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NORTHWEST NEWS

Lottery Misses Mark on Minorities’ Fair Share

The Oregon Lottery’s most recent advertising slogan is “Together, we do good things”. But when we look at where the profits are coming from and where any potential benefit from lottery profits flow to, is this really true? 

Court Sides With Governor Kate Brown Over Early Prison Releases

Two attorneys took particular issue with Brown’s decision to allow 73 people convicted of murder, assault, rape and manslaughter while they were younger than 18 to apply for early release.

Ballot Measure to Overhaul City Government Promises Minority Representation While Facing Controversy

The Portland Charter Commission aims to bring city in line with how other major U.S. cities do local governance. 

White Woman Calls Police on Black Man Standing at His Home

“If you guys have a lease, I’d just like to see the lease,”

NEWS BRIEFS

Jefferson Alumni Invites Community to Block Party

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Oregon Approved to Issue an Additional $46 Million in Pandemic EBT Food Assistance to 80,000 Young Children

The additional food benefits will be issued to families’ existing EBT cards in Fall 2022, with the exact dates yet to be...

Free Vaccination Events Provide Required Back-to-School Immunizations

On or before the first day of instruction, all K-12 students in Washington state must be up to date on vaccinations required for...

Merkley, Colleagues Continue Push for Robust Federal Response to Monkeypox Public Health Emergency

“As the country continues to navigate the [monkeypox public health emergency], the United States public health system remains on the...

Washington Ferries to Get $38 Million to Improve Services

Out of the 35 states and three territories receiving federal money for ferries, Washington will get the biggest allocation ...

Cops: Oregon crime ring moved M in catalytic converters

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in suburban Portland, Oregon, said Thursday they arrested a crime ring leader responsible for trafficking more than 44,000 catalytic converters stolen from vehicles on the West Coast since 2021. Detectives said they identified Brennan Doyle, 32, as the...

Seattle hospital to refuse some patients due to capacity

SEATTLE (AP) — Harborview Medical Center in Seattle will temporarily stop accepting less acute patients and will divert them to other health care systems as capacity challenges worsen, according to the hospital’s CEO. “All hospital systems (are) very much over capacity with very...

OPINION

No One Ever Told You About Black August?

Black America lives in a series of deserts. Many of us live in food deserts, financial deserts, employment deserts, and most of us live in information deserts. ...

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

We must start a voter registration drive right here where we live. This effort must become as important to us as putting food on the table and a roof over our heads. ...

Speaking of Reparations

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

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Cuomo: Taxpayers should pay sexual harassment legal bills

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants taxpayers to foot his legal bills as he defends himself against a workplace sexual harassment claim — and he's suing the state's attorney general over it. Cuomo filed the suit against Attorney General Letitia James on...

Judge sends Wisconsin man to institution in hate crime crash

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge committed a man accused of targeting a motorcyclist in a fatal crash because of the victim's race to life in a mental institution Thursday. Daniel Navarro, a 27-year-old Mexican American from Fond du Lac, was convicted Wednesday of...

ReAwaken Tour host says he feels harassed by NY prosecutor

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — A Christian pastor in western New York said he felt intimidated and harassed after the state's attorney general, a Democrat, sent a letter saying she believed a planned far-right political event at his church this week could lead to racial violence. In the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Novel inspired by Shirley Jackson classic expected in 2023

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Metallica, Mariah Carey headline Global Citizen NYC concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Metallica, Mariah Carey and The Jonas Brothers will headline a free concert in New York’s Central Park next month marking the 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Festival organized by the international nonprofit fighting extreme poverty. The Sept. 24 event will...

Bream selected as Fox Sunday host; Wallace gets CNN show

NEW YORK (AP) — Shannon Bream, a Fox News Channel veteran who is the network's chief legal correspondent, is the new anchor of the “Fox News Sunday” political talk show, filling a role left vacant when Chris Wallace left last December. Meanwhile, CNN said Thursday that Wallace's...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Beto O'Rourke responds to heckler over Uvalde with expletive

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke responded to a heckler at a campaign stop with an expletive after...

Russia struggles to replenish its troops in Ukraine

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Fetterman plans 'raw' remarks in return to PA Senate race

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Greece asks Turkey to help migrants reported stuck on islet

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Initial dives in collapsed Mexican mine unsuccessful

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rescue divers' first attempts to reach 10 miners trapped inside a flooded coal mine since...

African wildlife parks face climate, infrastructure threats

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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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