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Jazz Festival Turns 39

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival kicks off this Friday afternoon in St. Johns

Billy Webb Elks Lodge Seeks Historic Designation Status

A decade after [scripts/homepage/home.php] million in renovations breathed new life into the Billy Webb Elks Lodge, members are working to designate the headquarters of Portland’s only remaining African American Fraternal Organization as a historic landmark

Portland Grocery Launches an Innovative Solution for Dog-Owning Customers

Customers can use the app-connected houses as a safer and smarter solution when shopping with their dogs, rather than leaving them in the car or tied up on the street.

Oregon State Workers Could Get up to 15% Raises

Public employee unions representing Oregon state workers have negotiated new contracts that would provide pay increases of up to 15% over the next two-year budget period.

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Human Rights Campaign Appoints Its First African American President

Alphonso David, an accomplished and nationally-recognized LGBTQ civil rights lawyer and advocate, will lead the organization beginning...

Alberta Commons Hosts Public Grand Opening Celebration July 20

Dream Street Community Market event will feature food, drinks, art and music ...

Living Room Realty Announces Scholarship Opportunity

The scholarship will help facilitate a path toward a real estate career for underrepresented communities ...

U.S. Bank Invests $1 Million with the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“Through this support of the National Museum, we hope these historical stories and rich cultural experiences will continue to...

Police Evacuate City Hall, Close Terry Schrunk Plaza

City Hall closed due to suspicious package ...

Police: 1 in custody after shot fired at Foster Farms plant

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A man opened fired a handgun Thursday morning at a corndog manufacturing plant in Corvallis before surrendering to police.Police said they arrested 22-year-old Adrian Nickerson on suspicion of firing a single shot in a woman's restroom within a Foster Farms processing...

Oregon man given probation for sales of counterfeit scopes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon business owner who sold counterfeit rifle scopes from China has received five years of federal probation.The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Thursday that 58-year-old CulMar Outdoors owner Mark Culp was sentenced Thursday.The Portland suburb business owner says...

Missouri DE Williams pleads to misdemeanor, put on probation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri defensive end Tre Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after prosecutors dropped a felony domestic assault charge.The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Williams pleaded guilty to peace disturbance and was...

Florida's Mullen hoping for sizable leap in 2nd season

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Dan Mullen made a big leap in his second season at Mississippi State, but his Florida team doesn't have quite so much room to grow.Unless, of course, the Gators can jump to national contender status. That's what another four-win improvement would mean.The Bulldogs won...

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Breast Cancer Is the Most Imperative Health Issue Facing African American Women

An estimated 6,540 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among Black women in 2019. ...

Trump Levels Racist Attack on Congresswomen of Color in Latest Social Media Screed

As is his general habit, Trump lies in his communications and brands places where people of color reside as dangerous. President Trump has a long history of racism as does his late father, Fred Trump. Fred Trump was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Queens,...

Hearing on H.R. 40 Puts Reparations Debate in National Spotlight

“These are the vestiges of enslavement that people don't want to deal with,” said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the former President of Bennett College. ...

Perfecting the Cat Nap: Lessons on Sleep From a Cat

Watching Soleil's languorous lifestyle has inspired me to establish better sleeping habits which have led to increased happiness and productivity. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

How to beat Trump? Dems divided as he rams race onto ballot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden was at a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday when he blasted President Donald Trump's "racist" taunts at a rally the night before."This is about dividing the country," the early Democratic front-runner, who has been criticized for his own handling of...

The Latest: Trump claims he was 'not happy' with chant

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local):1:10 p.m.President Donald Trump says he "was not happy" when his supporters at a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina chanted "send her back" in reference to Democratic Rep....

Trump says he wanted to but won't address NAACP convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he won't address the NAACP convention because of changes in the date and format of an appearance.Trump says Thursday that "I very much wanted to go" speak to the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization as members gather next week in...

ENTERTAINMENT

Hollywood stars open wallets to Buttigieg's 2020 campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — A-list celebrities seem to be opening their hearts — or at least their wallets — to Pete Buttigieg.The South Bend, Indiana, mayor was a virtual unknown months ago. But he used breakout town hall performances, viral moments and his biography as a millennial,...

Hamilton, Schwarzenegger tease R-rated 'Terminator' sequel

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Leave the kids at home, "Terminator: Dark Fate" is getting an R-rating.Director Tim Miller told the audience at San Diego Comic-Con that it wasn't always going to be the plan, but the fans demanded it. The panel that kicked off the fan convention Thursday morning may also...

Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con with 'Top Gun' sequel trailer

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tom Cruise has made an unexpected flyby at San Diego Comic-Con to debut the first trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick."The audience in the 8,000 seat room went wild for Cruise Thursday afternoon. He closed out what had been billed only as a panel for "Terminator: Dark...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

British Open back at Royal Portrush and puts on quite a show

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory...

Trump disavows 'send her back' cry, Omar stands defiant

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday chided his supporters who chanted "send her back" when...

Man shouting 'You die!' kills 33 in Japan anime studio fire

TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable...

Italian writer, director Luciano De Crescenzo dies at 90

ROME (AP) — Luciano De Crescenzo, an Italian writer, actor and director, has died in Rome after being...

Greek police name suspect in US scientist's killing, rape

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have identified a suspect accused of the brutal killing...

AP Explains: Why NATO member Turkey wants Russian missiles

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO ally Turkey is being kicked out of the U.S.-led F-35 fighter jet program over...

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In kicking off the new year, the central committee of the right-wing, governing Israeli party—the Likud—unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the annexation of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Though this was technically an advisory opinion, most observers recognize that this represents the views of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s administration.

For years, the Israeli government has been doing a dance where they have, on the one hand, increased the illegal settlement of Palestinian territories while, on the other hand, claiming that they uphold the ultimate goal of a two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian dispute. The announcement of the Likud resolution puts to bed any further pretense; Likud seeks to eliminate Palestinians from the occupied territories by seizing the best land and forcing the Palestinians into a situation that is further reminiscent of the Bantustan settlements established by apartheid South Africa, pre-1994.

The Israeli political establishment has made it impossible for a realistic two-state solution to come into existence. If Israel goes forward with this annexation, there will conclusively be no cohesive territory that the Palestinians can exist upon. Their land will be formally—rather than de facto—divided according to the wishes of the Israeli government; the Palestinians will have no access to the sea; and little assurance of access via the air. While the Palestinians may have a flag, they will have little else.

Coming shortly after Trump’s unilateral decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem—a decision that was publically condemned by dozens of world leaders—the Israeli political establishment has thumbed its nose at the international community, once again. To add insult to injury, the Israeli political establishment and their allies in the United States continue to relentlessly pursue efforts to suppress non-violent opposition to Israeli government policy, i.e., opposition to boycott/divestment/sanctions, as a tactic to pressure groups fighting for Palestinian rights.

For those of us who consistently oppose racism, annexations and apartheid, 2018 must represent a continuation of the struggle for Palestinian rights and freedom. There is no room to back down.  The Israeli government has made its stand more than clear: there are no Palestinian rights that they feel bound to respect.

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