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NORTHWEST NEWS

Report: Oregon Has Too Few Public Defenders

Oregon has only roughly one-third of the public defense attorneys it needs to provide reasonably effective assistance to low-income defendants

Blumenauer Boosts Efforts to Put Three Black History Landmarks on National List

Congressman makes case for Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Dean’s Beauty Salon and Barber Shop, and the Golden West Hotel’s importance to city history and heritage.

Lawsuit Says New Majority Latino District in WA a 'Facade'

A Latino civil rights organization and others filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that says new political maps in Washington state approved by a bipartisan redistricting panel intentionally dilute Hispanic voters' influence.

Washington Students' Test Scores Drop Significantly

Reports show that between 2019 and 2021, the overall percentage of students who met state standards on the math portion of the exam fell by 20 percentage points.

NEWS BRIEFS

Five Schools Return to In-person Instruction on Jan. 24

Alliance, Faubion, Franklin, Ockley Green, and Roosevelt return to in-person instruction; George, Harriet Tubman and Kellogg...

Portland Winter Light Festival Begins in Two Weeks, Illuminating City for Seventh Time

Free, all-ages, outdoor activity returns with new opportunities for outdoor art experiences all across Portland ...

PassinArt Introduces ‘Play Reading Mondays’

The Spanish Jade and The Learning Curve, both directed by William Earl Ray premiere in February ...

Revamped TriMet Website Makes Planning Trips Easier With Map-Based Tools

Riders can now track real-time locations of buses and trains on their smartphone ...

PHOTOS: Founder of The American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths Honored

Delbert Richardson's Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha XI Chapter fraternity brothers presented him a plaque that reads “Your commitment to...

Wolves attracted by cow carcasses kill Oregon herding dog

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Wolves attracted to six unburied cow carcasses at an eastern Oregon ranch killed a herding dog, wildlife officials said. Brian Ratliff of the Oregon Department of Fish and Game said the wolves killed the 40-pound (18-kilogram) herding dog on Friday about 150...

Orchestra fighting stigma of mental illness marks 10 years

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A classical music organization started in Vermont for musicians with mental illnesses and the people who support them is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a free performance in Boston on Sunday. Me2/ is a non-auditioned orchestra of musicians, half of whom...

UNLV promotes interim AD Harper to full-time job

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV has promoted interim athletic director Erick Harper to serve in the job full time. Harper's hiring, announced on Monday, was effective Jan. 1. He had served as interim athletic director since Desiree Reed-Francois left UNLV for Missouri in August. ...

Army stuns Missouri in Armed Forces Bowl on last-second FG

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Cole Talley kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired and Army rallied to beat Missouri 24-22 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night. After the Tigers took a 22-21 lead on a touchdown with 1:11 to play, third-string quarterback Jabari Laws led Army...

OPINION

OP-ED: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

January 6th, Voting Rights and the Tyranny Threatening America ...

Support Nikole Hannah-Jones and The 1619 Project

This important and ambitious project pulled back the curtain of euphemistic rhetoric composing American historiography that points only to the good in our history and sweeps under the rug the evil deeds perpetrated against people of color ...

In 2021, Organized Labor is Again Flexing its Muscles

We have seen dramatic change in the makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under President Biden. ...

Study Reveals Racial Pay Gap for Social Media Influencers

The racial pay gap has long presented issues for African Americans in Corporate America and other industries. It’s now filtered to social media. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Jewish leaders, backers defiant a week after hostage siege

On the eve of her 100th birthday Saturday, Ruth Salton told her daughter she was going one way or another to Friday night Shabbat services at Congregation Beth Israel, just days after a gunman voicing antisemitic conspiracy theories held four worshippers hostage for 10 hours at the Fort Worth-area...

McConnell responds to uproar over comment about Black voters

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back Friday against the uproar over a comment he made about African American voters, calling the criticism directed his way “outrageous.” McConnell had been accused of racism for saying that “African...

Abuse victims see inequity in payouts at 2 Michigan schools

Two former University of Michigan football stars who stand to receive as much as 0,000 each through the school's sexual abuse settlement with more than 1,000 students say the per-victim payouts should be much higher, pointing to a similar case at rival Michigan State. Dwight Hicks...

ENTERTAINMENT

Weber Grills apologizes for ill-timed meatloaf recipe email

NEW YORK (AP) — Weber picked the wrong day to suggest grilling meatloaf. The outdoor grill maker apologized on Friday for sending a recipe-of-the-week email earlier that day featuring instructions on how to prepare “BBQ Meat Loaf.” The email coincided with news...

Meat Loaf, 'Bat Out of Hell' rock superstar, dies at 74

NEW YORK (AP) — Meat Loaf, the heavyweight rock superstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as “Paradise By the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),”...

Louie Anderson, comic, Emmy winner for 'Baskets,' dies at 68

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Louie Anderson, whose four-decade career as a comedian and actor included his unlikely, Emmy-winning performance as mom to twin adult sons in the TV series “Baskets,” died Friday. He was 68. Anderson died at a hospital in Las Vegas of complications from...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Berlusconi drops bid to be elected as Italy's president

ROME (AP) — Former premier Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday bowed out of Italy's presidential election set for next...

Jewish leaders, backers defiant a week after hostage siege

On the eve of her 100th birthday Saturday, Ruth Salton told her daughter she was going one way or another to...

Stray bullet kills English astrophysicist visiting Atlanta

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) — A stray bullet struck and killed an English astrophysicist while he was inside an...

Berlusconi drops bid to be elected as Italy's president

ROME (AP) — Former premier Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday bowed out of Italy's presidential election set for next...

Russia toughens its posture amid Ukraine tensions

MOSCOW (AP) — With tens of thousands of Russian troops positioned near Ukraine, the Kremlin has kept the U.S....

UK lawmaker says he'll go to police with 'blackmail' claims

LONDON (AP) — A British politician who accuses the government of blackmailing opponents of Prime Minister Boris...

2015 MLK Breakfast Wells Fargo scholarships
Tom Unger, Wells Fargo Oregon Region Communications

Wells Fargo Scholarship recipients Michelle Carr and Henry Sissac at the 2015 The Skanner Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.

Wells Fargo team members will present the first in a quarterly series of Financial Fellowship Seminars in Portland on Feb. 28 with head pastors and associate pastors from about 25 local African American churches expected to attend.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to work directly with those who most often and traditionally influence our communities. Whether the economy is good or bad, the church tends to be one of the first places people go for economic advice," said Community Development Officer Cobi Jackson.

Congregants often turn to their pastor for advice about a financial issue, whether it's a mortgage problem, college loan, or retirement. The pastor might not know how to guide them. The seminars are intended to inform the pastors about these issues and the many services available at Wells Fargo in the event that someone they know seeks financial advice, Jackson said.

The seminar will run 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and consist of a number of financial education presentations by Wells Fargo team members. The topics will include avoid foreclosure, plan for retirement, buy a home, repair a damaged credit history and seek a job at Wells Fargo.

Jackson worked with Community Outreach Consultant Frank Howard Jr. and Regional Diverse Segments Consultant Darius Toston (both of Home Mortgage) to organize the seminar. All three will speak there.

“The clergy has an avenue to the community that seems to be underserved or is not coming out for our financial literacy and homeownership education,” said Frank. “They might be able to reach that section of the community we haven’t been able to tap.”

Jackson, Frank and Darius modeled the content on a similar program Wells Fargo has run in Los Angeles for about three years, said Frank. The L.A. program has helped the community there become stronger financially, increased our company's connection with the community and led to opening new Business Banking and Retail Banking accounts, he said.

The other presenters will include Regional Manager Kirk Mandlin of Wells Fargo Advisors, Business Banking Specialist Ahquoya Crews and Human Resources Staffing Specialist Betty Lane.

 

Running the Business of the Church

The seminars will also give pastors advice about how to run the business of their church. Many churches have been hard hit economically as donations from their congregations have dropped, said Jackson. Some churches have commercial real estate they could sell or develop. Others run day care programs.

“If we can help them grow as a business, they can be better prepared to help their congregations,” she said.

The organizers have been working with Ray Shellmire, the head of the Portland Community Development Consortium. He has been helping the Albina Ministerial Alliance create a community development plan for its member churches.

 This will be the first time churches in Portland will come together to learn more about the economics of their church and financial literacy for their congregations, he said.

 

An Historic Moment

“So this is kind of a historic moment that we’re trying to establish here," Ray said. “The faith based community is a strong part of the black community. Economic awareness, education and support are key to being healthy and successful in any community."

 Ray said he wants the seminars to be offered quarterly to different churches and other religious institutions, as well as to community organizations that provide social services to families and children.

 “There are quite a few faith-based organizations that could benefit from this knowledge and awareness, as well as community organizations connected to the black community,” he said.

The Skanner Foundation's Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

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