06-23-2017  3:27 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

St. Johns Center for Opportunity to Host Meet the Employer Event June 27

Employers represented will include Mary’s Harvest and Del Monte ...

New Self-Defense Organization Offers Training to Youth in Multnomah County

EMERJ-SafeNow offers July classes for children ages 8-10 and youth ages 15-19 ...

Annual Humboldt Neighborhood Association Cleanup

All neighborhoods and residents welcome ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT


Revamped Disparity Study Calls on Portland to Strengthen Equity Programs in Construction Contracting
A near-million dollar report on racial disparities in Portland's construction contracting practices has been pulled apart and pieced together again – pushing documentation of discrimination and unfair practices to the forefront – in preparation for a City Commission policy vote Wednesday afternoon … For all the information click here



Black Parent Initiative Seeks to Break Cycles and Release Dreams
The Black Parent Initiative held its second annual Breaking the Cycle conference about education, parenting and supporting the next generation to be successful academically and in life. Participants spoke highly of all the workshops, which covered everything from children's mental health to single parenting… To read the whole story click here


Actress Q. Smith Breaks Ground in 'Mary Poppins'
The Fred Meyer Broadway Over America series presents Mary Poppins – with the musical production's first-ever African American featured actress In an interview with The Skanner News  actress Q. Smith said she exults in her edgy role as Poppins' viscious nemesis, Miss Andrew (as well as two other parts, Queen Victoria and Miss Smythe)… For all the information click here


Culture of Driving With Phones Must Change
The nation risks a surge in deadly accidents unless it makes distracted driving - talking, texting and browsing the Internet while operating cars, boats and trains - as taboo as drinking and driving, members of the National Transportation and Safety Board said Tuesday … To check the details click here


Our Prison System is Bankrupting Us; There Are Alternatives
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, made up of former presidents and other luminaries from the United States and abroad, concludes that the Drug War is an expensive failure. The California prison system—which the U.S. Supreme Court declared to be in violation of the 8th Amendment due to overcrowding and neglect—has yet to develop a plan to bring it into compliance with the court order … To read all about it click here


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