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NEWS BRIEFS

North Portland Library Announces June Computer Classes

Upcoming courses include Introduction to Spreadsheets, What is the Cloud? and Learn Programming with Games ...

Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Clackamas County

Sen. Jeff Merkley to hold town hall in Clackamas County, May 30 ...

NAACP Monthly Meeting Notice, May 27, Portland

NAACP Portland invites the community to its monthly general membership meeting ...

Photos: Fundraiser for Sunshine Division's Assistance Programs

Under the Stars fundraiser took place on May 18 at the Melody Grand Ballroom ...

Portland Joins National Movement to End Prostate Cancer

Second annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk returns this June ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Ensuring the Promise of the Every Student Succeeds Act

The preservation of Thurgood Marshall's legacy is dependent upon our dedication to our children ...

CFPB Sues Ocwen Financial over Unfair Mortgage Practices

What many homeowners soon discover is that faithfully paying a monthly mortgage is in some cases, just not enough ...

B-CU Grads Protest Betsy “DeVoid” in Epic Fashion

Julianne Malveaux says that Betsy “DeVoid,” is no Mary McLeod Bethune ...

NAACP on Supreme Court's Decline to Review NC Voter ID Law

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks made the following remarks ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Looking back at 2015, I want to say a big Thank You to all of our readers and friends. This year, our 40th year of service to the Northwest community, you have been behind us in so many ways.

Many of you came to The Skanner Foundation's Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast to hear Ben Chavis speak about voting rights and education.

We hope you'll join us in January for the 2016 Breakfast and hear from a brilliant lawyer and a legend in his time: Charles Bonner.

We have been humbled by the generosity that has seen us recognized in ways we never expected. The Oregon Historical Society indexed our photos.

Commissioner Nick Fish nominated us for a Spirit of Portland award. Our awards also belong to all of you. Without you we would not be here. So, please, keep contributing your stories and sharing your views. They are important. 

The Skanner celebrated its 40th birthday. And you celebrated with us.

On the political stage we made some progress. It was the year of Black Lives Matter and Don't Shoot Portland. It was the year of Black Male Achievement and Ban the Box. 

President Obama did his best to humanize prisoners and reform the justice system.

But this year was tough too. Thank you to all the activists and the nonprofits working to help our most vulnerable families weather the renters state of emergency. Thank you to those working to take guns out of the hands of young people. And thank you to those working for justice reform.

From Ferguson to Chicago to Baltimore and Charleston we wept and raged. We lost good people. We lost some illusions.

But we did not lose our fight.

And we do not lose our hope and faith in a better future for all people.

If 2015 was eventful we can expect 2016 to bring just as many changes. Let's help each other make those good changes.

So from everyone here at The Skanner we wish you and your loved ones all the very best for 2016. Happy New Year. 

 

View the full cover and read The Skanner Special New Year Issue here.

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