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Sen. Manning on the Year Ahead and the Year That Was

Prominent BIPOC Caucus member concerned with gun regulation, access to Covid-19 testing

Dozens of Oregon Workers Fired for Not Getting COVID Shot

Officials in Oregon say at least 99 state workers have been fired for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Attorney General Rosenblum Says She Won’t Run for Governor

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Monday put to rest rumors and officially said she will not enter Oregon’s crowded race for governor.

Portland’s Black Population Grew in the Last Decade, but That’s Not the Whole Story

The Black population in North and Northeast Portland declined by 13.5% over the last 10 years as more than 3,000 Black residents moved away, new numbers from the 2020 census show.


Oregon's Cannabis Industry Could Be More Vulnerable Than Ever

Portland is the first in the country to allocate cannabis tax revenue to relieve the industry's impacts of...

Open Enrollment Deadline Is Dec. 15 for Health Insurance Coverage Starting Jan. 1, 2022

Help applying and financial assistance is available through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace ...

Commissioners From Three Counties Select Lawrence-Spence to Fill Senate District 18 Vacancy

District 18 includes portions of west Portland and Tigard. ...

Congressional Black Caucus Issues a Statement on the Passing of Former Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek

Meek, the first Black person to represent Florida in Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction, died Sunday, Nov. 28 at her...

Vsp Global Partners With Black EyeCare Perspective to Eliminate Inequities and Increase Representation of People of Color in the Eye Care Industry

Partnership includes scholarships, leadership development, and outreach to prospective optometrists ...

Yakama Nation approves school district use of Warrior image

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakama Nation officials said this week they will allow a rural school district in central Washington to continue the use of the Wahluke Warrior image while a plan for respectful usage is developed. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Wahluke School...

Christmas tree buyers face reduced supplies, higher prices

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Even Christmas trees aren’t immune to the pandemic-induced shortages and inflation plaguing the economy. Extreme weather and supply chain disruptions have reduced supplies of both real and artificial trees this season. American shoppers should expect...

No. 25 Arkansas beats Missouri, caps best season since 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Sam Pittman grinned for almost the entirety of his postgame press conference Friday night. The Arkansas coach and his team had done something no others ever had. The No. 25 Razorbacks capped their regular season with a 34-17 victory over Missouri,...

Mizzou's Drinkwitz returning to Arkansas for rivalry game

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Just 45 miles of interstate highway separate Eli Drinkwitz from where he started and where he is now as Missouri's head football coach. Raised in the small Arkansas town of Alma, Drinkwitz will come full circle Friday when his Tigers visit No. 25...


State is Painting Lipstick on Its One-of-a-kind, Long-term-care Law

Starting in January, the unpopular law imposes a stiff new tax of 58 cents per 0 earned for every worker in the state ...

Giving Thanks

Just by being alive we can be sure of having moments of sadness as well as happiness. When you’re active in politics, you experience both wins and losses. Sometimes it can be hard to feel grateful. ...

Acting on Climate will Require an Emphasis on Environmental Justice

Climate change affects us all, but its effects aren’t distributed equally. ...

Small Businesses Cannot Survive With Current Level of Postal Service

At The Skanner News office we received an important piece of correspondence that was postmarked June 12, 2021, and delivered to us on November 4, 2021. ...


Florida law school creates Ben Crump social justice center

A law school in South Florida will announce on Thursday the creation of a social justice center named after Ben Crump, the Black civil rights attorney who has gained national notoriety representing victims of police brutality and vigilante violence. The Benjamin L. Crump Center...

AP source: Notre Dame set to promote Freeman to head coach

Notre Dame is working on a deal to promote defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach to replace Brian Kelly, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because nothing had been...

Biden says HIV/AIDS strategy needs to confront inequity

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled his new HIV/AIDS strategy to end the more than 40-year-old epidemic, calling for a renewed focus on vulnerable Americans — including gay and bisexual Black and Latino men, who his administration says are too often stigmatized even as...


Dystopia, 'she-cession,' TikTok dances: We're over you, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic, politics, pervasive anxiety over the climate and the economy. Did 2021 leave us any time to ponder anything else? As we limp our way into a new year, there are a few more things we'd like to leave behind, from pop culture's obsession with all things apocalyptic to...

Smollett defense set to cross-examine star state witness

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett’s legal team Thursday will seek to dent the credibility of a star state witness who the day before testified that the former “Empire” actor recruited him and his brother to stage a racist, homophobic attack on Smollett. But casting doubts...

Jacqueline Avant, wife of music legend, killed in shooting

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jacqueline Avant, a Los Angeles philanthropist and the wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant, was fatally shot at their home in Beverly Hills, California, early Wednesday, police said. Police and paramedics arrived at the home after a...


Live updates: Germany shuts out unvaccinated, eyes mandate

BERLIN - Germans who aren’t vaccinated are to be excluded from nonessential stores, cultural and recreational...

EXPLAINER: Why was Michigan suspect charged with terrorism?

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prosecutors on Wednesday charged a teen with terrorism in a deadly mass shooting...

US warns Russia as Kremlin talks about war threat in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin voiced concern Thursday about a possible escalation of fighting in a separatist...

AP PHOTOS: Drama festival puts spotlight on Romanian inmates

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Performing on the main stage of the Nottara Theatre in downtown Bucharest is a dream...

Paris archbishop who had 'ambiguous' relationship resigns

PARIS (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Paris after he admitted to an...

US defense chief slams China's drive for hypersonic weapons

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America's defense chief rebuked China on Thursday, vowing to confront its potential...

From Change.org

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights leaders have joined a popular petition on Change.org calling on JP Morgan Chase to save the home of Helen Bailey, a 78-year-old grandmother and former civil rights activist in Nashville, Tennessee. The petition has already been signed by more than 40,000 supporters across the country and continues to grow rapidly.

"I strongly support my dear sister Helen Bailey," said Cornel West. "Her struggle for justice is legendary. I stand with her."

"Banks should not use the power of foreclosure recklessly," said Alex Hurder, who helped Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike. "It is unconscionable to foreclose on a 78-year-old homeowner, who has paid her mortgage for years, simply because she is a few months behind in her payments. Chase Bank needs to negotiate with Ms. Helen Bailey."  

The campaign comes as JP Morgan Chase launches a new website aligning itself with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The values exhibited by Dr. King and embodied in his lifelong struggle for social change align with those that shape JPMorgan Chase's approach to giving in the communities in which it operates," the site reads.

Ms. Bailey, a former childcare provider for autistic children and community volunteer, faces the loss of her home as soon as Feb. 15, 2012, unless Chase Bank stops the foreclosure.

"JP Morgan Chase must practice what it preaches," said Gary Flowers, Executive Director and CEO of the Black Leadership Forum, Inc. "On one hand, the bank cannot earnestly invoke the values of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., while devaluing the very principles for which he lived and died. Dr. King reminded us that cowardice asks the question, 'is it safe?'; politics asks, 'is it popular?'; expedience asks, 'will it work?'; but morality asks, 'is it right?' The practices of Chase Bank in Nashville are not right."

"It is outrageous that JP Morgan Chase would claim to be helping to fulfill Dr. King's dream while taking away the home of an elderly woman who marched for civil rights," Bill Fletcher, Jr. of BlackCommentator.com said. "Dr. King stood for racial and economic justice. Chase's actions in the case of Ms. Bailey and so many other homeowners across the country does not reflect the vision for which Dr. King, Ms. Bailey and so many others fight."

Occupy Nashville's Housing Protection committee created the campaign on Change.org when members learned of Chase Bank's plans to foreclose on Ms. Bailey, who has lived in her home for 20 years and consistently made her mortgage payments. Recently, Ms. Bailey fell behind on payments due to increase medical bills.

"Ms. Bailey and her supporters at Occupy Nashville's Housing Protection Campaign are taking on one of the biggest financial institutions in the country," said Change.org Senior Organizer Tim Newman. "And now, prominent civil rights leaders are starting to speak out. This is just one more example of how campaigns on Change.org are helping people save their homes from foreclosure."

Sign the petition to join the campaign to save Helen Bailey's home:

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