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NEWS BRIEFS

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

CareOregon Awards $250,000 for Housing Projects

Recipients include Rogue Retreat, Bridges to Change, Luke Dorf, Transition Projects and Bridge Meadows ...

The Honorable Willie L. Brown to Receive NAACP Spingarn Medal

The award recognizes Brown’s lifelong commitment to the community, equality and civil rights ...

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

New Smithsonian exhibit looks at how Oprah Winfrey shaped American culture and vice versa ...

Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Black Pioneers Host ‘Celebrate History and Make a Difference Now!’ Event June 9

Representatives from local organizations will talk about how individuals can get involved in promoting social change ...

Grants Pass man, 39, drowns in Rogue River

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Josephine County sheriff says a Grants Pass man drowned in the Rogue River.Sheriff Dave Daniel says it happened Saturday afternoon when 39-year-old James Dawson tried to swim to shore after his watercraft quit working. He was not wearing a life jacket.Crews...

Some forest trails remain closed long after 2017 wildfire

IDAHHA, Ore. (AP) — Some trails in Oregon's Willamette National Forest remain closed due to damage from a wildfire that ripped through the area last year.The Register-Guard reports the Whitewater Trail into the Jefferson Park area remains closed. Other trails, including some in the Fall...

UW to pay 7K to settle Republicans' free-speech lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington will pay 7,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after the college billed a Republican club security fees for a rally.The UW College Republicans sued, saying the bill for ,000 to cover security costs for the campus event violated free-speech and...

Old farm warehouse may be saved as part of Hanford history

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — One of Washington state's most endangered historic places is located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland. That's according to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.The long warehouse along the Columbia River was once owned by farmers Paul and Mary...

OPINION

What Happened? Assessing the Singapore Summit

For all its weaknesses, we are better off having had the summit than not ...

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties

A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied ...

5 Lessons on Peace I Learned from My Cat Soleil

Dr. Jasmine Streeter takes some cues on comfort from her cat ...

Research Suggests Suicides By Racial and Ethnic Minorities are Undercounted

Sociologist Dr. Kimya Dennis describes barriers to culturally-specific suicide research and treatment ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Greece: 2 face racism charges over beatings of immigrants

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested one suspected extreme nationalist and are seeking a second as suspects in a pair of attacks on immigrants in Athens.A police statement issued Monday said the suspects allegedly attacked two Pakistanis on Friday, stole a mobile phone...

Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census.In most places, the state legislature and governor are...

States' redistricting plans facing challenges in court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block the use of legislative districts in Wisconsin and Maryland in separate cases that had alleged unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. Instead, the high court allowed lower courts to continue considering the claims.The cases are among several that...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: 'Jurassic World 2' leans on nostalgia, contrivances

Here's the good news: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom " is more fun than "Jurassic World." It's not exactly a high bar, but still a welcome surprise. In the hands of a new director, J.A. Bayona, with Chris Pratt's high-wattage charisma on full blast and a fair amount of self-aware humor intact,...

'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with 0 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a drought of family-friendly films helped "Incredibles 2" become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall.Disney estimated Sunday that the film...

AFI highlights Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney's Hollywood career spans more than three decades, with memorable roles including fighting vampires, playing Batman and drifting through space in "Gravity." But Clooney's other accomplishments, including directing, screenwriting and activism, led to him...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases post-Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe....

Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the...

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

GENEVA (AP) — Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health...

Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jordan's King Abdullah II that he is...

Geraldine McCaughrean wins Carnegie children's book prize

LONDON (AP) — British writer Geraldine McCaughrean has won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's...

Greek far-right lawmaker arrested on treason-linked charges

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek anti-terrorism police arrested an extreme far-right lawmaker on treason-linked...

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin
By Donovan M. Smith | The Skanner News

Sybrina Fulton, mother of late Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, will speak to a special gathering in Portland, April 13, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. at the Maranatha Church.

Fulton will deliver a message of youth empowerment in an event that is free and open to the public.

The following day, Fulton keynotes the 23rd Annual YWCA Inspire Luncheon and fundraising event, bringing some of the area’s most prominent businesses and community leaders to the downtown Hilton Portland & Executive Tower.

Longtime activist Joyce Harris, who helped in bringing Martin’s mom to Maranatha after hearing she would be in town, says she sees the night as “bringing together the village,” and an opportunity to “reignite” the sense of unity and responsibility amongst the community.

“We don’t have a lot of opportunities in Portland for cultural events,” Harris says. “So when those opportunities come around we need to understand that it’s not just the adults that need that cultural healing and connection—it’s the young people too.”

Fulton became an activist after her son Trayvon was shot by neighborhood watchman-turned-vigilante George Zimmerman, who walked free after a court trial.

Harris called her message “beautiful.”

“She realized that I have got to speak up. What’s so beautiful, is she clearly understands when she speaks up, it’s not just trying to address the injustice that happened to her son, but for all her kids,” says Harris.

“We still have people that don’t actually realize that racial profiling and racial discrimination are actually happening because it’s not happening to them,” Fulton said in February during an interview with James Terrell. “You need people like myself to bring that point out. I call it the ugly truth.”

 

Fulton’s visit to the Maranatha pulpit will be her first time addressing a crowd in the Rose City.

In 2013 she was scheduled to keynote the Black Parent Initiative’s annual symposium but was forced to cancel due to a family emergency.

In the days following the “not-guilty” verdict handed in by a six-woman Florida jury, acquitting Zimmerman of second-degree murder and the lesser charge of manslaughter, Portlanders joined outcry across the nation in part by pouring into the streets.

 Hundreds, if not thousands, gathered in solidarity with Martin’s family in a series of protests against unjust killings, racial profiling, and a lack of accountability in the justice system.

Despite temperatures that week topping the 80’s, many Portlanders donned hoodies during the Summer 2013 rallies.

Martin wore a hoodie the night he died while carrying nothing but Skittles, iced tea and a cell phone; he was talking with a friend during the confrontation with Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has been arrested on domestic violence charges three times since his acquittal in the Martin case.

The hoodie has gone on to become synonymous with how Black and Latino youth are unfairly criminalized and profiled in the time since Martin’s passing.

Activists say public outrage over Martin’s killing served as the launching pad for the growing #BlackLivesMatter movement which was created as an “ideological and political intervention” to the disparate treatment of Black Americans.

Issues of police shootings, gang violence, and vigilante killings, have been at the heart of the emerging movement and has brought people together from around the country--it even inspires a spate of proposed new laws in Oregon.

The movement gained significant steam in the wake of other high profile deaths of Black people including Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Jordan Davis also of Florida, and Mike Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri.

Here in Oregon, State Rep. Lew Frederick has named the movement as one of the main reasons he has introduced 11 police-reform bills into the legislature, with the aim in-part of reducing profiling.

In addition to Fulton’s speech, the program will include spoken word, poetry, and music from youth and other community members as well.

For more information on the event, organizers ask you to leave a message at 503-288-8429.

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