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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

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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