06-24-2018  12:12 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

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King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

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MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

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

On the hunt in Oregon for a rare Sierra Nevada red fox

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Lawsuits allege racial profiling in Portland-area businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses in...

Abuse survivor finds new life, success in Pacific Northwest

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Jonathan Dutson long dreamed of moving to the Pacific Northwest, where its lush greenery offered a respite from the scorching Arizona sun he grew up beneath. But Dutson was looking as much for a new home as he was looking for an escape.Dutson was one of 700 who walked...

Alaska city honors Guardsmen killed in crash after '64 quake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A month after the second most powerful earthquake ever was recorded, the Alaska port community of Valdez remained in ruins.A hulking Alaska National Guard cargo plane's mission April 25, 1964, was to deliver Gov. William Egan to oversee efforts to rebuild the town on...

OPINION

How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Lawsuits allege racial profiling in Portland-area businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses in...

Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface.Criticism was swift on...

Chaos on the border inflames GOP's split with Latinos

When more than 1,000 Latino officials __ a crop of up-and-coming representatives from a fast-growing demographic __ gathered in Phoenix last week, no one from the Trump administration was there to greet them.It marked the first time a presidential administration skipped the annual conference of the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Han Solo's Blaster from 'Return of the Jedi' tops auction

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Ornate NYC theater, used for years as a gym, to be restored

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Long Island University's basketball team played in a French Baroque movie palace in downtown Brooklyn.The gilded wall fountains, plastered statuettes and towering, one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ pipes of the historic Paramount Theater were preserved by the...

Vinnie Paul, co-founder, drummer of Pantera, dies at 54

Vinnie Paul, co-founder and drummer of metal band Pantera, has died at 54.Pantera's official Facebook page posted a statement early Saturday announcing his death. The label of Hellyeah, his most recent group, confirmed the death but neither statement mentioned Paul's cause of death.His real name...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

In about-face, Iraq's maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's...

US moves 100 coffins to N. Korean border for war remains

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. military said it moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to...

New Zealand leader names daughter Neve, leaves hospital

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford...

AP PHOTOS: Germany salvages campaign on Day 10 of World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Germany midfielder Toni Kroos scored a dramatic late winner to come from behind and beat...

Beyond World Cup: Advocates call attention to Russian abuses

MOSCOW (AP) — Wrapped in national flags, jubilant fans dance at midnight in the streets of Moscow, smiling,...

In about-face, Iraq's maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's...

By Donovan M. Smith | The Skanner News

A local gardener is commemorating lives lost and cultivating healing in Portsmouth Community Garden.

Galadriel Mozee is transforming her plot at the Portsmouth Community Garden in North Portland into a memorial for Black people lost to police violence, terrorism, and white supremacy after running a successful crowdfunding effort.

Mozee says she set up the campaign in the days following the massacre of nine people at the historically Black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina last month.

“I was feeling really overwhelmed and just saddened by all the loss of life. Especially after the killings in the church, I was trying to think of a way that I could give back to my community in a way that’s meaningful for me,” she says.

Shortly after Dylann Roof’s attack at the historic church more than 2,500 miles away, Mozee set up a GoFundMe account for the memorial and within 24 hours, the project had been fully funded.

“I set it up and I knew that my friends would donate and then a friend texted me, ‘Have you looked at your GoFundMe?’ and I said no,” Mozee recalls. “I came back and looked and I couldn’t believe that in just a few hours it had already exceeded the goal.”

The $350 that Mozee asked for will purchase an abundance of plants: strawberries, sunflowers, lavender, coneflower, yarrow, bleeding heart, sage, borage, motherwort, red clover, oregano and thyme -- in addition in to other native herbs and flowers.

Mozee will also place rocks around the garden bed, each bearing the names of Black people whose lives have each been cut short due to systemic racist violence.

Most of what Mozee is choosing for the garden, she says she chose with a mindfulness of their healing qualities.

With the money raised, Mozee says she should be able to plant, cultivate, and maintain the memorial for several years into the future.

She and a crew of more than a dozen began readying the plot for the oncoming abundance of plants in the days following—even getting a head start on the green to come, laying down some of the seeds.

Mozee’s campaign was so successful she ended up with more than $500 in extra funding.

Instead of using those funds to add to the garden, Mozee has pledged to donate all the excess dollars to two organizations assisting the lives of people of color.

Half will go to the local chapter of Black PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), with the second half going to the youth program of Queer Rock Camp for a scholarship created to assist a person of color with the costs of attendance.

According to Mozee, the community garden, located in the historically Black Portsmouth neighborhood, shares grounds with some surprising neighbors — skinheads.

“Their presence has scared me away from a space I had hoped would be healing and connecting for me and I was close to giving up my plot all together,” Mozee writes on the GoFundMe page. “But I'm tired of hate winning ground. So I'm taking a stand by doing what I love to do-- create love and healing for the community.”

So instead of leaving, Mozee is planting her feet firmly at the plot—returning this time to celebrate the lives of Black people through a tradition she says is not only of practical significance, but historical as well. “Black people need to have access to grow your own food. It is really such a wonderful way to reconnect with our heritage,” Mozee says. 

Upon the garden’s completion, all that grows in it will be free and up for the community’s taking at any time during its opening hours.
Another work day will be planned to further help set up the Black Lives Matter Memorial Garden in the coming weeks.

Mozee will announce the next occurrence on a Facebook page she has set up for garden to keep the public updated on its development.

To stay updated on this project ‘like’ the page here: https://www.facebook.com/blmgardenpdx

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