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I-5 Expansion Loses Support of Albina Vision, City

Gov. Brown says project must have support of local Black community 

Justice Department to Investigate Portland Protest Shooting

Donavan LaBella was standing with both arms in the air holding a large speaker across the street from the courthouse when a federal officer fired a less-lethal round at his head

Seattle Mayor, City Council at Odds Over 50% Police Cut

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says the City Council has failed to speak with the police chief or conduct sufficient research

OSU, UO Among 20 Universities Filing Federal Lawsuit in Oregon Over International Student Order

The lawsuit, filed today, seeks to protect the educational status of nearly 3,500 students attending OSU

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NNPA Livestreams With Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Val Demings

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Black Women Often Ignored By Social Justice Movements

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Deadline is July 15 to Pay Portland's $35 Arts Tax

The tax, approved by voters in 2012, supports arts education and grants ...

Oregon National Guard Completes Wildland Firefighter Training

The training was conducted using funds that were allocated to the Department of Defense by Congress to enable the National Guard to...

OSU Science Pub Focuses on Influence of Black Lives Matter

The influence of the Black Lives Matter movement will be the focus of a virtual Oregon State University Science Pub on July 13 ...

Man dies in logging accident in southwest Oregon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A 26-year-old man was struck and killed by a rolling log in southwest Oregon, authorities sadi.Josephine County Sheriff’s Office responded around 11 a.m. Sunday to a remote area West of Picket Creek, where they found Cody Anderson dead, The...

Police no longer looking for motorist who killed toddler

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) — The search has been called off for the car that fatally struck a toddler on a Milwaukie residential street, police announced Monday night.An unknown vehicle struck and killed a two-year-old boy, Jack Barrett, on the afternoon of July 2 when he opened the door of his...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.The student-led movement...

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COMMENTARY: Real Table Talk

Chaplain Debbie Walker provides helpful insight for self-preservation, and care tips for your family, your neighbors, and your community circles ...

Commissioner Hardesty Responds To Federal Troop Actions Towards Protesters

This protester is still fighting for their life and I want to be clear: this should never have happened. ...

Recent Protests Show Need For More Government Collective Bargaining Transparency

Since taxpayers are ultimately responsible for funding government union contract agreements, they should be allowed to monitor the negotiation process ...

The Language of Vote Suppression

A specific kind of narrative framing is used to justify voter suppression methods and to cover up the racism that motivates their use. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Police can't access LAPD gang database records after scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general on Tuesday made it impossible for law enforcement agencies to access entries that Los Angeles police made in the state's gang database after three LA officers were charged with falsifying records.The Los Angeles Police Department's records...

Philadelphia protesters sue city over tear gas, use of force

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three civil rights lawsuits filed in Philadelphia on Tuesday accuse the city of using military-level force that injured protesters and bystanders alike during peaceful protests against racial inequality and police brutality.One lawsuit accuses Philadelphia police of...

Former leader of neo-Nazi group pleads guilty to 'swatting'

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A founder and former leader of a neo-Nazi group has pleaded guilty to conspiring to place hoax phone calls targeting an African American church, a Cabinet official, journalists and others.John C. Denton, 26, of Montgomery, Texas, faces up to five years in prison after...

ENTERTAINMENT

Tom Bergeron, Erin Andrews exit 'Dancing With the Stars'

NEW YORK (AP) — The dance has ended for “Dancing With the Stars” hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.ABC said in a statement that the show is looking to “embark on a new creative direction” and host Bergeron “departs the show with our sincerest thanks and...

Back to the '80s: Andrew McCarthy writing 'Brat Pack' book

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor-writer-director Andrew McCarthy, a 57-year-old father of three, keeps getting asked about his “Brat Pack” years in the 1980s. He is now ready to answer. Grand Central Publishing announced Tuesday that McCarthy's “Brat: An '80s Story” will...

Music Review: How The Chicks sort of got their groove back

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Burger King addresses climate change by changing cows' diets

Burger King is staging an intervention with its cows. The chain has rebalanced the diet of some of the cows by...

Biden unveils [scripts/homepage/home.php] trillion climate plan with energy revamp

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden released a [scripts/homepage/home.php] trillion plan Tuesday aimed at combating climate change and...

Wait 'til next year: Giving up on 2020, looking toward 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — This was supposed to be the year of the comeback for Boysie Dikobe, a South African dancer...

Russia seeks prison terms for 3 youth group members

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Tuesday demanded prison terms for three members of a youth group...

Wait 'til next year: Giving up on 2020, looking toward 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — This was supposed to be the year of the comeback for Boysie Dikobe, a South African dancer...

France says 'merci' to virus heroes on poignant Bastille Day

PARIS (AP) — Medics in white coats replaced uniformed soldiers as stars of France’s Bastille Day...

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Sophia Cavalli has been with Multnomah County for four and a half years. Currently the county's Procurement and MWESB supervisor, she has over 13 years experience in designing and implementing small business programs. In addition, she now works on sustainable purchasing efforts.

Cavalli began working in the private sector in sales and commodities. Following that, she was at the City of Portland, where she oversaw its small business program for close to seven years. Cavalli currently serves on the National Associations of Counties Green Purchasing Task Force.

She says her vision is to include as many businesses as possible to foster a diverse vendor pool and workforce.

"We believe that (having a diverse vendor pool and workforce) is part of not only economic development, but community development," says Cavalli. "Specifically here in Multnomah County, 95 percent of all businesses are small businesses, and generally small businesses hire the most workers. It's a good responsible business practice."

The percentage of contracts the county has awarded to minority, women and emerging small businesses has exceeded 30 percent for the third straight year. In addition to awarding contracts, the county also sponsors training programs and holds quarterly meetings between a host of over 20 regional agencies to ensure the long-term success of minority, women, and emerging small businesses in the region.

When awarding contracts, Cavalli says the county is looking for firms with responsible business practices.

"How we buy the goods and services needed by the County and who we buy them from matters," she says. "Social equity is an important aspect of how we make our buying decisions, this includes the participation of local minority, women, and emerging small businesses. Chair (Jeff) Cogen and our Board of Commissioners have been very supportive of our efforts."


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