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NORTHWEST NEWS

Unemployed Oregonians to Lose Pandemic Benefits in September

The state will stop paying the 0 weekly unemployment bonus after Labor Day

Statue of Black Hero on Lewis & Clark Trip Toppled in Portland

A statue in Mt. Tabor Park commemorating York, an enslaved Black member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, has been toppled and damaged

Cannabis Chemical Delta-8 Gains Fans, Scrutiny

A chemical cousin of pot’s main intoxicating ingredient has rocketed to popularity over the last year. The cannabis industry and state governments are scrambling to reckon with it amid debate over whether it’s legal.

Report: SPD Stops Black People, Native Americans More

A newly-released report shows Seattle police officers continue to stop and use force against Black people far more often than white people.

NEWS BRIEFS

Mayor Declares State of Emergency Due to Extreme Heat

The City of Portland opens additional cooling centers and three outdoor misting centers ...

Obituary: Joan Brown-Kline, June 13, 1948 - July 17, 2021

A service for Joan Brown-Kline, held in Georgia, will be livestreamed starting at 11:50 a.m. PT (2:50 p.m. EDT) on Saturday, July 31 ...

Portland Bars Camping in Forested Areas During Fire Season

The move aims to protect protect individuals experiencing homelessness and people in nearby homes from potentially deadly wildfires ...

OSF Presents Free Virtual Reading of Emilia

The event streams live on Wednesday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. ...

Summer Bike Events to be Held at El Centro Milagro

This summer the streets around Milagro will host a cycle of fun activities. ...

Endangered orcas get new protection from US government

SEATTLE (AP) — Endangered killer whales received new habitat protections from the U.S. government Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service finalized rules to expand the Southern Resident orca’s critical habitat from the Canadian border down to Point Sur, California,...

AME Zion Church removes bishop after alleged misconduct

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church has removed a prominent bishop from office after his peers accused him of fraudulently having church property deeds transferred to a shell corporation that then secured millions of dollars in loans against those properties. Staccato...

Drinkwitz, Pittman back for Southeastern Conference encores

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Missouri and Arkansas both had some encouraging signs, if not great records, in their first seasons under new coaches. Now, the Tigers’ Eliah Drinkwitz and Razorbacks’ Sam Pittman are among four second-year Southeastern Conference coaches trying to...

OPINION

Services Available for Victims and Survivors of Community Violence in Multnomah County

The number of incidents of community violence — domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, person-to-person violence and gun violence — is devastating ...

Black America Needs a ‘New Normal’: Equitable Credit Access to Build Wealth

The rippling effects of a massive economic downturn has caused the nation to lose 9.5 million jobs - more losses than even those of the Great Recession ...

The President Needs to Pull Out All Stops

Majority Whip Clyburn, Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, made the observation that the filibuster currently being used in the U.S. Senate to block the Voting Rights Bill as well as the George Floyd Bill, is a matter of tradition and not...

NAACP Vancouver Letter to the Community: Police Accountability

NAACP Vancouver reacts to the descision in the case of Jonah Donald, a Black man shot and killed by a Clark County deputy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Fallout continues over alleged slurs aimed at health chief

Berkeley, Mo. (AP) — Civil rights advocates, religious leaders and others on Friday said they were outraged by St. Louis County Health Director Faisal Khan's claims that he was assaulted and bombarded with racial slurs after defending a new mask mandate. But a county councilman questioned whether...

Biden unveils picks for key religious freedom roles

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday announced his picks for four key religious freedom roles, including Khzir Khan, the Muslim-American father of a slain U.S. soldier who became an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump throughout both of his campaigns. ...

Judge allows Jussie Smollett's lawyer to stay on the case

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Friday said he would not kick one of Jussie Smollett's attorneys off the case even though he believes the attorney spoke to two men the actor allegedly hired to help him carry out a staged racist and homophobic attack. In his ruling, Cook County Judge...

ENTERTAINMENT

Director James Gunn assembles his perfect ‘Suicide Squad’

Could a scoundrel DC Comics character like Peacemaker ever be on the same level as Superman? How about Polka-Dot Man? Or Ratcatcher? The man who made Rocket Racoon, Groot and Star-Lord household names thinks so. James Gunn can’t help it: He loves an outsider. It’s the...

Harvey Weinstein: 1 sexual assault count dismissed, for now

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge on Thursday dismissed one of 11 sexual assault counts against Harvey Weinstein, giving the former movie mogul and convicted rapist a minor and possibly temporary victory. At a hearing with the 69-year-old Weinstein in the courtroom,...

'Toxic' podcast explores Britney Spears conservatorship

NEW YORK (AP) — As the fate of Britney Spears' conservatorship is in the hands of a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, two podcast hosts who have spent hours dissecting the case are hopeful change is coming for the singer to become more independent. Tess Barker and Barbara Gray...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Biden push to vaccinate feds forces uncomfortable questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s requirement for federal workers to reveal their COVID-19 vaccination...

GLIMPSES: Olympic swimmers, reaching for victory

TOKYO (AP) — At the beginning of the race, all is hopeful. And all is possible. Part of...

Russia blames space station lab incident on software failure

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space official on Friday blamed a software problem on a newly docked science lab for...

The Latest: Georgia scrambles to increase vaccination rates

ATLANTA — Local officials in Georgia are scrambling to increase vaccination rates even as more schools continue...

Roberto Calasso, Italian publisher and literary figure, dies

ROME (AP) — Roberto Calasso, a towering figure in European publishing as the driving force behind an esteemed...

Tunisian police detain lawmaker, Islamist party officials

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities jailed an opposition lawmaker Friday and briefly detained four...

by Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

Contractors learned about the Sellwood Bridge project at a bidding conference


Oregon Action will hold a Jobs Equity Forum, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27th, at Oregon Trail Chapter of the Red Cross located at 3131 N. Vancouver Ave. in Portland.

Marice Rahming, CEO of O'Neil Electric and executive vice president of the National Association of Minority Contractors, will introduce a study on contracting disparities in the City of Portland.

Casey Barnard, project director at the sustainable jobs nonprofit Emerald Cities, will unveil a Community Benefits Agreement for City of Portland contracting.

"Anyone who is interested in participating in a discussion on jobs and equity should come," said Camille White-Avian, the Portland organizer for Oregon Action. "Or anyone interested in organizing against inequitable hiring practices."

White-Avian cites studies that suggest discrimination in hiring is alive and well nationally.

Last June, Dr. Marc Bendick, Jr., Ph.D. Economist, of Bendick and Egan Economic Consultants, Inc, shared his research with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she says.

Bendick found that dark-skinned Black men were 52 percent less likely to be employed than lighter-skinned Black men.

Bendick also told commissioners that working an additional eight hours a week increased men's annual earnings by $7,300 on average, compared to just $4,300 for women.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded the average rate of unemployment for Blacks at 15.8 percent, compared to 7.9 percent for Whites, and 11.5 percent for Hispanics.

The 2011 statistics also showed Oregon had the third worst rate of unemployment for Blacks at 21.3 percent after Wisconsin 25 percent and Nevada, 22 percent.

For July 2012, the BLS unemployment rate for Black men was 14.8 percent compared to 6.9 for White men.

"Overall equity in hiring has gotten worse across the nation during the economic recession," White-Avian said. "I'd expect those figures to be worse in Portland."

The Jobs Equity forum will look at workforce conditions in Portland, focusing on:

Portland Public Schools' Equity in Public Purchasing and Contracting Policy,

Clean Energy Works Oregon High Road Standards and Benefits Agreement,

The 'Cool Schools' Initiative (Oregon HB 2960),

Disparities in the City's Prime Contracting Program, and a Community Benefit Agreement put together by Oregon Action and the Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity



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