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NORTHWEST NEWS

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.

Portland Shootings Prompt DA to Spend $1M to Handle Cases

Multnomah County plans to hire four prosecutors and two investigators to help with an increasing caseload of homicide investigations

Cascadia Whole Health Honors Community Justice Leader, Fine Artist with Culture of Caring Awards

Erika Preuitt and Jeremy Okai Davis recognized for positive contributions to community.

Salem-Keizer School Boards Adopts Anti-Racism Resolution

The Salem-Keizer school board has voted to adopt a resolution outlining the board’s commitment to equity and anti-racism.

NEWS BRIEFS

Joint Center Commends Senator Whitehouse for Hiring Monalisa Dugué as Chief of Staff

Dugué is one of two Black Chiefs of Staff in the Senate ...

FBI Offers up to $25,000 for Information in Mass Shooting Event

18-year-old Makayla Maree Harris killed and six others injured in a Portland shooting on July 17, 2021 ...

Nearly 100 Animals Seized From Woofin Palooza Forfeited to MCAS

A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge has ruled that dogs and cats seized from an unlicensed facility named Woofin Palooza are now...

City of Seattle Office and Sound Transit Finalize No-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable Housing Development

Rainier Valley Homeownership Initiative will create at least 100 for-sale homes, permanently affordable to low- and moderate-income...

Sierra Club Reacts to Rep. Schrader’s Comments on Climate Change

Schrader Calls Climate Change “biggest threat to Americans” after voting against key policy in committee ...

'Lawless city?' Worry after Portland police don't stop chaos

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crowd of 100 people wreaked havoc in downtown Portland, Oregon, this week – smashing storefront windows, lighting dumpsters on fire and causing at least 0,000 in damage – but police officers didn't stop them. Portland Police Bureau officials say...

Legionnaires outbreak persists at Portland apartment complex

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials have confirmed that a North Portland apartment complex had a new case of Legionnaires’ disease in late September, the latest in an outbreak attributed to the waterborne illness since January. The Multnomah County Health Department said the...

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? ...

No. 21 Texas A&M tries to avoid 'Bama hangover at Mizzou

Jimbo Fisher opened his weekly news conference going through everything that Texas A&M did well the previous week, when the Aggies stunned then-No. 1 Alabama before a raucous crowd at Kyle Field. It was a long list. So it wasn't surprising that by the end...

OPINION

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. ...

Waters Statement on 20th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

Twenty years ago today, our nation suffered devastating terrorist attacks on our soil and against our people that wholly and completely changed the world as we knew it. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

South Carolina awards Staley 7-year, .4 million contract

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It certainly was a big day for Dawn Staley. South Carolina's national championship coach thought it was just as important for women's basketball and gender equity. Staley and the school announced a new, seven-year contract that will pay her [scripts/homepage/home.php].9 million...

New Mexico judge denies lab workers' claim in vaccine fight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge on Friday denied a request by dozens of scientists and others at Los Alamos National Laboratory to block a vaccine mandate, meaning workers risk being fired if they don't comply with the lab's afternoon deadline. The case comes as...

New York's likely new mayor plans to preserve gifted program

NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrat who will likely become New York City's next mayor says he does not intend to get rid of the city's program for gifted and talented students, nipping plans that outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams...

ENTERTAINMENT

Film TV workers union says strike to start next week

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The union representing film and television crews says its 60,000 members will begin a nationwide strike on Monday if it does not reach a deal that satisfies demands for fair and safe working conditions. A strike would bring a halt to...

Gary Paulsen, celebrated children's author, dies at 82

NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Paulsen, the acclaimed and prolific children's author who often drew upon his rural affinities and wide-ranging adventures for tales that included “Hatchet,” “Brian's Winter” and “Dogsong,” has died at age 82. Random House Children's Books...

Todd Haynes: Finding the frequency of the Velvet Underground

The most often-repeated thing said about the Velvet Underground is Brian Eno’s quip that the band didn’t sell many records, but everyone who bought one started a band. You won’t hear that line in Todd Haynes’ documentary “The Velvet Underground,” nor will you see a...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Jill Biden travels to Virginia, New Jersey to help Democrats

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden campaigned Friday for Democrats in governors' races in Virginia and...

Authorities call fatal stabbing of UK lawmaker terrorist act

LEIGH-ON-SEA, England (AP) — A long-serving member of Parliament was stabbed to death Friday during a meeting...

US vows to pay relatives of Afghans killed in drone strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department said Friday that it is committed to offering condolence payments...

At least 46 killed in Taiwanese apartment building inferno

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 46 people were killed and another 41 injured after a fire broke out early...

Lebanon buries 7 killed amid street battles over port probe

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon on Friday mourned seven people killed in gunbattles on the streets of Beirut the previous...

Moderate earthquake rocks Bali, killing at least 3

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia’s resort island of...

Khalil Abdullah New America Media

Voto Latino, a non-partisan organization, uses a range of social media tools like Facebook and iTunes to augment celebrity and community activism to encourage voting participation among young Latino citizens. The organization is a founding member of a coalition, now boasting over 1,000 partners, promoting September 25 as National Voter Registration Day, according to Dan McSwain, a Voto Latino representative.

"National Voter Registration Day seeks to do for democracy what Earth Day, for example, has done for the environment," McSwain said, "which is to have a day on the calendar that's recognized widely, nationally, that creates a day of action where people from all walks of life, from any race, creed or background, and, particularly important in this instance, is, of any political persuasion, to come together and recognize, to make our voices heard in November, we have to register in September."

McSwain, who spoke at a media teleconference briefing sponsored by New America Media and the Brennan Center for Justice, explained that the date September 25 was chosen because it's far enough in front of all of the states' voter registration deadlines which vary from state to state.

The concept of a national day to promote voter registration received a key endorsement from the National Association of Secretaries of State at its annual meeting in July. NASS, which represents the key state election officials responsible for overseeing the implementation of voting in their respective states, passed a resolution recognizing National Voter Registration "in accordance with our observation of September as National Voter Registration Month."

The NASS resolution notwithstanding, Myrna Perez, senior counsel for the Democracy Project at the Brennan Center, who also joined the briefing, noted that "over the past two years, elected officials have tried to manipulate the voting system in order to make it harder for some eligible Americans to participate in our democracy and in our elections." She cited a few examples of those efforts, such as the limiting of early and same day voting in some states as well as legislative efforts to curtail registration drives conducted by non-partisan organizations like the League of Women Voters.

Perez estimated that over 50 million eligible Americans are not registered to vote and McSwain pointed out that possibly as many as 6 million eligible Americans have said they would have registered to vote had they been aware of the registration deadline in their state.

Voto Latino estimates that it has reached 55 million Latino households since its founding in 2004, increased Latino participation in the 2010 Census and registered 120,000 young Latino voters. McSwain said the organization's guiding principle is "to reach young voters where they are and to speak with them not at them." To that end, for example, he described a leadership training event this summer in Los Angeles that brought together 300 young Latino community activists from 18 states. McSwain said this kind of grassroots organizing is as critical to the organization's success as the more visible celebrity and media endorsements and participation for which it is becoming well known.

The organization is supported by foundations but also has corporate support. In 2008, "the best partnership Apple and iTunes had with a non-profit that year" was with Voto Latino, McSwain said, which distributed a free iTunes music sampler for those who chose to be affiliated with the organization's e-mail list and outreach efforts.

That effort is being replicated again this year and McSwain explained that its field staff is well-trained and honors all state laws governing promotional efforts as they relate to voter registration and election laws. Voto Latino works with artists to be in compliance with copyright laws but what is exciting, he said is that "artists have actively sought Voto Latino out as a way to get involved with their fans and with their communities." He said the artists comprise big name general audience musicians in addition to those well known in the Latino community. "It means the world to us that those artists are willing to work with Voto Latino and it's something we really cherish."

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