The Center for Justice hosts annual events which include a jazz concert where we present Spokane’s Justice Hero Award and a fun silent auction social with live music in September. Our Jazz concert, named “Jazzed for Justice” is also our major fundraiser for the Center for Justice, while the September event “Dirty Martinis for Clean Water” offers an opportunity for our community to support the Spokane Riverkeeper (TM) program. Spokane Riverkeeper also organizes a bi-annual river cleanup in the spring and fall. The Center staff, board and supporters march annually in the Martin Luther King Day parade in support of ongoing civil rights movements in our town and country and participate in helping to organize Earth Day festivities at Riverfront Park.
As a service to our community, we offer two free monthly events. Justice Night brings in volunteer lawyers from our community who are available to offer free legal advice in civil legal matters. Justice Night happens every first Tuesday of the month in the Community Building lobby from 5-6 pm. Participants may sign in at the door and will be helped in order of arrival. We also organize a free public educational dialogue and presentation of a current topic of justice/injustice . Justice Lunchbox, a brown bag discussion, was created in order to provide a venue for exploring sometimes controversial topics to the public where questions can be asked in a supportive atmosphere, and our perspectives on our world can be broadened. Some of our past topics included discussions on Human Trafficking in Spokane, open dialogue with candidates for the Spokane Police Ombusdman Office, “Why you should care about the health of Hangman Creek” and a vision for Tiny Houses for Spokane’s homeless. We invite you to join us!
Throughout the year the Spokane Riverkeeper program gets involved in youth projects at Spokane Schools that help to educate young people on river ecology, recreation, conservation and environmental protection. The Center is often the hub of activity and support in emerging civil rights cases and supports activist marches such as the Spokane rally after the decision not to indict the police officer in the Ferguson case. As these opportunities arise, the Center will announce the events using our email list and social media. Please like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop on emerging environmental and civil rights issues in Spokane.