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141120-vanport film screening'Wake of Vanport' Draws Standing Room Audience

NPMTC’s collection of Vanport oral history multimedia productions screened on Saturday, Nov. 15 to a packed hall at the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church in North Portland… For all the information click here


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Democrats Did Not Invest Wisely in Black Candidates

That’s right, in a year featuring a record number of African Americans running for Congress and statewide, not a dime was spent on a Black candidate for Congress until the 11th hour… To read the whole story click here


141120-MM-QAOlivia Ashley Reed on 'Mamma Mia!'

The show will be at the Keller auditorium from Nov. 25 -30 and heads to Washington State next year where it will play in Kennewick, Spokane, Yakima, Seattle and Bellingham… To read the interview click here


141120-chang jeff who we beBooks: 'The Colorization of America' by Jeff Chang

With the help of a dizzying mix of evocative essays, anecdotes, quotes, quips and eye-catching cartoons and photographs, Chang amply illustrates what he refers to as America’s post-racial paradox… To find out more click here


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Our Veterans: Not Just One Day, but a Lasting Commitment

‘Our leaders hold that they take us into war with veterans in mind. I have to trust that it’s true. But I ask that they demand that as we pay for war, we plan and pay for the outcomes we know will follow’… For all the information click here


NW Parks Free for Day Use Nov. 8-11 to Honor Veterans

Day-use fees at most U.S. Forest Service recreation sites in Oregon and Washington will be waived on Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 8-11, 2014 to celebrate Veterans Day… To read the whole story click here


The South: Solid Once Again -- for Republicans

With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas … To read all about it click here


Kalauna Carter: HBCU All Star

De La Salle North Catholic alumnus Kalauna Carter this year was named an HBCU All-Star by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities… To check the details click here


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Portland mayor Charlie Hales pictured outside The Skanner News offices.
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It looks as if peace will reign at the corner of Alberta Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard after all.   Mayor Charlie Hales announced this morning that the streetcorner lot that tore communities apart over a proposed Trader Joe’s store will be the home of Golden, Colo.-based Natural Grocers, an affordably-priced national chain known for “free nutrition education and healthy food.”

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After a year of leadership upheavals, KBOO Community Radio in Portland has hired two respected community organizers as co-station managers of the 45-year-old institution.

Mic Crenshaw is a conscious hip-hop recording artist, educator, writer and community activist; Monica Beemer is the former executive director of Sisters of the Road, a local nonprofit group that operates a café for low-income communities and organizes locally for affordable housing and nonviolence.

“KBOO is an incredible community resource and I want to use my time there to elevate and increase the community’s investment,” Crenshaw told The Skanner News this week. In a post to social media over the weekend, hiring committee chair Matt Bristow was jubilant in making the announcement:

I am very happy and thankful to have served as chair of a successful hiring team at KBOO Community Radio, where I work as a member of the board of directors,” Bristow wrote. “At our recent monthly meeting the full board unanimously approved the hire of Monica Beemer (well-known/loved from Sisters Of The Road) and Michael Mic Crenshaw (literally the most respected hip-hop artist/activist in town) as the new radio station co-managers! They are two of the most amazing people in Portland (and the planet), and a perfect fit for the job. Check 'em out!”

Bristow also announced that the Federal Communications Commission has approved the station’s operating license for the next seven years.

Beemer, who left Sisters of the Road’s chief position after helping the staff create a collective management structure last year, is also co-chair of the U.S. Assembly to End Poverty; a former member of the National Coordinating Council of the Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign; and a founding board members of the Western Regional Advocacy Project.

She has been honored for her work by the Red Cross’ Red Dress Society.
The spate of good news is a noteworthy development for the little station, where bad press and infighting on the board of directors led to an identity crisis last year and the resignation of an interim station manager.

Crenshaw has for many years been active in anti-poverty and anti-racism community activism. He recently partnered with Dead Prez on a new recording, “Superheroes,” described as “a classic tribute to everyday people.”

Crenshaw will be presenting at ConcordiaUniversity’s TedX conference next May on The Power of Words. He also participates with the Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan and plans a trip to that continent later this year.

“I think that the co-leadership arrangement is going to be ideal for KBOO,” Bristow said on Facebook yesterday. “Monica has a lot of experience co-directing at Sisters. Mic & Monica have been working well together for many years.”

For more information on KBOO Community Radio go to www.kboo.fm

 

Jefferson Students March to Support Teachers

Chanting “We are the future,” and “We deserve a better education,” the students marched out of the school and walked along N. Killingsworth St. Some held signs with messages such as “We love our teachers,” and “No racist school closures" …To read the whole story click here


Another Florida Man Gets Away with Murder

As we approach the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder on Sanford, Fla., justice again has been shortchanged in the Sunshine State … For all the information click here 


TEDx Superstar Ken Robinson on Creativity, Education, and Reforming the System

The Skanner News spoke with Robinson about Garfield High School’s Common Core protests, the possible upcoming teachers strike in Portland and how every community has the power to improve their schools … To check it out click here 
 


Fairness Hearing in Portland's Police and Civil Rights Settlement: Feb 18

Police accountability activists are preparing to testify at a fairness hearing on the proposed settlement between the City of Portland and the Department of Justice … To read all about it click here


Intisar Abioto Rebuilds with ‘The Black Portlanders’ IndieGoGo Campaign

Through a series of unrelated recent events, Black Portlanders have landed on the national stage … To check the details click here 

Spotlight Falls on the Minimum Wage as Way to Tackle Poverty

Calls to raise the minimum wage are escalating, as low-waged workers across the country protest the plight of families struggling to make ends meet, even when adults are working full time… To check it out click here


The Skanner Foundation's 2014 Martin Luther King Breakfast

Keynote speaker for the Breakfast is Dr. Bruce Goldberg, Oregon Health Authority director recently tapped as temporary executive director of CoverOregon. … For all the information click here



U.S. Mayors' Report: More Americans Homeless and Hungry

The downturn in the economy and a lack of local resources have forced more Americans to live under bridges, in their cars and on the couches of other family members … To read the whole story click here 



Legal Marijuana Sales Bring Buyers to Colorado

The world was watching as Colorado unveiled the modern world's first fully legal marijuana industry — no doctor's note required. … To check it out click here 


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No New Leads on Fatal Shooting by Oregon State Trooper

Thursday killing was the second by an Oregon State Trooper during traffic stops last week – and the fourth this year.

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September 05, 2013

Days have passed but there is no new information on the Oregon State Trooper fatal shooting of John Van Allen II, last Thursday afternoon on I-84 in the Columbia Gorge about 100 miles east of Portland.

Allen, 34, had only moved to Portland late last year, but his cousin told The Oregonian he was already headed with his three kids back to settle with family in South Carolina.

He was shot in the chest by Trooper Matthew Zistel, 26, who says Allen got out of his car and started shooting during a traffic stop on the highway.

Zistel says he stopped Allen for speeding; Oregon State Police spokesman Lt. Greg Hastings says the two exchanged words before the gunfire broke out.

No officials, friends or family members have offered any reason why Allen might have shot at a law enforcement officer. Allen has no arrest history and had served in the U.S. Army.

Zistel was also shot in the incident but his wound was described as “minor.”

Thursday’s fatal shooting was the second by an Oregon State Trooper during traffic stops last week – and the fourth this year.

Statistics show an extremely low incidence of trooper-involved shootings in Oregon, with just 125 use of force incidents in 2012 overall – out of about a quarter million trooper-public contacts.

“An even smaller percent actually end with a trooper-involved shooting,” Hastings said.

In Thursday’s shooting, the autopsy showed Allen died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, and that the shot came from Zistel’s gun.

His three kids -- ages 10, 13 and 15 -- were in the car at the time of the shooting.

They were unharmed by the gunshots and taken into state custody; it is unclear whether they have been released to their family yet.

Allen’s family and friends have told media that the incident is out of character; some expressed surprise that he would endanger his children.

Sherman County District Attorney Wade M. McLeod’s staff had no comment on the case, which is currently being investigated by the state police Criminal Investigations Division, Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, and The Dalles Police Department.

Hastings says that after the investigation into Allen’s killing, McLeod gets to decide whether any charges will be filed against Zistel.

“If the District Attorney decides to present a case to the Grand Jury, the District Attorney shall promptly notify the involved law enforcement agency, involved officer, and, when appropriate, the public,” his statement said.  

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Somali American Council of Oregon Seeks to Unite Frightened Community
African youth are at-risk from extremists, but they are also caught in the school to prison pipeline… To read all about it click here

VIDEO: Worksystems Campaign Wants 1000 Summer Jobs for Youth
Almost 90 percent of Black males aged 16-19 have no work … 
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Be Heard: NewsHour Collects Oral Histories of Voting Rights Act 
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Kids Count Data Book Shows More Oregon Families in Poverty
Oregon is losing ground on three key measures of child welfare, according to the 2011 Kids Count Data Book. Released last week by the national child welfare nonprofit the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Data Book profiles each state using 10 standard benchmarks … To read the whole story click here


Celebrate the Life, the Dream, the Legacy
The Dedication Ceremony of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. will be held on Sunday, August 28, 11 a.m, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington. Five days of exciting events will lead up to this historic moment. Our advertisers General Motors and Toyota are both proud sponsors of the Washington DC Memorial, see www.mlkmemorial.org. The General Motors Foundation also recommend that you visit www.DedicatetheDream.org



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Another Florida Man Gets Away with Murder

As we approach the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder on Sanford, Fla., justice again has been shortchanged in the Sunshine State … For all the information click here 


TEDx Superstar Ken Robinson on Creativity, Education, and Reforming the System

The Skanner News spoke with Robinson about Garfield High School’s Common Core protests, the possible upcoming teachers strike in Portland and how every community has the power to improve their schools … To check it out click here 
 


Fairness Hearing in Portland's Police and Civil Rights Settlement: Feb 18

Police accountability activists are preparing to testify at a fairness hearing on the proposed settlement between the City of Portland and the Department of Justice … To read all about it click here


Intisar Abioto Rebuilds with ‘The Black Portlanders’ IndieGoGo Campaign

Through a series of unrelated recent events, Black Portlanders have landed on the national stage … To check the details click here 

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