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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland Police Declare Unlawful Assembly During Protest

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty addressed event organised by NAACP focused on Black Lives Matter

Shootings Increase During Portland Protests

Between June 1 and end July 31, 2020 there were 125 reported shootings compared to a total of 59 shootings in 2019

Portland Protest Scene Relatively Calm After US Drawdown

Under the deal announced by Governor Kate Brown, the federal agents will withdraw in phases.

Portland Approves $114 M Relief Budget with Focus on Communities of Color

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty voted no, arguing for better houseless resources.

NEWS BRIEFS

New Rule by The U.S. Department of Education Would Misdirect $11M from Oregon Public Schools

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer called a...

Barbara Bush Foundation Partners with Barbershop Books and Penguin to Provide Child-Friendly Reading Spaces in Baltimore and Detroit Barbershops

Developed in Harlem, Barbershop Books is a community-based program that leverages the cultural significance of barbershops in...

All Classical Portland Awards Grant to Support Emmanuel Henreid's 'Livin' in the Light'

Livin’ in the Light documents Onry’s experience as a Black, male, professional opera and crossover singer in Portland, Ore. ...

House Approves Legislation to Stop Trump Attack on Fair Housing

Ocasio-Cortez, Blumenauer amendment would block rollback of anti-discrimination rule ...

Louis Mair Named as New Principal at Harriet Tubman Middle School

Louis comes to Harriet Tubman from Georgia, where he was a leader in building an inclusive and supportive learning community. ...

Inslee, Culp advance to November ballot in governor's race

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Loren Culp advanced Tuesday night through Washington's top-two primary to the November ballot.In early returns, Inslee had 52% of the vote. With nearly 17% of the vote, Culp, the police chief of Republic,...

Seattle mayor, police chief urge slow down of police cuts

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and police Chief Carmen Best said Tuesday they are against proposals by City Council members to reduce the police force by as many as 100 officers this year through layoffs and attrition.In a remote news conference, Durkan and Best urged the council...

Missouri's Drinkwitz takes side in mask-or-no-mask debate

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz has been the head coach at Missouri for just over seven months. He has yet to lead the Tigers onto the football field, much less win a game, yet his role in the community already has forced him to take some important stands.First, it was supporting his new...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

OPINION

Da 5 Bloods and America Abroad

Even before I returned to the United States from my combat tour in Vietnam, I had decided that we were fighting an unjust war. ...

Falling Behind: COVID, Climate Change, and Chaos

Multiple Crises, Multiple Obstacles ...

Bill Deiz urges Oregonians to Defend their Constitutional Rights

Elements of federal police, sent in by our president, are nightly tormenting our citizens with tear gas, impact munitions, kidnappings and beatings, and other criminal acts, in order to suppress our rights of free speech and free assembly ...

The Power of Love

Powerful lessons for me today on forgiveness. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

WNBA players urge people to vote against team owner, senator

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — WNBA players urged people to vote against Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, a Republican U.S. senator running to keep her seat in Georgia.Loeffler, who spoke out publicly against the league's social justice plans and sent a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy...

Virus ravages poor California county along Mexican border

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — Dr. Tien Vo's last stop of the night is the home of a 35-year-old woman who has diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and, now, the coronavirus. The virus killed her father six days earlier. The oldest of her four children, a 15-year-old boy, learned he had it that...

St. Louis prosecutor chided by Trump wins primary race

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, whose job performance has been lauded by some civil rights activists and criticized by President Donald Trump and other leading Republicans, held off a challenge from a former homicide prosecutor in Tuesday’s primary...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: More supernatural horror from ‘The Strain’ writers

“The Hollow Ones: The Blackwood Tapes Vol. 1,” by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Hachette Book Group)The writing team behind “The Strain” trilogy is back with a new evil incarnate. This time it’s more demonic than vampiric, possessing bodies and driving them...

Winfrey picks Isabel Wilkerson's 'Caste' for her book club

NEW YORK (AP) — If not for the coronavirus, Oprah Winfrey says, she would be out in the streets and marching with the Black Lives Matter protesters. She has instead found other ways to add her voice. She is working with Lionsgate on a multimedia adaptation of The New York Times' “1619...

Review: A sweet fable in Seth Rogen’s ‘An American Pickle’

The funniest part of “ An American Pickle ” isn’t even really in the movie. It’s a little scene in the middle of the credits in which Seth Rogen’s Herschel Greenbaum, a 1920s laborer who wakes up 100 years after falling into a vat of pickle juice, watches...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

US sending highest rep to Taiwan since 1979 break in ties

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is scheduled to visit Taiwan in...

Hiroshima survivors worry that world will forget

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima 75 years ago didn't just kill and...

AP PHOTOS: Terror, death, devastation in Lebanon explosion

As they watched a huge mushroom cloud rise over the seaport capital, many who felt the massive explosion in Beirut...

Powerful Colombian ex-president ordered under house arrest

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will be placed under house arrest while the...

AP Explains: Kashmir on edge 1 year after major Indian shift

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian-controlled Kashmir has remained on edge in the year since New Delhi scrapped...

Virus lockdown shuts Kashmir year after autonomy is stripped

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday enforced security restrictions in many parts of...

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Editor's Note: "CalGang" is a non-public database that started as a way to help Los Angeles law enforcement keep track of gang members and affiliates, and has since expanded to cover all of California. There are now an estimated 200,000 individuals in the CalGang database, some as young as 10 years old. There is no notification sent to an individual once they are registered in the database, and the criteria for inclusion has been highly criticized. A bill moving through the state legislature (SB 458) would require officials to notify individuals and their parents or guardians if they are underage and designated as gang members, and would enable them to contest the designation before being entered into the database. Below is a collection of quotes by young people from the Central Valley town of Merced, who were asked to share their thoughts about CalGang and SB 458.

"It could be really easy [for youth] to end up in the CalGang database in Merced because I like to think that even though we consider Merced "ghetto" in a way, we all sort of get along -- gangsters talk to skaters, and so on. It's easy to be labeled for the way you dress or who you talk to.

I don't even think that [notifying parents] should be questionable. If someone is under 18 and they are put in the database then their parents should be notified, no matter the circumstances. If it were my child, I would like to know and would have a right to!"

~ Diego Sandoval, 18

"Getting put in the CalGang database could have nothing to do with an individual's affiliation and could be an issue of simply living in the wrong neighborhood, going to the wrong school or being related to the wrong people. So I think it could be very easy to be recorded as a gang member in Merced.

It should be everyone's right to know what the government labels him or her as. This is America, land of the free, man! It is a violation of rights, especially with minors."

~ Emily Castrigno, 17

"As a young person living in Merced, where gang culture is common, I think it is definitely easy for someone to end up in the CalGang database. I do believe parents of underage children should be notified if their child is added to the database. I think anyone added to the database should be notified. People should have the right to know who is putting what information about them out there."

~ Alyssa Castro, 20

"Over half the people I know are gang-related in some way or other and it seems that the criteria for being put in the database are very minimal. I do not think parents should be notified if their child is in the CalGang database. I think the individual person who is in the database should be notified."

~ Jjakoba Starr Predmore, 17

"From what I have seen and experienced, the cops know what is happening and who is gang related and who is not. I believe that parents should be notified if their child is in the CalGang database. They have the right to know and if the child was to be affiliated with gangs, the parents could take immediate action and try to find a solution to the problem. Even though the government is not perfect, it is trying to fix itself by passing laws for the betterment of we the people."

~ Fernando Almaraz, 17

"It would be easy to end up in the CalGang database living in Merced, because people right away think you are in a gang just by your physical appearance and who you hang out with. For example, my boyfriend Adrian told me that a few months ago, he and his brother were walking and out of nowhere they were stopped and asked where they were going. They were just walking but I guess since his brother is full of tattoos, they looked like gangbangers. Another example would be when my friend and I used to walk from Golden Valley to her house by the fairgrounds. One day, one of the El Nido teachers saw me and asked me where was I going. She asked what I was doing on the bad side of Merced and to not be doing anything bad. I was in the wrong, just because I was on the wrong side of Merced.

I think some parents are unaware of what their children do, maybe because they work a lot. They should be aware of what is going on with their kid."

~ Lisbeth Vasquez, 16

"Heck yes, it is easy to get labeled as a gangster or an 'associate' to a gangster in Merced. I think about 60 percent of people [here] are somehow, someway 'associated' with gang activity. Just knowing [that] makes me and others in We'ced feel scared or angry that [we] can be in this CalGang database. It's like finding out your bathroom had spy cameras the entire time. [But] even if a person has a friend who is associated with a gang doesn't mean that they themselves are in a gang. I think the person who is labeled in this database should know, if they are underage there is even more reason for them to find out."

~ Deborah Juarez, 17

"In a small community like Merced, it would be easy to end up in the CalGang database, [and] as a young person living in Merced, it would be even easier. I have friends who are associated with gangs but we still hang out every now and then. We share some interests like video games, sports and watching movies. I could be hanging out with them just grabbing some tacos, and bam -- I am now labeled as gang-affiliated. I think parents should be notified if their underage youth are put in the database. This would help let the parents know that there is a problem, so the parents can search for appropriate solutions. If the parents don't know that their kids are in gangs, they might find out the day one of them gets hurt or in trouble."

~ Jesus Perez, 18

"Merced is infamous for its poverty and gang activities. It's sad to note that everyone here knows at least one person involved with gangs. With lack of transparency in the CalGang database, it's hard for the average person here to know if they are on it, so they may be able to do something about it.

If youth are put in the database, it should be a right for parents to know so there can be action on their part to remedy the situation. Why should this information be kept from the public?"

~ Austin Corpuz, 18

"Every kid, teenager or young adult is still looking for their identity, so everyone wants to fit in and be cool. The trend can be a certain kind of clothes and that may have them looking like they are a gang member. On top of that, friends and family are in gangs, so are we supposed to ignore our friends and family? I think that notifying parents isn't enough. If you're over 18 and trying to get a job or a house, the police can share that information. If that information can be shared with other people, why not us?"

~ Kalvin Saelee, 17

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