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Below are fast-breaking news items.

A wrestling competition that pits Jefferson High School against Roosevelt High School will support families in need this holiday season. Two cans of food wins you entry to the youth wrestling event at Jefferson High School, 5:30 pm Dec. 18. The event is organized by the Police Sunshine Division.  

Please join PAALF for the next intergenerational forum in our quarterly series.

Topic: Bringing together generations to explore community strength and resiliency within the cycle of displacement and gentrification

Date: Wednesday, December 11 
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)
                4134 N. Vancouver Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
                (Parking available. Bus and Bike friendly)

TO RSVP, please click here.

Questions? Please contact Rachel Gilmer at [email protected] or ph. 503.249.1721 Ext. 230.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reports that the University in Washington will enroll 6,255 students, its largest first-year class ever.


Durieul HarrisPortland Police Bureau have released two surveillance camera images of possible witnesses to the shooting of Durieul Harris. Harris, pictured left) was shot in the early hours of Nov. 9,  outside the Fontaine Bleau Nightclub, at 237 Northeast Broadway in Portland.
Police say they found a crowd of 75-100 people fighting as Harris, 30, lay bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds. Harris died at the scene.  Two other people suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds during the disturbance.
Homicide detectives have conducted several interviews, but say many people fled the scene without talking to police.  They are asking those people to come forward, saying they may have critical information.
The surveillance images, released show a man that possibly witnessed the shooting. Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying this possible witness.

You can give information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony.

Unidentified witnessLeave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information. Unidentified witness from surveillance footage



The International Center for Traditional Childbearing holds it final doula training of 2013 December 12-15 in Portland, Oregon. 

The ICTC Full Circle Doula training prepares well-rounded professionals to offer both prenatal and postpartum services to birthing women.

With infant mortality in the black community far higher than in the general population, ICTC strives to close this gap by training women to become doulas in our communities.

Register or find out more at ictcmidwives.org

Police responded to a report of several gunshots fired around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 26 at Northwest 6th Avenue and Everett St. Officers found evidence of gunfire on 6th Avenue but no victims or suspects.
Around 2:45 a.m. a man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound arrived at a local hospital.
Police believe the shooting was gang-related. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gang Enforcement Team at (503) 823-4106.

San Jose resident Ashlei McPherson has started an online petition at change.org, asking for more accountability from administrators over the case of a Black student who says he was racially harassed by four roommates. The four roommates allegedly: taunted the student with racial slurs; placed a bike lock around his neck and said they lost the key; put a Confederate flag in the room and barricaded the student in his room.

Read The Skanner News full story here

The petition reads:

President Mohammad Qayoumi, San Jose State University 

The punishment of the four students in question should include but are not limited to: expulsion, revoking housing privileges, financial aid and eco passes. Additionally, someone in the chain of command in housing should be held responsible for not taking action sooner and failure to take action sooner.


Click here to sign the petition on Change-org

Police have a message for you this holiday season: Think before you drink and don’t be a danger on the road.


211 is getting the word out that many organizations in the Tri-County Portland Metro Area are looking for clothes and other items to help people experiencing homelessness. They say you should contact the organization before dropping off your donation.

Anyone in need of shelter services can dial 2-1-1, toll-free, to be referred to a shelter. 211info is available 24/7 in Multnomah County for families seeking shelters. 211info is open 8am to 6pm Monday - Friday in Washington and Clackamas counties. 

Homeless people need:


Adult socks

Adult men’s and women’s underwear (all sizes)



Drop donations off Monday - Friday 10am to 3pm. Otherwise call (503) 232-7052 ext 204.


1435 NE 81st Ave.
Portland, OR 97213

 Janus Youth Programs

Folks can bring donations to the Janus Youth administrative offices located at 707 NE Couch Street, Monday- Friday 9am-5pm. Over the weekend they can call the Access Center at (503) 432-3986 between 8am and 6pm to arrange a delivery to our downtown shelter building.

They’re most in need of blankets, sleeping bags, warm hats and warm gloves (preferably in darker colors).

 Street Roots

Street Roots vendors are in need of little hotties hand warmers. 

You can drop them off at:

211 NW Davis St. 
Portland, OR 97209-3922


M-F 7:30-3
Sat 7:30-2
Sun 7:30-11

 Transition Projects

TPI is in need of coats—particularly larger sizes and sleeping bags.

Contact information: 650 NW Irving St, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 280-4700

 The Washington County Shelter Network

If you would like to donate to these shelters, please contact them directly - they could use socks, gloves, coats and sleeping bags. 

Forest Grove United Church of Christ

Safe Place Shelter

St. Anthony's Catholic Church

Rolling Hills Community Church

 Father’s Heart Street Ministry Winter Shelter

In need of gloves, men’s jeans, thermal underwear, sleeping bags, hygiene items (i.e. razors, deodorant) cold cereal, juice and men’s and women's underwear.

Drop off at The Father’s Heart Tues-Fri from 8:30am-4:00pm, and as long as we are open at night for warming center, 5pm-10pm. 603 12th Street, Oregon City. 503-722-9780


Sister Simone Campbell visited Oregon last week to take part in several events including a conversation with Gov. John Kitzhaber and first Lady Cylvia Hayes about poverty, prosperity and economic justice.


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