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NEWS BRIEFS

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Family Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

Settlement reached in LGBT school harassment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An openly gay couple was walking in their Oregon high school parking lot when the principal's son drove up, veered away at the last second and shouted an anti-gay slur at the two girls. In class, a teacher equated same-sex marriage with bestiality.The girls complained to...

The Latest: Settlement reached in LGBT school harassment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the case of LGBTQ discrimination at an Oregon high school.6:30 p.m.:The principal of an Oregon high school will resign and its school district will commit to improving the climate for LGBTQ students as part of a settlement reached between the American Civil...

Paul Allen donates jumiM to Washington gun initiative

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen has donated jumi million to a campaign seeking to raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21 in Washington state.Allen made the announcement on Twitter Monday.The Alliance for Gun Responsibility says...

Man accused of trying to kill woman with opioid spray

MUKILTEO, Wash. (AP) — An Everett man is accused of holding down his ex-girlfriend at a Mukilteo hotel, shoving Xanax down her throat and forcing a fentanyl spray up her nose in what police say was attempted murder.The Daily Herald reports the woman survived and was able to escape and alert...

OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

Dr. Jasmine Streeter says CBD-derived products show beneficial therapeutic benefits for pets ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Voters choose nominees in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas

ATLANTA (AP) — Four states cast ballots Tuesday as the 2018 midterm elections take shape. Voters in Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky hold primaries, while Texans settle several primary runoffs after their first round of voting in March. Some noteworthy story lines:IN THIS #METOO MIDTERM, A BIG...

China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years for separatism

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced a Tibetan language activist to five years in prison for inciting separatism after he appeared in a documentary video produced by The New York Times.Tashi Wangchuk's lawyer Liang Xiaojun told The Associated Press that a judge in Qinghai province passed down...

Settlement reached in LGBT school harassment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An openly gay couple was walking in their Oregon high school parking lot when the principal's son drove up, veered away at the last second and shouted an anti-gay slur at the two girls. In class, a teacher equated same-sex marriage with bestiality.The girls complained to...

ENTERTAINMENT

Actress who accused Weinstein needs money to finish film

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Paz de la Huerta has started a crowdfunding campaign to finish a movie she began making years before she publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape.The movie "Valley of Tears" is her take on the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Red Shoes," about a little girl with a...

Sony invests in image sensors, acquires more of EMI Music

TOKYO (AP) — Electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday it plans to invest 1 trillion yen ( billion) mostly in image sensors over the next three years, under a revamped strategy to strengthen both hardware and creative content.Sony also plans to buy for [scripts/homepage/home.php].3 billion a 60...

At Cannes, a #MeToo upheaval up and down the Croisette

CANNES, France (AP) — Fifty years after filmmakers shut down the Cannes Film Festival, the prestigious Cote d'Azur extravaganza was again shook by upheaval.From the start to the finish, the 71st Cannes was dominated by protest and petition for gender equality, culminating in the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Miss Nebraska wins Miss USA competition

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Sarah Rose Summers from Nebraska beat out 50 other women Monday to win this year's...

Deadly Florida airport shooting results in plea deal for man

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed court documents Monday in which an Alaska man agreed...

What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is pouring into the sea and setting off a chemical...

Congo Ebola vaccination campaign begins with health workers

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo began an Ebola vaccination campaign Monday in a northwest provincial capital...

Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

DUBLIN (AP) — In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate is raging in Ireland over whether to...

Aide: Palestinian leader making swift recovery in hospital

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is alert and making a swift recovery after being...

The Skanner News

A young boy defiantly holds a sign declaring "No More Stolen Lives" at a rally at Westlake Park in Seattle, Sunday, July 14 to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Over 500 people showed up at the rally and march. Susan Fried photo

Two Portland forums, this week and next, offer locals a chance to talk about what the George Zimmerman acquittal in the Trayvon Martin killing means to them.

The first, held Tuesday at Portland Community College Cascade Campus, was hosted by the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, a grant making organization that supports social justice and community organizations around the state.

The event featured Rep. Lew Frederick; social and racial justice activist Kathleen Saadat; and Portland Black PFLAG organizer Khalil Edwards. It linked the big three Civil Rights issues that have been in the news lately: two tragedies -- the Zimmerman verdict, the weakening of the Voting Rights Act; and one victory -- the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-gender marriage.

Also, coming up Tuesday, Aug. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Jefferson High School cafeteria, the Portland Public Schools Office of Equity and its new program RACE TALKS 2 is holding "Trayvon Martin's Death: A Catalyst for Change."

MRG Foundation Executive Director Sharon Gary-Smith says pre-registration for the Tuesday panel event almost filled the hall before it started.

"There has been a lot of response to not only the defeat of the key components of the Voting Rights Act, but there's also been disappointment, anguish and organizing around the death of Trayvon Martin," she says.

"We saw that there was an important conversation that needed to be had – a critical conversation as community."

Gary-Smith says the MRG event brings together an array of significant Civil Rights milestones that all happened in quick succession over the past few weeks: The U.S. Supreme Court's strike-down of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965; the Court's nullification of the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for same-sex marriage around the United States; and Zimmerman's acquittal in Martin's death.

The Tuesday night event poses these questions: What are the connections between these seemingly separate events? Why should these setbacks in our quest for justice matter to Oregonians? And, how do we channel our confusion, frustration, passion, and even anger into a broad movement for social change?

"A lot of our allies might think African Americans are the people who are primarily affected by the Voting Rights Act," she said. "We wanted to raise it up because we think it is a critical rail of foundation for all our rights as citizens in America.

"The right to vote, to vote for democratic ideals, the right to exercise your participation, your civic engagement, in crafting and working towards the country we all deserve -- we didn't think it was elevated enough," she says.

"And truthfully, it came just after the appropriate striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act, where there was a lot of joy, jubilation, celebration, communities all over. And then came this striking down of the key underpinning of the Voting Rights and it stayed only for a moment in the public's attention. It wasn't twittered about after a short period of time, the media didn't talk about the significant implications. So the assumption is, that was just us.

"We want to talk about that and how we have to make 'together' be about unity."

At the Tuesday, Aug. 6 event at the Jefferson High School cafeteria, listen to community organizer Teressa Raiford talk about the Zimmerman verdict, and catch the first frames of a film-in-progress, "Respect My Gangstah," created by Portlander Anthony Gispson and loosely based on his experiences with gangs, drugs, and attitudes about black on black crime.

The event is open to all ages, and is free of charge. Part of the presentation is about volunteering with local youth programs, and participants can sign up to do that there.

Local youth groups represented there so far include Self-Enhancement Inc., SEI; EMBODI; the Robotics Program; the Youth Aviation Program and more.   

Audience members will have a chance to discuss the topic in a safe environment under the guidance of small group dialogue facilitators provided by Uniting to Understand Racism, the City of Portland's Intergroup Dialogue Program and Resolutions Northwest.

RACE TALKS 2 is an off-shoot of RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism, An Opportunity for Dialogue held monthly the second Tuesday of each month in the McMenamins Kennedy School Gym, from 7-9 p.m.  

RACE TALKS 2, sponsored by Portland Public School's Office of Equity, is held in Jefferson High School's cafeteria, 5210 N. Kerby Ave. between Killingsworth & Alberta in the Cafeteria, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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