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NEWS BRIEFS

Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, 10 percent of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave. businesses will go to SEI ...

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 ...

Oregon mom raises awareness after baby dies from meningitis

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Summer Poff knew something was wrong with her 7-month-old son, Blaize, early in the morning on May 11.He was fussy, feverish and wouldn't go to sleep. The Salem mom tried to soothe her baby and gave him Tylenol, but at 3 a.m, she knew she needed to take him to the...

Woman charged with murder in downtown Portland homicide

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a 33-year-old woman has been arrested in the shooting death of a woman whose body was found on a downtown Portland sidewalk.Portland police Sgt. Chris Burley says detectives believe the gun was fired during a disturbance on the sidewalk late...

Facelift of Seattle's Space Needle nears completion

SEATTLE (AP) — Tourism is booming in Seattle. Just take a look at the Space Needle.The family-owned landmark is set to unveil the biggest renovation in its 56-year history next month, a 0 million investment in a single year of construction that transformed the structure's top viewing...

Lawsuit seeks to change how Army Corps regulates shorelines

SEATTLE (AP) — Three conservation groups are suing the Army Corps of Engineers over how it regulates seawalls, bulkheads or other barriers built along shorelines across Puget Sound.Sound Action, Friends of The San Juans and the Washington Environmental Council want the Corps to better...

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

Man charged with shooting at black teen waives hearing

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A white suburban Detroit homeowner accused of shooting at a black teenager who came to his door to ask for directions will stand trial.Jeffrey Zeigler was bound over Tuesday to circuit court after waiving his preliminary examination on assault with intent to...

GLAAD study finds LGBTQ representation in film fell in 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite high-profile Oscar wins for art house films like "Call Me By Your Name" and "A Fantastic Women," LGBTQ representation in films from the seven biggest Hollywood studios fell significantly in 2017 according to a study released Tuesday by the advocacy organization...

Black man ordered to pay [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 for racist campus graffiti

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former Eastern Michigan University student who admitted to painting racist graffiti on campus has been ordered to pay more than [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 in restitution.The Ann Arbor News reports 29-year-old Eddie Curlin learned his punishment Monday after earlier pleading guilty to...

ENTERTAINMENT

Soccer star Brandi Chastain or Gary Busey? Fans pan plaque

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired soccer champion Brandi Chastain.The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco unveiled the plaque on Monday night. Chastain said, "It's not the most flattering. But it's nice."On...

Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer R. Kelly sexually abused a woman, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment, and infected her with herpes, the woman said in a lawsuit filed in New York.Faith Rodgers said in the suit filed Monday that she met Kelly about a year ago after a concert in San...

A farewell to the road for Paul Simon

NEW YORK (AP) — Farewell tours don't always mean farewell, but are a ripe time for appreciation and appraisal. Paul Simon's concerts and a new biography offer the opportunity for both.Simon's "Homeward Bound" tour began last week in Vancouver and takes him across North America, to Europe and...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Soccer star Brandi Chastain or Gary Busey? Fans pan plaque

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired...

Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer R. Kelly sexually abused a woman, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment,...

APNewsbreak: Pentagon adopts new cellphone restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of debate, the Defense Department approved Monday new restrictions for the...

Venezuelan president expels top US diplomat

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday said he was expelling the top U.S. diplomat...

Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus

BANGKOK (AP) — Amnesty International said Wednesday that Myanmar's army was not the only group that has...

Romania court acquits Senate speaker of lying under oath

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has acquitted the Senate speaker of making false statements...

Mayor Charlie Hales talks to a Portland Police Bureau homicide unit supervisor
By Helen Silvis | The Skanner News

Mayor Charlie Hales brought a video to Portland’s gang task force meeting Friday morning, with a strong message about violence from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Hales heard the speech in September at the US Conference of Mayors, he said, and wanted to share it with Portlanders.

“Mitch Landrieu is a mayor like me who is passionate about this issue, so I hope you all feel affirmation for what you’re doing and commitment to what we have to do from listening to Mayor Landrieu. He’s somebody who I will be relying on as a partner and an inspiring brother in this work.”

Landrieu spoke about the impact of murder on communities, and particularly on African American communities around the country. Condemning America’s “horrible culture of violence” Landrieu tallied up the damage done in cities around the country noting that young Black men are the demographic group most affected both as victims and perpetrators.

“Last year in New Orleans 193 of our fellow citizens were murdered –193 tragic stories of wake and destruction and heartache,” he said.  “The common thread? Nearly all the victims were young African American men who were killed by young African American men between the ages of 16 and 30. In 88 percent of the cases, they knew each other. And in almost all of the cases they were unemployed, had dropped out of school and society too.”

Landrieu said New Orleans has created a plan called NOLA for Life, to tackle violence in a holistic way. As well as strengthening the city’s homicide and gang units, the city raised $1 million to increase prevention services.

“We know that prevention and helping our families succeed is the name of the game,” Landrieu said. “We’ve doubled the number of summer jobs for youth and created new job training and placement opportunities through partnerships with local businesses and universities.  We’ve launched midnight basketball to interrupt violence and to connect young men with resources they need.”

As well as viewing the video, the gang task force reviewed recent events in Portland. To date Portland has seen 98 incidents of gang-related violence this year, said Officer Russ Corno. But although numbers are lower than in 2012, this week has seen 25 injuries, he said, some serious.

Two funerals were held this week: for Precious Jackson, 24, who was shot and killed Nov. 1 at Southeast Powell and 124th, and for Durieul Harris, 30, who was shot Nov. 9 outside the Fontaine Bleau nightclub on Northeast Broadway.

A Multnomah County Grand Jury yesterday indicted two men in Jackson’s death—Corey Hill, 21, and Antonio Lorenzo Sanders Jr., 21.

So far, despite the presence of numerous witnesses, nobody has been named a suspect in Harris’ death. Hales said it was important that the OLCC moved to shut down the club immediately.  

Hales said it was important that the OLCC moved to shut down the club immediately.  

“A liquor license is a privilege. It’s not a right, it’s a privilege,” he said. “A driver’s license is a privilege; an electrician’s license is a privilege; and a liquor license is a privilege.”

Hales is taking advice on whether to recommend that the club could reopen with restrictions, such as an 11 pm closing and security measures.

Israel Hill, a street level outreach worker gave a passionate speech about the importance of relationships in preventing violence.  Through their relationships with relatives of victims, outreach workers can help stop the cycle of violence, he said.

It’s an arena where Black men and women can more easily reach out to gang-affected youth, he said. “Gangs were originally around because dudes were trying to help other dudes in this community,” he pointed out.

Multnomah County Community Justice manager, Kate Desmond said she was working to strengthen partnerships with the Department of Corrections.

Commander Mike Leloff said the outreach work is crucial.

“When our gang violence statistics started to go down, we started to lose our outreach workers,” he said. “Now we’ve got them back and we can never go there again.”

Jenny Glass from the Rosewood Initiative on SE Stark an 162nd and  said employment services are underway at the center twice a week. Boys and Girls Clubs are opening a new youth center on 165th and Stark, she said, which will make a huge contribution to prevention services for youth in Rockwood.

Abdul'Hafeedh bin Abdullah said ex-offenders who have learned from their experiences and want to prevent further violence should be offered  training and support to do outreach work.

“They are an untapped resource,” he said.  

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