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Wed., May 23, 2012, 12:10 p.m.

Occupy Spokane moves into its first clubhouse, on East Sprague

The Occupy Spokane group has started its own "Occupy Spokane Clubhouse" on East Sprague. It's open for business and is looking for volunteers and donated second-hand items.

It's renting a storefront at 1808 E. Sprague. The goal is to raise some money for Occupy events through sales of second-hand items as well as new T-shirts.

It's also selling coffee and some baked goods, said John Dain, one of the club's organizers.

Other organizers include Terry Hill, Chuck Moreland and Tara Williamson.

The relatively small space (see photo here) has been the home for a computer repair shop and Khali's Place, a vintage clothing retailer.  Hours for now are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week.

Hill said the Occupy Spokane group needed a place to store items, to hold meetings and serve as a gathering spot. The focus for the group will continue on addressing community issues and talking about jobs, the economy and support for local businesses.

Dain said the group plans to hold several events in coming weeks focusing on the plight of homeless U.S. veterans. "There are studies saying about 40 percent of the homeless population comes from vets," Dain said.

For more infomation on the clubhouse, call 535-4040.

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Tom Sowa
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