11-21-2017  5:55 am      •     
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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 ...

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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. ...

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ENTERTAINMENT

Political rally for Merkley
By Helen Silvis | The Skanner News

PHOTO: Sens. Merkley, Warren and Wyden were hailed by a rapturous crowd of supporters in the Portland Hilton

Sen. Elizabeth Warren received a rapturous welcome Wednesday from a crowd of Merkley supporters at the Portland Hilton. In Portland to support Sen. Merkley’s re-election campaign, Warren praised Merkley’s work on the banking committee, where he supported her effort to create the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. 

The fundraiser brought about 1,000 people to the afternoon rally.

Consumers needed protection from poor financial products, Warren said, just as they need government  to prevent the sale of other dangerous products. Warren, a Harvard professor at the time, took that idea to Washington and found politicians agreed the bureau was needed, but wouldn’t support her because they said the banks and large financial institutions would never let it pass. 

Merkley was one of the few who fought with her, she said. And the CPFB has been able to return more than $70 million to consumers who were victims of illegal practices.

Warren praised Merkley’s record of standing up for ordinary citizens in Washington. The system is rigged in favor of the powerful, she said.

“In every fight to build opportunity in this country; in every fight to level the playing field; in every fight  for working families, the path has been steep. Throughout our history,  powerful interests have tried to capture Washington and rig the system in their favor. From tax policy to retirement security. The voices of hardworking people get drowned out by powerful industries and well-financed front groups. Those with power fight to make sure that every rule tilts in their favor.  And everyone else just gets left behind.”

Sen. Ron Wyden introduced Merkley and Warren and received loud cheers when he talked about Merkley’s support for net neutrality,  the principle that all internet traffic is delivered at the same speed. 

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