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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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...

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The NAACP Vancouver #1139 Monthly Meeting

DATE: 5-21-16

TIME: 10:00-12:00

WHERE: P U D Building 1200 Ft Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA

SPEAKER: Dean Hurst, Representative, Washington State Human Rights Commission

Meeting is free and open to the public.

For questions, call 360-883-1995, Dorothy Stennis


Library Branches to Host ‘Northwest Mixtape: Hip Hop Culture and Influences’

The Multnomah County Library will host two upcoming discussions with journalist and author Donnell Alexander on the secrets behind hip hop in the Pacific Northwest. He will look at what makes Pacific Northwest hip hop unique, provide context for the history that brought mainstays such as Sir Mix-A-Lot, Cool Nutz, and Macklemore into being, and explore how hip hop has influenced social, artistic, and political life in the region.

Donnell Alexander is a storyteller and editor who coproduced the 2009 animated short Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No and authored the memoirGhetto Celebrity (2003) as a personal, elongated addendum to the 1997 essay “Cool Like Me: Are Black People Cooler than White People?” He has served as a staff writer at LA Citybeat, ESPN: The Magazine, LA Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Chico News & Review.

These conversations are made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund ofThe Library Foundation and Oregon Humanities.

The first discussion will take place at 6 p.m. May 24 at the Kenton Library and the second will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 7 at the Albina Library.

For more information, visit http://oregonhumanities.org/programs/2015-16-catalog/northwest-mixtape/1252/.


Community Cycling Center to give 100 Bikes to Kids in East Portland

This spring, 100 children will receive bicycles, helmets, and bike safety education at the Community Cycling Center’s Bikes for Kids event.

The Community Cycling Center, known for its annual Holiday Bike Drive in December, created the Bikes for Kids event so that children can experience the joy, freedom, and health benefits of bicycles during the prime biking season. By locating this event in East Portland at Rosewood Initiative, the Community Cycling Center offers a neighborhood-focused event for East Portland families to receive bicycles.

To support the Community Cycling Center and events like Bikes for Kids, the Center accepts donations of gently-used bicycles at their bike shop, located at 1700 NE Alberta Street in Portland. To learn more about how to volunteer or to make a donation, visit www.CommunityCyclingCenter.org.


City of Portland Noise Review Board Announces Two Board Openings

Portland’s volunteer Noise Review Board currently has two open positions, available beginning June 1. The board is seeking applications for construction representative and community member at-large positions.

The Noise Review Board is responsible for advocating for the Portland Community in noise related policy making decisions. “As Portland’s population becomes denser, the need to address quality-of-life issues like noise strategically is increasingly important,” says Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who oversees the Office of Neighborhood Involvement in which the Noise Program is situated.

The Noise Review Board engages the community around issues related to garbage trucks, construction, and special events to strike a balance between noise-generating activities and the desire for livable communities. The Board also reviews applications for noise variances, in which members of the public ask to vary the code for projects and special events.

The Board is comprised of five members, including three community member at large positions, a representative from the construction industry, and a professional in the field of acoustics. Volunteers serve on the Noise Review Board for three-year terms, and Board members may serve a maximum of two terms. The Noise Review Board meets once a month, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m

For an application to volunteer, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/37423.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. May 26.


Portland’s New Southern Breakfast Restaurant Celebrates Grand Opening

Sweet Jam, a new Portland-area hip breakfast restaurant, will make its grand opening to the public Thursday. The restaurant invites guests to enjoy a full bar, music and an extensive menu of wonderful food.

With a southern influence throughout the restaurant, Sweet Jam is the only destination in the Portland and Beverton area that offers live entertainment, a daily breakfast menu and bar, as well a dog friendly outdoor patio.

Sweet Jam is located at 8775 SW Canyon Lane, Portland. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons can choose from many different entrees including Sweet Jam’s famous fried chicken and waffles, several different omelets, banana foster pancakes and shrimp cheese grits.

Successful restaurateur, Frank Taylor is the owner of the steakhouse Portland Prime and now Sweet Jam.

Chef Jerry Nottage traveled to Portland to help bring the new restaurant concept to life. Nottage created the menu to bring a southern flare to Portland.

Sweet Jam Portland is the first of many more planned restaurant locations throughout the United States. Taylor and Nottage hope to open more locations in Michigan, around Texas, and another in Portland.

Stocked with a full bar, Sweet Jam will offer Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Live musical entertainment will be featured on Saturday and Sunday mornings and select evenings. Additional information on Sweet Jam is available at www.portlandsweetjam.com.


For more Portland and Seattle area events, see the Community Calendar.

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