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NORTHWEST NEWS

Don’t Shoot Portland, University of Oregon Team Up for Black Narratives, Memory

The yearly Memory Work for Black Lives Plenary shows the power of preservation.

Grants Pass Anti-Camping Laws Head to Supreme Court

Grants Pass in southern Oregon has become the unlikely face of the nation’s homelessness crisis as its case over anti-camping laws goes to the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled for April 22. The case has broad implications for cities, including whether they can fine or jail people for camping in public. Since 2020, court orders have barred Grants Pass from enforcing its anti-camping laws. Now, the city is asking the justices to review lower court rulings it says has prevented it from addressing the city's homelessness crisis. Rights groups say people shouldn’t be punished for lacking housing.

Four Ballot Measures for Portland Voters to Consider

Proposals from the city, PPS, Metro and Urban Flood Safety & Water Quality District.

Washington Gun Store Sold Hundreds of High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines in 90 Minutes Without Ban

KGW-TV reports Wally Wentz, owner of Gator’s Custom Guns in Kelso, described Monday as “magazine day” at his store. Wentz is behind the court challenge to Washington’s high-capacity magazine ban, with the help of the Silent Majority Foundation in eastern Washington.

NEWS BRIEFS

Governor Kotek Announces Chief of Staff, New Office Leadership

Governor expands executive team and names new Housing and Homelessness Initiative Director ...

Governor Kotek Announces Investment in New CHIPS Child Care Fund

5 Million dollars from Oregon CHIPS Act to be allocated to new Child Care Fund ...

Bank Announces 14th Annual “I Got Bank” Contest for Youth in Celebration of National Financial Literacy Month

The nation’s largest Black-owned bank will choose ten winners and award each a $1,000 savings account ...

Literary Arts Transforms Historic Central Eastside Building Into New Headquarters

The new 14,000-square-foot literary center will serve as a community and cultural hub with a bookstore, café, classroom, and event...

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Announces New Partnership with the University of Oxford

Tony Bishop initiated the CBCF Alumni Scholarship to empower young Black scholars and dismantle financial barriers ...

Oregon lodge famously featured in 'The Shining' will reopen to guests after fire forced evacuations

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's historic Timberline Lodge, which featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film “The Shining,” will reopen to guests Sunday after a fire that prompted evacuations but caused only minimal damage. The lodge said Saturday in a Facebook post that it...

Record numbers in the US are homeless. Can cities fine them for sleeping in parks and on sidewalks?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most significant case in decades on homelessness has reached the Supreme Court as record numbers of people in America are without a permanent place to live. The justices on Monday will consider a challenge to rulings from a California-based appeals court that...

Two-time world champ J’den Cox retires at US Olympic wrestling trials; 44-year-old reaches finals

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — J’den Cox walked off the mat after dropping a 2-2 decision to Kollin Moore at the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials on Friday night, leaving his shoes behind to a standing ovation. The bronze medal winner at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 was beaten by...

University of Missouri plans 0 million renovation of Memorial Stadium

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is planning a 0 million renovation of Memorial Stadium. The Memorial Stadium Improvements Project, expected to be completed by the 2026 season, will further enclose the north end of the stadium and add a variety of new premium...

OPINION

Op-Ed: Why MAGA Policies Are Detrimental to Black Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE – MAGA proponents peddle baseless claims of widespread voter fraud to justify voter suppression tactics that disproportionately target Black voters. From restrictive voter ID laws to purging voter rolls to limiting early voting hours, these...

Loving and Embracing the Differences in Our Youngest Learners

Yet our responsibility to all parents and society at large means we must do more to share insights, especially with underserved and under-resourced communities. ...

Gallup Finds Black Generational Divide on Affirmative Action

Each spring, many aspiring students and their families begin receiving college acceptance letters and offers of financial aid packages. This year’s college decisions will add yet another consideration: the effects of a 2023 Supreme Court, 6-3 ruling that...

OP-ED: Embracing Black Men’s Voices: Rebuilding Trust and Unity in the Democratic Party

The decision of many Black men to disengage from the Democratic Party is rooted in a complex interplay of historical disenchantment, unmet promises, and a sense of disillusionment with the political establishment. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Councilwoman chosen as new Fort Wayne mayor, its 1st Black leader, in caucus to replace late mayor

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Fort Wayne city councilwoman was chosen Saturday as the new mayor of Indiana’s second most populous city, and its first Black leader, during a caucus to replace its late mayor, who died in March. Councilwoman Sharon Tucker, a Democrat, will also become...

The drug war devastated Black and other minority communities. Is marijuana legalization helping?

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — When Washington state opened some of the nation's first legal marijuana stores in 2014, Sam Ward Jr. was on electronic home detention in Spokane, where he had been indicted on federal drug charges. He would soon be off to prison to serve the lion's share of a four-year...

Lawsuits under New York's new voting rights law reveal racial disenfranchisement even in blue states

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Weihua Yan had seen dramatic demographic changes since moving to Long Island's Nassau County. Its Asian American population alone had grown by 60% since the 2010 census. Why then, he wondered, did he not see anyone who looked like him on the county's local...

ENTERTAINMENT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 21-27

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 21-27: April 21: Actor Elaine May is 92. Singer Iggy Pop is 77. Actor Patti LuPone is 75. Actor Tony Danza is 73. Actor James Morrison (“24”) is 70. Actor Andie MacDowell is 66. Singer Robert Smith of The Cure is 65. Guitarist Michael...

What to stream this weekend: Conan O’Brien travels, 'Migration' soars and Taylor Swift reigns

Zack Snyder’s “Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver” landing on Netflix and Taylor Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department” album are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you. Also among the streaming offerings worth your time as...

Music Review: Jazz pianist Fred Hersch creates subdued, lovely colors on 'Silent, Listening'

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch fully embraces the freedom that comes with improvisation on his solo album “Silent, Listening,” spontaneously composing and performing tunes that are often without melody, meter or form. Listening to them can be challenging and rewarding. The many-time...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

2 killed and 6 injured in shooting at Memphis park party, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Eight people were shot including two men who were killed at an unsanctioned public party...

Autoworkers union celebrates breakthrough win in Tennessee and takes aim at more plants in the South

DALLAS (AP) — The United Auto Workers' overwhelming election victory at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee is...

Marijuana grow busted in Maine as feds investigate trend in 20 states

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The high electricity consumption of a home, its cardboard-covered windows and odor of...

Pakistani province issues a flood alert and warns of a heavy loss of life from glacial melting

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani province has issued a flood alert because of glacial melting and warned of...

The US military will begin plans to withdraw troops from Niger

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United States will begin plans to withdraw troops from Niger, U.S. officials said...

Satellite image analyzed by AP shows damage after Iranian attack on Israeli desert air base

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian attack on an Israeli desert air base last week as part of Tehran's...

Kelly Gilblom Uw News Lab

The number of Washington families struggling with hunger has risen through the recession, according to recent report by the Food and Research Action Center.
Nearly one in five of the almost half a million families polled said they struggled to afford food in 2009. The previous year, the hunger rate was 16 percent, two percentage points lower than now.
"The recession really has caused a lot more families to get to the point where they don't have enough to eat," said Linda Stone, senior food policy coordinator for Children's Alliance- a state group that advocates for the wellbeing of children. Intractable parts of a family budget such as rent, utilities and car expenses squeeze out money for meals.
With unemployment rates now in the double digits, it is not a surprise to see more people straining to afford the basics. According to Stone, individuals on fixed incomes, senior citizens with small pensions, those with language barriers or in distant, rural communities and families with young children are the most common demographics that encounter problems affording food.
To cope, many enlist in the Washington Basic Food Program, known as food stamps, or the Women Infant Children Program, which provides basics such as milk and eggs. Children can also sign up to receive breakfast and lunch at public school.
The Basic Food Program, which was revamped in 2008, now allows individuals to apply online and be interviewed for acceptance over the phone. Since the changes, it has seen a 50 percent rise with 850,000 families in the state receiving food stamps to purchase what the program refers to as "basic nutrition."
However, some still struggle to make do, especially at the end of the month, said Stone. They might need to go to a food bank as a last resort.
"You can go to a food bank pretty much every week if you need to. That's how a lot of families get it for the month," said Stone. "And so far they have really been able to help."
Peggy Bailey, operations manager of the Ballard Food Bank, has seen demand rise by 30 percent over the past year.
"A lot of people who are in our lines this year were donors last year," she said.
The food bank, which receives food largely through private donations and grocery store surplus, never turns anyone away.
Though, the common thread through all forms of food handouts is the risk of a lack of adequate nutrition.
"Healthy food costs more," said Stone. "You can certainly afford more top ramen and macaroni and cheese than fresh fruits and vegetables."
Because of underfunding, food programs cannot buy high quality foods.
One of the groups with the greatest food hardships is families with young children. Kids in their early years usually have young parents, which means less time having been established in the work force, and a greater need for governmental help.
Already, 42 percent of eligible school age children are signed up to receive free or reduced priced meal programs at school, according to Stone. Though, only 11 percent of those children enrolled have access to free meals in the summer.
Stone believes the lawmakers can help make a difference in this area. Child nutrition programs are up for reauthorization before Congress this year, so legislators will be required to rewrite the law governing meals available to children.
"We're asking state legislature to provide $250,000 grants to communities," said Stone. "We're in a terrible budget year but frankly we've got a lot of legislators this year who really get it." She said the investment would leverage $3 million to $4 million in federal money.
Washington second district Rep. Rick Larsen, proposed a bill in Dec. 2009 that would also provide after school snacks for children of low-income families. It would function as an amendment to the Child Nutrition Act, expanding federal reimbursement for organizations that provide after-school snacks.
"Our country has a moral obligation to make sure that kids get enough to eat every day," said Rep. Larsens in a Dec. 10 press release. "Improving nutrition for low-income kids helps them perform better in school and avoid serious health problems down the road."
By ticking off the list of available food sources in the Seattle area, it is possible to stay fed, even if it is with great difficulty and without ideal nutrition. However, the greater problem of poverty remains.

The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast