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Black Portlanders Struggle to be Heard Amid Protests

The Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing Steering Committee will meet Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 5:30 –7pm

Portland Protests Persist with Some Flashes of Violence

Tear gas was used by police on protesters Wednesday for the first time since the U.S. agents pulled back their presence

Reimagine Oregon Issues Equity Demands, Gains Legislative Support

Coalition of Black-led and Black-focused organizations takes new approach to concrete change 

Oregon Criminal Justice Commission: Initiative Petition 44 Will Nearly Eliminate Racial Disparities for Drug Arrests, Convictions

The initiative would expand access to drug addiction treatment and recovery services, and decriminalize low-level drug possession.

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Oregon Housing and Community Services Awards $60,822,101 to Build and Preserve 802 Affordable Homes

Investments address the statewide shortage of affordable housing through the development and preservation of affordable rental homes. ...

Phase Two Re:Imagine Grant Deadline August 11

The fund focuses on supporting ten artists with grants of $5,000 as they reimagine their practices and pivot toward the...

U.S. Bank Announces $1 Million in Grants to Black-Led CDFIs; Additional Support for African American Alliance

A total of 15 CDFIs will receive grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 while the African American Alliance will receive...

Vote.org Holds #GoodTroublePledge Voter Registration Drive to Commemorate the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

2020 VRA anniversary observance to honor the memory of voting rights activist and late-Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) ...

White Democrats in Congress Falling Short on Reparations Bill

Democracy in Color releases “The White List” showing 79% of democratic House members haven’t cosigned HR 40 despite popular...

Seattle City Council OKs cuts to police positions, budget

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council approved proposals Monday that would reduce the police department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition — an action supported by demonstrators who have marched in the city following the police killing of George Floyd in...

Lawmakers talk police reform, other bills at special session

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers discussed unemployment benefits and police reform bills Monday as they returned to the Capitol for a special session that was largely supposed to be focused on the state's jumi billion budget hole. Sunday night, less than 24 hours before the second special...

LSU adds Missouri, Vanderbilt in revamped SEC schedule

Defending Southeastern Conference and national champion LSU will host Missouri and visit Vanderbilt in its expanded Southeastern Conference schedule, while Alabama will visit Mizzou and host Kentucky in league play revised by the coronavirus pandemic. The league on Friday released two additional...

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...

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Historians Offer Context, Caution on Lessons 1918 Flu Pandemic Holds for COVID

Scholars find parallels of inequitable suffering between pandemic of 1918 and pandemic of 2020 ...

US Reps Adams and DeFazio Call on Postmaster General to Resign

The legislators say Trump appointee Louis DeJoy is sabotaging the US Postal Service and could harm the election ...

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 ...

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Seattle City Council OKs cuts to police positions, budget

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council approved proposals Monday that would reduce the police department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition — an action supported by demonstrators who have marched in the city following the police killing of George Floyd in...

Court: LA County owes M to man killed like George Floyd

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County must pay a full million damage award to the family of a Black man whose death had similarities to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday.While subduing Darren Burley in 2012, deputies...

Virginia man who drove through BLM protest: 6 years in jail

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who a prosecutor described as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan and who drove through a Black Lives Matter protest in June was sentenced Monday to six years in jail. Harry H. Rogers, 36, was convicted of six misdemeanors and sentenced to a year in jail for each...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Don't shut up!' Film spotlights Filipino journalist

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Ressa says she didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that “corrupt” journalists weren’t “exempted from assassination.”“In 2016, it was really, really laughable. And...

Jolie seeks removal of private judge in Pitt divorce case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie asked Monday that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt be disqualified from the case because of insufficient disclosures of his business relationships with one of Pitt's attorneys. In a filing in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jolie argues...

Chris Pratt, Katherine Schwarzenegger greet baby daughter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger say they are “beyond thrilled” and “extremely blessed" after she gave birth to their first child together. The 41-year-old ”Avengers” actor and the 30-year-old children’s book author...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Ganges River flows with history and prophecy for India

ALONG THE GANGES, India (AP) — More than 2,000 years ago, a powerful king built a fort on the banks of...

Extreme poverty rises and a generation sees future slip away

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As a domestic worker, Amsale Hailemariam knew from the inside out the luxury...

Trump abruptly escorted from briefing after shooting near WH

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted by a U.S. Secret Service agent out of the...

Appeals of Nazi camp guard conviction in Germany dropped

BERLIN (AP) — All appeals against the conviction of a 93-year-old Nazi concentration camp guard have been...

Mexico City lets bars 'change' to restaurants to reopen

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The government of Mexico City will allow bars to operate as restaurants starting Monday...

Hong Kong newspaper raided, tycoon detained under new law

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Monday, broadening their...

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Is Detroit truly bankrupt?

It seems like an easy question to answer, given that it has $18 billion worth of liabilities and little in the way of cash to pay them.

But for the past two weeks, a court has been listening to testimony to determine whether the city should be allowed to proceed with its bankruptcy. If that permission is granted, Detroit will be able to pay pennies on the dollar to its creditors, like the city's 9,500 employees, 24,000 retirees, their pension funds and bond holders.

In addition, Detroit hopes to do something that no bankrupt city has done before: Impose deep cuts to pension and health care benefits that are owed to public employees.

The decision on pensions and health care benefits won't be made at this hearing. But if Detroit gets the green light for a reorganization, it opens the door to the proposed cuts. This hearing is the unions' best chance to prevent that from happening.

If the unions lose, it could set a precedent that impacts millions of police officers, fire fighters and teachers nationwide.

For a city to be allowed to proceed with its bankruptcy, it must not only be deemed insolvent, as Detroit so clearly is. A judge must also determine that the city made a good-faith effort to reach a deal with its creditors, or that it was impractical to do so.

Specifically, this hearing has been focused on claims by the unions that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr never truly intended to make a deal to keep Detroit out of bankruptcy. It's a claim that both Snyder and Orr denied under oath.

The unions and pension funds are also arguing that the Michigan constitution prohibits cuts to pension benefits.

But the assumption among experts is that bankruptcy court judge Steven Rhodes will find that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy court. If Detroit isn't granted permission to proceed, chaos would ensue. In that case, every creditor could sue the city to get the money they are owed, even though there's no money to pay them.

"For a city in as dire straits as Detroit is, you'd have to think of bankruptcy as an option," said Juliet Moringiello, a law professor at Widener University. "What do they really gain if the case is dismissed? There's no money to pay anybody."

 

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