05-25-2017  11:25 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Clackamas County

Sen. Jeff Merkley to hold town hall in Clackamas County, May 30 ...

NAACP Monthly Meeting Notice, May 27, Portland

NAACP Portland invites the community to its monthly general membership meeting ...

Photos: Fundraiser for Sunshine Division's Assistance Programs

Under the Stars fundraiser took place on May 18 at the Melody Grand Ballroom ...

Portland Joins National Movement to End Prostate Cancer

Second annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk returns this June ...

Governor Kate Brown Signs Foster Children’s Sibling Bill of Rights

Current and former foster youth advocated for policy to maintain critical sibling relationships ...

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Ensuring the Promise of the Every Student Succeeds Act

The preservation of Thurgood Marshall's legacy is dependent upon our dedication to our children ...

CFPB Sues Ocwen Financial over Unfair Mortgage Practices

What many homeowners soon discover is that faithfully paying a monthly mortgage is in some cases, just not enough ...

B-CU Grads Protest Betsy “DeVoid” in Epic Fashion

Julianne Malveaux says that Betsy “DeVoid,” is no Mary McLeod Bethune ...

NAACP on Supreme Court's Decline to Review NC Voter ID Law

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks made the following remarks ...

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ENTERTAINMENT

Erious Johnson, the civil rights director for Oregon’s Department of Justice, filed a lawsuit against attorney general Ellen Rosenblum and several DOJ investigators Wednesday, demanding the department address violations of Johnson’s right to free expression.

In October 2015, Johnson learned a DOJ investigator had created a file labeling him a potential threat based on his social media use – and used a digital tool to search for and gather information on other individuals in Oregon who used the #blacklivesmatter hashtag. On Tuesday Rosenblum said she had fired the investigator responsible for tracking Johnson’s social media messages.

Johnson’s suit contends Rosenblum and the DOJ have not taken action to address the work culture that led to the surveillance of Johnson and others.

“Although the community called for accountability—a year later and DOJ has taken no action to address the atmosphere that fostered such profiling,” the complaint says. “Regardless of the Attorney General’s purported outrage, in the past year, there have been no trainings for anti-racial profiling. No trainings for diversity.  No trainings for cultural competency. And no trainings for anti-bias to ensure that such violations will not occur in the future.” It notes an internal review investigated earlier this year that noted statutes and internal procedures were violated, but the state has not made changes that review recommended.

In 1981, Oregon passed a law – the only law of its kind in the nation – specifically prohibiting law enforcement from collecting information about “the political, religious or social views, associations or activities of any individual, group, association, organization, corporation, business or partnership unless such information directly relates to an investigation of criminal activities, and there are reasonable grounds to suspect the subject of the information is or may be involved in criminal conduct.”

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