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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


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 ...

Jury decides convicted Oregon meth dealer should lose home

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Yamhill County jury has concluded that police can seize the home of a woman convicted of a felony drug crime under Oregon’s civil forfeiture law.Sheryl Sublet, 62, pleaded guilty in 2018 to to selling less than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine, The...

Police seek suspect who robbed 3 Portland banks in 1 hour

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man robbed three Portland banks in less than one hour last week, according to the Portland Police Bureau.The robberies occurred Friday, The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported.The man wore glasses, a black beanie and flannel shirt.He robbed the Bank of the West on...


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 ...


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...

Bloomberg takes veiled swipe at rival's aggressive loyalists

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — With the Nevada caucuses less than a week away, Democratic presidential candidates campaigning were fixated on a rival who wasn't contesting the state. Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg all went after billionaire Mike...

Ex-South African leader de Klerk sorry for apartheid comment

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president FW de Klerk on Monday apologized and withdrew his statement that the country's former harsh system of racial separation known as apartheid was not a crime against humanity.De Klerk, the last president under apartheid, caused an uproar with...


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...


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...

GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a...

After gains in northern Syria, Assad predicts total victory

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated his forces Monday for consolidating...

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...

After gains in northern Syria, Assad predicts total victory

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated his forces Monday for consolidating...

Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

Tonight's Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night, sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Organizing and an array of other local community groups, has a special poignancy -- the project's beloved event manager has been arrested and is currently incarcerated in a Tacoma immigration jail awaiting possible deportation.
Andre Susanto was born in Indonesia but has lived in Oregon since he was a baby, growing up in LaGrand. An engineer by trade, he graduated from Portland State University.
He was detained April 20, but a lively Facebook campaign to bring him back home to Portland has already drawn almost 350 members.
"I've known Andre since we were freshmen in HS. He was the best man at our wedding 11 years ago," one post notes.
Another reports that Susanto is continuing his activism around increased cultural competency in the Portland schools curriculum – from jail, in the tradition of nonviolent social change icon Martin Luther King Jr.
"He's sitting there thinking about how he can help middle school students with their education," the friend writes. "That's what makes Andre amazing."
The local case comes as national headlines focus on Arizona's draconian new immigration law requiring police officers to demand proof of U.S. citizenship from anyone they may encounter in the course of their duties who appears to be "illegal."
Meanwhile, Susanto's many Oregon supporters from around the world are visiting him in jail, coordinating carpools to Tacoma, supporting his mother and father in traveling between LaGrand and Washington state, and piecing together legal representation.
They're also continuing the Colored Pencils Arts and Culture Night. Tonight's event features food by Los Ninos Cuentan ("Children Count" shelter for Latino women and children), and the traditional open mic with music by Gauri Raj, Ro, and Gary Marschke; yo yo tricks by Pedro Ponce; the Stand Against Racism pledge by Jeri Williams; a Native American blessing by Ga-lo James; poetry by Sourixay Vilalay and much more.
Maria Rubio will speak about her life. Emcees will be Ronault Catalani and Carmen Madrid.
The event is at the Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 North Killingsworth Street, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. For more information on that, call 503-287-4117.
Thursday night a supporter sent out a long personal letter of thanks from Susanto to his supporters on Facebook.
Susanto's letter to the community says, in part:
"Within the "pod" I am in, there are about 70 people or so and they represent every continent of the world, except the Arctic and Antarctica. While Mexico and South American countries are represented heavier than others, they don't make up a vast majority. Other common countries are represented as well, such as: Somalia, Ethiopia, India, Thailand, Russia/Eastern Europe, and China. A few countries surprised me such as France, Italy, and Greece. One if a little odd, he came to the US when there was still USSR. Now he is country less as the Soviet Union no longer exists…
"The mutual respect and solidarity here embodies many of the values of Colored Pencils. Food is shared to those who need it, assistance given to those who require it, and laughter is a currency freely given. Language and cultural barriers don't exist, only the community of Northwest Detention Center Unit G4. If only it were this easy to achieve in Portland. Fortunately, the Colored Pencils Community leads the way in creating a New Portland with many of these values."

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