woman.

Rachel Dolezal, whose story sparked a national conversation over racial identity, is stepping down as the president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In a message to the organization's executive committee, Dolezal said her resignation is in the best interest of the NAACP.

Meeting Where Dolezal Expected To Speak Now Postponed

Jun 15, 2015

A planned meeting Monday where Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal was supposed to give an explanation to members has been postponed.

Spokane NAACP Stands By Dolezal, Waits For Explanation

Jun 12, 2015

The NAACP is standing behind the besieged president of the Spokane chapter, at least for the time being.

In a bizarre turn of events, a prominent civil rights leader and Africana studies professor in Spokane, Wash., has been accused of pretending to be black for personal gain.

Is the leader of Spokane's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People black?

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Spokane police have reacted quickly to a new report that shows racial disproportion in the rate of arrests. The police department (SPD) and the city’s multicultural affairs committee have formed a work-group to address why people of color are arrested at higher rates.

NAACP Campaign Unites People Against Racism

Mar 9, 2015
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More than 100 Spokane residents rallied outside Monday's city council meeting, in unity against racism. The city’s Human Rights Commission has linked up with the Spokane NAACP on a campaign to combat racism. They will ask businesses to display signs in their window saying they welcome everyone.

Leaders in Washington are noting a recent uptick in acts of violence against minority and religious groups. Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee condemned acts of intolerance in the state during a news conference.

In the last month, Hindu temples in Bothell and Kent found hateful graffiti on their buildings, as did a school in Bothell near a Muslim temple. Violence against the lesbian, gay, and transgender community in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is on the rise - up 14 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the police department.

Hat Could Cap Lakshmi Singh's Career

Feb 23, 2015
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A beat-up old baseball cap is floating around the country looking for one head to settle upon - that of NPR news reporter and KPBX alumna Laksmi Singh. The gimme cap with slightly crooked home-applied lettering proclaims "I Am Lakshmi Singh". It was created three years ago by an aspiring radio producer in LA named Sean Rameswaram.

Although Spokane is not known for having a large African American population, the community has historically been home to some civil rights struggles. A new book takes a look at the heritage of blacks in Spokane.