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Blumenauer, Pressley Reintroduce Legislation to Fully End Qualified Immunity

Unjust doctrine shields police officers from accountability for misconduct and criminal behavior

Ruby Haughton-Pitts’ Dismissal as Oregon AARP Director Draws Fire

State leaders, members and supporters are questioning AARP’s secrecy around the decision to fire the highly regarded leader after two years of service

All Oregonians Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine by July 1

People who are 45 to 64 with underlying health conditions will be eligible starting March 29

City Permanently Cuts Funds to Portland Neighborhood Group

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who oversees the city’s civic life bureau, opted to remove funding from Southwest Neighborhoods Inc. after an audit found that money had been mismanaged.

NEWS BRIEFS

$500,000 Grant Funding Will Invest In Racial Equity In WA

Kaiser Permanente commits funding to grassroots organizations to dismantle practices and structures that prevent communities of color...

Girls Inc. of the PNW Welcomes Cyreena Boston Ashby as CEO

Boston Ashby has served as interim executive director since summer 2020, plans to focus on paths to addressing learning loss ...

Changes Made To Scheduling Vaccine Appointments via the Vaccine Information Tool

Adults who are 65 and older, and most people who are eligible for vaccines in Phase 1A in the Portland metro area, will no longer be...

Senators Markey, Smith, and Booker and Rep. Jackson Lee Re-introduce Legislation to Make Juneteenth a National Holiday

“Juneteenth,” observed on June 19, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States ...

HB 1465, To Increase the Death Tax Rate in Washington State To 40%

The Washington Policy Center's Vice President for Research, Paul Guppy today released a study on the bill ...

More contagious Brazilian virus variant emerges in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A coronavirus variant that was first detected in Brazil has emerged in Oregon, the first known case of the new variant on the contiguous U.S. West Coast, medical authorities said Tuesday.The sample was sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the end...

Ex-UPS driver sentenced to 20 years for I-5 shootings

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A former UPS driver charged in shootings that injured a woman and damaged vehicles along Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Kenneth Ayers, of Roseburg, was sentenced Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court for three counts of...

Ex-Cardinals coach Wilks new defensive coordinator at Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Steve Wilks is returning to coaching as the defensive coordinator at Missouri.Wilks, who was hired by Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz on Thursday, took last year off after spending the previous 14 seasons in the NFL. The stint was highlighted by a year as the head coach of...

OPINION

OHA Marks 1 Year One-Year Anniversary of Oregon’s First COVID-19 Case

Director thanks Oregonians and asks state residents to maintain pandemic precautions and choose vaccination ...

Democracy and White Privilege

“White Nationalists” who believe that America only belongs to its “White” citizens, who live and have lived according to “White Privilege” are ignoring the words of the Declaration of Independence ...

The Leadership Conference Submits Letter in Support of H.R. 40

H.R. 40 finally forces the U.S. government to recognize and make amends for the decades of economic enrichment that have benefited this nation as a result of the free labor that African slaves were forced to provide ...

Letter to the Editor Re: Zenith Energy

The time is now for Portland City Council to stop Zenith Energy’s transporting fossil fuels into and out of our city. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Unusual alliance seeks policing reforms in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Policing reforms are making for strange bedfellows in New Mexico as the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and the conservative-backed nonprofit group Americans for Prosperity lobby for a bill to eliminate police immunity from lawsuits on civil rights...

FBI chief warns violent 'domestic terrorism' growing in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray bluntly labeled the January riot at the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorism” Tuesday and warned of a rapidly growing threat of homegrown violent extremism that law enforcement is scrambling to confront through thousands of...

NBA reveals All-Star skills, 3-point, dunk participants

Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Phoenix’s Devin Booker have been 3-point champions at All-Star weekend before, and they’ll try to win that trophy again Sunday.The NBA revealed the 15 players Tuesday who will be taking part in the other on-court events besides the All-Star Game...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Vaccine, vaccine': Dolly sings 'Jolene' rewrite before shot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton has written hundreds of songs over her decades-long career and it turns out her tune “Jolene" is the just right one for getting her COVID-19 vaccine. “I even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion. It goes, ‘Vaccine, vaccine,...

Catherine Zeta-Jones joins Michael Sheen in 'Prodigal Son'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Catherine Zeta-Jones was already a fan of “Prodigal Son,” so when the chance came to join the show, she jumped, lured by the prospect of working alongside Michael Sheen.The Welsh actors were born in cities about an hour apart and moved in similar circles...

Jhene Aiko to host Grammy Award premiere ceremony

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jhene Aiko will take on hosting duties at the Grammy Awards premiere ceremony this month.The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the Grammy-nominated singer will host the pre-show, where most trophies are awarded. It will be streamed live on the Grammy’s...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

'Vaccine, vaccine': Dolly sings 'Jolene' rewrite before shot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton has written hundreds of songs over her decades-long career and it...

Fauci presents his personal virus model to Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of the U.S. government’s pandemic response, has...

California crash kills 13 of 25 people crammed into SUV

HOLTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether human smuggling was involved after a crash...

Chief European Union diplomat in Venezuela leaves country

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The chief European Union diplomat in Venezuela left the country on Tuesday, a...

Guatemala begins reshaping court; corruption concerns grow

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Congress began reshaping the country’s highest court...

Farmers in Fukushima plant indigo to rebuild devastated town

MINAMISOMA, Japan (AP) — Because of radiation released by the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster a decade...

I-5 Rose Quarter Project Open House 2
By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

The Black Parent Initiative invites everyone interested in supporting Portland's minority youth to the second annual Breaking the Cycle: Releasing the Dream symposium at Concordia University, Saturday June 18. The symposium will run from 8 am to 5 pm in the Hagen Campus Center, 2811 NE Holman St.

Come along to attend powerful workshops led by experts in African American families, parenting, education, child mental health and much more. Children and teens, aged 9 and above, are invited to attend a spoken word workshop. The Skanner News Video: Dr. Joy DeGruy

You will have the opportunity to attend two out of the seven workshops on offer:

Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy will lead 'How are the Children' which looks at how trauma in the African American community affects generations of Black children and adults. Dr. DeGruy has two masters degrees (Psychology and Social Work) and a Ph.D. in Social Work research. She is a research professor at Portland State University as well as an International faculty member at London's Department of Health.

Stephanie Irby Coard Ph.D., will present 'Racial Resilience' which looks at how to promote resilience in Black children. Dr. Coard is a psychologist and researcher at the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Johnny Parker Jr. will lead 'Healthy Relationships and Co-Parenting' which looks at healthy parenting with your partner from a Christian counseling perspective. Dr. Parker has more than 10 years as a marriage specialist who has led Building Lasting Relationships seminars and has advised President Obama on supporting marriage.

Phillip Jackson will lead an educators-only workshop 'Educators and Community Strategy' that will look at the impact of educators and community leaders on academic success. Jackson's long resume includes serving as president of Chicago Boys and Girls Club and as Chief of Education for the City of Chicago.

Andrae Brown, an assistant professor at Lewis and Clark School of Education, will lead 'Touched in the head': Exploring Mental Health and Wellness in the Black Family.' The workshop will look at the importance of mental health in strengthening black families. Dr. Brown has a master's degree in school counseling and a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy.

The Black Parent Initiative will host a showing and discussion of the documentary 'The Black Fatherhood Project'. Filmmaker Jordan Thierry explores the roots of the fatherless Black home and reveals a more complex truth than usually told. Fathers discuss how to ensure African American children feel the power of a father's love.

Tina Marie Glover, a credentialed counselor will look at 'Raising my Kids Alone; Barriers we Face Being a Single Parent'. As program director for the Cuturally Specific Youth prevention Services program at a mental health agency, she will lead a session designed to help parents overcome the challenges of raising today's generation, and in particular children of the opposite sex.

Poet and rapper Mic Crenshaw and hip hop poet Desmond Spann will run a workshop for youth aged 9 and up.

Child care is available. For more information contact 503-493-4700 or email [email protected]

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