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Peaceful march, talks set for Jan. 19

— Those who believe in the inclusion and equality of all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or social class are invited to join the People’s March- Grangeville on Saturday, Jan. 19. The date was chosen to coincide with both the national women’s march and Martin Luther King Day weekend.

People of all ages are encouraged to gather at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church fellowship hall at 311 S. Hall Street beginning at 10:30 a.m., for people who want to make signs to carry during the march. Positive messages are encouraged. All who want to march should be there by 11:30 a.m. The group will walk peacefully on the sidewalks of downtown Grangeville, beginning and ending at the Episcopal Hall, traveling about 0.7 miles. Following the march, hot drinks and soup will be provided and people are encouraged to bring additional potluck dishes for lunch.

After a welcome message from Reverend Chris Hagenbuch of Holy Trinity church, there will be a series of short talks from different perspectives addressing inclusion and equality, including what can be done locally to make a difference.

Planned speakers include Lucii Simpson, a Nez Perce woman, retired from law enforcement, who now focuses on environmental issues; sister Carol Ann Wassmuth, who heads the social justice program at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, who will discuss income inequality; Carla Nuxoll Wilkins, Grangeville Lewis-Clark State College Outreach Coordinator, who will discuss inclusion in the workplace; and Cristina McNeil will describe her experience running for Congress as a Latina, immigrant woman. Norma Staaf, freelance writer, Idaho County Free Press correspondent and educator will introduce the speakers. A social time to talk to the speakers and other participants will follow the talks with the event planned to finish by 2:30 p.m.

The event is being organized by Norma Staaf, Carla Wilkins, Larry Nims, Kamiah small business owner, and Michelle Perdue, social activist. It is open to all people who believe in inclusion and equality. For details contact Norma Staaf by e-mail, nstaaf, or by phone or text at 208-993-0689, or Michelle Perdue at 208-983-3763 or Carla Wilkins at LCSC- Grangeville at 208-983-2164.


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