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Washington State to Vote on Affirmative Action Referendum

More than two decades after voters banned affirmative action, the question of whether one's minority status should be considered in state employment, contracting, colleges admissions is back on the ballot

Merkley Introduces Legislation that Protects Access to Health Care for Those Who Cannot Afford Bail

Under current law, individuals in custody who have not been convicted of a crime are denied Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans’ benefits

New County Hire Aims to Build Trust, Transparency Between Community and Public Safety Officials

Leneice Rice will serve as a liaison focused on documenting and reporting feedback from a community whose faith in law enforcement has been tested

Hank Willis Thomas Exhibit Opens at Portland Art Museum

One of the most important conceptual artists of our time, his works examine the representation of race and the politics of visual culture

NEWS BRIEFS

GFO Offers African Americans Help in Solving Family Mysteries

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is holding an African American Special Interest Group Saturday, Oct. 19 ...

Third Annual NAMC-WA Gala Features Leader on Minority Business Development

The topic of the Washington Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors' event was 'Community and Collaboration' ...

Building Bridges Event Aims to Strengthen Trust Between Communities

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The Black Man Project Kicks Off National Tour in Seattle

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Protesters Rally in Ashland to Demand 'Impeach Trump Now'

Activists are rallying in Ashland Sunday Oct, 13 to demand impeachment proceedings ...

Seattle's first Opportunity Zone development breaks ground

SEATTLE (AP) — The Opportunity Zones program was marketed as a way to help poor communities by offering major capital-gains tax breaks for investors to park their cash in 8,000 designated low-income census tracts.Instead, critics have labelled it a "tax scam," ''the latest example of urban...

Prosecutors: Trade war opens doors For Mexican drug cartels

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials in Oregon say they've uncovered an elaborate scheme to convert Mexican drug profits from sales in the United States back into pesos using Chinese citizens who seek to circumvent their country's banking laws.The Mexican drug cartels are...

Vaughn scores twice, Vandy upsets No. 22 Missouri 21-14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derek Mason wants it known he's the best coach for the Vanderbilt Commodores.Riley Neal came off the bench and threw a 21-yard touchdown to Cam Johnson with 8:57 left, and Vanderbilt upset No. 22 Missouri 21-14 on Saturday with a stifling defensive...

No. 22 Missouri heads to Vandy, 1st road trip since opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Missouri coach Barry Odom knows only too well the dangers of going on the road and how a few mistakes can prove very costly.While some of his players my not remember that stunning loss at Wyoming to open this season, Odom hasn't forgotten."We're going to treat it just...

OPINION

Atatiana Jefferson, Killed by Police Officer in Her Own Home

Atatiana Jefferson, a biology graduate who worked in the pharmaceutical industry and was contemplating becoming a doctor, lived a life of purpose that mattered ...

“Hell No!” That Is My Message to Those Who Would Divide Us 

Upon release from the South African jail, Nelson Mandela told UAW Local 600 members “It is you who have made the United States of America a superpower, a leader of the world" ...

Rep. Janelle Bynum Issues Response to the Latest Statement from Clackamas Town Center

State legislator questions official response after daughter questioned for ‘loitering’ in parking lot ...

Why Would HUD Gut Its Own Disparate Impact Rule?

"You can’t expand housing rights by limiting civil protections. The ’D’ in HUD doesn’t stand for ‘Discrimination’" ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

New Emmett Till marker dedicated to replace vandalized sign

GLENDORA, Miss. (AP) — A new bulletproof memorial to Emmett Till was dedicated Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized.The brutal slaying of the 14-year-old black teenager helped spur the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.The...

Parents sue Virginia school district over racist 2017 video

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — The parents of a Virginia student who say their son was assaulted and bullied by his middle school football teammates in an incident captured on video two years ago are suing the school system.The video, which showed football players simulating sex acts on black students...

Team abandons FA Cup qualifier after racial abuse

LONDON (AP) — An FA Cup qualifier between Haringey Borough and Yeovil was abandoned Saturday when the home team walked off the field after one of its players was racially abused.Haringey, a London-based non-league club, walked off in the 64th minute after claims its Cameroonian goalkeeper...

ENTERTAINMENT

Adam Lambert: Happy to see more LGBTQ artists find success

NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Lambert, who rose on the music scene as the runner-up on "America Idol" in 2009, says he's happy to see more mainstream LGBTQ artists find major success."I think it's less taboo to be queer in the music industry now because there's so many cases you can point to like,...

Jane Fonda returns to civil disobedience for climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the climate activism of a Swedish teenager, Jane Fonda says she's returning to civil disobedience nearly a half-century after she was last arrested at a protest.Fonda, known for her opposition to the Vietnam War, was one of 17 climate protesters arrested Friday...

Naomi Wolf and publisher part ways amid delay of new book

NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Wolf and her U.S. publisher have split up amid a dispute over her latest book, "Outrages."Wolf and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced separately Friday that they had "mutually and amicably agreed to part company" and that Houghton would not be releasing "Outrages."...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Where you die can affect your chance of being an organ donor

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Roland Henry had died in a different part of the country, his organs might have been...

Impeachment inquiry puts spotlight on Perry, who shunned it

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Analysis: Confronted by impeachment, Trump adds to the chaos

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Italian experts defuse WWII bomb in northern city

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Bolivians pick between Evo Morales and change in tight vote

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15 dead after Russian dam collapse floods dormitories

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Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

Word that Jefferson High School is back on the Portland Public Schools' closure list has touched off the most explosive community backlash in years.
As The Skanner News went to press Thursday, more than a hundred Jefferson supporters filled a morning news conference at the school and a sit-in was planned for that day's school board work session meeting, 5:30 p.m. at the Blanchard Education Center.
Boosters are also calling for a massive showing at the Portland Public Schools board meeting Monday, June 21.
It remained unclear at press time whether the School of Champions, which just wrapped up its 100th school year, would still be on the board's agenda or whether the item might be moved into the future. Marshall High School is reportedly under consideration for closure as well.
The press conference featured speeches by Herndon; Hopson; retired State Sen. Avel Gordly; Albina Ministerial Alliance co-Chair Rev. T Allen Bethel; State Rep. Lew Frederick; and Harold Williams of CH2A.
On hand to lend support were African American Alliance co-Chair Joyce Harris; African American Chamber of Commerce Chair Roy Jay; James Posey of the Coalition of Black Men; Urban League President Marcus Mundy; and former school board member Sue Hagmeier.

Rev. T. Allan Bethel, center, flanked by Harold Williams and Avel Gordly at Jefferson High School Wednesday morning


Hopson criticized district officials who he said have just wrapped up a two-year high school redesign process, and then thrown out the results.
(Watch video of his speech here)
"When you look at Marshall and Jefferson, we're talking about two of the schools that based on free and reduced lunch, are the poorest schools in the entire district -- so again we would look at enriching the rest of the district by taking from the poor and giving to the rich," Hopson said.
Gordly, now a professor in the Portland State University Black Studies Department, chastised board members for their "ignorance," and suggested they should read the current issue of the Oregon Historic Society Quarterly, which includes a detailed article about race and class in the Portland school system written by PSU Professors Ethan Johnson and Felicia Williams (read the piece here)
"It is apparent that the Portland Public School Board is on an arrogant path, on a path that clearly demonstrates a lack of understanding, a lack of willingness to understand the history of the relationship between the Portland Public Schools and the African American community," she said.
"Read. Understand. Internalize," Gordly said. "Don't move forward in ignorance."
(Watch video of her speech here)
The largest crowd response came from esteemed, lifelong education activist and administrator Ron Herndon, who spoke eloquently, and at times bitterly, about Jefferson's history. Yet he consistently returned to the power of the school's community.
(Watch the video here)

"For the past 40 years, children in this community have been treated like lab rats for the Portland Public Schools' academic experiments. During the 70s – Rev. Bethel alluded to it – they took schools in this community that were K-8 and got rid of all the upper grades, got rid of them. And the children who were in those upper grades were scattered and bused out all over this city.

Educator/activist Ron Herndon describes the recent history of the Portland schools and the African American community


"There's no other community in Portland who had children who were mandatorily bused all in the name of that lab rat experiment 'integration.' No other children had to get on a bus, and go miles away to another school. And not only bused, but they were scattered. "And if you think that this is some kind of romantic retelling of history, pick up an old Oregonian, in which they quoted an administrator of Portland Public Schools who said 'We bus em out, we don't want more than one or two niggers in a classroom.'
"That was an administrator of Portland Public Schools. And when the kids were bused out, their parents were made to sign a document that said when they get to be high school age you will not return them to the community to go to school. Nobody else in the history of the city ever has had to sign a document that said I will not bring my child back to the community school," Herndon said.
"So when you begin to talk about changing Jeff, all you are doing is coming up with another newfangled term for segregation. This community will have less than any other community. You won't have a comprehensive high school in your community while others will.
"And how are we going to work this? Once again, our children will get on a bus, another ill conceived, ignoble ideal about education. And you are the ones that have to suffer while we play games about where boundaries are going to go, how many people are going to be in a classroom.
"We need one thing: extraordinarily quality education at this institution. And don't let people fake you out: when we begin to talk about quality education don't let them say, oh, the only thing you need to do is put a Black in, you've got quality education.
"We've been through that before," Herndon said. "When they begin to talk about a principal here, someone deserves to raise the question, have you ever had high school kids achieving at grade level in your life? If you have not you should not be the principal here. It's simple, it's not complicated."

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