06-25-2018  4:22 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?

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 ...

Teen uses sign language to help blind and deaf man on flight

BOSTON (AP) — A teenager is being credited with coming to the aid of a blind and deaf man during a flight from Boston to Portland, Oregon.Clara Daly, of Calabasas, California, says she and her mother were traveling last week when the flight attendants asked if anyone knew American Sign...

18-year-old driver dies after colliding with log truck

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say an 18-year-old girl has died after colliding with a log truck on Highway 101 near Beaver.Law enforcement officials say Mikayla Michelle Howard was driving a 2003 Saab when it crossed into the other lane for an unknown reason on Friday morning....

New Mexico residents to testify on atomic bomb fallout

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of a New Mexico Hispanic village near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test say they were long ignored about the lingering health effects and were expected to share their stories with Congress.The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium plans to...

Small plane hits car after missing runway near Snohomish

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — A small plane hit a car after overshooting the runway at an airfield near Snohomish.The Seattle Times reports that three people, including a child, were in a single-engine plane when it was approaching the Harvey Air Field on Saturday.Lt. Rick Hawkins of the Snohomish...

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

Photographer David Goldblatt, who chronicled apartheid, dies

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — David Goldblatt, a South African photographer who for decades chronicled the harsh fallout of white minority rule in his country, has died at the age of 87.The Johannesburg-based Goodman Gallery says he died "peacefully" at his home in the city early Monday.The gallery...

Anita Baker, H.E.R., Meek Mill shine at BET Awards

The 2018 BET Awards barely handed out any trophies with big stars like Cardi B, Drake and Kendrick Lamar absent, but the show included superior performances by rising singer H.E.R., rapper Meek Mill and gospel artist Yolanda Adams, who paid tribute to Anita Baker and nearly brought her to...

Ben & Jerry's factory display honors civil rights campaign

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's has unveiled a new display at its Vermont factory dedicated to civil rights.MyChamplainValley.com reports the display revealed at the Waterbury factory Friday honors Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 Poor People's Campaign.The display was...

ENTERTAINMENT

The Latest: Prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels meeting

The Latest on the investigation into the business interests of Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen (all times local):8:30 p.m.Stormy Daniels' lawyer says the porn actress' meeting with federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer has...

Complete list of winners at Sunday night's 2018 BET Awards

The complete list of winners of the 2018 BET Awards, presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles:— Video of the year: Drake— Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars— Best female R&B/pop Artist: Beyonce— Best male hip hop artist: Kendrick Lamar—...

US prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels meeting in Cohen probe

Porn actress Stormy Daniels was scheduled to meet with federal prosecutors in New York on Monday as part of their investigation into President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, but the meeting was abruptly cancelled late Sunday after it was reported by news organizations, her attorney...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Anita Baker, H.E.R., Meek Mill shine at BET Awards

The 2018 BET Awards barely handed out any trophies with big stars like Cardi B, Drake and Kendrick Lamar absent,...

US prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels meeting in Cohen probe

Porn actress Stormy Daniels was scheduled to meet with federal prosecutors in New York on Monday as part of their...

College sports doctors under new scrutiny amid scandals

Allegations of sexual abuse carried out over decades by team physicians at Michigan State and Ohio State are...

Australia and Vanuatu to negotiate security treaty

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said Monday that it would negotiate a security treaty with Vanuatu,...

The Latest: Spain: Over 1,000 rescued at sea in last 3 days

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):12:10 p.m.Spanish...

Thai officials believe 12 boys missing in cave are alive

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Multiple attempts to locate 12 boys and their soccer coach missing in a flooded...

a Multnomah County vehicle in the 2012 Portland Pride parade
By Arashi Young | The Skanner News

Portland Pride, the week-long celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people and a call for civil rights, begins this week.

Most years  Pride is a positive celebration for queer communities and their allies -- but this year the celebration is shadowed by the tragic massacre at an Orlando nightclub Sunday.

In the early morning hours of June 12, Omar Mateen  opened fire inside Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub celebrating a Latin night. That morning, Mateen murdered 49 people and injured 53 others before being shot and killed by Orlando police officers.

The Orlando nightclub shooting is the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in United States history as well as the deadliest incident of violence against the LGBT community in the United States. 

Hours later in Los Angeles, James Wesley Howell was stopped by police, who found an arsenal of weapons and bomb-making chemicals in his car. Howell said he was heading to the Los Angeles Pride celebration.

Authorities do not know if there was a plan to attack the festival and believe there is no connection between the two incidents. The California celebration continued as planned with enhanced security.

Debra Porta, the former board president of Pride Northwest and current board advisor, said the local queer community is reeling from the news of the Pulse Nightclub massacre.

“We are not necessarily always surprised when the community is attacked or when violence happens because there is such a history of it to begin with, but nobody was expecting something on this scale,” Porta said.

In response to the Orlando massacre, Pride Northwest and the Q Center of Portland will hold a candlelight vigil in honor of those who died. The vigil will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdayat Q Center on N. Mississippi Ave.

There will be beefed up security this year as well. Acting Portland Police Chief Donna Henderson has asked for an increased police presence during Portland Pride Week events.  The Portland Police Bureau will perform extra patrols around LGBTQ-friendly bars and nightclubs.

The Orlando shooting is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism. The FBI Portland Division issued a statement saying there was “no credible threat” to LGBTQ communities in Oregon, but they urge people to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Porta said Pride NW organizers have been actively working with their security officials and the Portland Police Bureau to provide a safe place to celebrate. She said PPB has been very engaged and proactive at reaching out to the community.

“Pride is typically safe to begin with -- the festival and the parade -- but we are in active communication and planning to ensure that continues to be the case,” Porta said.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales released a statement Sunday morning asking for the people of Portland to come and show their support of the queer community.

“I'm calling on all Portlanders to hold our LGBTQ community close, and come out in a show of force against terrorizing people because of who they love,” Hales said. On Monday, Hales removed the Oregon state flag from city hall and replaced it with a rainbow flag to honor the victims of Orlando.

Porta said discussions in the community are split between people being worried for their personal safety and wanting to come together to grieve. She said the overwhelming response is from those who want to stand up and defend their right to love freely and openly. 

 “We’re not going to hide, we’re not going to run, we’re not going to be victims,” Porta said. “We are going to celebrate each other, we are going to celebrate our community and we are going to celebrate Pride.”

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