06-24-2018  1:44 pm      •     
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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

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican apprehension over President Donald Trump's next tweet and fear of riling...

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...

March on the Edmond Pettus Bridge
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Special to The Skanner News

Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici marches across the Edmund Pettis Bridge with fellow members of Congress. Photo courtesy Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

“Hate is too big a burden to bear,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said. That was the message Congressman John Lewis gave to a delegation of almost 100 fellow members of Congress that traveled with him to Selma on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. What an honor it was to join that trip as a representative of the people of Oregon.

Our first stop was Birmingham. At the Civil Rights Institute, we saw exhibits that depicted the ugly history of the South with graphic photos and recordings of voices spewing hatred and bigotry. These exhibits illustrated why John Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and so many others were driven to work for the cause of justice.

In the 16th St. Baptist Church, images of Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Carol Denise McNair were projected on the walls alongside stained glass windows. These innocent young girls - killed by the malicious bombing in 1963 – smiled down on us as we looked over at the staircase where the bomb exploded.

At the church John Lewis told us that, years after being beaten and imprisoned, one of the men who beat him came to visit at the nation’s Capitol. The man confessed to Congressman Lewis and asked for forgiveness. “Yes,” John Lewis told him, “I forgive you.” Indeed, hate is too big a burden to bear.

Early Saturday morning we drove to Selma. Traffic was thick as thousands of people flocked to the city. At Brown Chapel, where activists had organized and learned lessons of nonviolence, we heard speakers tell poignant stories from the civil rights movement.

I was moved by the words of Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe, daughter of civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo. Mary talked about how her mother, a white homemaker from Detroit, went to Selma to march after Bloody Sunday shocked the nation.

Viola left her five children and went to Alabama, where she drove people home after the march. On a back road between Selma and Montgomery, Viola was shot and killed by the KKK. Mary said people ask why her mother risked so much for civil rights. “The question,” she said, “shouldn’t be why my mother went; it should be why didn’t more people go?”

At the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the sun beat down on the crowd of thousands as we waited for President Obama. This speech was one of the best he has ever delivered. He defined Selma as one of the places where our nation’s destiny was determined. He recognized and celebrated the heroes of the civil rights movement. And he reminded us that progress was made in and because of Selma, but our work is not done.

On Sunday we gathered in front of the Capitol in Montgomery. Full of emotion, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, Governor Wallace’s daughter, spoke about creating a new legacy for her family – a legacy of compassion and equality rather than the hate for which her father is remembered.

She gave her speech on the same grounds where her father infamously declared, “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” She closed by saying "I want to do something my father never did and recognize John Lewis for his humanity, his dignity and for being a child of God." Her words brought us to our feet and to tears.

From back home in Oregon, where our state is a leader in breaking down barriers to exercising the right to vote, I say to Congressman Lewis, thank you for inspiring us, and for sharing your history, your humanity, your conscience, and your lessons of compassion. Our nation has come so far in the past 50 years, but the vision of our civil rights leaders is not yet fulfilled.

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