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NORTHWEST NEWS

Black Drivers Stopped at Disproportionate Rate in Portland

Of the 33,035 vehicle stops Portland police made in 2019, 18% were for Black drivers and 65% were for white drivers. White people make up 75.1% of the population, while Black people make up 5.8%

Many Turn to Real Christmas Trees as Bright Spot Amid Virus

Oregon wholesale tree farmers and small cut-your-own lots are reporting strong demand and seeing more people earlier than ever

Black Drivers Stopped a Disproportionate Rate in Portland

The police bureau uses a complicated methodology in reporting data

Sharon Gary-Smith Elected New President of NAACP-Portland

New leadership team seeks to set different tone. 

NEWS BRIEFS

Extended Benefits Reduced Based on Oregon’s Falling Unemployment Rate

Benefits will be reduced from up to 20 weeks of benefits to up to 13 weeks, beginning Dec. 13, 2020 ...

Judge Rejects Challenge to Oregon's 2-week Virus Rules

Groups representing Oregon foodservice and lodging businesses had asked the judge to modify the governor’s order ...

D’artagnan Bernard Caliman Named Meyer Memorial Trust’s New Director of Justice Oregon for Black Lives

Raised in NE Portland's Historic Albina, Caliman is currently the executive director at Building Changes in Seattle ...

Oregon Safeway and Albertsons Shoppers Register Support for Schools and Hunger

$450,000 in emergency grant funding is supporting 159 local schools ...

Oregon Employment Department Begins Issuing 'Waiting Week' Benefits

246,300 Oregonians to receive a combined total of $176 million in benefits in the initial payment run ...

Oregon reports record number of daily COVID-19 cases

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,669 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday, the state's largest daily case count since the start of the pandemic. The total number of coronavirus cases in Oregon has now surpassed 72,000 and the death toll is 896. The number of...

COVID outbreak reported on Oregon mink farm

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon mink farm has reported an outbreak of COVID-19 among animals and staff.The Statesman Journal reports the farm has been placed under quarantine, meaning no animals or animal products can leave the farm.The state has not said where the farm is located, how many...

Vanderbilt kicker breaks barrier but Missouri dominates 41-0

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sarah Fuller made history, but her barrier-breaking kickoff was the only highlight for Vanderbilt as Missouri dominated the Commodores 41-0 on Saturday. Fuller became the first woman to participate in a Power 5 conference football game when she kicked off to start the...

Vanderbilt K Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power 5

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sarah Fuller was playing around with a teammate a couple months ago when she kicked a soccer ball through the uprights from 45 yards away. She joked about being able to kick a football with teammates during the Southeastern Conference soccer tournament. On Saturday, she...

OPINION

Thanksgiving 2020: Grateful for New Hope and New Direction in Our Nation

This hasn’t been a normal year, and it isn’t going to be a normal Thanksgiving. ...

No Time to Rest

After four years under a Trump administration, we see there is a lot of work to be done. ...

Could America Learn a COVID-19 Lesson from Rwanda?

As of October 28, in a country of just over twelve million people, they have experienced only 35 deaths from the coronavirus ...

Trump’s Game

Trump’s strategy is clear: maintain control of the Republican Party as the Trump Party, install “acting” officials who will not cooperate with the Biden transition team ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy Saturday and immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain, presiding over a ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic.Two new...

To court Latinos, Democrats have to expand strategy in 2022

PHOENIX (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign credits its success in Arizona to the immigrant-rights and grassroots organizations that have been mobilizing Latinos for nearly two decades. The fruits of their labor — in triple-digit heat, no less — paid off in this...

Black firefighters in NC allege racism amid larger reckoning

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — They threw her new cellphone on the roof of the station house and placed nails under the wheels of her pickup truck. As she prepared to answer a call, someone poured tobacco juice in her boots. It was too much for Timika Ingram to bear.“It caused me pain,...

ENTERTAINMENT

The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

NEW YORK (AP) — “No New ‘Movies’ Till Influenza Ends” blared a New York Times headline on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding.A century later, during another pandemic, movies — quotes no longer necessary — are...

Issa Rae urges participation in Small Business Saturday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With many small businesses struggling to hold on during the coronavirus pandemic, Issa Rae believes now is the time to support independent stores more than ever. The creator and star of HBO series “Insecure” strongly encourages people to shop locally as part...

A new doc peeks inside the USPS’s Operation Santa program

Filmmaker Dana Nachman wanted to make a documentary about the United States Postal Service’s Operation Santa program for years, but it never seemed like the right time. Then in 2018 she got up some courage and decided to cold email the USPS press office. They responded immediately and agreed...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Tony Hsieh, retired Zappos CEO, dies at 46 after house fire

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of Las Vegas-based online shoe retailer Zappos.com, who spent...

AP week in pictures from around the globe

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts military role in vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the get-go, President Donald Trump has miscast or exaggerated the military's role in...

UK asks regulator to assess AZ-Oxford vaccine amid questions

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Friday it has formally asked the country’s medicines...

The Latest: Researchers urge Arizona shutdown, mask mandate

PHOENIX — University of Arizona researchers say the current surge in the coronavirus outbreak will present...

French protesters decry bill outlawing use of police images

PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of critics of a proposed security law that would restrict the filming of...

MLK Breakfast 2021 Save the Date
By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

Some work for government, nonprofits and city leaders. Others are performers, marketers, doctors or designers. Many run their own businesses; others are rising stars at top national companies. What do they have in common besides being young, gifted and Black? They all belong to the National Urban League's Young Professionals.
With more than 50 chapters in cities from Atlanta to Anchorage, the Young Professionals are growing in numbers and influence. Portland's group now numbers more than 50.
"They are part of a national network," says Marcus Mundy, CEO of the Urban League of Portland. "They help the Urban League reach its strategic goals, financial, advocacy and community goals.


"Their goals are our goals. Every goal we have at the Urban League will directly impact them in their lives.
"They're a group of young people, so they have different ways of getting things done. And they have better, more creative ideas, that some old people like me don't have."
Mundy is being modest. Under his leadership, the Urban League of Portland has exacted more respect and action from Oregon's largely White political class than for decades previously. The league's State of Black Oregon report blew the lid off the city's complacency about race-based poverty and spurred Portland State University to produce its own, influential  Communities of Color report. Partnering with the African Women's Coalition on an urban garden, the league is recognizing, ahead of the game, that food production will be one of the most important challenges facing the next generation. Yet arguably, one of its most effective and creative moves has been to build out this platform for young African Americans.

"The Urban League's Young Professionals is the single most vibrant group of minority professionals aimed at changing the status quo locally," says C.S. Alexander, a member of the Portland, Ore., branch. Alexander works for the department of Housing and Urban Development, helping low-income youth find career pathways. But he also owns his own clothing line, named "I Rose Po."
This kind of ambition is almost a requirement. Educated strivers, they well understand that Black Americans need many more friends in high places, if equality is to become a reachable goal instead of a cruel mirage. That's one reason to focus on leadership development and career networking, as well as on fundraising and socializing.
Of course, socializing is part of the mix. Somebody has to prove that this city is not completely dry. What kind of young people would they be if they didn't enjoy happy hour, music, clubs and dancing? Regional conferences are a great reason to plan out of town trips. And the annual National Young Professionals Summit, to be held this year in Boston, July 27-30, is a huge party as well as an opportunity to network on a national level.
Still at the heart of their mission is service.
Joseph Blasher works for HealthCorps, which is similar to PeaceCorps, except fellows work with health in the United States.
"I left Eugene for Oberlin, OH after high school to learn how to change the world, the school's motto at the time. I became obsessed with discovering the human potential and studied psychology, philosophy, and Chinese art and culture. I still have a lot to learn, but in my search it always seems to return to family. So I try to create family," Blasher says of his motivation.
"Now I am an advocate of health at Cleveland High School and in Portland teaching health classes, organizing wellness activities, and promoting civic engagement," he says. "Joining Young Professionals was a natural move for me, especially when I learned of this year's National Day of Service."
So if you really want to know what the Urban League's Young Professionals are all about, check them out this weekend, Saturday June 11. On this National Day of Service young professionals across the country will be volunteering in their communities.
In Portland, the Young Professionals have organized " Let's Move," a free four-hour health and fitness event that will include Zumba, hip hop and African dance classes, a sexual health forum, a healthy lunch, cooking, gardening, health insurance information and a showing of the film "When the Bough Breaks" about mother and baby health. The film is part of the Unnatural Causes series, organized by the Urban League.




The group holds its meetings at Emanuel Hospital.
"We spend 90 minutes once a month, in a meeting just taking care of business," says Rob Ingram, the dynamic president of the Portland branch. "It's not fun; it's not sexy. We take our work very seriously."
Ingram, or Mr. President to you, leads the City of Portland's Office of Youth Violence Prevention. Inspirational and driven, he has a hand in so many initiatives that you might wonder if the man ever sleeps. To show the group how it's done, Ingram has brought in a series of heavy hitters: people like State Rep. Lew Frederick; Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith; the Mayor of Portland's public safety advocate, Antoinette Edwards; and financial superstar Charles Wilhoite.
Self-disciplined and focused on his goals, Ingram's also an exacting leader who demands high standards from everyone.  Ingram will tell you it's because he knows that to be taken seriously in the circles of power, you must embody powerful qualities such as: poise, politeness and political smarts.
"The young part is negotiable: if you think you're young then you are. That's negotiable," Ingram says. "What's not negotiable is being, acting and carrying yourself as a professional. Because if you represent us, we expect and require you to be a professional at all times."


The Urban League's Young Professionals Events

Portland
What: Everyone who supports better health for African Americans is welcome to attend: "Lets Move" Dance, food, gardening, health insurance information and healthy lunch.
When: Saturday June 11, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Where: Legacy Emanuel, 2801 North Gantenbein Ave., Portland.
Wear: Clothes to move in. Workout gear.
To join the Urban League of Portland Young Professionals or for more information please contact Erdina Francillon [email protected] or the League at 503-280-2600. Next meeting: 6 pm, Wednesday June 22 at Legacy Emanuel Hospital.






Seattle
Seattle Urban League Young Professionals
What: 6th Annual Leadership Summit: Fearless Leadership; Daring to Dream, Defining Risks, Developing a Plan
When: Saturday June 25th 8am – 4pm
Where: Seattle University-901 12th Avenue, Seattle
Register at www.sulyp.org

PHOTOS (From Top) Grace Uwagbae with Chabre Vickers and Blake Dye; Marcus Mundy and Lasha Winn; C.S. Alexander shot by Erik Freeman;  Young professionals chatting before a talk at Emanuel Gospital by Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith; Sonny Ben-Jumbo and Karl Franklin; Rob Ingram with Krystal Gema; Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith; Krystal Gema, Sprinavasa Brown and Jesse Brown

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