05-20-2018  9:03 am      •     
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

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 ...

US Marshals, police arrest Vermont fugitive in Oregon

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says a missing sex offender from Vermont has been arrested in Oregon.The Marshals say 55-year-old James Rivers was arrested May 16 in Cottage Grove, Oregon, by deputy marshals and local police. It's unclear if he has an attorney.Authorities...

Oregon State study says it's OK to eat placenta after all

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — First experts said eggs are bad for you, then they say it's OK to eat them. Is red wine good for your heart or will it give you breast cancer?Should you eat your placenta?Conflicting research about diets is nothing new, but applying the question to whether new mothers...

State sees need to reduce elk damage in the Skagit Valley

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Elk are easy to spot against the green backdrop of the Skagit Valley, where much of the resident North Cascades elk herd that has grown to an estimated 1,600 is found.For farmers in the area — especially those who grow grass for their cattle or to sell to...

Famed mini sub's control room to become future exhibit

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport has a new addition to its archives — the salvaged control room of the legendary, one-of-a-kind Cold War-era miniature submersible NR-1.Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear Navy, conceived the idea for the...

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

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo.And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump.The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders...

Guess who's coming to Windsor? Royal ceremony weds cultures

BURLINGTON, New Jersey (AP) — With a gospel choir, black cellist and bishop, Oprah, Serena and Idris Elba in the audience and an African-American mother-of-the-bride, Saturday's wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle was a blend of the solemn and the soulful.Guess who's...

ENTERTAINMENT

Broadcast networks go for milk-and-cookies comfort this fall

NEW YORK (AP) — If provocative, psyche-jangling shows like "The Handmaid's Tale" are your taste, head directly to streaming or cable. But if you're feeling the urge for milk-and-cookies comfort, broadcast television wants to help.The upcoming TV season will bring more sitcom nostalgia in the...

Met says it has evidence Levine abused or harassed 7 people

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera said in court documents Friday that it found credible evidence that conductor James Levine engaged in sexually abusive or harassing conduct with seven people that included inappropriate touching and demands for sex acts over a 25-year period.The Met...

'13 Reasons Why' premiere canceled after Texas shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix canceled the premiere party for its second season of the teen drama "13 Reasons Why" because of a school shooting near Houston.The streaming service announced the cancellation hours before the scheduled premiere and red carpet event, citing the Friday morning...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Trump Jr. met with Mueller witness during campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. met during the 2016 campaign with a private military contractor and an...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a...

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

LONDON (AP) — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal...

Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address

WINDSOR, England (AP) — And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and...

Episcopal bishop Curry gives royal wedding an American flair

WINDSOR, England (AP) — Nothing quite captured the trans-Atlantic nature of Saturday's royal wedding as...

Markle's bridal gown work of Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller

LONDON (AP) — Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy is the master British designer behind the sleek silk...

PAALF leaders
By Helen Silvis | The Skanner News

Trader Joe's has pulled out of the planned development at N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at N.E. Alberta Street in Portland. Yet it was just last Friday that Andrew Colas of Colas construction promised to hire a diverse, local workforce to build the project. 

In a statement, Trader Joe's said it wouldn't go forward because of  neighborhood opposition.


“We think the Vanport Square area in Northeast Portland is a great neighborhood and we had been interested in opening a store there,” the company said in statement.  

“Given negative reactions from the community—about our arrival, we will not be opening a store in the area….We run neighborhood stores and our approach is simple: if a neighborhood does not want a Trader Joe’s, we understand, and we won’t open the store in question.”

At noon Monday the Portland African American Leadership Forum held a press conference where they explained why they opposed the original development plan, rolled out a set of four demands, and announced a series of visualization meetings to gather community input, from existing neighbors, but also specifically from people who were forced to move because of gentrification.

“This has never been about one company,” said Steven Gilliam, one of five speakers at the press conference.  “We’re about community solutions and providing a mitigating effect for displacement.”

About 10,000 African Americans have left traditionally Black neighborhoods in North and Northeast Portland because of gentrification, Gilliam said.

 “This doesn’t disqualify Colas from any projects in the future and hopefully we can work with all minority contracting firms to make sure that money spent by city goes to benefit those that need it the most.”

Tony Hopson, PAALF co-chair and executive director of the education nonprofit Self Enhancement Inc. urged reporters and the public to read up on the impact of gentrification and racism in Portland. Hopson cited the Urban League of Portland’s 2010 State of Black Oregon report, the recently released Communities of Color report on Portland’s African American community, and the other communities of color reports.

“We are here today to move the action down the field,” he said.

Former Sen. Avel Gordly said she is a 67-year resident of Portland.

“Gentrification is the forced removal and population replacement from land, of one group of people by another,” Gordly said. "Gentrification is a process, not just an event. It is intentional and planned, with specific policies, programs and development decisions, used to accomplish the objective of moving one group of people out, and another group of people in. Specifically in Portland, this resulted in the forced removal of African Americans and other low-income groups from inner North and Northeast Portland to the outskirts of the city, while middle- and upper-income Whites moved in.

“The City of Portland and the Portland Development commission have a history of broken promises and backroom processes that have resulted in the gentrification of African Americans and our community has suffered.”

Maxine Fitzpatrick, executive director of housing nonprofit PCRI, laid out the group’s four demands, which she called simple, necessary and possible:

1. A full accounting of tax increment financing (urban renewal) in the Interstate Urban Renewal and Oregon Convention Center areas, to include all funding recipient names and amounts.

2. Creation of a Vanport small business assistance fund to support small businesses in the neighborhood of the development site.

“ PDC has taken too long to fulfill promises to many of us and they should actively undertake restorative policies in order to make right on those promises,” Fitzpatrick said. 

3. A legally enforcable community benefits agreement --negotiated by an independently controlled community body --to ensure the employment of African Americans and other community members.

Fitzpatrick also said the group hopes that affordable housing will be built on the site and made available to displaced former residents.

Cyreena Boston, PAALF co-chair said the group believes, ”development in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area and by extension, all development, should serve the needs of the diverse communities that live in it, especially low-income people, people of color and immigrant communities.

“These communities must be central to the decision making process about the development and management of their neighborhoods.

“Beginning this month, PAALF will host community visioning sessions that will bring together neighbors and community members who have been displaced to determine what outcome they would like to see for this property, and other city of Portland owned vacant lots – be it housing, a grocery store, retail space or a community center.”

The controversial development drew fire after the Portland Development Commission announced it had sold the land to developer Majestic Realty for $2.4 million less than its appraised value. Protesters also disagreed with the city’s claim that the neighborhood is a food desert that needed a grocery store.

In a statement, Mayor Hales and the Portland Development Commission said they intend to work with both supporters and opponents of the plan to find a development plan that works. They said the plan had been the result of two years of focused work to find a developer for the land.

“In all, we view today’s news as a loss for the city and particularly for Northeast Portland,”  the statement reads.

“We are grateful for the effort that Colas Construction, a local, minority-owned construction company, put into making this project happen and we recognize all the hard work Majestic Realty has invested in this effort over the past two years. “

The PDC has said the land was valued as a potential commercial site, and would be worth less as affordable housing. 

Before 2008 a movie theater was sited on the land. 

The loss of the anchor tenant for the site now puts a question mark over the entire development.  Calls to Majestic Realty were not answered by press time.  The Skanner News also asked Trader Joe’s if economic factors had also played into their decision to withdraw, but a representative for the store declined to elaborate on its press release.

Oregon Lottery
Calendar

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events

The Skanner Report

repulsing the monkey