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Portland Police Declare Unlawful Assembly During Protest

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty addressed event organised by NAACP focused on Black Lives Matter

Shootings Increase During Portland Protests

Between June 1 and end July 31, 2020 there were 125 reported shootings compared to a total of 59 shootings in 2019

Portland Protest Scene Relatively Calm After US Drawdown

Under the deal announced by Governor Kate Brown, the federal agents will withdraw in phases.

Portland Approves $114 M Relief Budget with Focus on Communities of Color

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty voted no, arguing for better houseless resources.


New Rule by The U.S. Department of Education Would Misdirect $11M from Oregon Public Schools

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer called a...

Barbara Bush Foundation Partners with Barbershop Books and Penguin to Provide Child-Friendly Reading Spaces in Baltimore and Detroit Barbershops

Developed in Harlem, Barbershop Books is a community-based program that leverages the cultural significance of barbershops in...

All Classical Portland Awards Grant to Support Emmanuel Henreid's 'Livin' in the Light'

Livin’ in the Light documents Onry’s experience as a Black, male, professional opera and crossover singer in Portland, Ore. ...

House Approves Legislation to Stop Trump Attack on Fair Housing

Ocasio-Cortez, Blumenauer amendment would block rollback of anti-discrimination rule ...

Louis Mair Named as New Principal at Harriet Tubman Middle School

Louis comes to Harriet Tubman from Georgia, where he was a leader in building an inclusive and supportive learning community. ...

Oregon reports 342 new coronavirus cases, 5 more deaths

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials reported 342 confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, increasing the state's total cases since the start of the pandemic to 19,699. In addition there were five new deaths related to COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority said. The total death toll is...

Body found in Mount Rainier National Park

ASHFORD, Wash. (AP) — A body found in Mount Rainier National Park is believed to be a hiker who went missing in June, park officials said.KOMO reports the man’s body was found Monday in an off-trail drainage near Paradise, and is believed to be that of Talal Sabbagh. The 27-year-old...

Missouri's Drinkwitz takes side in mask-or-no-mask debate

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz has been the head coach at Missouri for just over seven months. He has yet to lead the Tigers onto the football field, much less win a game, yet his role in the community already has forced him to take some important stands.First, it was supporting his new...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...


Da 5 Bloods and America Abroad

Even before I returned to the United States from my combat tour in Vietnam, I had decided that we were fighting an unjust war. ...

Falling Behind: COVID, Climate Change, and Chaos

Multiple Crises, Multiple Obstacles ...

Bill Deiz urges Oregonians to Defend their Constitutional Rights

Elements of federal police, sent in by our president, are nightly tormenting our citizens with tear gas, impact munitions, kidnappings and beatings, and other criminal acts, in order to suppress our rights of free speech and free assembly ...

The Power of Love

Powerful lessons for me today on forgiveness. ...


Washington lawsuit says protective gear costs impede protest

SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit filed in Washington state claims the costs of protective clothing and equipment has impeded the civil rights of Black Lives Matter protesters.The lawsuit filed by five plaintiffs in U.S. District Court in Seattle alleges their right to peacefully demonstrate is hurt...

Trump hosts swearing-in of first Black Air Force chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hosted the swearing-in of the first Black Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, in an Oval Office ceremony Tuesday.Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Brown, who was confirmed by the Senate in June in a 98-0...

Police facing scrutiny in Elijah McClain case get new chief

DENVER (AP) — The interim chief of a suburban Denver police department has become the first woman to permanently lead the agency that's looking to regain public trust following a tumultuous year since the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man officers stopped on the street and put...


Review: More supernatural horror from ‘The Strain’ writers

“The Hollow Ones: The Blackwood Tapes Vol. 1,” by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Hachette Book Group)The writing team behind “The Strain” trilogy is back with a new evil incarnate. This time it’s more demonic than vampiric, possessing bodies and driving them...

Winfrey picks Isabel Wilkerson's 'Caste' for her book club

NEW YORK (AP) — If not for the coronavirus, Oprah Winfrey says, she would be out in the streets and marching with the Black Lives Matter protesters. She has instead found other ways to add her voice. She is working with Lionsgate on a multimedia adaptation of The New York Times' “1619...

Review: A sweet fable in Seth Rogen’s ‘An American Pickle’

The funniest part of “ An American Pickle ” isn’t even really in the movie. It’s a little scene in the middle of the credits in which Seth Rogen’s Herschel Greenbaum, a 1920s laborer who wakes up 100 years after falling into a vat of pickle juice, watches...


Disney to release 'Mulan' on streaming service, for a price

“Mulan” is no longer headed for a major theatrical release. The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it...

COVID-19 reshapes and reduces back-to-school spending

NEW YORK (AP) — For Michelle Lynn England, back-to-school shopping always meant heading to Target and the...

Trump encourages mail voting in key battleground Florida

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump now is encouraging voters in the critical...

Adios, España: Former king leaves for undisclosed location

MADRID (AP) — Speculation over the whereabouts and future of former monarch Juan Carlos gripped Spain on...

VIRUS DIARY: A friend dies but leaves something to hold onto

LONDON (AP) — My friend Greg died.I am not alone in losing a friend to COVID-19. Some 46,000 people in this...

India’s residency law in Kashmir amplifies demographic fears

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For almost a century, no outsider was allowed to buy land and property in...

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(NNPA) - As the NAACP Annual Convention in St. Louis, Mo., hosted First Lady Michelle Obama, its new chair had already taken a moment to shake up the racial debate Obama's husband sparked with his presidential campaign.

In her first speech as chair of the largest and oldest civil rights organization in the U. S., Roslyn M. Brock, the youngest ever chair of the NAACP, envisioned the "browning of America" this week while debunking persistent myths of a so-called "post-racial" society.
"We are proud to have an American of African descent in the White House. However, the historic election of President Barack Obama did not miraculously transform race relations; end racial profiling; hate crimes; or intolerance in America," Brock told a packed audience of NAACP delegates, sponsors and supporters in Kansas City Sunday evening. "Contrary to popular belief, we do not live in a post racial society. America must be commended for significant race progress, but we are not there yet. When you consider rising hate crimes and insurgence of the tea party movement along with conservative ideologues who seek to turn back the clock on civil rights gains, there is still much more work to be done."
Though not as tart as her predecessor, Julian Bond, whose speeches were often punctuated with unflattering descriptions of the Bush Administration such as "snake oil" and "the Taliban", Brock's words were equally as strong. Her prepared text exuded remarkable vision and consciousness as she pointed out racial progress and in the same breath racial stagnation.
"Today's civil and human rights challenges are far different from those faced by our predecessors. Yes, we can … drink at public water fountains, but the drinking water in our homes may not be safe because of lead toxins;
"Yes, we can … move into sprawling multi-million dollar homes in the suburbs, but the terms of our mortgages differ from our neighbors;
"Yes, we can … send our children to public schools, but in some states the text books they read are 20 years old and school boards have decided to rewrite history by removing all references to slavery and its devastating impact on our society.
"Yes, we can … be treated at hospital emergency rooms, but often there are huge gaps and disparities in the quality of care we receive, which contributes to higher rates of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions," she said.
She appealed to the audience to recommit to the mission of making "hope more appealing and despair less convincing in a nation where urban centers are collapsing under the weight of inadequate health care; lack of affordable housing and massive home foreclosures; high infant mortality; declining public school systems; uneven distribution of wealth; limited economic resources; double digit unemployment; extreme violence with black on black crime and an exploding prison population."
Brock is 45, born in 1965, but she is no fledgling civil rights leader.
As she aptly pointed out, she became a member of the youth and college division of the NAACP as a college freshman in 1984. She said that her election as chair last year along with the selection of 37-year-old Benjamin Todd Jealous nearly two years ago, "signals the passing of the baton to the next generation of civil rights leaders who will become the 'New Frontline' for social justice advocacy in our nation."
But, without mentors and trailblazers, the fire would be difficult to maintain, she indicated, crediting family and friends and key board members including Bond, former NAACP Chair Myrlie Evers-Williams and the late NAACP icon Benjamin Lawson Hooks and civil rights icon Dorothy I. Height for their love and support. While frequently referring to struggles of the past, Brock remained focused on the future:
"In 1927, one of our founders, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, stated, "We must never lose sight of the preservation of our liberties." As she made these remarks, she surveyed a growing national current of racial hostility and division. It was a time of great successes and setbacks; and a time of great political accomplishment and promise.
"Today, we face a similar period of political and social change – a period that presents us with both a host of challenges and opportunities. Much of the conversation emerging around change in America's landscape center on hot button political issues like the size and scope of government; states' rights; higher tax rates; health care reform; illegal immigration; environmental protections; and rising crime and violence. There is an additional issue that I refer to as the "browning of America."
With that, Brock listed a string of statistics showing how in just a few decades, White people will no longer dominate America's racial fabric.
• Three out of 10 people in this country are people of color.
• Eighty-five percent of new workers will be women; minorities and new immigrants.
• By 2020 more than a third of American children will be Hispanic, African- American and Asian.
• By 2040, minorities will represent more than half the U.S. population.
In its 101st year, these statics mean a heightening need for the NAACP in shaping the nation's legislative policies critical to preparing America for what some may deem her "rendezvous with destiny."
Brock concluded, "The silence in America has been deafening as individuals who feel locked out of a prosperous society repeatedly ask the question 'is anybody listening….does anybody care?'"
Citing NAACP conferences and chapters from coast to coast, she declared, "The NAACP cares, and we are concerned about what's happening not only in the White House but also what's happening in your house, your house, and your house … the NAACP is on the job committed to ensuring change that we believed in; change we voted for and most important, change we know must happen in our nation."

First lady Michelle Obama says Americans need to change their eating habits to avoid producing the nation's first generation of children who live shorter lives than their parents.
Obama spoke Monday at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's national convention in Kansas City.
She charmed the standing-room-only audience at Bartle Hall with quips from her childhood, when she walked to school and ate whatever her mother put in front of her.
Obama touted her "Let's Move" campaign to cut childhood obesity, a problem she says will lead to other illnesses, such as diabetes.

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