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    APRIL 12, 2017
Portland and Seattle Volume XXXIX No. 28
News ...............................3,9,10 A & E .....................................6-7
Opinion ...................................2 Spiritual Care Interns .....9
Calendars ........................... 4-5 Bids/Classifieds ....................11
The Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Peace
and Justice will host a community forum on police
reform April 25.
Host Forums
on Police
itizens concerned about the fate
of police reform in Portland will
have the chance to offer input
at five upcoming forums – four
hosted by the Independent Police Re-
view board, and one hosted by the Al-
bina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for
Peace and Justice.
The AMA will hold a public forum
to take feedback on the city’s progress
with the Department of Justice Agree-
ment from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 at Ma-
ranatha Church, 4222 NE 12th Ave. in
According to a press release the or-
ganization issued last week, leaders
See FORUMS on page 3
‘Sweat’ Wins
Lynn Nottage becomes
the first woman to win
two Pulitzers for drama
page 6
Movies Opening
This Week
page 7
Kev Marcus and Will B, members of Black Violin, the classically trained hip hop duo, performed April 5 to a packed Moore Theatre audience. After
starting their Unity Tour in Portland on April 3, the popular violinists stopped in Seattle before heading off to perform in 13 more cities before ending
their tour on June 18 in Washington D.C.
No Right to Rest for Unhoused Oregonians
As HHB 2215 dies, a new report details criminalization of homelessness
By Christen McCurdy
Of The Skanner News
bill to protect the
rights of houseless
people in public
spaces died quietly
last week, just on the heels
of a report released by the
ACLU of Oregon detailing
the ways local govern-
ments effectively criminal-
ize homelessness.
Legislators had until Fri-
day to schedule a hearing
for House Bill 2215, which
advocates were calling the
Right to Rest Act — but by
the end of the day failed
to do so. It sought to cod-
ify the rights to “use and
move freely in public spac-
es without discrimination
and time limitations that
are based on housing sta-
tus,” including the right
right to rest, eat and wor-
ship (and to occupy legally
parked vehicles).
The day before that dead-
line the ACLU of Oregon
released a report, “Decrim-
inalizing Homelessness:
Why the Right to Rest is
a High Road for Oregon,”
detailing the extent to
which certain activities
have been criminalized by
county and municipal gov-
ernments throughout the
state — in ways that target
unhoused people dispro-
African Americans, who
are much more likely to
experience homelessness
and to have adverse inter-
actions with law enforce-
The report analyzes a set
of municipal anti-home-
less codes in four catego-
ries: standing, sitting and
resting in public places;
sleeping, camping and
lodging in public places, in-
cluding vehicles; begging,
panhandling and soliciting
as well as loitering. It also
includes excerpts from in-
terviews conducted by the
Western Regional Advoca-
cy Project of 565 unhoused
Oregonians. It found:
• 125 laws that outlaw
some form of sleeping or
camping in public spac-
es, and 31 Oregon cities
that restrict sleeping in
one’s vehicle even if it is
illegally parked;
See HOMELESSNESS on page 3
OHSU Graduate Leaves Portland for New York Residency
Ann Oluloro was one of a few Black medical
students at OHSU’s School of Medicine
By Melanie Sevcenko
Of The Skanner News
his June, Ann Oluloro, a med-
ical student at Oregon Health
& Sciences University, will say
goodbye to her native Portland
and embark on the next crucial step
to becoming a doctor.
For the next several years, Olu-
loro will be completing her graduate
medical training in obstetrics and
gynecology as a resident of the Uni-
versity of Buffalo.
It’s a long way from home, but the
city in upstate New York was among
her top three choices for potential
“They say to choose a program
based on your gut instinct,” said Olu-
loro, in an interview with The Skan-
ner. “I just loved the residents at Buf-
Her relocation to the chilly city was
the culmination of Match Day, likely
the most significant moment in any
medical student’s life.
Every March, graduating students
are “matched” with residencies
See OHSU on page 3
The Skanner News Staff
Reformers seek input
on compliance report,
though future of city’s
settlement is uncertain
OHSU medical student Ann Oluloro graduates
in June and will start her residency at the
University of Buffalo.