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NORTHWEST NEWS

Blumenauer Boosts Efforts to Put Three Black History Landmarks on National List

Congressman makes case for Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Dean’s Beauty Salon and Barber Shop, and the Golden West Hotel’s importance to city history and heritage.

PHOTOS: The Skanner Foundation 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships were awarded to an impressive group of 28 students at The Skanner Foundation 36th Annaul Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Lawsuit Says New Majority Latino District in WA a 'Facade'

A Latino civil rights organization and others filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that says new political maps in Washington state approved by a bipartisan redistricting panel intentionally dilute Hispanic voters' influence.

Washington Students' Test Scores Drop Significantly

Reports show that between 2019 and 2021, the overall percentage of students who met state standards on the math portion of the exam fell by 20 percentage points.

NEWS BRIEFS

PassinArt Introduces ‘Play Reading Mondays’

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Revamped TriMet Website Makes Planning Trips Easier With Map-Based Tools

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PHOTOS: Founder of The American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths Honored

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St. Andrew Parish Announces 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards

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Culture + Trauma: An Artist Comes Home

An installation at the Alberta Arts Salon curated by Bobby Fouther is a visioning of the uncensored Black life. ...

Oregon residents decry proposed 'permanent' mask mandate

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of Oregon residents claimed government overreach on Thursday, as officials at the state’s health authority consider indefinitely extending the current indoor mask requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oregon Health Authority held a public...

Energy entities eye clean-energy strategy for western states

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two electric utilities and a federal energy agency with millions of customers in eight western states have reached a tentative agreement centered on a new energy transmission line connecting their power grids. Idaho Power, PacifiCorp and the Bonneville Power...

UNLV promotes interim AD Harper to full-time job

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV has promoted interim athletic director Erick Harper to serve in the job full time. Harper's hiring, announced on Monday, was effective Jan. 1. He had served as interim athletic director since Desiree Reed-Francois left UNLV for Missouri in August. ...

Army stuns Missouri in Armed Forces Bowl on last-second FG

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Cole Talley kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired and Army rallied to beat Missouri 24-22 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night. After the Tigers took a 22-21 lead on a touchdown with 1:11 to play, third-string quarterback Jabari Laws led Army...

OPINION

OP-ED: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

January 6th, Voting Rights and the Tyranny Threatening America ...

Support Nikole Hannah-Jones and The 1619 Project

This important and ambitious project pulled back the curtain of euphemistic rhetoric composing American historiography that points only to the good in our history and sweeps under the rug the evil deeds perpetrated against people of color ...

In 2021, Organized Labor is Again Flexing its Muscles

We have seen dramatic change in the makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under President Biden. ...

Study Reveals Racial Pay Gap for Social Media Influencers

The racial pay gap has long presented issues for African Americans in Corporate America and other industries. It’s now filtered to social media. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Jury in federal trial in Floyd killing appears mostly white

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury of 18 people who appeared mostly white was picked Thursday for the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing, a case that the judge told potential jurors has “absolutely nothing” to do with race. The...

'Sanford and Son' at 50, 'double-edged' Black sitcom pioneer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Demond Wilson heard that Redd Foxx was going to star in a TV sitcom, the actor brushed it off as a joke. Foxx was a killer stand-up comic, with a trademark raunchiness that Wilson figured to be a nonstarter for the timid broadcast networks that were...

Democrats eye new strategy after failure of voting bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were picking up the pieces Thursday following the collapse of their top-priority voting rights legislation, with some shifting their focus to a narrower bipartisan effort to repair laws Donald Trump exploited in his bid to overturn the 2020 election. ...

ENTERTAINMENT

The Sundance Film Festival is back and online once more

The lights may be dim at the Eccles Theater and Park City's Main Street will have fewer cinephiles packing the snowy sidewalks when the Sundance Film Festival begins its 44th edition Thursday night. But if 2021 proved anything, it's that the world's premier independent film festival is more than...

Review: 'Yinka, Where is Your Huzband' funny and big-hearted

NEW YORK (AP) — “Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband” by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn (Pamela Dorman Books) Yinka Oladeji is a 30-year-old, Oxford educated, British Nigerian woman with a good job, living in London who happens to be single. Her accomplishments should carry weight within...

Spears case drives California bid to limit conservatorships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Disability rights activists and advocates for Britney Spears backed a California proposal Wednesday to provide more protections for those under court-ordered conservatorships, while promoting less-restrictive alternatives. Their move came as the volatile...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Austrian parliament approves vaccine mandate for adults

VIENNA (AP) — Austria’s parliament voted Thursday to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults from Feb....

Biden issues new warning to Russia over invading Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that any Russian troop movements across Ukraine’s border...

Georgia DA asks for special grand jury in election probe

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia prosecutor looking into possible attempts to interfere in the 2020 general election...

Maduro, Putin talk after diplomat hints at military activity

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday said he spoke by phone with Russian...

Brazilian samba singer Elza Soares dies at 91

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian samba singer Elza Soares died in her Rio de Janeiro home on Thursday afternoon,...

EXPLAINER: How sweeping EU rules would curb tech companies

LONDON (AP) — Online companies would have to ramp up efforts to keep harmful content off their platforms and...

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.

The Skanner Foundation's Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

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