06-23-2018  5:00 am      •     
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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 ...

No longer behind a mask, Eugene umpire is being recognized

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — After 31 years behind the plate as an MLB umpire, Dale Scott knows how to recognize a strike.Throwing one is, uh, another matter.When the Los Angeles Dodgers asked Scott to throw a ceremonial first pitch earlier this month, he was honored of course, but also a little...

Lawsuit seeks lawyer access to immigrants in prison

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rights group filed an emergency lawsuit in federal court Friday against top officials of U.S. immigration and homeland security departments, alleging they have unconstitutionally denied lawyers' access to immigrants in a prison in Oregon.Immigration and Customs...

Evacuation orders lifted in wildfire near Vantage

VANTAGE, Wash. (AP) — Evacuation notices have been lifted for residents in about 30 homes as a wildfire burning in central Washington reaches 50 percent containment.The Yakima Herald-Republic reports fire crews were hoping to fully contain the fire near Vantage and the Columbia River by...

Central Washington suicide rate rises 23 percent

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — On June 7, 2016, Kori Haubrich thought she found a solution to the problems that had been gnawing at her for weeks.That Monday, the Sunnyside native sat outside her Bellingham apartment struggling to figure out what she would do after graduating from Western Washington...

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

Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface, a form of makeup that...

AP Source: J. Cole to perform at BET Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — J. Cole is set to perform at Sunday's BET Awards.A person familiar with the awards show, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the plans publicly, tells The Associated Press on Friday that the rapper will perform at the...

The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local):1:13 a.m.Will Germany follow Brazil's lead in righting the ship after a rocky World Cup start, or will the defending champ find itself keeping company with Argentina, needing help if it hopes to advance?The World Cup could...

ENTERTAINMENT

So much TV, so little summer: Amy Adams, Kevin Hart, Dr. Pol

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fall television season is months away but that's no reason to stare moodily at a blank screen. In this era of peak TV, there are so many outlets and shows clamoring for your summertime attention that it can be as daunting as choosing between a mojito and a frozen...

Honduran girl in symbolic photo not separated from mother

NEW YORK (AP) — A crying Honduran girl depicted in a widely-seen photograph that became a symbol for many of President Donald Trump's immigration policies was not actually separated from her mother, U.S. government officials said on Friday.Time magazine used an image of the girl, by Getty...

AP Source: J. Cole to perform at BET Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — J. Cole is set to perform at Sunday's BET Awards.A person familiar with the awards show, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the plans publicly, tells The Associated Press on Friday that the rapper will perform at the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Beyond World Cup: Advocates call attention to Russian abuses

MOSCOW (AP) — Wrapped in national flags, jubilant fans dance at midnight in the streets of Moscow, smiling,...

First lady's 'don't care' jacket is a gift to memers online

NEW YORK (AP) — I really don't care, do u?Perhaps one day first lady Melania Trump will use her own words...

Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have...

Popular hashtags take sides on Egypt president's leadership

CAIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Egyptians have set social media alight with tweets on opposing hashtags,...

Beyond World Cup: Advocates call attention to Russian abuses

MOSCOW (AP) — Wrapped in national flags, jubilant fans dance at midnight in the streets of Moscow, smiling,...

Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for...

Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington

As a big pink display of community involvement, over 30 churches in the Portland metro area are organizing activities that promote breast cancer awareness and the importance of screening in early detection.

The growing Worship in Pink program, directed by Susan G. Komen Oregon & Southwest Washington, is held during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Volunteer Ambassadors from each church are trained in the message and are provided resources to use at their activities.

Nationally, breast cancer is the second most common cause of death in African American women, exceeded only by lung cancer.  Currently, in Portland, only 57% of African American women get mammograms, compared to 76% of the general population.  This is especially troubling because African American women are much more likely than other women to be diagnosed at a later stage (42% in African American women vs. 27% in the general population).  They tend to be diagnosed at a younger age with a more aggressive form of breast cancer. 

As a way to work towards closing this gap, seven of these churches are going above the regular Worship in Pink program and assisting women in need to receive a mammogram as African American Initiative Pilot Churches.  Pilot Church congregations are at least 50% African American.  Their Ambassadors will receive additional training on both insurance options, for the insured and uninsured, and how to motivate and help someone through the process of getting a mammogram.  In the months following their Worship in Pink activity, they will contact and help attendees who ask for assistance.

Worship in Pink is truly a community wide project with churches working together on outreach and education. Janet Long, one of Allen Temple CME Church Ambassadors, was one of the original Pink Ambassadors from the first Pink Sunday event held in 2010.   Her congregation has persevered through two devastating fires to their church building and is now combining their efforts with another church.  Janet says, “in February 2014, Maranatha Church graciously allowed us to hold our worship service in their building. With us sharing the same building for worship, we became bonded in a new way and wished to share the Worship in Pink experience as well.  Last year was our first joint collaboration where we hosted a “Lunch and Learn” event. This year our “Lunch and Learn” will be held at Maranatha Church on October 8th from 1pm to 3pm with special guest Dr. Natalie Johnson, a surgical oncologist and breast cancer survivor,”

Christell Harris, Maranatha Church’s Women’s ministry leader and usher, is also an Ambassador with Worship in Pink. Her involvement began a few years ago when the issue became deeply personal.  One of the church’s ambassadors had recently passed away from breast cancer and then just a couple of months later, the woman's daughter passed away from the same disease.  It was devastating to Christell.  She says “I was close to both of them.  After they passed I wanted to reach as many people as I could.  It is more than just awareness - it is important to get the mammogram.  Even if you don’t have insurance, there are places where you can get a free mammogram.”  Dr. T. Allen Bethel, Senior Pastor at Maranatha, says of the program, “Worship in Pink is important because many African Americans often are diagnosed in late stages; Worship in Pink helps bring awareness and access to combat this deadly disparity and see us all proper in our health.”

For help in receiving a mammogram, attend a Worship in Pink activity at one of these African American Initiative Pilot Churches:

  • Allen Temple CME Church and Maranatha Church (“Lunch & Learn” on October 8th, from 1-3 pm in the Multipurpose Room at 4222 NE 12th Ave * Portland)
  • Antioch Missionary Baptist Church (“Family and Friends Lunch” on October 29th, from 1-3 PM at 5935 N Minnesota Ave * Portland)
  • Bethel AME Church (“Pink Believers Breakfast” on October 8th, from 9-11 am in the Multipurpose Room at 5828 NE 8th * Portland)
  • Community AME Zion Church (“Worship in Pink Annual Tea” on October 22nd, from 1-3 pm at 2211 NE 137th Ct * Vancouver)
  • St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church (“High Tea and Hat Show” on October 15th, from 12-2 pm at 8101 N Fiske Ave * Portland)
  • Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church (“Worship in Pink Camp MPowerment” on October 7th in the O.B. Williams Fellowship Hall at 3138 N Vancouver Ave * Portland)

The complete Worship in Pink schedule of activities can be found at KomenOregon.org.

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