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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Inmates Sue Over COVID-19 Response

The suit asks a judge to mandate a social distance of 6 feet or more between inmates

Oregon Health Officer: Spike in Virus Cases Can Be Averted

Modeling shows the state won't see a huge rise in cases as long as stay-at-home orders are heeded

Latest COVID-19 Projections Encouraging With Social Distancing

Latest COVID-19 projections show social distancing can cut coronavirus infections if Oregonians keep current measures in place into May

Five Metro Council Candidates Discuss Equity

District 5 candidates compete for open seat

NEWS BRIEFS

OnPoint Community Credit Union Donates $100,000 to De La Salle North Catholic High School

OnPoint’s contribution comes at a critical time for school’s expansion project ...

Civil Rights Group, Medical Professionals Call on Trump Administration and States to Release Racial Data for COVID-19 Tests, Cases and Outcomes

This call to action is driven by concern that the lack of transparency by federal and state officials is preventing public health...

Oregon Zoo Launches Live Video and Learning Activities Resource

The new project provides educational and entertaining activities for kids and animal lovers ...

National Civil Rights Group Responds to Repeal of Discriminatory Tennessee Voter Registration Law

The provisions included in a 2019 law sought to impose criminal penalties and fines on groups and...

Cryptosporidium Found in Portland Water

People who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed are advised to ask their doctor about...

Gorge highway closure expanded after visitors trespass

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — All public land is closed within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area because of the coronavirus outbreak, but that hasn’t stopped some people from showing up and trespassing onto parks and trails.Following the influx, the Oregon Department of...

Romance writer accused of murder seeks release due to virus

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A romance mystery novelist charged with killing her chef husband is asking a judge to let her leave jail and spend the rest of the coronavirus outbreak at an undisclosed guest house in the Portland area, court records show.Lawyers for Nancy Crampton Brophy, 69, claim...

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10 p.m.Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

You're Pretty... For a Dark-Skinned Girl

Cloé Luv, an "unapologetically" dark-skinned Black woman tells her story ...

The ACA Has Never Been More Critical

Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. ...

NAACP/Black Community: A Model for Resiliency

As America enters perhaps the most uncertain period in modern history, we will all be tested in new and unpredictable ways. ...

What the Government Can Do Now to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Roger Stark says during this pandemic the administration must give states more flexibility ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Mayor says virus has hit black, Hispanic New Yorkers hard

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's death toll from the coronavirus has been disproportionately high in black and Hispanic communities, and the city is starting an outreach campaign for those residents, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.“We’re seeing folks who have struggled...

Black voters weighed history, health in Wisconsin election

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — After going to sleep angry and afraid to vote, Xavier Thomas woke up on Election Day in Wisconsin thinking about how hard black people had to fight for the right to cast a ballot.He didn't want to be deterred despite the coronavirus pandemic and the government's...

Wisconsin voters forced to choose between health, democracy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — If Wisconsin was a test case for voting in the age of the coronavirus, it did not go well for many voters.Thousands were forced to congregate for hours in long lines on Tuesday with no protective gear. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health and unable...

ENTERTAINMENT

With no theaters, film fans find ways to gather virtually

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are 44 people in the Social Distance Movie Club's Slack channel, where co-workers at Crooked Media have had discussions about everything from a Dwayne Johnson earthquake film to Faye Dunaway’s turn as Joan Crawford in “Mommie Dearest.” It...

Stuck at home, Alesso and Liam Payne still film music video

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus has halted many plans in the music industry, from tour cancellations to album pushbacks, but it didn’t stop Grammy-nominated DJ-producer Alesso and former One Direction singer Liam Payne from filming a new music video.The pair joined forces for the new...

Hal Willner, longtime 'Saturday Night Live' staple, has died

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hal Willner, a music producer and longtime “Saturday Night Live” music supervisor, has died. He was 64.Blake Zidell, a representative for Willner, said the producer died Tuesday. Zidell said Willner had symptoms consistent with those caused by the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Passover in isolation dampens holiday mood in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Each year, Patricia Sheetrit and her family gather with in-laws for the first night of...

Making plans, defiantly, amid the chaos and madness

As owners of a wedding and event-planning business, Karina Lopez and Curtis Rogers have always known how the...

Lives Lost: A Louisiana grandmother 'took care of everyone'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mary Louise Brown Morgan kept a garden full of rosebushes and just about every kind of...

Bleaching on Great Barrier Reef more widespread than ever

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef shows coral bleaching is sweeping...

Counter-terrorism probe opened in France knife attack

PARIS (AP) — French counter-terrorism prosecutors have opened a judicial investigation after a knife attack...

Watchdog: Syrian air force responsible for chemical attacks

THE HAGUE (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog issued a report Wednesday blaming the Syrian air...

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Occupy Portland Protest Puts Wealth Inequality at Top of  Political Agenda

Good-humored crowd marches and spends night in park near City Hall

About 5000 people gathered at Waterfront Park Thursday afternoon for the Occupy Portland protest. Occupy Portland came together in support of the New York protesters 'Occupy Wall Street'.  The protests aim to highlight the growth of wealth and income inequality in the United States.  Individual protesters brought other issues to the march, including the continuing U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The diverse and good-humored crowd carried signs signaling the issues causing most anger. Corporate tax avoidance, the Wall Street bailout and wealth inequality were the most common grievances – many expressed with humor.  "If we can't tax the rich, can we eat them?" said one sign. The Skanner News Video: Short video of protest A press release from organizers said: "This is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, where thousands have been staying near the Wall Street stock exchange to protest the corruption of Washington politicians, misdeeds of big banks, and the cancerous reign of corporate lobbyists." 

Also in evidence were masks, such as the Salvador Dali lookalike mask adopted by the hackers group Anonymous. 

After meeting at the Waterfront, Occupy Portland protesters marched through the city center, stopped off at Pioneer Square, then came to rest at Chapman Square. About 600 committed Occupy Portland protesters spent the night in two parks near City Hall: Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square. This morning, Friday Oct. 7, both squares were scheduled to host organizers for the Portland Marathon.  Protesters decided to leave Lownsdale square, but attempted to remain in Chapman Square. UPDATE: Police, protesters and marathon organizers agreed that protesters could remain in Chapman Square and would not disrupt the race, scheduled for Sunday. Two young men were arrested, Friday and charged with spray painting slogans on walks and a police vehicle.

The protesters are organizing as a grassroots movement with no chosen leaders. Everyone's voice is equal, an organizer told KBOO radio. Decisions are made by concensus, meaning everyone has to come to an agreement. Without loudspeakers, the crowd repeats every statement made so that everyone no matter how far from the speaker can hear. The next general meeting is scheduled for Friday at 7pm. If police allow the protesters to remain at Chapman Square the meeting will be held there. If not, it will proceed at Waterfront Park under the Burnside Bridge.

Organizers stress that this is a peaceful protest.  If police ask protesters to leave Chapman Square, they say they will not leave, but will allow police to remove them. Similar non-violent tactics were pioneered first by Ghandi and the independence movement in India seeking freedom from British colonial rule. Later the U.S. civil rights movement used nonviolence tactics successfully.. Several protesters carried signs quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Van Jones, the former Obama advisor now working to create a left alternative to the Tea Party through the American Dream movement, says the Occupy Wall Street protests are the American Autumn, similar to the Arab Spring. Van Jones told Alternet: "… as the economic crisis gets worse -- it ain't gonna get better -- the formal economy is going to continue to contract. That means you're going to have a lot of people suffering due to the economy. That's going to create a need for a response. What are we going to do? How can we address the ways in which people are hurting -- immediate needs? That's going to be a driver of innovation, the economic crisis. People have to eat. People have to live indoors. People aren't going to just lay down and die because Wall Street wants to hold up the economic recovery."

Wealth inequality has been growing in the United States, according to The Economic Policy Institute, which publishes the website inequality.org  Figures for 2009 showed the top 1 percent of the U.S. population own 35.6 percent of the wealth, whereas the bottom 80 percent of the population share just 12.8 percent of the country's wealth.  Protesters carried signs saying "I am the 99 percent and so are you," to draw attention to the disparities.  

PUBLISHER OPINION
Several commenters are saying the demonstration lacks clarity.
The Skanner News Publisher Bernie Foster says it's clear to him. "People want to stop Wall Street and corporate lobbyists from driving our economic policies," he said. "You can't keep people unemployed and have children hungry  and homeless without raising a lot of questions about who is benefiting from our economic system."
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