11-17-2017  3:05 pm      •     
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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

Bruce Poinsette of The Skanner News

The first annual Portland Roots Festival will be kicking off on Sep. 1 at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives Inc.'s first culturally specific event will highlight food practices of African people. It's an all ages event and admission is free for everyone.

"Come explore the ancient and sustainable food practices of the African people right from Portland's Living Room," says Nuhamin Eiden of PCRI. "Show your support for small, local, independently owned businesses, including fresh produce from PCRI community gardens."

The festival will feature food vendors, art and performances from African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Cuban and other African Diaspora populations in Portland.

Will Allen of Growing Power Inc., a national nonprofit will deliver the keynote address. Allen is a nationally recognized figure in the agriculture movement, who has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Newsweek and Oprah. A former professional basketball player, he trains community members to become community farmers. He believes everyone, regardless of economic status, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious food.

Growing Power's mission is "To inspire communities to build sustainable food systems that are equitable and ecologically sound; creating a just world, one food-secure community at a time."

The goal of the festival is to raise awareness to promote healthy living through healthy food choices and activities.

Portland Roots Festival runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sep. 1 at Pioneer Courthouse Square. For more information, go to the PCRI website.

                                                                                   

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