11-23-2017  8:08 pm      •     
Happy Thanksgiving
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

NEWS BRIEFS

Kenton Library Hosts African American Genealogy Event Dec. 2

Stephen Hanks to present on genealogy resources and methods ...

PSU Hires New Police Chief

Donnell Tanksley brings policing philosophy rooted in community engagement to PSU ...

African American Portraits Exhibit at PAM Ends Dec. 29

Towards the end of its six month run, exhibit conveys the Black experience, late 1800s - 1990s ...

SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Black Celebrities, Athletes and Politicians Must Respect the Black Press

Rosetta Miller-Perry discusses how Black celebrities snub the Black Press when they get “discovered” by the mainstream media ...

Local Author Visits North Portland Library

Renee Watson teaches students and educators about the power of writing ...

Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

books
By Arashi Young | The Skanner News

Throughout the month of September, the PFLAG Portland Black Chapter is collecting reading materials for incarcerated queer youth. The organization is looking for literature from Queer and Transgender authors with a focus on writers of color.

PFLAG Youth Coordinator Leila Hofstein said the Oregon Youth Authority approached her for guidance in helping queer and transgender youth. The book drive is the first step in a plan to provide support and mentorship to these young adults.

Hofstein said it was a big step for the OYA to even acknowledge the different sexual orientations and gender identities of their wards.

“We saw a big institution trying to push and make that change and we wanted to hop on board and keep that momentum going,” she said.

Organizers are looking for zines, books, magazines as well as reference materials that would enable youth to build skills to help them transition to life after incarceration. These books would include things like the classic career guidance manual What Color is Your Parachute? and memoirs from others who have experienced incarceration.

These books and magazines can be dropped off at three Portland locations:

  • Food Fight Grocery - 1217 SE Stark St.
  • Radius Community Studios - 322 SE Morrison St.
  • In Other Words Feminist Bookstore - 14 NE Killingsworth St.

There haven’t been requests for any specific titles and some books may be rejected due to content restrictions of the OYA, but Hofstein said people should feel free to donate whatever titles they wish. Donated books will find a home.

“We are just trying to cast a wide net and get as much in as we can. If anything gets bounced back, then that will go to our other youth programs,” Hofstein said.

Multiple copies of books are also accepted. The PFLAG Portland Black Chapter hopes to have enough donations to create three Queer book libraries in separate OYA facilities. If this book drive is successful, PFLAG may continue taking donations beyond September.

Hofstein said this book drive is an important way to reach out and help the disenfranchised.

“If we are not empowering the most marginalized and the most disempowered in our community then what is this work for?”

 

For more information, check out the Facebook event page for the book drive.

Oregon Lottery
Calendar

MLK breakfast 2018 300x100

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events