MARCH 29, 2017 Portland and Seattle Volume XXXIX No. 26 25 CENTS News ................................ 3,8,9 A & E .....................................6-7 Opinion ...................................2 Concerns About Trump ...9 Calendars ........................... 4-5 Bids/Classifieds ....................11 CHALLENGING PEOPLE TO SHAPE A BETTER FUTURE NOW VIDEO STILL FROM WHITTEN’S FB LIVESTREAM PASSING THE TORCH Cameron Whitten, executive director of Know Your City, addresses the “Salem Stands for Love” rally at Salem Capitol, on March 25. Black Man Assaulted at March P ortland activist Cameron Whit- ten was met with racist remarks, physical aggression and death threats during the pro-Trump ral- ly, “Oregon Make America Great Again March” in Salem on Saturday. Onsite police did little to mitigate the hostile incident. Whitten, the 25-year-old executive director of the nonprofit Know Your City — which provides educational and arts programs to youth and adults in Portland — attended the rally on March 25 because, he explained in a Facebook post about the encounter, “I personally PHOTO: AAMAQ NEWS AGENCY VIA AP See ASSAULT on page 3 This image from March 2017 shows a veiled child in a park in Raqqa, Syria. As U.S.-backed forces bear down on the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, all men have been ordered to wear the jihadis’ “Afghan” garb, so attackers will be unable to distinguish militants from civilians. World News Briefs Brexit, Militants using civilians in Syria page 8 Rose Festival Court is Historically Diverse page 6 Kirby McCurtis (left) takes over as interim administrator at the North Portland Neighborhood Library, as Patricia Welch (right) says goodbye after almost 20 years as the branch’s manager. North Portland Library Says Goodbye On Saturday, Patricia Welch will pass the baton to Kirby McCurtis By Melanie Sevcenko Of The Skanner News P atricia Welch first fell in love with reading during story time at her public library in Baltimore. She read everything – books, magazines, even the old newspapers her grand- mother would lay out on the floor after waxing it. “I just enjoyed reading,” said Welch, who cites “Long Division” by Kiese Laymon and “This Side of Home” by Portland na- tive Renée Watson as her current favorite books. “It made me happy, especial- ly when I figured out that I could learn things that adults didn’t even know about.” Her junior high librarian also made an impression. She seemed to know every- thing, remembers Welch, and she always dressed so elegantly, which the young girl looked up to. Yet Welch never considered becom- ing a librarian until a ca- reer questionnaire in Sev- enteen magazine planted the seed. She went on to earn a master’s in library scienc- es from the University of Michigan’s School of In- formation, and for twenty years has been the admin- istrator at the North Port- land branch of the Mult- nomah County Library. It’s a position that brought her from Detroit to the Rose City — and the broader Pacific Northwest — for the first time in Octo- ber of 1996. Welch recalled her ini- tial reaction to the North branch, when she discov- ered its Black Resource Center, a collection of over 7,000 items including scholarly and popular Af- rican American literature, children’s books, films, pe- riodicals, and music. “I just kept thinking, I want this job,” Welch re- called. “This was the job I was supposed to have. This was the place I was supposed to be. I wanted to work with African Ameri- can literature materials in a diverse neighborhood. I wanted to work someplace where I thought I could make a difference, and this job has been all of those things.” Welch wanted the job so bad, she gleefully told The See WELCH on page 3 Former OHSU Employee Resigns EEOC numbers say incidents involving nooses in workplaces have risen in recent years By Christen McCurdy Of The Skanner News A former medical assistant at Oregon Health & Sciences University resigned her po- sition at the end of February, three months after she discovered a coworker had posted a sign with a noose in a working area — prompt- ing her union to file a grievance on her behalf and also prompting her to take medical leave. Maria Frazier told The Skanner she no longer feels safe at the institution, as after several meetings with uni- versity officials and media coverage by the Portland Tribune and KBOO, she was offered free counseling but not assured the physician’s assistant who placed the noose and sign would be disciplined. “They minimized violating my civil See OHSU on page 3 PHOTO BY M.O. STEVENS VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS The Skanner News Staff PHOTO BY MELANIE SEVCENKO Portland activist Cameron Whitten says police failed to help A medical assistant left her job at Oregon Health & Sciences University after a coworker taped a noose to a doorway in her working area last November.