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NEWS BRIEFS

Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Mark Christopher Lawrence to Perform at Harvey’s Comedy Club July 13-15

Former Big Mike of “Chuck” will perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 Sunday ...

Dragon Fest 2018

Lions, dragons and breakdancers descend on Seattle’s Chinatown-International District for the Pacific Northwest’s largest...

Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that killed a California firefighter grew quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park as crews contended with sweltering conditions Sunday, authorities said.The so-called Ferguson Fire that broke out Friday scorched nearly 7...

Vancouver dog parks at risk of closing over safety issues

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An organization that builds and maintains off-leash dog parks in southwestern Washington state says it could be forced to close the parks unless safety concerns are addressed.KATU-TV reports the nonprofit Dogpaw might close down its four Vancouver-area parks after at...

Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. Shoppers will have plenty of sales to choose from as other retailers offer promotions to try to take a share of the spending.This...

AP Analysis: Billionaires fuel powerful state charter groups

SEATTLE (AP) — Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums....

OPINION

A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

10 Indoor Plants Every Pet Lover Must Have

Dr. Jasmine Streeter shares her tips on stress-busting plants ...

NAACP Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

NAACP opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

South African white enclave tests e-currency to stand apart

ORANIA, South Africa (AP) — The white Afrikaner community that famously sprang up in a sparsely populated corner of South Africa at the end of apartheid is now testing a digital currency that could reinforce its sense of independence.Some residents of the town of Orania, population 1,600,...

Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too

MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese descent.Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea.Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian.Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together...

DC Police: Author of anti-Semitic flyers won't be charged

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say they've identified the person leaving anti-Semitic flyers around Washington, but will not pursue a criminal investigation.Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Karimah Bilal tells The Washington Post that the flyers are protected by the First Amendment and...

ENTERTAINMENT

Rapper buys every seat in house, takes strangers to movies

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie.Rory Ferreira, who goes by the stage name Milo, bought all 129 seats to the 4:20 p.m. showing of the movie "Sorry to Bother You" at the Nickelodeon in Portland, Maine, on Saturday. The...

Review: Sacha Baron Cohen back with old style, same results

NEW YORK (AP) — The provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen has rebooted his ambush chat show and before any judgment is made about the wisdom of that decision, you have to admire the sheer perseverance of not only the host but also his so-called guests.Fifteen years after the British comedian leapt...

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died. She was 101.Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., tweeted that her mother died Friday and a posting on her web page said she died...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

World Cup afterglow lifts up conflicted France

PARIS (AP) — World Cup, World Cup and more World Cup — that's all France is talking about."Eternal...

Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to...

In TV interview, Trump says queen called Brexit 'complex'

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump has told a British TV interviewer that Queen Elizabeth II told him...

Cease-fire holds after day of intense Israel-Hamas fighting

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military lifted its restrictions along the Gaza border Sunday, indicating it...

Russia on a high as World Cup wraps; Putin's problems remain

MOSCOW (AP) — Despite a national wave of elation from the World Cup that bathed Russia in a rosy light,...

Trump wins sympathy from Russian media ahead of summit

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is no fan of American journalists, but he might love what the...

Nafeesa Syeed, Associated Press Writer

Groups pushing for progressive policies will gather in the nation's capital this weekend for a march aimed at recapturing momentum for their agenda and mobilizing supporters before next month's midterm elections.
The "One Nation Working Together" rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday comes one month before the Nov. 2 elections and one month after conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally. Organizers say more than 400 organizations — ranging from labor unions to faith, environmental and gay rights groups — are coming together to advocate for job creation, quality education and justice.
Although organizers describe the rally as nonpartisan, they also hope to raise awareness of their concerns before political contests that are expected to sweep out many Democrats.
"It's critical that as we stand there on Oct. 2, that people think about Nov. 2, that they own the fact that what happens on Election Day is up to them," said Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the NAACP, one of the organizers. "We need people to stand up now, at this key moment in this country, when there's so much at stake."
The groups said on their National Park Service application that they anticipate 100,000 people to attend. Washington's Metro subway system also is opening an hour earlier than usual on Saturday, costing the groups $29,500, which will be refunded if Metro gets enough riders. They also will pay extra to operate additional service on one of the system's rail lines. Organizers say they have 1,600 buses with parking spaces confirmed coming to the event.
Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gathered near the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech last month to urge a vast crowd to embrace traditional values. Though also billed as nonpolitical, the rally was widely viewed as a protest against the policies of President Obama and congressional Democrats.
One Nation organizers say they began planning their event before learning about Beck's rally, and said Saturday's march is not in reaction to that.
However, some participants said the rally will provide an opportunity to speak for what they consider a more representative swath of Americans and their concerns, which they feel have been overshadowed by more vocal groups on the right.
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, a rally sponsor, said people who want to build a middle-class economy make up a majority of Americans, whose voices need to be heard.
"We're hoping that people come together and say, 'We're the majority and we can have a different kind of country,' but we have to make our presence known," said Trumka, whose labor agenda would be imperiled should Republicans make major gains in the U.S. House or Senate.
He said groups such as the tea party and their corporate backers are trying to divide workers.
"We're fighting back," he said. "They're not going to get the final word."
Peter Burr, 62, a retired physician from Franklin, Tenn., who plans to attend the rally, said he hopes their message translates into action.
"I'm hoping that if we get a really good turnout that it will help to put some pressure on the government and it will help to increase the level of enthusiasm among supporters of the Democratic agenda," he said.
Sally Milbury-Steen said the interfaith peace and justice organization that she heads in Wilmington, Del., has chartered a bus for nearly 50 people for the rally. Milbury-Steen said not all in her small state share the views of tea party-backed U.S. Senate Republican nominee Christine O'Donnell, who has been propelled into the national spotlight.
"There's a diversity of opinion in Delaware," she said. "I think coming from our state, it will be an outward, visible sign of people who want to see policies that take care of everybody, policies that take us closer to being our brother's keeper."
James R. Cox, 62, of Augusta, Kan., said he plans to come to Washington by train to attend the rally.
"Whether it makes the larger point or not, I have to do it for myself," he said. "I'm going to tell the Democrats to get a backbone and stand up. Forget about the Republicans and get things done."

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