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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

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MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

18-year-old driver dies after colliding with log truck

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say an 18-year-old girl has died after colliding with a log truck on Highway 101 near Beaver.Law enforcement officials say Mikayla Michelle Howard was driving a 2003 Saab when it crossed into the other lane for an unknown reason on Friday morning....

Marion County deputies investigating suspicious death

LYONS, Ore. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are investigating after a man was found dead in a pond near his home in Lyons.The Marion County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to the scene Saturday afternoon after the body was found. Detectives also responded to the scene because the...

New Mexico residents to testify on atomic bomb fallout

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of a New Mexico Hispanic village near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test say they were long ignored about the lingering health effects and were expected to share their stories with Congress.The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium plans to...

Small plane hits car after missing runway near Snohomish

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — A small plane hit a car after overshooting the runway at an airfield near Snohomish.The Seattle Times reports that three people, including a child, were in a single-engine plane when it was approaching the Harvey Air Field on Saturday.Lt. Rick Hawkins of the Snohomish...

OPINION

How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Authorities investigating fatal Minneapolis police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state authorities are investigating after Minneapolis police shot and killed a black man they say was firing a handgun as he walked outside.A demonstration was planned for Sunday afternoon at a police precinct headquarters and a vigil near the north Minneapolis...

Jews, Muslims in Berlin team up on bike rides against hatred

BERLIN (AP) — Some 25 Jews and Muslims rode tandem bicycles through the German capital on Sunday in a protest against growing anti-Semitism and attacks on Muslims in the country.Some were rabbis and imams, others included women in headscarves and Jewish community members donning skullcaps...

Association removes Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from award

CHICAGO (AP) — A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from a major children's book award over concerns with how the early-to-mid 20th century author portrayed blacks and Native Americans.The Association for Library Service to Children's...

ENTERTAINMENT

Brigitte Nielsen, 54, has given birth to her fifth child

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brigitte Nielsen says she has given birth at age 54.The model, actress and reality star and her 39-year-old husband Mattia Dessi released a statement to People magazine Saturday saying their daughter Frida was born Friday in Los Angeles and weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces (2.3...

Association removes Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from award

CHICAGO (AP) — A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from a major children's book award over concerns with how the early-to-mid 20th century author portrayed blacks and Native Americans.The Association for Library Service to Children's...

'Jurassic World' sequel stomps its way to 0 million debut

NEW YORK (AP) — The dinosaurs still rule the box office."Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" surpassed expectations to open with 0 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. While that total didn't approach the record-breaking...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Saudi women in driver's seat as longstanding ban is lifted

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women steered their way through busy city streets on Sunday, driving to...

Trump officials pledge to reunite families amid border chaos

Trump administration officials say the U.S. government knows the location of all children in its custody after...

Trump tweets, hard-right voters hamper GOP immigration push

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Kushner rips Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due 'soon'

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published...

US Defense chief to visit China amid S. China Sea tensions

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in...

Libyan coast guard intercepts 450 migrants bound for Europe

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard intercepted Sunday some 460 African migrants, including dozens of children...

The panel at a First Unitarian Church discussion on how to end "The New Jim Crow"
By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

The Partnership for Safety and Justice held a panel discussion on  "Ending the New Jim Crow--Healing our Justice System," Nov. 5 at First Unitarian Church in Portland.

More than 70 people took part in the discussion that looked at how rates of incarceration have risen in Oregon, at the same time crime has dropped.  One key question was how to stop the overrepresentation of people of color in the legal system.  

Moderator Rep. Lew Frederick asked each panelist to offer one thing anyone can do to end "The New Jim Crow." Here's the list:

Shannon Wight1.  Build momentum to reform Measure 11.

Shannon Wight, deputy director of Partnership for Safety and Justice:  
"Measure 11 has an incredibly disproportionate impact on people of color. Youth end up with a felony on their records which is life ruining. We are ruining young peoples'  lives. It's not right to saddle youth with a lifelong felony." 

Passed by initiative in 1994 Measure 11 imposes mandatory minimums for crimes that are considered person-to-person. It says youth 15 and older must be tried as if they were adults for those offenses. Judges can't use discretion. Under Measure 11, only prosecutors not judges have any power to reduce charges and sentences.
 

JoAnn Hardesty2. Prepare to speak out at a Fairness Hearing on the City of Portland settlement with the Department of Justice. 

JoAnn Hardesty, longtime police accountability advocate and member of the Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform.

"I think the most important thing that we can do is to prepare to participate fully in the Fairness Hearing that Judge Simon will schedule. 

"The public has never had an opportunity to make their views heard. When the settlement agreement was announced, the public had not seen it. It is really important that we do not allow the City of Portland to pretend that there was a full public process.
"We will pay $26 million over the next five years, and the people out of the gate spending that money are not the people we want to be in charge."

The Fairness hearing will likely be held in 2014 to discuss the settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and Portland Police Bureau. The DOJ found that Portland Police Bureau had a pattern or practice of violating the rights of people with menatl illness. It also raised concerns about police relationships with communities of color. (Download a pdf of full report here)  Judge Simon, who has been supervising the case in federal court will name a date for the Fairness Hearing, when he reviews the agreement on Nov. 18.

Kasia Rutledge3. Educate ourselves: Understand the legal system has no flexibility.

Kasia Rutledge, a public defender in Portland's START court, which deals with property offences committed by people with alcohol and drug problems. Rutledge also handles expungments.  
"You mean besides economic opportunity, healthcare, housing and alcohol and drug and treatment?" Rutledge said first when asked what she would prioritize.
"The system works perfectly. It does exactly what it was set up to do, which is incarcerate certain people. We don't need system reform. We need a new system.
"I can't tell you the number of times we have trials, and after the sentencing a juror finds out the sentence that was handed down, and they are devastated at what the defendant got. So turn up for jury duty and actually stay there."

Emanuel Price4. Teach kids how to act in public, how to know their rights, and educate them from 5th grade up about the prison system.

Emanuel Price, founder of the nonprofit Second Chances are for Everyone, which helps people with felony convictions rise above the stigma and discrimination that prevents former felons from getting jobs and living normal lives. Price shared his story with the audience. After making a bad decision in the summer before his final year of college, he spent five years in prison.

"When I went to prison I saw a lot of people I knew and that's when I realized 'They are locking us up like crazy.' A lot of people I knew in high school: that's where they were. A lot of people I played sports and soccer with: This is where they were."
"And once I got out no matter how much education I got, no matter how many good references I had, it all came back to that one question." 

 

Lew Frederick

Rep. Lew Frederick

Rep. Lew Frederick added his own take on the issues. The laws are made in Salem in the Legislature, he said, so make sure your legislators know this is an issue that matters to you.

 5. Elect lawmakers who will use their votes to end mass incarceration.

"The Urban League of Portland has had a really strong presence in the Legislature, and were there almost daily. If folks are showing up there it makes a difference. Also, just about every legislator has a monthly town hall. Show up and let them know this is important. If you don't tell them this is a problem, they won't be paying attention."

The event also recognized the death of police accountability advocate Fred Bryant with 30 seconds of silence. Bryant's son Keaton Otis was shot and killed during a traffic stop after a gang enforcement police officer thought he looked like a gang member.

The Partnership for Safety and Justice has opened a national search to replace executive director David Rogers who plans to leave the position at the end of this year.

First Unitarian will continue the discussion Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Contact is Teri Martin.

The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow meets from 11 am to 1 pm every first and 3rd Saturdays at Portland Community College, Cascade campus Student Center, Room 204.

MORE: Read the Urban Institute Report on how to reduce federal sentences. (Pdf.)

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