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NORTHWEST NEWS

Jeremy Christian Guilty of Killing 2 Who Tried to Stop His Slurs on Max

Today jurors found Christian guilty of the May 26, 2017 stabbing deaths of Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky Best

States Step Up Funding for Planned Parenthood Clinics

A spokesman for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon said the agency has been "working closely with state officials to create critical backstops and protect access to care for all Oregonians who need it, regardless of federal action on Title X"

Oregon Denies Permit for Pipeline Before Federal Decision

Oregon's Department of Land Conservation and Development says a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay would have significant adverse effects on the state's coastal scenic and aesthetic resources, endangered species and critical habitat

Rep. Blumenauer Joined by Sens. Markey, Sanders, and Warren to Introduce Bill to Hold Big Oil Companies Accountable

"Amidst the growing climate emergency, closing this loophole is a small step we must take to hold Big Oil accountable and to protect our communities," said Blumenauer. 

NEWS BRIEFS

African American Initiative Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration to be Held Saturday

Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington celebrate breast cancer survivors in the African American community with a free gala this...

Dr. Karin Edwards Named New President of Clark College

Board of Trustees names Dr. Karin Edwards as the college’s 15th leader in its 87-year history ...

OneUnited Bank Launches New Limited-Edition Harriet Tubman Card

OneUnited Bank, the largest Black-owned bank in America, introduces the new limited-edition Harriet Tubman Card in celebration of...

Oregon House Votes to End Driver’s License Suspensions for Failure to Pay Fines

Bipartisan Vote Underscores Consensus for Reforms, Makes Way for Senate Action ...

Black History Month 2020: “African Americans and the Vote”

In our celebration of Black History Month 2020, the DPO Black Caucus looks forward to the screening of the award-winning documentary,...

University lab cited for animal welfare violations in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Health & Science University laboratory was cited for violating animal welfare laws after five prairie voles died of thirst, federal inspectors said.The U.S. Department of Agriculture also cited the university after a person risked contaminating surgical...

Man charged in truck stop stabbing sent to state hospital

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — A Colorado man charged in what Oregon prosecutors say was a hate crime stabbing has been found unfit for trial and will be sent to the Oregon State Hospital before his legal case can move forward.The Argus-Observer in Ontario reports Malheur County Circuit Court Judge...

OPINION

Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, takes national Democratic lead

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders scored a resounding victory in Nevada’s presidential caucuses on Saturday, cementing his status as the Democrats' national front-runner amid escalating tensions over whether he’s too liberal to defeat President Donald Trump. While Sanders scored...

The Latest: Klobuchar upbeat after trailing in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):8:08 p.m.Amy Klobuchar is telling supporters her presidential campaign has “exceeded expectations” and she plans to carry on, even as she trailed far behind several rivals in Saturday’s...

Street by Vanderbilt basketball gym named for Perry Wallace

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first black basketball player on scholarship in the Southeastern Conference now has a street named after him outside of Vanderbilt University's Memorial Gymnasium. Family members of the late Perry Wallace joined school officials, Vanderbilt men's basketball coach...

ENTERTAINMENT

'West Side Story' opening draws protesters on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — There was a chorus outside the Broadway Theatre on Thursday at the opening night of a new revival of “West Side Story” but what was being sung was a protest chant.A group of about 100 people demanded the removal of cast member Amar Ramasar, who was fired and...

Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' readies for Garden visit

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Kyle Scatliffe has gone to Madison Square Garden plenty of times — for a Rangers game, a Muse concert and a WWE event. Next week, he's going back again, but this time he won't be in the seats.Scatliffe on Wednesday will be starring in the hit Broadway play...

OWN's 'Cherish the Day' is a rare celebration of black love

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To separate filmmaker and TV producer Ava DuVernay’s trenchant, history-driven projects, including “Selma” and “When They See Us,” from her new romantic drama series is to sell short the determined thoughtfulness that shapes all her...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Yemen's Houthi rebels impeding UN aid flow, demand a cut

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn...

AP FACT CHECK: Donald Trump and the audacity of hype

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their boisterous presidential debate, several Democrats sold short the health care...

AP Exclusive: DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel

MIAMI (AP) — A once-standout U.S. federal narcotics agent known for spending lavishly on luxury cars and...

Italy towns close down amid virus case clusters, 2 deaths

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — A dozen towns in northern Italy effectively went into lockdown Saturday after the...

US leads training exercises in Africa amid focus on Sahel

THIES, Senegal (AP) — Crouching in the sparse brush, maneuvering into formations through a divide, and then...

At Trump's India rally, Modi bets on bolstering his image

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — A festive mood has enveloped Ahmedabad in India’s northwestern state of...

McMenamins
Press Release

Regence executive Michael Alexander has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Portland. The position will temporarily be listed as Interim while the Portland office awaits formal certification of Alexander from the National Urban League.

"I am very proud of the time and dedication our board, staff and community leaders have given to the search for our new CEO," said Lolenzo Poe, Board Chair for the Urban League of Portland. "We had talented candidates from around the country express interest, as well as respected leaders from right here in Portland. Our recommendation of Michael Alexander, who has celebrated success as a leader and in business, is a testament to our vision and belief of the important role the Urban League will continue to play in our community for decades to come."

The Urban League of Portland began its search for a new executive in March after the resignation of former League president, Marcus Mundy in December 2011. Since that time, the League has been led by two interim Presidents – former US Bank executive, Quentin Strode, and for the past four months, former Tri-Met executive Bruce M. Watts. Alexander will serve as Portland's 13th League President. He will assume the permanent position running the League's daily operations on August 27, 2012.

"This is a big win for The Urban League of Portland and for all of the Greater Portland community who support their mission," said Mark Ganz, President and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions. "Michael is someone who respects and represents the interests of all people and a natural-born leader who serves with extraordinary vision, deep-rooted passion and the highest level of professionalism. He's certainly made our organization stronger, and I am confident that he will lead the Urban League with the same commitment and conviction."

"I am honored to have been chosen from a very qualified candidate pool to serve as President and CEO of the Urban League of Portland," said Michael Alexander. "The Urban League is a critical voice in advocating and elevating the interests of Portlanders and Oregonians who want and deserve to share more fully in all this very special city has to offer. I am eager to join the League's staff, Board of Directors and partners in continuing to promote the important mission it has so diligently advanced since 1945."

A proven leader with an established career in the health care industry, Alexander assumes the Urban League position after nearly seven years in management for Regence. Since moving to Portland in 2005, Alexander has contributed to the oversight of several local organizations to include serving on the board of directors for Portland Parks, LifeWorks Northwest and the American Leadership Forum: Oregon Chapter, as well as the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.

"Mike Alexander is an inspired choice to lead the Urban League or Portland," said Keith Thomajan, President and CEO, the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. "I have had the pleasure of working with him on important community initiatives here in Portland. His corporate expertise, community knowledge and lifelong dedication to health and human services positions him to be a transformative and visionary leader for this important community organization."

Throughout the past several months, the League has worked tirelessly to strengthen the agency's relationships and practices. The League's leadership has been dedicated to returning the focus of the organization and the community back on the critical work being done as champions for equity, empowerment and opportunities for all people. Partnerships with the State of Oregon and Multnomah Country are strong and continue to provide valuable services and resources for underserved children, families and seniors.

"It has been an honor to step in and help lead the Urban League of Portland," said Bruce M. Watts, Interim President/CEO of Urban League of Portland. "This historic agency continues to do very important work in this community. I have the greatest respect for the work that is being done today as well as the immeasurable value this organization brings to this entire community. I look forward to continuing to serve the League in any way I can moving forward."

"I want to congratulate the staff and Board of Directors in their selection of Michael Alexander as the new President and CEO of the Urban League of Portland," said Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County Chair. "For the past several months, the Urban League has proven its diligence and dedication to preserving the mission and practices of the organization by restoring the agency's standing with the County. We look forward to working together with Mr. Alexander to continue the critically important work of advocating for access, equity and inclusion throughout our community."

Alexander, a Brooklyn native, holds a Master's degree in social services from Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Lewis University. He is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow and accredited by the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Alexander has three grown children, two sons and a daughter.

The Urban League of Portland, an affiliate of the National Urban League, is a non-profit, community-based organization headquartered in north Portland. Since 1945, the Urban League of Portland has advocated, served and empowered African Americans and other Oregonians to create an equitable place to work and live. This past year, the League provided direct services to over 1,000 individuals and engaged over 8,000 through community outreach and advocacy work.

For more information on the Urban League of Portland, visit www.ulpdx.org.

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