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150216-pasco shootingHundreds Protest Police Shooting in Pasco

Speakers from the community called for a full review of the police department and its policies … For all the information click here


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Washington Health Exchange
Extends Deadline for Some to Get Coverage

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has announced a special enrollment opportunity today for residents who were unable to complete their applications by the Feb. 15 deadline or who may become aware of the tax penalty for not having health insurance under the Affordable Care Act when they filed their annual tax return this year … To read the whole story click here


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Victimize Rape Survivors Again

‘The Word says faith without works is dead. There has to be fruit, there has to be action, there has to be community…there has to be active justice … When you leave that room, you’re still carrying that cross’ … To read all about it click here


150216-thomajon keithChild Poverty Growing in Portland 

Across the metro region, 100,000 – that’s one in five – children are living in poverty. Successful Families 2020 will work with around 5,000 of those children, helping them graduate from school …
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The Skanner News Photo Archive Opens

1,500 images from North and Northeast Portland history have been archived at the Oregon Historical Society… To read the whole story click here


150212-holder ericRecord Level of Criminal Exonerations

Researchers say prosecutors have increasingly taken a harder look at flawed cases, which contributed to a jump in prisoners freed after wrongful convictions… To read all about it click here


150212-kingsmanKam Williams Previews Movies Opening Feb. 13, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus and more… To read the reviews click here


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We now have online classified ad and announcement ordering for your convenience. Place your ad or announcement in print, online or both using our new quick and easy form… Click here to purchase an auto ad.


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40 Years of Service

This is a volunteer gig. I’m a broad-based community organizer. I hope readers will understand our leadership team intends to be inclusive and coalitional. We’ll recruit mindful of folks’ passions.  Whether it’s fair wages, climate justice, immigration reform, campaign finance restructuring, or concerns over New Jim Crow’s school-to-prison pipelines that has turned out thousands to hear my sister Michelle Alexander. The Portland Chapter seeks influence it hasn’t had in a while. To do that, we’re going to need all hands on deck.

JoAnn Hardesty, new NAACP president

JoAnn Hardesty gears up to galvanize some new energy into the Portland chapter of the NAACP, now it its 101st year of operation. One of her first moves to rebuild the organization is to recruit 101 new members in commemoration of the renowned organization’s tenure. Photo provided by Joann Hardesty

 

A seasoned community activist, JoAnn Hardesty’s latest distinction sees her at the helm of the NAACP as the newly appointed president of the civil rights organization’s Portland chapter. Hardesty boasts a long resume that includes heavily steeped in social justice. A  short list of distinctions including serving on the boards of Portland Community Media; US Action and Coalition for a Livable Future and was also elected to the Oregon legislature serving as a state representative from 1995 to 2001.

She hosts her own radio show on KBOO (90.7 FM) ‘Voices from the Edge’ which covers political matters ranging from government, race and environment every Thursday at 8 a.m. Hardesty took the time to answer some questions about her plans in her latest post as the historic NAACP Portland chapter celebrates its 101st year in operation.  

TSN: The Portland branch of the NAACP owns the distinction as being the oldest continuously chartered branch west of the Mississippi, and has a storied history in the city. Though recent years have been a bit quiet, the group's work has continued in a number of civil rights issues in the city. What is your plan of direction for the NAACP as the new Portland president?

Hardesty: I’m a results-oriented kind of gal. The NAACP’s mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of all persons, and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination. My goal for this, our 101st year, is to rebuild and revitalize Chapter 1120B so we are prepared to carry out this mission. My leadership team and I—at the outset-- committed to building our membership base, becoming more collaborative, developing a Youth Council, and celebrating a century of service to this community. Initiatives which follow will come from aspirations of inspired members.

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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Man who Killed Officer Seeks Parole after Reversal

An Oregon man who killed a police officer in 1992 appeared before the Board of Parole after it reversed a decision to release him   

Historic [scripts/minicatblogs/blog_nwnews.php].4 Million Settlement in Discrimination Suit against Daimler

Largest civil rights payout ever awarded to employees of large-scale trucking manufacturer   

Portland Commissioner Fritz Seeks Third Term

Although she has stated many times that her current term would be her last foray into electoral politics, she says the death of her husband changed her mind 

AFRICAN AMERICAN OPINION / NEWS

World is Indifferent to Missing Nigerian Girls

The abducted girls have all but disappeared from the headlines and from the public consciousness  

Selma and the Folks at the ‘Back of the Line’

 I wasn’t surprised that Ava DuVernay’s 'Selma' was nearly completely snubbed for the Oscar nominations last week  

Laws, Law Enforcement, and Our Community by Rep. Lew Frederick

New legislation pushes for greater police accountability   

  • Cubs legend Ernie Banks remembered for unwavering optimism

    CHICAGO (AP) — Fans and friends paid tribute to legendary Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks on Saturday, recalling how he helped break baseball's color barrier during a Hall of Fame career in which he won over teammates and an entire city with the unwavering optimism he brought to the game and life.

  • South Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could — soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks marched to protest the white racist rulers of the time, drawing a bloody crackdown that shocked the world.

  • AP Sportlight

    1913 — Jim Thorpe, star of the 1912 Olympics, signs to play baseball with the New York Giants.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Kam Williams Reviews Movies Opening Jan. 30, 2015

Kam reviews Black or White, The Loft, Girlhood and more... 

Lee Daniels: The 'Empire' Interview

Two-time Oscar-nominee talks about directing for TV   

Cartoons: Je Suis Charlie

Sebastian Foxworth pokes fun at blended family life in this mixed up world    

U.S. AND WORLD NEWS

  • Payday loan usage rates, by state

    The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii. In cases where states had too few survey respondents, the percentage is not reported and marked with an X:

  • Obi Wan, Chewbacca, Vader and gang reunite for new exhibit

    SEATTLE (AP) — The creators of a new traveling exhibit on the costumes of Star Wars are hoping to gather geeks, fashionistas and movie fans together to discuss how clothing helps set the scene.

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'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


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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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Portland mayor Charlie Hales pictured outside The Skanner News offices.
Photo by Lisa Loving

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 
As the Supreme Court hears case challenging the historic legislation, PBS gathers personal stories of its passage… >To check the details click here
Bullying: Adults Need to Check Themselves Before Pointing Fingers at Youth
It's our culture that teaches children to attack the weak…

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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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