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Tobacco in Oregon: Cheap, Sweet, Plentiful and Sold at Kids’ Eye Level

New report shines light on tobacco industry marketing across Oregon

Hope for Historical Preservation in Portland’s Black Neighborhoods

The current preservation movement is about shifting focus to the preservation of cultural heritage sites, and Black history advocates have reason to hope this means better protection in historically African American neighborhoods

Edwards Retires

After 10 years with the city and decades as a ‘community mom,’ Antoinette Edwards is retiring to ‘be still for a while’

TriMet Brings Yellow Line Up To Speed in North Portland

Upgrades will allow the line to run at regular speeds during higher temperatures


Police Evacuate City Hall, Close Terry Schrunk Plaza

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Oregon Settles with Health Insurer Premera Over Data Breach

Oregon to receive jumi.3 million from settlement ...

Michael Lewellen Appointed New Vice President for Marketing and Communications at University of Portland

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John Morrow, Jr. Receives Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing

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Jeff Merkley Book on Refugees to be Published in August

'America is Better than This' will be published by an imprint of Grand Central Publishing ...

Oregon schools must teach the Holocaust

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will require public schools to teach about the Holocaust and other genocides.Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Monday to add Holocaust instruction to the school curriculum starting in the 2019-2020 school year. Eleven other states require some level of genocide...

Toddler struck, killed by father backing up vehicle

OTIS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a toddler was struck and killed in northwestern Oregon by a pickup truck his father backed out of the driveway.KOIN reports that emergency responders rushed to the home in Otis, Oregon, around 9:45 p.m. Sunday, authorities said in a release. The pickup's...

The Latest: Missouri still awaiting decision on NCAA appeal

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on SEC media days (all times local):2:05 p.m.Missouri coaches and players feel good about the Tigers' football team, especially after adding former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant to a veteran offense during the offseason.That's led to lofty goals for the...

Former Missouri football coach Pinkel says cancer returned

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel says he is being treated for cancer again.Pinkel told ABC17 TV in Columbia Saturday that he had treatment last month after his cancer came out of remission for the first time in four years.Pinkel retired after the 2015 season...


Hearing on H.R. 40 Puts Reparations Debate in National Spotlight

“These are the vestiges of enslavement that people don't want to deal with,” said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the former President of Bennett College. ...

Perfecting the Cat Nap: Lessons on Sleep From a Cat

Watching Soleil's languorous lifestyle has inspired me to establish better sleeping habits which have led to increased happiness and productivity. ...

Happy Independence Day!

The Skanner would like to wish all of our readers a relaxing and safe 4th of July. Wondering about the history and science of fireworks? ...

Plastics Are Strangling the Planet

You have probably heard about islands of plastic (and other garbage) inhabiting our oceans. The impact of this is the dying off of entire segments of oceans. In addition, many countries in the global North, including but not limited to the USA, look at the...


The Latest: Charlottesville victims describe pain of attack

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the state sentencing of a man convicted on federal hate crime charges related to a white nationalist rally (all times local):4 p.m.A woman who was seriously hurt in a car attack on anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia...

After Supreme Court ruling, NC gerrymandering case begins

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in a political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts.Lawyers for...

Some in GOP rebuke Trump, but party leaders still silent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans remained largely silent after President Donald Trump said over the weekend that four women of color in Congress should "go back" to the countries they came from. By Monday, some in the party were speaking up.Several GOP senators, and some House Republicans,...


Fox 2000 chief joins Sony after being jettisoned by Disney

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Gabler, whose Fox 2000 produced acclaimed literary adaptations like "Life of Pi" and "Hidden Figures" before being axed in the aftermath of the Walt Disney Co. acquisition, has found a new home at Sony Pictures.Sony on Monday announced a new production deal with the...

'Spider-Man' does victory lap over 'Crawl,' 'Stuber'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is celebrating another weekend at No. 1, but non-franchise fare continues to struggle at the box office. Fresh studio-released counterprograming such as the horror movie "Crawl" and the action-comedy "Stuber" barely made a dent in the...

State investigating Wally Lamb's inmate writing program

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut is investigating an inmate writing program run by author Wally Lamb after a lawsuit was filed this spring by participants.The lawsuit alleges the inmates have not been paid for their contributions to Lamb's third anthology of writings designed...


Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor...

Scientists close in on blood test for Alzheimer's

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal — a blood test to screen people...

Final blast of torrential rains unleashed by weakened Barry

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans from catastrophic flooding, but it still...

India aborts moon mission launch, citing technical glitch

SRIHARIKOTA, India (AP) — India aborted the launch on Monday of a spacecraft intended to land on the far...

Italian police clear migrant squatters amid burning debris

ROME (AP) — Migrants and squatters set up burning barricades at an abandoned school outside Rome on Monday...

Telescope foes tie together, block road to Hawaii summit

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Monday at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain...

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist

At the heart of a democracy is the fundamental right to vote.  Yet for Black Americans, especially, the right to vote is historically blood-soaked and sacred.  We paid a heavy price to get the right to vote.  But it is not just a legal right; it is also a moral responsibility to vote given the tremendous sacrifice by so many of our fore parents that successfully waged a tireless struggle to dismantle American apartheid.  Today for more than 45 million Black people in the United States, we cannot afford to take for granted this important civil right and civic responsibility.

I strongly urge support for the NAACP's "Stand For Freedom" national campaign against voter suppression in America. Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP President and CEO, is taking the right courageous leadership on this critical issue.  Jealous emphasized, "It's been more than a century since we've seen such a tidal wave of assaults on the right to vote.  Historically, when voting rights are attacked, it's done to facilitate attacks on other rights. It is no mistake that the groups who are behind this are simultaneously attacking very basic women's rights, environmental protections, labor rights, and educational access for working people and minorities."

The NAACP and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund just issued a report entitled, "Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America."  The national study "details a plethora of voter suppression initiatives, most of them pushed in states with large African-American populations and where voting turnout has surged."  The forces of repression have been hard at work.  From the very moment in the aftermath of the election of Barack H, Obama to be President of the United States, there has been a systematic attempt to suppress and prevent another large voter turnout from the African American community together with other communities of color. 

The 2012 elections will be the most important elections in our lifetime.  The strength of the struggle today to protect voting rights will in part be determined by how strong a grassroots movement is built in all of the states where Blacks and Latinos make up from 30% to $40% of the voting age population.  Racial discrimination is always found to most acute in those states and areas of the nation where the percentage of the Black population is the highest.  We must be vigilant concerning these attacks.  As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asserted years ago, "An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

More than 25 different measures have already been passed by state legislatures in at least 14 states that will restrict or prohibit the voting rights of African American and Latino American voters.  Some of these repressive and counterproductive measures include:  Restrictions to early voting (the early voting period has been reduced in a number of states). This will mostly affect black voters, as research shows African-Americans have been much more likely to take advantage of early voting.  They accounted for 22% of early voters during the 2008 general election in Florida.

Restrictions to voters with felony convictions: Two states (Florida and Iowa) adopted measures that prohibit persons convicted of felonies from voting for life, whilst others restrict felons for voting for a number of years after their convictions.

Residency restrictions: some states have increased the amount of time a citizen must live in a state in order to be entitled to vote. This particularly affects African-Americans and Hispanics, as they are more likely to move from state-to-state, and are therefore less likely to have lived in there for the required length of time.

Tighter restrictions to voter registration: requiring citizens to have photo-ID, with documentary proof of their citizenship. Some states will not accept student ID, even if issued by the state, whilst those elderly voters who were born during the time of legalized racial segregation, and who were therefore not issued with birth certificates, will also have difficulties at election time.

According to the New York University Law School's Brennan Center for Justice, an estimated 5 million Black, Latino and other voters could potentially be prevented from voting in the 2012 elections if we do not challenge and change these retrogressive attacks of our voting rights.  Thus, the outcome of the next critical national election is completely at stake surround this situation.  We are not making enough protest and noise about these new Jim Crow attacks. Let's stand up, speak out, and take appropriate action.  We support the voting rights demonstration at the United Nations led by the NAACP and other civil rights and labor organizations. Stand for freedom, justice, equality and empowerment everyday everywhere!

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is Senior Advisor for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and President of Education Online Services Corporation and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).

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