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NORTHWEST NEWS

Tool for Police Reform Rarely Used by Local Prosecutors

Brady Lists flag officers whose credibility is in question due to misconduct – a designation that must be shared with defense attorneys. Defense attorneys, public defenders, civil rights groups and some prosecutors are calling for an increased use of the lists.

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) Proposed as a Center for Black Arts and Culture

Feasibility Study for community-led vision moving forward thanks to Parks Local Option Levy

Oregon Housing and Community Services Makes Progress on Federal Emergency Rental Assistance

Agency stresses importance of applying for the program and works with partners to prevent evictions from moving forward 

Oregon Set to Expand Hotline for Bias Crime Reporting

With a rise in hate crimes and bias incidents in Oregon and nationwide the two-person office just couldn’t handle the volume.

NEWS BRIEFS

Bootcamp for Prep Cooks Supplies Ingredients for Entry Into Food Service Career

Individuals interested in starting a career in food service have an exciting new choice – Prep Cook Bootcamp ...

WA BLM Demands Resignation of Criminally-charged Sheriff Troyer

"He is being charged with two crimes: false reporting and making a false statement when he said that newspaper deliverer Sedrick...

'A Dangerous Time': Portland Sees Record Homicides

Unlike previous years, more bystanders are being caught in the crossfire — from people mourning at vigils and sitting in cars to...

State Agency Inadvertently Releases Employees Vaccine Status

Oregon’s central administrative agency inadvertently released the COVID-19 vaccination status of more than 40,000 state employees to...

Simple Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating After Fauci Greenlighted Halloween 2021

Halloween 2020 brought creative ways to trick or treat while minimizing the spread of infection (

550 uncounted COVID deaths in Oregon due to 'computer error'

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — During the coming weeks Oregon will add around 550 additional COVID-19 deaths — which had not previously been reported due to a “technical computer error” — to its registry, state health officials said on Thursday. Currently, Oregon has the sixth...

Brown commutes juvenile sentences of more than 70 offenders

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has commuted the sentences of more than 70 people convicted of felonies while juveniles, but the action doesn’t automatically mean they are about to be released. The governor’s commutations earlier this week granted some adults in...

No. 21 Texas A&M runs over Missouri, 35-14

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher warned his team all week that it couldn’t afford a letdown after its upset of top-ranked Alabama. His message got through, as the 21st-ranked Aggies buried Missouri early in a 35-14 victory Saturday. “We preached it,...

No. 21 Texas A&M heads to Mizzou after 'Bama upset win

No. 21 Texas A&M (4-2, 1-2 SEC) at Missouri (3-3, 0-2), Saturday at noon EDT (SEC Network). Line: Texas A&M by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: Texas A&M leads 8-7. WHAT’S AT STAKE? ...

OPINION

Letter to the Publisher: Black Publishers Shed Light on Pending Litigation Against NNPA

NNPA members Carole Geary, Dorothy R. Leavell and Amelia Ashley-Ward provide an update on pending litigation against the organization, its CEO and its former Treasurer. ...

How Food Became the Perfect Beachhead for Gentrification

What could be the downside of fresh veggies, homemade empanadas and a pop-up restaurant specializing in banh mis? ...

Homelessness, Houselessness in the Richest Country in the World: An Uncommon Logic

When and why did the United States of America chose the wealth of a few over the health, wealth, and well-being of so many ...

American Business Leaders Step Up to Fight Inequities in the South

With COVID-19 still an omnipresent concern and the country’s recovery still very much in jeopardy, individuals, families, and communities are struggling to deal with issues that have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Online threats draw longest term yet in Capitol riot probe

A man who pleaded guilty to posting threats on social media in connection with the riot at the U.S. Capitol was sentenced Thursday to 14 months in prison, the longest term to date resulting from the federal investigation of the insurrection. Troy Smocks of...

What code? NASCAR drivers lament lack of on-track etiquette

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tensions are high at every level of NASCAR as its grueling, 11-month season enters the homestretch with three weeks remaining to crown three series champions. All eyes had been on feuding drivers Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick, but NASCAR last week...

Memorial service in honor of Colin Powell set for Nov. 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — A memorial service for Colin L. Powell, the retired Army general and former secretary of state who died on Monday, will be held Nov. 5 at Washington National Cathedral, a spokeswoman said Thursday. “There will be very limited seating and it will be by...

ENTERTAINMENT

Gwyneth Paltrow tackles bedroom taboos in Netflix series

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow admits she has insecurities about her physical appearance in an episode of her new Netflix series “ Sex, Love & goop,” but she’s working on that. The Oscar-winner and entrepreneur behind the goop beauty and wellness brand opens up in the six-episode...

Chapelle special spurs Netflix walkout; 'Trans lives matter'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle's special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted “Trans lives matter,” getting pushback from counterprotesters who also showed up. A pre-noon rally at a...

Canadian wins 18th Chopin international piano competition

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu of Canada was named early Thursday as the winner of the 40,000-euro (,000) first prize in the 18th Frederic Chopin international piano competition, a prestigious event that launches pianists’ world careers. The announcement from...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Trump plan for new media venture gets investors' thumbs up

NEW YORK (AP) — Some investors aren’t waiting to see if former President Donald Trump’s plans for a media...

Biden bill would put US back on path of reducing uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats’ social spending and climate change bill would put the United States back on a...

It will take more than rain to end drought in Western U.S.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians rejoiced this week when big drops of water started falling from the sky...

Putin says new pipeline could quickly pump more gas to EU

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia could quickly boost natural gas...

World's biggest triceratops sells for .7 million in Paris

PARIS (AP) — The world’s biggest triceratops skeleton, known as “Big John,” was sold for 6.6 million euros...

UN: Excluding women from peace talks risks more conflict

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Increasingly vast military expenditures and “the extreme marginalization and...

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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