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NEWS BRIEFS

National Black Programming Consortium Wins Grant, Wages War on Intolerance

$750,000 award from MacArthur Foundation to help Black storytellers get strategic ...

AG Rosenblum Announces $192M Settlement for Student Loan Debt

358 Oregonians will get 100 percent loan forgiveness ...

'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' Screens at New Performing Arts Center, Federal Way

Free screening follows the day after official ribbon cutting of the arts center ...

Join a Book Club at Your Neighborhood Library

At North Portland Library, Pageturners Black Voices focuses on books written by and about African and African American authors ...

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SEIU’s President: No Place for White Supremacists in the White House

Mary Kay Henry makes following statement on Trump’s remarks after violence in Charlottesville ...

It’s Time to Show “Middle Neighborhoods” Love, Before It’s too Late

Middle Neighborhoods, School Rehabilitation and Food Insecurity are key action items for the policy agenda of the CBC. ...

Despite Unequal Treatment, Black Women Will Rise

NNPA Newswire Columnist Julianne Malveaux talks about Black Women’s Equal Pay Day ...

PCC Cascade President on Free Tuition Program

Any student who qualifies for the Oregon Promise can attend most in-state community colleges tuition-free ...

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Protester turns back on City Council during JTTF vote

The City of Portland, is now officially part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force pairing local law enforcement with the FBI to collect and share intelligence after signing a Memorandum of Agreement Feb. 25.

Two Portland Police Officers to be chosen by Police Chief Larry O’Dea and Mayor Charlie Hales will work full time with the agency.

Scores of advocacy groups and Muslim organizations have spoke out against Portland’s involvement with the task force, citing a fear of the FBI’s history of abusing civil rights and targeting Muslim-faith people and the Arab community.

Portland pulled out of the JTTF in 2005 citing better oversight of its own police force and lack of transparency on the hazy relationship it and the FBI, but would later rejoin in 2011 after a plan to let off a bomb in Pioneer Square was thwarted by FBI tactics.

The decision to re-join was made  Feb. 19 in a split 3-2 vote between City Council, with Mayor Hales casting the conclusive 'aye' vote.

Hales called the decision “a choice of evils.”

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