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'Hamster Church, featuring Bob Almond, jury foreman for the Rodney King trial

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Each month Echoes hosts a monthly gathering in which we invite a member from the larger Bellingham community to share about their life - why are they here? what are they doing to make life better here in the ‘ham? how can we learn from them? Past guests have included a ‘hamster who shared reflections about moving to the Southern border, a beloved WWU instructor who continues to live with the effects of brain trauma, three women who shared about being Muslim in Bham, an iconic drag queen, and a Lummi filmmaker.

In July we will be having a dialogue with Bob Almond, who served on the jury for the federal trial of the police involved in the 1991 Rodney King beating in Los Angeles. The widespread riots that followed the first trial’s acquittal of all four officers resulted in the deaths of 63 people, and thousands of injured.

Bob co-wrote a book about the experience of being the foreman of the 1993 trial, “Moral Uncertainty: Inside the Rodney King Juries,” published in 2017. We’ll hear first-hand about what it was like to be on that jury and the process of the trial that found two of the officers guilty.

Location is the Old Parish Hall, 2116 Walnut St, which is provided by St Paul’s Episcopal Church

A variety of snacks will be available; feel free to contribute!