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    JANUARY 16, 2019
Portland and Seattle Volume XLI No. 16
Opinion ..........................2
Calendars ......................4
A & E ...............................6
Bids/Classifieds ............7
CHALLENGING PEOPLE TO SHAPE A BETTER FUTURE NOW
25
CENTS
INSIDE:
Martin Luther King, Jr.
SPECIAL EDITION
PHOTO VIA NOSROSPDX ON YOUTUBE
KING CELEBRATION
A small group of
students is pushing
back against a new
agreement to increase
police presence in
schools
By Christen McCurdy
Of The Skanner News
A
group of Portland students
is fighting a recent decision
by Portland Public Schools to
fund and increase the presence
of school resource officers in public
schools.
That decision still has to be approved
by the Portland City Council, and that
gives students some hope, as longtime
police accountability advocate Jo Ann
Hardesty just stepped into office this
month.
City Council staff told The Skanner
there is no set date to vote on the agree-
ment, but Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office
is considering a February or March
vote following a public engagement
process.
On Dec. 11 the school board voted
to increase the number of days cur-
rent school resource officers spend in
schools, but also to shift funding from
Portland Police Bureau to Portland
Public Schools. Previously PPB provid-
ed officers in schools at no cost to the
See STUDENTS on page 3
‘Surviving R. Kelly’
Producer Talks About
the Power and the
Horrific Abuse page 6
Keynote speaker author and community activist Ijeoma Oluo talks to King County Council member Larry Gossett before he introduced her as the
keynote speaker for the King County 32nd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Jan. 10 at the Sanctuary. Gossett will be the keynote speaker at The
Skanner Foundation’s 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Jan. 21.
Government Shutdown Hits African
American Workers the Hardest
By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire
W
ith more than
50,000
federal
employees, the
fourth congres-
sional district in Maryland
represents the fifth largest
number of workers, and
Maryland likely counts as
the third-largest impacted
state by the government
shutdown, according to
Democratic Rep. Anthony
Brown.
“So, I’m hearing about
this, like my colleagues,
each and every day from
my constituents while this
shutdown is set to become
the longest in the nation’s
history,” said Brown, who
joined
Congressional
Black Caucus Chair Karen
Bass (D-Calif.); Rep. Bennie
Thompson (D-Miss.), and
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.),
on a media conference call
on Jan. 11.
The CBC members said
they were calling for an
end to the shutdown so that
workers can again begin to
collect their paychecks and
critical government ser-
vices can resume.
During the call, the mem-
bers discussed the debili-
tating effects of the ongo-
ing government shutdown
as thousands of federal
employees are unable to
collect their paychecks.
They also denounced
President Donald Trump’s
threat to declare a state
of emergency if Congress
refuses to fund a border
wall – one in which the
president claimed during
his campaign that Mexico
would pay for.
“This shutdown and the
whole issue of the wall is a
fake crisis,” Bass said.
“At the end of the day,
even if he had all the mon-
ey, it would still take em-
inent domain to build his
wall. That process will
take years. This is further
evidence that this is a fake
crisis and, in my opinion,
just an attempt to change
our attention away from
the numerous impending
See SHUTDOWN on page 3
Gov. Brown Focuses on
Health Care, Environment
and Housing
‘Not everyone is experiencing this
prosperity,’ Brown says in State of the
State Address
By Andrew Selsky
Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon needs to
shore up health care, the environ-
ment, the education system and hous-
ing, Gov. Kate Brown said during her
State of the State address Monday.
Speaking in the House of Represen-
AP PHOTO/ANDREW SELESKY
Students
Push Back
After SRO
Vote
PHOTO BY SUSAN FRIED
Portland-area students have organized to oppose
a cost-sharing agreement that would increase the
number of officers in schools and shift more of the
funding burden to Portland Public Schools.
tatives after she was
sworn in, Brown said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is sworn in on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, by
Oregon’s
unemploy- Chief Justice Martha Lee Walters in Salem, Ore. In her state of the
ment rate is the lowest state address that followed her inauguration, Brown said Oregon
on record and has one needs to shore up health care, the environment, the education
of the fastest job growth system and housing.
rates in the country.
And hopefully, more opportunities,”
“With growth comes a lot of really the Democrat said. “At the same time,
good things. More jobs. More ideas.
See STATE on page 3