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Civil Rights Panel Picks Marshall Mend

Marshall Mend has seen North Idaho make great strides with human rights, he says. But there’s always more to do. “Some people think human rights is for everybody, ‘except.’ They always have an ‘except’ in there,” he said Monday. “But human rights is for human beings, that’s why it’s called human rights. It’s doesn’t matter whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, gay or straight. It’s for everybody.” He’s still working to get the word out. Mend, pictured, a longtime human rights activist in Kootenai County, has been tapped to provide guidance on civil rights legislation and enforcement. The Coeur d’Alene Realtor was appointed in December to the state advisory committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a good time to recommit yourself to promoting human rights. Do you have any special plans to commemorate the life of the civil rights leader and the human rights cause?

Celebrating Aryan Nations Verdict

Sgt. Christie Wood, vice-chairman of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, gives a hug to artist Julie Wood at the unveiling of the black marble tablet commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Keenans V. The Aryan Nations verdict while Marshall Mend, left, a long-time task force member member, and former Coeur d’Alene Tribe chairman Ernie Stensgar look on. Kerri Thoreson/More Main Street snapped the shot above and provided more information about the event here.

Question: How many of you were here when followers of Richard Butler’s Aryan Nations bombed Coeur d’Alene in fall 1986?

Mend Takes ‘Heroes’ Worldwide

Marshall Mend and Ty Beaver plan to raise money for the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene and other groups through a deal with a New York City-based organization to sell its diversity curriculum, “A Study of Heroes.” Mend and Beaver are shown Tuesday at the institute/Kathy Plonka, SR.

A longtime Coeur d’Alene human rights activist has struck a deal with the New York City-based Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States to market and sell its character education program, “A Study of Heroes.” Marshall Mend, a founding member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, is forming a nonprofit organization called Human Rights Sales and Marketing, which will donate a portion of the proceeds to human rights organizations, including the Coeur d’Alene-based Human Rights Education Institute. “This program inspires kids to be mentors and heroes,” Mend said. “The program is so good and so exciting and something people can believe in”/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: What would the Coeur d’Alene area be like today if the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations hadn’t emerged to challenge the Aryan Nations?

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