2015 The Year of Hate and Extremism: Polarizing Rhetoric, Shifting Demographics and Heightened Awareness of Inequities
Members are invited to participate in the Bellingham City Club Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:30 a.m. sharp, followed by the regular monthly program
It seems that by watching TV news, browsing social media, and talking to that one cousin no one likes to mention, we are exposed to hateful language and ideas more and more in American life. But these ideas do not come out of thin air – organized hate groups are growing in our country and this month’s guest will tell us why.
Leica Brooks, Outreach Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the premier U.S. organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists, will join us from Montgomery, Alabama to explain how the SPLC defines hate groups, tracks them and what exactly results from their efforts. Lecia will focus on how polarizing rhetoric, shifting demographics and a heightened awareness of inequities help create the political climate we are currently experiencing.
Ms. Brooks leads the SPLC’s efforts on key initiatives and social justice issues. She also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Prior to joining SPLC in 2004 she worked 12 years for the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Advance ticket sales end Monday, May 23rd at 11:50 a.m.
Founded in 1993, the Bellingham City Club is a non-partisan civic organization with over 400 members that fosters dialogue and debate on important issues facing our community. City Club meets for lunch on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Northwood Hall (3240 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, WA). Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; buffet lunch is served at 11:50 a.m.; the program starts at 12:20 p.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. Lunch costs $13 for members, $18 for non-members and $5 for Young Adults (29 and under) when purchased in advance on Brown Paper Tickets; a limited number of tickets may be available at the door at the cost of $15 for members and $20 for guests. The program is open to the public.
Bellingham City Club
P.O. Box 964
Bellingham, WA 98227