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NEWS BRIEFS

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Family Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

3 killed in Vancouver vehicle crash identified

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County Medical's Examiner's Office has identified three men killed in a vehicle crash in Vancouver.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 24-year-old Tabo Naveta, 27-year-old Akiki Kintin and 27-year-old Kenson Cheipot, all from Vancouver, died from injuries...

Springfield settles lawsuit with fired dispatcher for K

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The city of Springfield has agreed to pay ,000 to settle a 2014 lawsuit by a dispatcher who said she was wrongly fired after accusing officers of inappropriate conduct.The Register-Guard reported Sunday that a joint statement from the city and the former dispatcher,...

3 killed in Vancouver vehicle crash identified

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County Medical's Examiner's Office has identified three men killed in a vehicle crash in Vancouver.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 24-year-old Tabo Naveta, 27-year-old Akiki Kintin and 27-year-old Kenson Cheipot, all from Vancouver, died from injuries...

Seattle, family reach M settlement for deadly crash

SEATTLE (AP) — The family of a couple killed in 2013 by a drunk driver has settled with the city of Seattle for million.KOMO-TV reported Monday that the family of Dennis and Judy Schulte settled with the city last month.Prosecutors say Mark Mullan was drunk when his pickup hit the...

OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

Dr. Jasmine Streeter says CBD-derived products show beneficial therapeutic benefits for pets ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Black man ordered to pay [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 for racist campus graffiti

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former Eastern Michigan University student who admitted to painting racist graffiti on campus has been ordered to pay more than [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 in restitution.The Ann Arbor News reports 29-year-old Eddie Curlin learned his punishment Monday after earlier pleading guilty to...

China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years for separatism

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese judge sentenced a Tibetan shopkeeper to five years in prison on Tuesday for inciting separatism, based on his comments in a New York Times documentary in which the man talked about the erosion of his culture and language in the tightly secured region.Tashi Wangchuk's...

Voters choose nominees in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas

ATLANTA (AP) — Four states will cast ballots Tuesday as the 2018 midterm elections take shape. Voters in Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky hold primaries, while Texans settle several primary runoffs after their first round of voting in March. Some noteworthy story lines:IN THIS #METOO MIDTERM,...

ENTERTAINMENT

Sony buys most of EMI Music, to spend B on image sensors

TOKYO (AP) — Electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday it plans to spend [scripts/homepage/home.php].3 billion acquiring an additional 60 percent stake in EMI Music Publishing, home to the Motown catalog and contemporary artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams.Sony already owns...

At Cannes, a #MeToo upheaval up and down the Croisette

CANNES, France (AP) — Fifty years after filmmakers shut down the Cannes Film Festival, the prestigious Cote d'Azur extravaganza was again shook by upheaval.From the start to the finish, the 71st Cannes was dominated by protest and petition for gender equality, culminating in the...

Despite Spotify change, R. Kelly's streams still intact

NEW YORK (AP) — Streaming numbers for R. Kelly have remained intact a week after Spotify announced it had removed the R&B singer's music from its playlists, citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct.Spotify made the bold declaration on May 10, but R. Kelly's streaming...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

All tied up: LeBron's 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today's game.And...

Experts disclose new details about 300-year-old shipwreck

BOSTON (AP) — A Spanish galleon laden with gold that sank to the bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of...

Palestinians ask ICC for 'immediate' probe against Israel

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Calling it a "historic step" toward justice, the Palestinian foreign minister...

Syrian army, police celebrate recapturing all of Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces raised their flag over the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus on...

EU lawmakers to press Zuckerberg over data privacy

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers plan to press Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday about data...

US bishop at royal wedding thought invitation was a prank

LONDON (AP) — The American bishop whose sermon caused a stir at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan...

Portland city hall
By The Skanner News

On March 10, Jules Bailey, Sarah Iannarone and Ted Wheeler addressed the social justice issues facing the city of Portland. Here are some of the positions expressed by the candidates at this forum:

 

What is the most important role of the mayor in reforming the police?

Bailey: To provide leadership and to hold the police accountable, also to push for more progress in implementing the DOJ settlement.

Iannarone: To rebuild community trust in the police, to change police culture to have the first actively anti-racist police force in the nation.

Wheeler: To change police force from law enforcement to a problem solving agency, to emphasize community policing and police accountability.

 

Will you negotiate to remove the 48-hour rule from the police contract?

Bailey: Move slowly away the 48-hour rule.

Iannarone: Yes.

Wheeler: Yes.

 

What is your vision of a city bureau that assists small minority business owners?

Bailey: Proposes a new bureau that brings together assistance offered from other development agencies.

Iannarone: Proposes a concierge service to help emerging businesses navigate small business services.

 

Will you support the work of the independently elected auditor?

Bailey: Yes.

Iannarone: Yes.

Wheeler: Yes.

 

How will you ensure that more city contracts go to minority contractors?

Wheeler: Use more community benefit agreements in city projects. Calls out the Portland Building project where only one percent of the contracts have been awarded to women and minority contractors.

 

What are you going to do about housing and homelessness?

Bailey: Open more beds for the homeless, link homeless services with mental health and transition services.

Iannarone: City needs housing plan that reflects needs, to invest in public housing and to support and empower intentional communities like Hazelnut Grove to solve their problems.

Wheeler: Increase Tax-increment financing to go to affordable housing, streamline the design review, permitting and inspection processes and change the zoning so it is more flexible.

 

Would you support a sidewalk ordinance that would not allow people to sit or lie on the streets?

Bailey: No.

Iannarone: No.

Wheeler: No.

 

What would you do to ensure that drug users and small time peddlers don’t end up in jail?

Bailey: The city needs to improve the network of care for those in crisis. More options for those who need behavioral health help.

Iannarone: The city needs to stop criminalizing poverty. We need to strengthen the social safety nets.

Wheeler: The city needs to have a robust mental health delivery system and to look deeper into addiction and mental health issues.

 

Would you support a safe injection site?

Bailey: Yes, if it was placed in a larger network of social services.

Iannarone: Yes.

Wheeler: He would look at it, if it was backed by data, it should be pursued.

 

How would you address the disproportionate criminal justice treatment of African American people?

Bailey: Acknowledge racial bias and talk about White privilege, to have staff and bureau directors who reflect communities of color.

Iannarone: Acknowledge implicit biases, work to be an actively anti-racist city.

Wheeler: Work to correct implicit biases, hire police officers from the black community. 

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