Not in Our World: A Perspective of Community Organizing Against Hate
Kootenai County Task Force on Race Relations, US
Bill Wassmuth helped found and lead the Kootenai County (Idaho) Task Force on Race Relations. He also founded the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment, based in Seattle, Washington, and directed that organization from 1989 to 1999. He is a former Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Gonzaga University Institute for Action Against Hate.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Americans were brutalized by an undeniable statement of hatred that made an indelible impression on not just its thousands of victims, but on the consciousness of the whole world. The terrorist attacks that toppled the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and destroyed part of the Pentagon Building in Washington D.C., defiled symbols of American enterprise and military might, and robbed us of any complacency we felt as a nation immune to attack.