Revamped Disparity Study Calls on Portland to Strengthen Equity Programs in Construction Contracting
A near-million dollar report on racial disparities in Portland's construction contracting practices has been pulled apart and pieced together again – pushing documentation of discrimination and unfair practices to the forefront – in preparation for a City Commission policy vote Wednesday afternoon … For all the information click here
Black Parent Initiative Seeks to Break Cycles and Release Dreams
The Black Parent Initiative held its second annual Breaking the Cycle conference about education, parenting and supporting the next generation to be successful academically and in life. Participants spoke highly of all the workshops, which covered everything from children's mental health to single parenting… To read the whole story click here
Actress Q. Smith Breaks Ground in 'Mary Poppins'
The Fred Meyer Broadway Over America series presents Mary Poppins – with the musical production's first-ever African American featured actress In an interview with The Skanner News actress Q. Smith said she exults in her edgy role as Poppins' viscious nemesis, Miss Andrew (as well as two other parts, Queen Victoria and Miss Smythe)… For all the information click here
Culture of Driving With Phones Must Change
The nation risks a surge in deadly accidents unless it makes distracted driving - talking, texting and browsing the Internet while operating cars, boats and trains - as taboo as drinking and driving, members of the National Transportation and Safety Board said Tuesday … To check the details click here
Our Prison System is Bankrupting Us; There Are Alternatives
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, made up of former presidents and other luminaries from the United States and abroad, concludes that the Drug War is an expensive failure. The California prison system—which the U.S. Supreme Court declared to be in violation of the 8th Amendment due to overcrowding and neglect—has yet to develop a plan to bring it into compliance with the court order … To read all about it click here
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