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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Community Coalition for Contracts and Jobs will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 15, at CAMP, 722, 18th Ave., to discuss ways to improve women and minority participation in state contracts.

Participation rates released recently show that since 2002, women and minorities have received fewer contracts each year from Washington's Department of Transportation. Across the state, minority businesses receive less than 1 percent of the states transportation dollars. Other state expenditures — in Education, Corrections, Human Services and a half dozen other agencies — show only slightly higher rates of participation.

"The figures show very low rates of participation by women and minorities," said longtime minority business advocate Eddie Rye. "We need to discuss ways to improve these figures."

To view the figures, visit omwbe.wa.gov. For more information. call Eddie Rye, 206-353-5770

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