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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 ...

Lawmakers hold hearing to discuss Oregon dairy's downfall

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are asking questions about what went wrong with a large dairy that is facing a lawsuit, regulatory problems and bankruptcy in an effort to find ways to prevent a similar situation in the future.The Senate Interim Committee on Environment and Natural...

Editorials from around Oregon

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:_____The Oregonian/OregonLive, May 23, on rebuilding faith in police oversight board:Derek Ashton, an attorney representing former Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea, didn't mince words in criticizing a committee's recommendation that O'Dea lose his police...

Amazon, Starbucks pledge money to repeal Seattle head tax

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon, Starbucks, Vulcan and other companies have pledged a total of more than 0,000 toward an effort to repeal Seattle's newly passed tax on large employers intended to combat homelessness.Just days after the Seattle City Council approved the levy, the No Tax On Jobs...

14 vehicles destroyed in central Washington brush fire

SELAH, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say 14 vehicles were destroyed in a brush fire in central Washington.The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the fire scorched about a half square mile near Selah on Tuesday.Selah Deputy Fire Chief Jim Lange says the fire threatened multiple homes and burned up to...

OPINION

Racism After Graduation May Just Be What's on the Menu

Dr. Julianne Malveaux says that for our young millennials, racism is inevitable ...

Prime Minister Netanyahu Shows Limits of Israel’s Democracy

Bill Fletcher, Jr. on racial politics in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s uneven treatment of African immigrants ...

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 ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include use of a stun gun, and said some officers had been disciplined.Brown responded with a statement...

The Latest: Milwaukee NAACP head: No reason to use stun gun

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on Milwaukee police releasing body-camera footage showing the arrest of Bucks guard Sterling Brown (all times local):7:05 p.m.The president of the NAACP in Milwaukee says he doesn't see anything in a newly released police body-camera video that would warrant...

Offshore worker alleges bias in federal lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An African-American offshore oil worker has filed a federal lawsuit saying he was intimidated on the job by a supervisor who drew a picture of him dangling from a high rig structure while surrounded by co-workers in Ku Klux Klan hats.The lawsuit claims the worker was...

ENTERTAINMENT

Deadliest Catch' star pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault

SEATTLE (AP) — Celebrity crab-boat captain Sig Hansen has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he spat on an Uber driver last year in Seattle.The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/2s3scWE) the 52-year-old "Deadliest Catch" star pleaded guilty Wednesday.Under the plea deal, a...

Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein targeted by federal prosecutors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyer said in a court filing that federal prosecutors in New York have launched a criminal investigation into the film producer, in addition to a previously disclosed probe by the Manhattan District Attorney.Attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a...

Comedian Josh Denny not sorry about N-word tweets

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian and Food Network host Josh Denny has called his tweets using the N-word and comparing use of "straight white male" to the racial slur as "very incendiary," but he said he's not sorry.The host of "Ginormous Food" appeared on Van Lathan's podcast "The Red Pill" on...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Family rejoices at finding of soldier's World War II plane

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Kelly grew up on a Northern California farm and once thought of becoming a cowboy...

AP source: Jared Kushner granted security clearance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a security clearance...

US employee in China reported strange sounds, pressure

BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and...

French government orders evacuation of Paris migrant camps

PARIS (AP) — Police are preparing to dismantle makeshift camps holding close to 2,500 migrants in the...

2 patients who fled Ebola ward among the dead in Congo

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Two infected patients who fled from an Ebola treatment center in a Congo city of 1.2...

Summits give aged North Korean spies hope of returning home

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — He's spent nearly six decades trapped on enemy soil, surviving 29 years in a...

By Donovan M. Smith | The Skanner News

One of the most successful moments in the storied Civil Rights movement was the Montgomery Bus Boycott, emerging in the aftermath of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give her seat on the bus to a White man.

 The protest saw throngs of African Americans sacrificing together in the name of justice. Some organized carpools, some simply walked, and some Black taxi drivers even offered reduced cab fare in support of the protest that demanded de-segregation of the city’s public buses.

Despite persistent attempts by the city of Montgomery, its residents and even the federal government after more than a year to stop the protest, they would prevail. On Dec. 20, 1956 protesters would claim victory with the city finally passing an ordinance to end segregation on its transit lines.

Similar boycotts would soon follow, effectively ending all lawful transit segregation in the South.

More than five decades later, Nation of Islam leader Min. Louis Farrakhan is calling for African Americans to take another major economic stand for justice. He’s calling on African Americans to boycott spending on Black Friday and the entire Christmas.

That was one of six marching orders Farrakhan put forth to Black Americans during the gathering in the nation’s capital on Oct. 10 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic Million Man March this year, titled “Justice or Else!”

“Up with Jesus, down with Santa!” the 82-year-old leader said to the hundreds of thousands gathered at the National Mall last month.

Citing a study titled “The Buying Power of Black America,” by Target Market News, the Minister shared that Blacks have a collective buying power of over one trillion dollars annually, but spend close to $30 billion of that money on clothes, and more than $6 billion on tobacco and alcohol.

Farrakhan says the buying power of Black America must be harnessed more productively in order to combat the many disparities in their communities, and that a collective reframe from excessive spending this Christmas season is a beginning of that.

The Skanner spoke with some Portlanders who made the over 2,800  mile trek to D.C. last month to see if and how they will be implementing Farrakhan’s call for a Christmas boycott this year.

Native Portlander John Slaughter tells The Skanner he is on board with the Minister’s call-to-action.

“We need to show that our dollar means something. For me that’s part of the effort to make sure that we are trying to make a change,” Slaughter said.

Adding that withdrawing spending isn’t enough, Slaughter said African Americans, especially in Portland, must do a better job at communicating to each other about Black-owned businesses where they can spend their money.

“You don’t have to buy your kid 20 Christmas gifts. Buy them two. Don’t tell them it came from the anti-Christ, or a White guy who doesn’t work, tell him it came from Mommy and Daddy. Tell them they’re not getting as many gifts this year because you are sacrificing for the greater good of our people,” Slaughter said.

Ahjamu Umi, head of the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party of Oregon, said after attending the first march in 1995, he was again impressed this year at Farrakhan’s work against capitalism and continues the organization of Black people in Portland.

“I respect him because I respect organization. Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam have twice organized over a million Africans to come together. Positive spirit and energy. No violence, and a desire for action.  That's what 60 years of organization gets you,” Umi said.

Anti-violence group Don’t Shoot Portland has organized a march to raise awareness for people to hold onto their pocketbooks this holiday season. The march titled ‘#BlackLivesMatter, not Black Friday,’ is scheduled for Fri., Nov. 27, and begins 1 p.m at Holladay Park.

The average American spent $704 on Christmas gifts last year, totaling more than $465 billion in spending.

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