11-21-2017  4:17 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

Multnomah County Animal Services Waives Adoption Fees Nov. 17

Special runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday ...

Fitzpatrick Presents 'Pathway 1000' Plan Before City Council

Plan would restore involuntary displacement by building 80 homes per year ...

Sisters Network to Hold Monthly Meeting Nov. 11

Meeting to take place Saturday morning at June Key Delta Center ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Local Author Visits North Portland Library

Renee Watson teaches students and educators about the power of writing ...

Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

Charlene Crowell explains why Black consumers often pay higher fees than White consumers, because of “add-on” products. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

The Skanner Staff from Wire Reports

In Memphis Tenn., the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association rallied on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with Occupy Memphis.

Association president Thomas Burrell spoke to the protesters about the suffering of poor Black farmers, who were discriminated against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for decades, according to The Commercial Appeal. A class-action lawsuit recently awarded the farmers more than $1 billion in compensation. The downtown rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was part of a national effort to unite the, mostly White, Occupy Wall Street protesters, whose main concern is economic injustice, with African American groups that also are concerned about the widening gap between the rich and the poor.

Also on the King holiday, hundreds of Black farmers in North Carolina, who say they were unfairly denied loans and other assistance for years from the Agriculture Department, are taking steps to claim their share of the $1 billion settlement.

WRAL-TV reported the farmers traveled Monday to Durham file claims. Attorneys were on hand to help with applications at no cost.

Last year, President Barack Obama signed into law the settlement that covers 58,000 Black farmers nationwide. Most eligible claims amount to about $50,000 per family.

Farmer Troy Murray says the money will help, but it won't heal the scar.

The settlement arises from a class-action lawsuit known as the Pigford case after Timothy Pigford, a Black farmer from North Carolina who was an original plaintiff.

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