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NORTHWEST NEWS

White Woman Calls Police on Black Man Standing at His Home

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Oregon's Wildfire Risk Map Emerges as New Climate Flashpoint

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NEWS BRIEFS

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Justice Department asks judge to pause Idaho abortion ban

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US sued in bid to force decision on Rockies wolf protections

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OPINION

Betsy Johnson Fails to Condemn Confederate Flags at Her Rally

The majority of Oregonians, including our rural communities, value inclusion and unity, not racism and bigotry. ...

Monkeypox, Covid, and Your Vote

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Speaking of Reparations

To many Americans, “reparations” is a dirty word when applied to Black folks. ...

Improving Healthcare for Low-Income Americans Through Better Managed Care

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Grand jury declines to indict woman in Emmett Till killing

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi grand jury has declined to indict the white woman whose accusation set off the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago, most likely closing the case that shocked a nation and galvanized the modern civil rights movement. After...

Missouri family says racism led to pool party cancellation

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A Black family says racism prompted officials at a suburban Kansas City water park to cancel a private pool party for their 17-year-old son's birthday during the weekend. Chris Evans said he signed a contract with Summit Waves Aquatic Facility in Lee's...

Town honors Ahmaud Arbery day after end of hate crimes case

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A crowd of dozens chanted on a sweltering street corner Tuesday as Ahmaud Arbery's hometown unveiled new street signs honoring the young Black man who was fatally shot after being chased by three white men in a nearby neighborhood — a crime local officials vowed to never...

ENTERTAINMENT

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David McCullough, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 89

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'P-Valley' explores Black strip club culture, gay acceptance

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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New York Film Festival sets lineup for 60th edition

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Lawmakers in India pass energy conservation bill

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Hamas issues, then rescinds, sweeping rules on Gaza coverage

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In reversal, Brazil court reopens case of rainforest park

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The Skanner News

If you can get to Cascade campus by 5:30 pm tonight Friday, you have the rare opportunity to hear from civil rights scholar john a. powell, at an event presented by the Urban League of Portland. Powell,  who doesn't capitalize his name, is the executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the University of Ohio, Friday, April 23.

Powell is a professor, an internationally recognized authority in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties and issues relating to race, ethnicity, poverty and the law. He also is a friend of Ron Sims,  the former King County CEO, recently appointed Deputy Secretary of the Bureau of Housing and Urban Development. 

Powell will speak tonight, Friday, April 23, 5:30 p.m. at the Portland Community College Cascade Moriarty Building Auditorium, 705 N. Killingsworth St.

Friday morning, powell shared a platform with Deputy Secretary Sims. Speaking briefly to a small invited audience of policy and housing buffs, at an event hosted by the Coalition for a Livable Future, at METRO's offices,  he called for action to ensure housing credit markets serve poor people and minorities, along with a new push for mixed income development with access to a network of services, transportation, and schools. "The Black Community has lost 22 years of progress in housing," due to predatory lending and the foreclosure fiasco, he said. "I'm not saying the white community has not been hurt, but the scale is different."

Sims will push for equity in planning and development, powell said.  "Ron will push these ideas," he said. "And when people say 'Why?', he'll say 'Why not?'"

 Sims went on to give a powerful public speech at the First Unitarian church, then forward to the City Club of Portland to address its Friday Forum. (More to come on this!)

But tonight powell will be speaking about perspectives on addressing inequalities in Portland's African American Community using a Transformational Change approach.
-What should Portland's African American leaders' collective steps towards racial equality and justice look like?
-What is Transformational Change and how might it look in Portland's African American Community?
The event is sponsored by the Northwest Area Foundation in support of Portland's African American Leadership Forum.

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