11-17-2017  1:13 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

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 ...

Oregon Historical Society JFK Exhibit Closes This Weekend

Museum offers special closing hours, free Veterans’ admission Friday through Sunday ...

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

Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

Funeral services for Afifa Ahmed-Shafi were Wednesday, July 31, at Eilnan's Funeral Home, 915 By-Pass Highway, Richland, WA.

A Muslim Portlander, born on the Fourth of July, Ahmed-Shafi's career and community activism typified a love of country and a love of community even when the two at times seemed to be at odds with each other.

Ahmed-Shafi was Public Involvement Best Practices Coordinator at the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and leaves behind a huge community of friends, colleagues and associates.

Ahmed-Shafi served on the board of directors and was active with the Center for Intercultural Organizing for a number of years. Before being named as Best Practices Coordinator, Ahmed-Shafi started out with Southeast Uplift as a neighborhood organizer.  She had just earned a graduate degree in Organizational Development from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, Graduate College of Saybrook University, in June.

As a volunteer for KBOO Community Radio, Ahmed-Shafi anchored the KBOO Evening News for one night each week for several years. She was also a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Compass news and public affairs collective, conducting interviews on issues impacting the APA community.

The APA Compass episode marking the U.S. assassination of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, which featured Ahmad-Shafi and Muna Abshir Muhamud together with host Sarika Mehta talking about stereotyping of the Muslim community, was particularly popular.

"ONI staff are in communication with Afifa's family and friends and will share info when a memorial service in Portland is planned," said Brian Hoop, ONI's Community and Neighborhood Involvement Center manager. "Till then please keep her family in your thoughts."

"Today I find my self having the incomprehensible task of conveying that our beloved friend and colleague, Afifa Ahmed-Shafi, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away last night," Ahmed-Shafi's boss, ONI director Amalia Alarcon de Morris, said in an email circulated Monday. "While there is not much information that is certain right now, doctors indicate that she may have had an undiagnosed brain tumor that caused her death. 

"Afifa's funeral will be held on Wednesday in the tri-cities area in Washington.  Her family welcomes all who want to and are able to make the trip.  As soon as we get details we will send out a follow-up email for those who want to go.

"Afifa was a bright light in our community.  Brilliant, kind, warm, with a wonderful sense of humor.  Her passion for, and commitment to, social justice guided her life and her work.  She taught us every day and made us better.  Afifa was one of a kind and we will forever miss her.  We are devastated by her loss."

 

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