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Trump Appointees Weigh Plan to Build Pipeline in Oregon

If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves the project, which lacks state permits, it would likely set up a court battle over state's rights

Oregon Lawmakers Ask U.S. Attorney to Investigate Whether Local Police Violated Black Man’s Civil Rights

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer said this racial targeting of Michael Fesser "reflects the worst abuses of African-Americans in our nation’s modern history"

DA to Investigate West Linn Cops Handling of Wrongful Arrest

Former West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus had his officers initiate an unwarranted, racially motivated surveillance and arrest of a Black Portland man as a favor to the chief’s fishing buddy

State and Local Leaders Push Back Against Fair Housing Changes

Trump administration proposes weakened regulation, tracking of housing discrimination

NEWS BRIEFS

Seattle Pacific University Hosts Music Events

Seattle Pacific University invites the public to a series of free music events during the months of February and March ...

A Celebration of Portland’s Role in the Negro Leagues to be Held Thursday, Feb. 20

The community is invited for a celebration of Black History Month and the 100th anniversary of Negro League Baseball in America ...

Kresge Foundation Selects PCC To Participate in Its National Boost Initiative

The $495,000 grant awarded to PCC and Albina Head Start will help connect low-income residents and students to services and...

Attorney Jamila Taylor Announces Run for State House of Representatives in Washington

Taylor pledges to continue outgoing Rep. Pellicciotti’s commitment to open, accountable government in a statement released today ...

Legislation Introduced to Prohibit Irresponsible Government Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The technology heightens the risk of over-surveillance and over-policing, especially in communities of color ...

Jet boats on Applegate River cause a stir

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Anglers and residents who live near the Applegate River in southwestern Oregon are upset that jet boats are speeding down the river, disturbing the quiet and possibly stirring up silt that could hurt juvenile salmon and steelhead. There are no bans on powerboats on...

Oregon wrestles with building facilities in tsunami zones

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Experts say the big one is coming to the Pacific Northwest: a massive earthquake that will cause buildings and bridges to collapse and unleash a tsunami that will devastate the coast.But, doubling down on its decision last year to allow the construction of critical...

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Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Portugal leaders rally around racially abused soccer player

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The president and the prime minister of Portugal added their voices to a national outcry Monday over racist abuse aimed at a black FC Porto soccer player who walked off the field after hearing monkey chants.Prime Minister Antonio Costa said the incident was...

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dies aged 90

Owen Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry's dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90.Neither as charismatic as his predecessor, Douglas Fraser, nor as confrontational as his successor, Stephen Yokich, the low-key Bieber had...

Professor suspended for calling police on black student

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A white professor at an Indiana university who called police to his classroom after a black student refused to change seats will not be teaching for the remainder of the semester, the school said in a written statement.No formal charges or disciplinary action was...

ENTERTAINMENT

Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King for rant over Bryant

NEW YORK (AP) — After days of blistering criticism, Snoop Dogg has finally apologized to Gayle King for attacking her over her interview with former basketball star Lisa Leslie about the late Kobe Bryant.“Two wrongs don't make no right. when you're wrong, you gotta fix it," he said in...

Voigt shocked paper ran her photo with Freni's obituary

Deborah Voigt was in California earlier this week when she got a text from a friend on the East Coast."So sorry to hear the news of your passing," read the Monday message.The Gazzetta di Parma newspaper in Italy had run an obituary of Mirella Freni, the great Italian soprano who died Sunday at age...

Lizzo talks diversity, self-confidence and femininity

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fresh from winning three Grammys, singer Lizzo visited Mexico City for a private concert, surprising her fans with acoustic versions of her hits and a toast with tequila.The star from Detroit, who won best pop solo performance (“Truth Hurts”), best...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Mickey Wright, golf great and early LPGA force, dies at 85

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mickey Wright, the golf great with a magnificent swing who won 13 majors among...

American cruise passengers quarantined at US military bases

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — More than 300 American cruise ship passengers, including 14 who tested...

Virus fears rise after Cambodia's acceptance of cruise ship

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The feel-good story of how Cambodia allowed a cruise ship to dock after it was...

US House speaker Pelosi warns allies against using Huawei

BRUSSELS (AP) — No NATO ally should succumb to the temptation of letting Chinese tech giant Huawei into...

Zuckerberg meets EU officials as bloc's new tech rules loom

LONDON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met top European Union officials on a visit to Brussels on...

Popular Rwandan gospel musician found dead in police cell

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A popular Rwandan gospel musician who in 2015 was found guilty of conspiracy to...

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Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

State Sen. Chip Shields, D-N/NE Portland, met with Western Australian Government Minister Margaret Quirk Friday to discuss his push to enact a racial impact law in Oregon.
Shields' proposed racial impact statement law would require the legislature to measure the potential disparate racial impact of proposed sentencing laws. Quirk is interested in promoting a similar law in Australia.
Although 3 percent of Australia's population is Aborigine, they make up nearly 43 percent of the prison population there. There are other similarities between Western Australia and the United States, including longstanding institutionalized racism and an overcrowded prison system.
"The major problem is in the remote areas," she said. Unlike America, where minorities are disparately targeted for drug offenses, many of Australian's minorities are arrested for driving offenses. In remote areas, driver's licenses are difficult to obtain, yet policies are still enforced. She said there are entire towns where nobody has a driver's license.
"It's still very hard to have open discussions about institutionalized racism," she said.
Earlier in the year, Iowa state Rep. Wayne Ford, D-Des Moines, visited Sen. Shields to talk about the states racial impact statement law. Ford's bill was heavily influenced by Shields' legislation. Iowa has one of the highest rates of disparity in incarceration in the nation.
Quirk, who works with the Corrective Services Ministry, the equivalent of our Department of Corrections, says some recent events involving deaths in custody have impacted her beliefs in improving the penal system. She specifically mentioned the June 2009 death of an aborigine elder who was "cooked to death," according to the coroner, when being transported in the back of a prison van. The van was about 116 degrees (47 degrees celcius).
"It's galvanized me," she said.
Shields hopes to garner enough statewide support to pass his racial impact statement law in 2010.


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