06-22-2018  3:23 pm      •     
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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 ...

Lawsuit seeks lawyer access to immigrants in prison

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rights group filed an emergency lawsuit in federal court Friday against top officials of U.S. immigration and homeland security departments, alleging they have unconstitutionally denied lawyers' access to immigrants in a prison in Oregon.Immigration and Customs...

Oregon woman accused of mistreating 3 children

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested an Oregon woman accused of criminally mistreating three children in her care.Lt. Henry Reimann of the Hillsboro Police Department says Merlinda Avalos limited the kids to two peanut sandwiches a day, prevented them from using the bathroom at night and...

Man charged in 1986 killing of 12-year-old Tacoma girl

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Lakewood man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl in Tacoma over three decades ago has been charged with murder and rape.The News Tribune reports Pierce County prosecutors charged 66-year-old Gary Hartman Friday in connection with Michella Welch's death in 1986. She...

Federal agency approves Idaho field burning rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved Idaho's request to loosen field burning rules.Backers say the move offers more flexibility to keep smoke away from people but health advocates counter that it will lead to breathing problems for some residents.The U.S. Environmental...

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

The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local):1:13 a.m.Will Germany follow Brazil's lead in righting the ship after a rocky World Cup start, or will the defending champ find itself keeping company with Argentina, needing help if it hopes to advance?The World Cup could...

Trial set in long-delayed post-Katrina racial shooting case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A trial date has been set for a white man accused of shooting at three black men in what federal prosecutors said was a racially motivated attack following Hurricane Katrina.The case of Roland Bourgeois Jr. has dragged on for years. He was indicted five years after the...

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Albania's national flag was at the center of Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday at the World Cup.Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.Both players put their open hands...

ENTERTAINMENT

Actress Betty Buckley wants to 'make America happy again'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's busy. And then there's Betty Buckley busy.The veteran singer and actress began the month with four nights of concerts in New York celebrating the release of her new live album, "Hope."Buckley appeared earlier this week on the season finale of The CW's "Supergirl,"...

So much TV, so little summer: Amy Adams, Kevin Hart, Dr. Pol

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fall television season is months away but that's no reason to stare moodily at a blank screen. In this era of peak TV, there are so many outlets and shows clamoring for your summertime attention that it can be as daunting as choosing between a mojito and a frozen...

Honduran girl in symbolic photo not separated from mother

NEW YORK (AP) — A crying Honduran girl depicted in a widely-seen photograph that became a symbol for many of President Donald Trump's immigration policies was not actually separated from her mother, U.S. government officials said on Friday.Time magazine used an image of the girl, by Getty...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Mexican players can have beef again at the World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Mexico's mantra for this World Cup is "No Excuses," and that includes no complaining about...

US officials say girl on Time cover isn't separated from mom

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol officials said Friday that a girl who is pictured on the cover of this...

Ex-New England Mafia boss 'Cadillac Frank' guilty in slaying

BOSTON (AP) — Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme was convicted Friday of killing a nightclub owner to keep...

UK split by Brexit divide 2 years after vote to leave EU

LONDON (AP) — It's been two years since the shoppers and traders of London's Romford market voted by a wide...

Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy

ROME (AP) — Barely a week in office, Italy's populist interior minister lost no time in bringing home his...

Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold temporary reunions of families...

Seattle Black History
By The Skanner News

EMP’S Black History Month Celebration Spotlights Local Artists

EMP Museum and Brandkings present the third annual Through the Eyes of Art, Seattle’s premier Black History Month celebration on February 26, 2016. Celebrating the accomplishments of local artists, the event will feature a new album release performance by Seattle hip-hop artist, Draze; a live performance by Kimberley Nichole from The Voice; a visual arts showcase, awards presentation, and much more.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Co-hosted by BET comic Isiah Anderson and Sheley Secrest, Vice President of the Seattle King County NAACP
  • Welcome address by King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and Seattle King County NAACP president, Gerald Hankerson
  • “Seattle’s Own” album release performance by local hip-hop artist, Draze
  • Special performance by Kimberly Nichole "the ROCK ballerina," a participant on season eight of NBC’s The Voice
  • Presentation of the Servant of the People award honoring gospel singer Rev. Patrinell “Pat” Wright, Gregg Alex (Matt Talbot Center), and wife Dora Krasucki-Alex. The Servant of the People award is given to individuals who exemplify a consistent level of commitment and service to the African-American community.
  • A visual arts showcase featuring some of Seattle’s top painters and photographers including Alexander Codd, Aaron Hazel, Delton Mosby, Aramis Hamer, Cheri Pavi Givens, Porcia Beard, Davies Chirwa, and Ike & Tash Photography

The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at Sky Church, EMP Museum, 325 5th Ave. N. Tickets are $15 or $10 for EMP members and are available at EMPmuseum.org.

 

Seattle Association of Black Journalists Offers Scholarship

The Seattle Association of Black Journalists has a scholarship to help African American students in the Puget Sound region who are pursuing college careers in journalism.

The scholarship was established to honor Patricia Fisher: a Puget Sound native, journalist, educator and role model for her support of young people and her contributions to the community.

Awards are based on scholastic achievement, financial need, community service and a serious interest in print, photo, broadcast journalism or multimedia/ online, and non- fiction writing. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,500.

The deadline is March 1.

To get more information go to the website washboard.org

If you have any questions, e-mail Jamon@aol.com.

 

Chinatown/International District park to be renamed after Donnie Chin

Mayor Ed Murray has launched the process to rename International Children’s Park in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District after the beloved community activist Donnie Chin. The new name for the park will be Donnie Chin International Children’s Park.

Longtime director of the International District Emergency Center, Donnie Chin was tragically killed in an early morning shooting on July 23, 2015.
The Mayor will send to the Seattle City Council a resolution seeking support to rename the park.

Located at 700 South Lane Street, International Children’s Park was originally built in 1981 and was substantially renovated and improved in 2012. Mr. Chin was instrumental in the creation of the park. When the Chinatown/International District community began to identify needed programs and neighborhood improvements in the mid-1970s, Mr. Chin brought up the need for a children’s park and he continued to champion the idea until the park was built.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre will begin the process to rename the park, which includes consultation with the Board of Park Commissioners. The existing Parks policy that requires a person to be deceased for a minimum of three years before a park may be named in their honor will be suspended in this case.

 

Murray to hold Education Summit on April 30

This spring Mayor Ed Murray will host an Education Summit to guide the City in its work supporting Seattle’s students, families and schools. The Summit will be held on April 30.

Mayor Murray’s Education Summit seeks to build on that partnership to address the disparity in educational opportunity and outcomes that disproportionately impact students of color and those from lower-income families. Community voices and local leaders will share what’s working well in our schools, where more support is needed and what strategies the City should support to help all students succeed in Seattle’s schools.

The four co-chairs of the Summit are:

  • Ron Sims, former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Brad Tilden, President and CEO of Alaska Airlines
  • Sheila Edwards Lange, interim President of Seattle Central College
  • Kristin Bailey-Fogarty, a teacher at Eckstein Middle School and recipient of a KCTS 2013 Golden Apple Award

Murray is also assembling an advisory group of education and community advocates, educators, and business and philanthropic leaders to help guide development of the Summit. The group will develop recommendations about how the City can best align its resources and efforts around closing the achievement gap. Seattle Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland and Seattle School Board President Betty Patu will participate. Other members of the group will be named.

In the weeks leading up to the Summit, the City, Seattle schools and several community agencies will be co-hosting a series of community conversations to listen to Seattle’s families, students, and community. Locations and dates will be announced in the coming days. These conversations will be open to all, with interpretation and childcare available when appropriate.

In 1990, Mayor Norm Rice held an Education Summit that established a deeper partnership between the City, Seattle Public Schools and education advocates. City residents came together to propose a new support for students and educators, the Families & Education Levy.

 

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