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NEWS BRIEFS

Attorney General Forms Hate Crime Task Force

The task force will study hate-motivated crimes and review existing legal protections for victims ...

Portland Art Museum Celebrates Art Museum Day with Free Admission on May 25

Portland Art Museum joins art museums across North America, with great works of art and public programs ...

June Key Delta Community Center Hosts May Week ’18 Health Fair May 26

Event includes vision, glucose screenings, medication disposal and car seat installation ...

Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, 10 percent of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave. businesses will go to SEI ...

'Smart' gadgets: Ways to minimize privacy and security risks

NEW YORK (AP) — Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family's private conversation to an acquaintance shows the risks that come with new technologies.Amazon blamed an "unlikely" string of events, and the company already has many privacy safeguards built into the...

The Latest: 3 injured in hit-and-crash in downtown Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on hit-and-crash in Portland, Oregon (all times local):11:20 a.m.Police say three women have been injured in a hit-and-run crash near Portland State University.Portland police Sgt. Chris Burley say the vehicle hit the women while they were on a sidewalk...

'Smart' gadgets: Ways to minimize privacy and security risks

NEW YORK (AP) — Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family's private conversation to an acquaintance shows the risks that come with new technologies.Amazon blamed an "unlikely" string of events, and the company already has many privacy safeguards built into the...

Former NAACP leader exposed as white faces fraud charges

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.Nkechi Diallo, known as Rachel Dolezal before she legally changed her name in 2016, was charged this week...

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

Former NAACP leader exposed as white faces fraud charges

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.Nkechi Diallo, known as Rachel Dolezal before she legally changed her name in 2016, was charged this week...

Students hand back in yearbook after racial slur is pictured

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Students at a coastal Georgia high school are being asked to hand back in their yearbooks after a racial slur made for some bad memories.The Savannah-Chatham County school district tells news outlets that the publisher has recalled the Windsor Forest High School yearbook...

Column: Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being black

Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being an unrepentant black man who beat up white men for a living.High-flying and flamboyant, he refused to live by the unwritten rules of American society in the early 1900s. That made him a target, and that eventually cost him his freedom after being convicted of...

ENTERTAINMENT

Famed chef Mario Batali's Vegas Strip restaurants will close

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mario Batali's three Las Vegas Strip restaurants will shut down July 27, officials said Friday, as the celebrity chef faces sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women.Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group partner Joe Bastianich sent a letter to nearly 300 workers...

The Latest: Weinstein takes books on theater, film to arrest

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sexual misconduct probe of film producer Harvey Weinstein (all times local):11:40 a.m.Harvey Weinstein was in and out of custody so quickly in his rape case, he probably didn't have time to read the books he brought with him.The film mogul carried three...

Weinstein faces sex charges amid #MeToo reckoning

NEW YORK (AP) — It was the moment the #MeToo movement had been waiting for: Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs.His face pulled in a strained smile and his hands locked behind his back, the once-powerful Hollywood figure emerged from a police station Friday facing rape and criminal sex act...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

For CEOs, .7 million a year is just middle of the pack

NEW YORK (AP) — Chief executives at the biggest public companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year,...

Former NAACP leader exposed as white faces fraud charges

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed...

Police: Suspected restaurant gunman had no criminal record

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The man suspected of shooting three people inside an Oklahoma City restaurant before...

Putin says US exit from Iran deal could trigger instability

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Friday that the U.S. exit from the...

Explosion at Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

TORONTO (AP) — An explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant where children...

Netherlands, Australia hold Russia liable for downing MH17

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A day after international prosecutors said they had unequivocal evidence of...

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. listens during a news conference on President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Bernie Foster

The inauguration of a new president should be a celebration of American democracy.

An inauguration tells us that no matter what our party or politics, we can be thankful to live in a country where power is transferred peacefully and the will of the people decides who our leaders will be.

This inauguration, however, brings more fear than hope.

The disenfranchisement of thousands of largely poor and minority citizens in states that ultimately handed their votes to President-elect Donald Trump is just one of many shadows that hang over his election victory.

What will this new president do?

At the top of President Trump’s agenda is the repeal of “Obamacare,” the Affordable Healthcare Act.

In destroying this law, he has willing accomplices in the Republicans who now control Congress, and have fought tooth and nail against the idea that the richest country in the world can ensure all its citizens have affordable healthcare.

Repeal and replace, they say. And President-elect Trump has promised us “something great.”

But the Republicans are refusing to say what a replacement would look like, possibly because they do not have a real alternative plan. And if Obamacare is repealed without a new plan, 18-20 million Americans will lose their healthcare.

That puts American lives at risk. And it’s just the beginning.

Republican leaders have also pledged to remove the expansion of Medicaid and insurance subsidies, which will send the number of uninsured Americans soaring to 27 million, and then to 32 million by 2026. That’s according to the Congressional Budget Office.

It gets worse. In a vote last week Senate Republicans made it clear they will not save the healthcare act’s most important measures.

Under Obamacare, you could not be refused coverage for a so-called “pre-existing condition.”

Senate Republicans used their majority to vote against saving that provision. They also voted against saving guaranteed coverage for children and for contraceptives, and for allowing children to be covered by their parents' insurance up to age 25.

The Affordable Care Act is not perfect. Many of us hoped for a single payer system, as is the case in most advanced countries. But we will settle for any fair plan that ensures every American can get healthcare when they need it.

Under the Affordable Healthcare Act, members of Congress and their families could sign up with the Health exchanges like everyone else, with a federal subsidy.

Sen Jeff Merkley, for example, signed up for the Oregon Health Plan and refused to take his federal subsidy.

But Sen Ted Cruz who is at the forefront of the repeal effort, did not need to. He gets his healthcare through his wife’s employer— Goldman Sachs.

So it’s not enough to say, ‘We’ll be happy to take whatever Congress gives itself.” Because our millionaire and billionaire leaders have all kinds of money to take care of their own health needs.

Nevertheless, the outcry against the repeal is growing, as people across the country realize how much damage it will cause. Lawmakers already are hearing healthcare appeals that would break the heart of any feeling person.

As we move into this uncharted territory, Oregon lawmakers nationally and with state leadership from Gov Kate Brown are at the forefront of the fight to keep healthcare for all Americans. They can’t do it without our support.

2017 is not a year to slink away and lick our wounds. It is time to make our voices heard. This year, more than ever, we need to rally, march, speak out and build bridges with red state allies who can hold our political leaders to account.

Wake up Americans. It’s time to take the fight to Washington.

 

 

 

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