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Portland Mulls Ban on Daytime Camping Amid Sharp Rise in Homelessness

The measure before the Portland City Council on Wednesday would prohibit camping between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. in city parks and near schools and day cares.

Truck Driver Indicted on Manslaughter Charges After Deadly Oregon Crash That Killed 7 Farmworkers

A grand jury in Marion County Court on Tuesday indicted Lincoln Smith, a 52-year-old truck driver from California, on 12 counts, including seven charges of manslaughter, reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Amazon Workers Stage Walkout Over Company's Climate Impact, Return-to-Office Mandate

The lunchtime protest comes a week after Amazon's annual shareholder meeting and a month after a policy took effect requiring workers to return to the office three days per week.

Happy Black Birders Week: Local Group Promotes Inclusivity in Birdwatching, Outdoor Enjoyment

Birdhers is in its fifth year of weekly walks and annual retreats.


Albina Music Trust Special Event Free to the Public

Albina Music Trust announces a special collaboration between experimental video artists Spoiler Room and the band Greaterkind ft. Lo...

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All Returns for 2023

Full slate of free movies, concerts, Free Lunch + Play, and more ...

Kiasia Baggenstos Awarded Avel Louise Gordly Scholarship

Parkrose grad, UO sophomore is inaugural winner. Award ceremony to be held at The Soul Restoration Center, Sunday, June 4. ...

Oregon and Washington Memorial Day Events

Check out a listing of ceremonies and other community Memorial Day events in Oregon and Washington. A full list of all US events,...

Communities Invited to Interstate Bridge Replacement Neighborhood Forums in Vancouver and Portland

May 31 and June 6 forums allow community members to learn about the program’s environmental review process ...

Oregon Democrats vote to fine absent senators amid GOP walkout

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senate Democrats plan to start fining their absent colleagues amid a month-long Republican walkout, a move they hope will pressure boycotting lawmakers to return to the chamber as hundreds of bills languish amid the partisan stalemate. In a procedural move...

Oregon youths’ climate lawsuit against US government can proceed to trial, judge rules

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge ruled on Thursday that a lawsuit brought by young Oregon-based climate activists can proceed to trial years after they first filed the lawsuit in an attempt to hold the nation’s leadership accountable for its role in climate change. U.S....

Foster, Ware homer, Auburn eliminates Mizzou 10-4 in SEC

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Cole Foster hit a three-run homer, Bryson Ware added a two-run shot and fifth-seeded Auburn wrapped up the first day of the SEC Tournament with a 10-4 win over ninth-seeded Missouri on Tuesday night. Auburn (34-9), which has won nine-straight, moved into the...

Small Missouri college adds football programs to boost enrollment

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — A small college in central Missouri has announced it will add football and women's flag football programs as part of its plan to grow enrollment. William Woods University will add about 140 students between the two new sports, athletic director Steve Wilson said...


Significant Workforce Investments Needed to Stem Public Defense Crisis

We have a responsibility to ensure our state government is protecting the constitutional rights of all Oregonians, including people accused of a crime ...

Over 80 Groups Tell Federal Regulators Key Bank Broke $16.5 Billion Promise

Cross-country redlining aided wealthy white communities while excluding Black areas ...

Public Health 101: Guns

America: where all attempts to curb access to guns are shot down. Should we raise a glass to that? ...

Op-Ed: Ballot Measure Creates New Barriers to Success for Black-owned Businesses

Measure 26-238, a proposed local capital gains tax, is unfair and a burden on Black business owners in an already-challenging economic environment. ...


Judge delays first criminal trial in Elijah McClain's death over objections of prosecutors

DENVER (AP) — A judge agreed Thursday to delay the first criminal trial in the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after being stopped by police in a Denver suburb, forcibly restrained and injected with a powerful sedative nearly four years ago. Lawyers for...

Opponents hold 'day without immigrants' in Florida to protest new restrictions

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Across Florida on Thursday, workers didn't show up at construction sites and tomato fields and scores of restaurants, shops and other small businesses never opened their doors to protest a new state law that imposes restrictions on undocumented immigrants. ...

Revised DACA program again debated before Texas judge who previously ruled against it

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge did not make an immediate decision Thursday on the fate of a revised version of a federal policy that prevents the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. During a court hearing, attorneys representing the...


Jordan Donica, Tony Award nominee for 'Camelot,' is Broadway's rising star

NEW YORK (AP) — When Jordan Donica was about 9 or 10, his aunt took him to New York City with a mission: Get the notion of making it on Broadway out of his system. Thankfully, that mission failed spectacularly. “It was raining and I was dancing through the streets of Times Square,...

Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback lead ‘Transformers’ from Brooklyn to Peru

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback had been dreaming about writing something together for a few years. The two actors, both native New Yorkers, would meet up from time to time and talk about what it could be. They knew that it would have to be “epic” and “so Brooklyn.”...

Music Review: Bob Dylan's 'Shadow Kingdom' reimagines well-known, obscure songs

“Shadow Kingdom,” Bob Dylan (Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings) Bob Dylan’s “Shadow Kingdom” feels like Dylan covering Dylan. Or Dylan radically unplugged, nearly 30 years after he did that on MTV. When Dylan first released “Shadow Kingdom”...


'Do I have regrets? ... Hell yeah,' says Davenport mayor after partial collapse of Iowa building

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A structural engineer’s report issued last week indicated a wall of a century-old...

Family, attorneys criticize prosecutor's handling of case in Ralph Yarl's shooting

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — The family of a Black Kansas City teenager who was shot by a white man after he mistakenly...

Jordan's crown prince weds scion of Saudi family in ceremony packed with stars and symbolism

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's crown prince married the scion of a prominent Saudi family on Thursday in a palace...

India pauses plans to add new coal plants for five years, bets on renewables, batteries

BENGALURU, India (AP) — The Indian government will not consider any proposals for new coal plants for the next...

US defense chief calls China's refusal to meet unfortunate during visit to Tokyo for talks

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stressed the importance of communication during a stopover...

China and key US partner Singapore agree to top-level defense hotline

SINGAPORE (AP) — China and Singapore laid the groundwork Thursday for a hotline between the two countries that...

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Pioneer Square Rally for Justice, Police Accountability


A broad cross section of Portland groups are calling for public involvement in police union talks and other reforms at an 11 a.m. rally on Sept. 25 in Pioneer Square.

The Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform is sponsoring the rally and march that will feature a variety of speakers.
In less than a year, Portland police have been involved in several high profile cases involving the use of excessive force. These include the shooting deaths of three men and a 12-year-old girl was tasered and shot with a bean bag gun at a MAX station. The AMA Coalition has taken a strong stand for scrutiny of the police bureau's use of excessive force, the need for more public involvement in the Independent Police Review Committee, and opening police union contract talks to the public.
"The main goal of the rally on September 25th is to continue mobilizing the community for justice and police reform," said Reverend Dr. LeRoy Haynes, of the AMA Coalition. "Our work is not done. We need to restore a respectful relationship between Portland's police force and the community."


Urban League Election Debate, Maternal Health Discussion

The Urban League, along with the African American Alliance, is hosting an election debate from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Emanuel Temple Church, 1033 N. Sumner St.
The debate will be moderated by Lolenzo Poe, Sharon Gary-Smith and KOIN News Anchor Ken Boddie. It will feature candidates for the Metro Council, governor, treasurer and county commissioner district 2. Although gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber will be there, Republican challenger Chris Dudley will not.
The moderators will present their own questions, as well as questions from the audience and social media. The public is welcome to attend and portions will be broadcast on KOIN News 6.
The Urban League of Portland will also convene a Policy Makers Roundtable on Reproductive Health, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Ave, 2nd floor in Conference Room C. The focus will be on maternal and fetal health outcomes in the African-American community.
The goals for the Roundtable include:
• Explore model programs and policies from across the country that improve maternal and fetal health outcomes in the African-American community and which could be implemented in Portland
• Highlight local and state wide statistics on maternal and fetal health in the African-American community
• Focus on action that policy makers can take to support improved infant and maternal outcomes
The Urban League has organized a very rich and diverse advisory committee for the Policy Makers Roundtable that represents a very broad and deep analysis around reproductive health and reproductive justice.


'Grassharper' Celebrity Golf Tourney This Weekend

The second annual Grassharper Invitational Celebrity Gala and Golf Tournament – presented by former Portland Trail Blazer, Michael Harper – will be held Monday, Sept. 27 with a long list of celebrity attendees. This year, the event supports Park Academy School, People of Purpose and Associates (POPA), and Minority Information Outreach (MIO). Each organization's mission is to promote character development, confidence, and teamwork through education, volunteerism and community outreach.
More than 30 celebrity golfers, including Trail Blazer Alumni, former NFL players, TV and Radio personalities, and actors are expected to play on Monday, Sept. 27 at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Course.  Plus, more than 300 supporters, sponsors and advocates from across Oregon will be in attendance at a special gala dinner on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Embassy Suites, Washington Square, which will kick-off the weekend event featuring an oral and silent auction.
The Gala and Golf is open to the public. The gala will have an oral and silent auction while enjoying live music, dinner and other supporters of education, family and community. Visit http://grassharper.org/Events.htm for more information.
To attend one or both events, please call Alethea at 503-267-7020 or email ALETHEA@CAPTIVUSONLINE.COM.


Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inducts New Members

The 4th annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert will be held Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Roseland Theater and will feature performances from four legendary Oregon artists, including reunions by the original members of Black n' Blue, Shock, The Kingsmen and a reunion of Le Bon. This year's master of ceremonies will be the ever-colorful comedian and performer, Tony Starlight.
OMHOF will induct 7 artists and 3 industry people. A new category, Artist of the Year, was also added to this year's event.    Artists are Black 'N Blue, Denny Bixby, Kevin Burke, Peter Dammann, Tim Hardin, Linda Hornbuckle, and Rebecca Kilgore. Industry inductees are Andy Gilbert, Mike Quinn, and Les Sarnoff. The artist of the year is Pink Martini.
Tickets are available at all Ticketwest (Fred Meyer, Music Millennium) outlets. The show is 21 and over. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP ticket packages are available at $90 in advance and $100 at the door. VIP ticket packages include premium reserved seats, a signed collectable event poster by Gary Houston, plus admission to an after-event reception with the inductees and performers.


Malian Mango Madness  Dance Party


On the 50th anniversary of Mali's inde­pendence, the Ko-Falen Cultural Center holds their annual Mango Madness Dance Party Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Springbox Gallery at 2234 NW 24th Ave. in Portland at 8 p.m. The event benefits the Ko-Falen Cultural Center in Bamako, Mali. For more information, visit www.ko-falen.org. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $15 for students with ID.