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Public Health Alert: As COVID-19 Disproportionately Impacts African Americans, Leading Health Groups Warn Smoking Causes Underlying Health Conditions That Increase Risk

 As African Americans and other communities of color suffer shockingly high rates of illness and death from COVID-19 and health experts warn that smoking can worsen COVID-19, leading health groups are calling for immediate action stop the tobacco industry from targeting these communities and to increase the availability of proven smoking cessation treatments. These actions […]

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced today it will deliver its Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) completely online later this year. The new format will allow attendees to experience the programming from the comfort and safely of their homes. The conference originally scheduled for September 16 – 20 will now feature online programming August 31 […]

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New Poll Sheds Light on Covid-19’s Impact on African American Communities and Root Causes of Covid-19 Health Disparities in the Black Community

The NAACP,  in partnership with the African American Research Collaborative (AARC) and the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at Yale School of Medicine presented new polling detailing the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on African American communities. The poll is the first of its kind, with a deep dive into how African Americans are responding to […]

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City of Vancouver Ends Safe Parking Zone at Vancouver Mall and Begins Search for New Site

The City of Vancouver’s Safe Parking Zone at Vancouver Mall closed on Thursday, May 7, and the city has begun looking for a new location. The Safe Parking Zone opened in partnership with Centennial Real Estate and the Vancouver Mall. As the mall prepares to open for curbside retail pick-up as part of Washington’s first […]

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NAACP Launches New Campaign to Empower Black and Brown Communities to Take Action Against Senseless Killings of African Americans

Washington, D.C. (May 7, 2020) – The NAACP, the nation’s foremost social justice organization, has launched a campaign entitled #WeAreDoneDying, aimed at exposing the inequities embedded into the American healthcare system and the country at large. From COVID-19 to running while Black in America, the abuse faced by people of color, particularly African Americans is devastating. […]

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Community Celebrates Black Art and Culture At Annual Mixer and Marketplace

In the Northwest, it is often hard to find art spaces dedicated to celebrating and promoting black art and culture; however they do exist. This past weekend Black Artists from across the region including artists from Portland, gathered in Seattle for the Black Arts Love Mixer and Marketplace, which took place at the historic Langston […]

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Road to Redemption: Portland Trail Blazers Season Preview for 2018/19

By Amaar A. Burton Six months ago, the promise of a magical season for the Portland Trail Blazers dissolved into the disappointment of a first-round exit from the NBA playoffs – a four-game sweep, no less – at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans. Before that terribly-timed slump, Portland was one of the league’s […]

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