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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 ...

University of Oregon sorry for statement on student death

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon has apologized for a statement it put out after a student was found dead during a trip to Shasta Lake in Northern California.The 21-year-old student, identified as business administration major Dylan Pietrs, was found dead at a boat-in campground...

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...

Responders searching for missing vessel find oil sheen

OCEAN PARK, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says crews searching for a missing vessel in Willapa Bay have found an oil sheen and debris where they believe the 43-foot boat went down.Authorities say the wife of a man who took the fishing boat Kelli J out reported him overdue on Saturday....

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle.They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and...

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

Principal apologizes for 'insensitive' prom tickets language

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The principal of a New Jersey high school has apologized for what he called "insensitive" language on tickets for the upcoming senior prom.The Courier Post reported the Cherry Hill High School East senior prom tickets urged students to "party like it's 1776" during...

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...

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...

ENTERTAINMENT

'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...

'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or, grand prize to Spike Lee

A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival concluded Saturday with the Palme d'Or awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Shoplifters," a tender portrait of a poor, impoverished family, while Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento vowed justice will come to all sexual predators.At the closing...

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb.Horner,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion...

Britain basks in royal wedding afterglow; grave gets bouquet

LONDON (AP) — Unwilling to kiss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding goodbye just yet, Britain basked...

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's...

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's...

Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies

HAVANA (AP) — At morgues and in church services, tearful Cubans on Sunday mourned loved ones who died in...

Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic...

a Multnomah County vehicle in the 2012 Portland Pride parade
By Arashi Young | The Skanner News

Portland Pride, the week-long celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people and a call for civil rights, begins this week.

Most years  Pride is a positive celebration for queer communities and their allies -- but this year the celebration is shadowed by the tragic massacre at an Orlando nightclub Sunday.

In the early morning hours of June 12, Omar Mateen  opened fire inside Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub celebrating a Latin night. That morning, Mateen murdered 49 people and injured 53 others before being shot and killed by Orlando police officers.

The Orlando nightclub shooting is the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in United States history as well as the deadliest incident of violence against the LGBT community in the United States. 

Hours later in Los Angeles, James Wesley Howell was stopped by police, who found an arsenal of weapons and bomb-making chemicals in his car. Howell said he was heading to the Los Angeles Pride celebration.

Authorities do not know if there was a plan to attack the festival and believe there is no connection between the two incidents. The California celebration continued as planned with enhanced security.

Debra Porta, the former board president of Pride Northwest and current board advisor, said the local queer community is reeling from the news of the Pulse Nightclub massacre.

“We are not necessarily always surprised when the community is attacked or when violence happens because there is such a history of it to begin with, but nobody was expecting something on this scale,” Porta said.

In response to the Orlando massacre, Pride Northwest and the Q Center of Portland will hold a candlelight vigil in honor of those who died. The vigil will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdayat Q Center on N. Mississippi Ave.

There will be beefed up security this year as well. Acting Portland Police Chief Donna Henderson has asked for an increased police presence during Portland Pride Week events.  The Portland Police Bureau will perform extra patrols around LGBTQ-friendly bars and nightclubs.

The Orlando shooting is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism. The FBI Portland Division issued a statement saying there was “no credible threat” to LGBTQ communities in Oregon, but they urge people to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Porta said Pride NW organizers have been actively working with their security officials and the Portland Police Bureau to provide a safe place to celebrate. She said PPB has been very engaged and proactive at reaching out to the community.

“Pride is typically safe to begin with -- the festival and the parade -- but we are in active communication and planning to ensure that continues to be the case,” Porta said.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales released a statement Sunday morning asking for the people of Portland to come and show their support of the queer community.

“I'm calling on all Portlanders to hold our LGBTQ community close, and come out in a show of force against terrorizing people because of who they love,” Hales said. On Monday, Hales removed the Oregon state flag from city hall and replaced it with a rainbow flag to honor the victims of Orlando.

Porta said discussions in the community are split between people being worried for their personal safety and wanting to come together to grieve. She said the overwhelming response is from those who want to stand up and defend their right to love freely and openly. 

 “We’re not going to hide, we’re not going to run, we’re not going to be victims,” Porta said. “We are going to celebrate each other, we are going to celebrate our community and we are going to celebrate Pride.”

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