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NEWS BRIEFS

New Year in the Park Festival

Festival in Glenhaven Park celebrates Cambodian, Lao, Thai and Burmese cultures ...

Safeco, Century Link Fields to Go Fully Tobacco Free

Prohibiting smokeless tobacco completes the ban of tobacco at professional sporting events in King County. ...

Ballots Out For Delivery Today

USPS delivers ballots Wednesday, April 25 for the May 15 Primary Election ...

GFO Announces Upcoming Classes, Workshops & Special Interest Groups

Upcoming events include regional special interest groups, Cuban genealogy talk and a DNA workshop ...

Event: Going Beyond the Flint Water & Housing Crises

Recode invites speakers to discuss the Flint water crisis and its relationship to gentrification, displacement, and housing crises ...

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The Skanner News Endorsements for May 2018 Elections

Read The Skanner News' endorsements for Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland City Council and more ...

Will HUD Secretary Ben Carson Enforce the Fair Housing Act?

Julianne Malveaux questions HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s ability to enforce the Fair Housing Act ...

Waiting While Black in Philadelphia Can Get You Arrested

Reggie Shuford on the daily indignities African-Americans face in Philadelphia and around the country ...

Black People Must Vote or Reap the Consequences

Jeffrey Boney on the importance of voting in the Black community ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Protester turns back on City Council during JTTF vote
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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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