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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?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

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

BEND, Ore. (AP) — In a dense forest at the base of Mount Bachelor, two wildlife biologists slowly walked toward a small cage trap they hoped would contain a rare red fox species. Jamie Bowles, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife technician in Bend, and Tim Hiller, founder of the...

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

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Han Solo's Blaster from the "Return of the Jedi" has sold for 0,000 at a Las Vegas auction.Julien's Auctions says Ripley's Believe It or Not bought the item Saturday.The sci-fi weapon was the top-selling item at the Hollywood Legends auction.The blaster was part of a...

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

One of the most successful moments in the storied Civil Rights movement was the Montgomery Bus Boycott, emerging in the aftermath of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give her seat on the bus to a White man.

 The protest saw throngs of African Americans sacrificing together in the name of justice. Some organized carpools, some simply walked, and some Black taxi drivers even offered reduced cab fare in support of the protest that demanded de-segregation of the city’s public buses.

Despite persistent attempts by the city of Montgomery, its residents and even the federal government after more than a year to stop the protest, they would prevail. On Dec. 20, 1956 protesters would claim victory with the city finally passing an ordinance to end segregation on its transit lines.

Similar boycotts would soon follow, effectively ending all lawful transit segregation in the South.

More than five decades later, Nation of Islam leader Min. Louis Farrakhan is calling for African Americans to take another major economic stand for justice. He’s calling on African Americans to boycott spending on Black Friday and the entire Christmas.

That was one of six marching orders Farrakhan put forth to Black Americans during the gathering in the nation’s capital on Oct. 10 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic Million Man March this year, titled “Justice or Else!”

“Up with Jesus, down with Santa!” the 82-year-old leader said to the hundreds of thousands gathered at the National Mall last month.

Citing a study titled “The Buying Power of Black America,” by Target Market News, the Minister shared that Blacks have a collective buying power of over one trillion dollars annually, but spend close to $30 billion of that money on clothes, and more than $6 billion on tobacco and alcohol.

Farrakhan says the buying power of Black America must be harnessed more productively in order to combat the many disparities in their communities, and that a collective reframe from excessive spending this Christmas season is a beginning of that.

The Skanner spoke with some Portlanders who made the over 2,800  mile trek to D.C. last month to see if and how they will be implementing Farrakhan’s call for a Christmas boycott this year.

Native Portlander John Slaughter tells The Skanner he is on board with the Minister’s call-to-action.

“We need to show that our dollar means something. For me that’s part of the effort to make sure that we are trying to make a change,” Slaughter said.

Adding that withdrawing spending isn’t enough, Slaughter said African Americans, especially in Portland, must do a better job at communicating to each other about Black-owned businesses where they can spend their money.

“You don’t have to buy your kid 20 Christmas gifts. Buy them two. Don’t tell them it came from the anti-Christ, or a White guy who doesn’t work, tell him it came from Mommy and Daddy. Tell them they’re not getting as many gifts this year because you are sacrificing for the greater good of our people,” Slaughter said.

Ahjamu Umi, head of the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party of Oregon, said after attending the first march in 1995, he was again impressed this year at Farrakhan’s work against capitalism and continues the organization of Black people in Portland.

“I respect him because I respect organization. Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam have twice organized over a million Africans to come together. Positive spirit and energy. No violence, and a desire for action.  That's what 60 years of organization gets you,” Umi said.

Anti-violence group Don’t Shoot Portland has organized a march to raise awareness for people to hold onto their pocketbooks this holiday season. The march titled ‘#BlackLivesMatter, not Black Friday,’ is scheduled for Fri., Nov. 27, and begins 1 p.m at Holladay Park.

The average American spent $704 on Christmas gifts last year, totaling more than $465 billion in spending.

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