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Lisa Mensah New OCF CEO, Anti-Asian Bias Crime, Parade Shooting, Black Jewish Leader, and more
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News Roundup

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Obama Nominee In As New Oregon Community Foundation CEO

Lisa Mensah returns to her home state. ... Read The Skanner's Interview

Man Punches Father, Child in Suspected Anti-Asian Bias Crime

A man punched a father and his 5-year-old daughter riding bikes on Portland’s Eastbank Esplanade near the Hawthorne Bridge in an alleged anti-Asian bias crime... Read more

July 4 Parade Shooting Leaves 6 Dead, 30 Hurt; Man Detained

A shooter fired from a rooftop in suburban Chicago, spraying the crowd with gunshots initially mistaken for fireworks before hundreds of panicked revelers fled in terror ... Read more

Black Jewish Leader Works to Boost Community, Inclusiveness

Nate Looney believes he can channel his painful personal experiences into healing divisions and changing perceptions... Read more

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Sworn-in as First Black Woman on U.S. Supreme Court

“It is an honor of a lifetime to have this chance to join the court, to promote the rule of law at the highest level, and to do my part to carry out shared project of democracy and equal justice under law forward, into the future.”... Read more

Biden to Award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

The honor is reserved for people who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values or security of the United States, world peace or other significant societal public or private endeavors... Read more

COMMENTARY: The Lost Conversation

Because I find loyalty to the ex-President or to gun rights so mysterious, I would have welcomed some sort of dialogue with opposing views, though we all sensed it was a bridge too far... Read more

The Long, Ongoing Debate Over ‘All Men Are Created Equal’

We say ‘All men are created equal’ but does that mean we need to make everyone entirely equal at all times, or does it mean everyone gets a fair shot?... Read more


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Midterm Elections, Buffalo Shooting Victims, Anti-Poverty Program, Brittney Griner, and more
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News Roundup

Monday, May 16, 2022

2022 Midterms: What to Watch as 5 States Hold Primaries

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 is the last day for Oregon voters to return ballots. Ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by election day. Ballots deposited in an official drop box must be received by 8 p.m. on election day.... Read more

Buffalo: Ten Dead and Others Wounded in 'Racially Motivated' Shooting

An 18-year-old White man opened fire in Black neighborhood killing 10 and wounding 3 in what authorities have identified as 'racially motivated violent extremism'... Read more

Officials Release Names of Those Killed in Racist Buffalo Massacre

Among the victims in the Buffalo shooting was a former police officer, and 11 of the 13 killed or injured were Black... Read more

House Passes Bipartisan Update to Anti-Poverty Program Led by Bonamici, Thompson

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program had not been updated since 1998... Read more

WA High Court: Drivers Can Get DUIs for Driving While High

The decision upholds the state’s decade-old law regulating marijuana use behind the wheel of a car... Read more

No Sea Serpents, Mobsters but Tahoe Trash Divers Strike Gold

Scuba divers who spent a year cleaning up Lake Tahoe’s entire 72-mile shoreline have come away with what they hope will prove a valuable incentive... Read more

Detention of WNBA Star Brittney Griner in Moscow Extended by 1 Month

Alexander Boykov, the lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner, said the extension of her pre-trial detention by one month may be a sign that her case would go to trial soon... Read more

EXPLAINER: White ‘Replacement Theory’ Fuels Racist Attacks

A racist ideology seeping from the internet’s fringes into the mainstream is being investigated as a motivating factor in the supermarket shooting that killed 10 people in Buffalo, New York... Read more


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Metro Candidates, Rose Festival, Community Funds, Black Genealogy, Reparations, Films, and more
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Friday, April 15, 2022

Portland-Area Metro Candidates Discuss Racial Equity, Housing Affordability and The Future of Regional Government

Metro Council candidates run amid a fraught political landscape... Read more

Annual Rose Festival Blessing at Mt. Olivet Church Saturday

The Rose Festival Court of 15 Princesses will make their first public appearance at the annual Blessing of the Rose Festival, celebrating the return of Portland’s official festival, Saturday, noon, April 16... Read more

April Storm Improves 2022 PNW Water Outlook, Drought Remains

Climatologists say rare April snow along with rain sweeping across the Pacific Northwest this week could increase water supplies, slow snow melt and lengthen the irrigation season... Read more

Community Events Activation Fund Program Now Open

According to the mayor, prioritization will be given to Portland’s BIPOC communities... Read more

Space Needle Celebrates 60th With Painting Contest

The Needle is holding a contest for five winners to help paint the sloped roof!... Read more

Black Genealogy Group Breaks Down Brick Walls

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon’s (GFO) African American Special Interest Group presents “Breaking Down Brick Walls With Collaboration” at its April meeting Saturday, April 16, from noon to 2 p.m... Read more

Registration for Summer Recreation Activities Open Now

A wide range of recreation opportunities are available for children and adults including swim lessons, rock climbing, dance classes, and more!... Read more

National Urban League Finds State of Black America Is Grim

While Black people have made economic and health gains, they’ve slipped further behind white people in education, social justice and civic engagement since this index was launched in 2005.... Read more

Reparations Advocates Toast Historic Moment in San Francisco

Members of California’s first-in-the-nation reparations task force are making history as they work to educate the public and develop a restitution proposal for the people harmed by the institution of slavery... Read more

Film Review: The Devil You Know

Marcus and Drew are like Cain and Abel. Two brothers both loving and jealous. In the bible, only Cain survived. Should one of them be worried?... Read more

Do You Need a Second Booster Shot? An Epidemiologist Scoured the Latest Research and Has Some answers

The latest recommendations have left many wondering about the importance of boosters for protection against COVID-19. Is a fourth dose necessary?... Read more


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Breaking News

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Portland City Council Races Draw Challenges from Community Organizers, A Union Rep

Hardesty and Ryan run to keep their seats for second term. The Skanner talks to the top candidates... Read more

Jackson Confirmed as First Black Female High Court Justice

Cheers rang out in the Senate chamber as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed 53-47, mostly along party lines but with three Republican votes... Read more

April 11 10 a.m. Event Honoring Civil Rights Champion Robert Phillips

Chair Deborah Kafoury, PBOT and Community Leaders install a memorial street sign near childhood home... Read more

Live Broadcast of World Premiere An African American Requiem

Radio stations will simulcast Damien Geter’s first-of-its-kind requiem live from Portland, on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 5:50 p.m. PT... Read more

Op-Ed: Reparations Must Be Harms-Based

Race-neutral or “slavery lineage” eligibility for reparations versus a stronger harms-based approach means that White people and other non-Black people will be considered for reparations... Read more

Obama’s White House Visit Stirs Laughter, Memories and New Health Care Proposal

With President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris standing alongside him, Obama referred to the current commander-in-chief as “Vice President Biden.”.. Read more

Biden-Harris Administration Extends Student Loan Pause Through August 31

While the economy continues to improve and COVID cases continue to decline, President Biden has made clear the continuing need to respond to the pandemic and its economic consequences... Read more

Black-Owned Card Game Enters Digital Space With Wordle Inspires ‘IYKYK’ Online App

Inspired by a viral social media acronym that hundreds of people seemed to be able to decode with ease, CultureTags was born... Read more


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Seattle's Eviction Moratorium Will Expire at the End of February

Oregon Bill Tries to Revive Campaign Finance Limits

Compensating the Wrongly Convicted

WA Senate OKs Ban on Sales of High-Capacity Gun Ammunition


Black Student Union Plans for Celebratory February

The month-long activities will culminate in Linfield University's first-ever Black Wall Street, a festival for Black artists,...

Local Huntington's and Parkinson's disease Research Study Needs Participants

Participants will be compensated for their time. ...

Celebrate Black History Month With Free Events

Hidden history and stories revealed throughout Black History Month in this list of online events. ...

Community, others honors firefighter killed in explosion

ST. PAUL, Ore. (AP) — An estimated 5,000 people attended the memorial service for a St. Paul, Oregon, firefighter on Saturday afternoon. Austin Smith, 30, died after an explosion occurred while he was battling a large barn fire. KOIN-TV reports hundreds of emergency...


Justice Department: Gambling center plan unconstitutional

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Justice has released an opinion that the planned gambling machines in an entertainment center next to the Grants Pass Downs horse racing track amount to a casino that would violate the Oregon Constitution. The Justice Department...

UNLV promotes interim AD Harper to full-time job

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV has promoted interim athletic director Erick Harper to serve in the job full time. Harper's hiring, announced on Monday, was effective Jan. 1. He had served as interim athletic director since Desiree Reed-Francois left UNLV for Missouri in August. ...

Army stuns Missouri in Armed Forces Bowl on last-second FG

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Cole Talley kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired and Army rallied to beat Missouri 24-22 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night. After the Tigers took a 22-21 lead on a touchdown with 1:11 to play, third-string quarterback Jabari Laws led Army...


Strickland Urges State Legislature to Support High Speed Rail

High Speed Rail can drive economic growth in the South Sound Washington and beyond ...

Black America Deserves Its Fair Share of the American Dream

Affordable rentals shrinking, growing mortgage denials block homeownership ...

Landmark $1.85 Billion in Relief Secured for Federal and Private Loan Borrowers

State AGs reach settlement with nation’s largest student loan servicer ...

OP-ED: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

January 6th, Voting Rights and the Tyranny Threatening America ...



For Asian American women, Olympics reveal a harsh duality

BEIJING (AP) — Across two pandemic Olympics set in Asian countries, Asian American women fronting the Games have encountered a whiplashing duality — prized on the global stage for their medal-winning talent, buffeted by the escalating crisis of racist abuse at home. The world’s...

Hate crime probe sought in Mississippi attempted shooting

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys for a Black delivery driver are calling for a federal hate crimes probe of the attempted shooting of the driver in Mississippi, saying it's another example of Black Americans facing danger simply for going about their daily activities. The FedEx...

Lawyers demand serious charges for gunfire at Black driver

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two white men were arrested earlier this week, days after a Black delivery van driver accused them of chasing him and shooting at him after he dropped off a package in a Mississippi city. But driver D’Monterrio Gibson, 24, on Friday said he doesn’t believe...


Afrofuturism showcased at Carnegie Hall in 2-month festival

NEW YORK (AP) — Afrofuturism is getting a spotlight at Carnegie Hall as the bastion of New York City music and culture takes another step toward normalcy. Grammy Award winner Flying Lotus, also known as FlyLo, makes his Carnegie debut Saturday night to open a two-month Afrofuturism...

Tommy Castro leads with 5 Blues Music Awards nominations

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tommy Castro, Chris Cain and Tom Hambridge have earned the most nominations for this year's Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee. Nominations for the 43rd Blues Music Awards were announced Thursday by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. Winners will be...

Julia Garner plays fake German heiress
in 'Inventing Anna'

NEW YORK (AP) — Julia Garner admits to feeling “intimidated” when she met Anna Sorokin — who posed as a German heiress in New York society named Anna Delvey — and was later convicted of fraud. Garner portrays Sorokin in the new Shonda Rhimes series for Netflix, “Inventing...

On the Ice, a Question: Where Are the Black Figure Skaters?

Review: Moonfall

Questlove & Black Thought's 'Descendant' to Be Released Through Obamas Production Company

Black Films Thrive at Sundance Film Festival 2022


Masterclass Releases Free Lessons to Honor Black History Month

How Raising Interest Rates Curbs Inflation

McConnell Rebukes RNC, Calls Jan. 6 'Violent Insurrection'

S Carolina push to be 49th state with hate crime law stalls

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It took South Carolina lawmakers only two months to act when a female college student was...

In 2nd Floyd killing trial, judge seeks speed, not emotion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When a witness to George Floyd's killing choked up while testifying during the trial of...

GOP pushes US schools to post all class materials online

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican state lawmakers across the U.S. are trying to require schools to post all...

GLIMPSES: A white coating for the Winter Olympics — finally

BEIJING (AP) — The Beijing Olympics have been watched closely for snow — the artificial kind, made by...

'Sheer tenacity': Taiwan skier falls on slope, picks self up

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — When 19-year old Maggie Lee fell on her first run down the slope and missed one of the...

BEIJING SNAPSHOT: Getting to China's new national ski venue

YANQING, China (AP) — Bus, bus, train, bus, bus, gondola, gondola, gondola. The journey from the...

Kathleen and Percy Hampton

Kathleen and Percy Hampton are happy they reached a resolution to the conflict last month over service in an Alberta street restaurant. Photo by Jerry Foster

A lawsuit alleging denial of service brought by Alberta Street resident Kathleen Hampton against Enzo’s Caffé Italiano has been amicably settled over a pan of the restaurant’s famous homemade lasagna.

Hampton told The Skanner News last week that Enzo had reached out to her with a letter asking for a meeting, and that the food – and Enzo – were wonderful.

Maybe even the best in town.

“I feel good about it,” Hampton said Wednesday. “I think he’s a nice man and he’s been thinking about what happened.”

Details of a legal agreement reached between the two remains sealed.

It’s a stunning turnaround for a case that spread around the globe and touched a raw nerve in Northeast Portland, where Alberta Street’s gentrification remains headline news.

However, the number of similar complaints posted locally to social media beg the question: How do you prove your bad restaurant service is a civil rights violation?

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Hundreds 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


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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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 has 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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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 


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.


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    


  • 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

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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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 mo