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A new program to empower Black youth and eradicate racism is introduced at the newly designated Soul Restoration Center....
03/09/2022
Elevating Black Youth

A new program to empower Black youth and eradicate racism is introduced at the newly designated Soul Restoration Center. From our latest issue, out today!
https://bit.ly/3pMnE5V

The Portland City Council has earmarked $950,000 to improve the lives of Black youth while giving the young people of color themselves the ability to decide where the money goes.

Reward grows for information in Feb. 20 car shooting at Southeast 128th and Foster that left a mother dead and her two c...
03/03/2022
Reward Grows in Mother’s Death

Reward grows for information in Feb. 20 car shooting at Southeast 128th and Foster that left a mother dead and her two children and a boyfriend injured.
https://bit.ly/3hyA10Q

A reward has grown to $2,500 for information to help solve the murder of Adau Duop, a 25 year old Black mother who was killed in a shooting that also injured her two children and a boyfriend inside a vehicle near Southeast 128th and Foster on Feb. 20

Discrimination, retaliation and harassment. The reasons given for former police union leader's firing Tuesday for leakin...
03/02/2022
Police Officer Fired for Hardesty Leak

Discrimination, retaliation and harassment. The reasons given for former police union leader's firing Tuesday for leaking false allegations against City Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty...

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The former head of Portland’s police union was fired Tuesday for leaking allegations against City Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty, the first Black woman to serve on the City Council and a lifeline advocate for police reforms.

Beloved African American congregation Allen Temple CME Church invites community in for its first grand opening since ele...
02/24/2022
Rising from the Ashes

Beloved African American congregation Allen Temple CME Church invites community in for its first grand opening since electrical fires damaged the 100 year old church in 2015.
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Allen Temple CME Church, a beloved African American congregation, will observe Black History Month by celebrating its first grand opening since electrical fires damaged the 100 year old church in 2015.

A new effort is underway to make up for historical wrongs in the displacement of Black families by urban redevelopment. ...
02/23/2022
Rekindling a Promise

A new effort is underway to make up for historical wrongs in the displacement of Black families by urban redevelopment. See our Black History Month special coverage in our latest issue out today and online!
https://bit.ly/34XPkh4

Black community members with historical ties to housing lost to urban redevelopment and the expansion of Emanuel Hospital 50 years ago should be compensated with restitution, a financial promise by the city at the time but never fulfilled, according to new group of advocates rooted in the Black comm...

A neighbor man is suspected of fatally shooting a woman protester on Saturday night at Normandale Park in the Rose City ...
02/23/2022
Deadly Protest Confrontation

A neighbor man is suspected of fatally shooting a woman protester on Saturday night at Normandale Park in the Rose City neighborhood following a confrontation between him and other anti-police protesters...
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A 43-year-old neighbor man is suspected of fatally shooting a woman protester on Saturday night at Normandale Park in the Rose City neighborhood following a confrontation between him and other anti-police protesters, authorities said Tuesday.

A Black History Month scholarship drive kicks off this Friday on what would have been his 70th birthday! Honoring the la...
02/15/2022
Blazer Great Scholarship Drive

A Black History Month scholarship drive kicks off this Friday on what would have been his 70th birthday! Honoring the late Maurice Lucas, one of the greatest Trail Blazers of all time...
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As the nation marks Black History Month, the Maurice Lucas Foundation is hosting a scholarship drive in honor of the late Portland Trail Blazers great, kicking off on Friday, Feb. 18 with what would have been Lucas’ 70th birthday.

Tim Thomas is the new owner and operator of a landmark barbecue pit that’s rooted in the Black community at Piedmont Sta...
02/10/2022
Louisiana native takes reins of storied rib pit

Tim Thomas is the new owner and operator of a landmark barbecue pit that’s rooted in the Black community at Piedmont Station, now called JJ’s Louisiana BBQ. From our new issue out this week...
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Tim Thomas first learned about Black history and Martin Luther King Jr. from his family while growing up, but he learned a lot more about his Black pride after he went to college and charted his own path in life.

Clark County Superior Court Judge Camara Banfield completes her first year in office. A former prosecutor who was raised...
02/09/2022
Judge Reflects on Black Progress

Clark County Superior Court Judge Camara Banfield completes her first year in office. A former prosecutor who was raised in Vancouver, she is the first Black person to serve on the court. From our special Black History Month coverage in this week's issue out today!
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Banfield is the first Black person to serve on the Clark County Superior Court in Vancouver, named to the post last year by Gov. Jay Inslee

I'm proud to fight for the health and freedom of Black communities. Sirius Bonner of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willame...
02/08/2022
Envisioning a More Equitable Future

I'm proud to fight for the health and freedom of Black communities. Sirius Bonner of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette reflects on Black History Month in a commentary she shares with the Portland Observer.
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During Black History Month and every month, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is proud to fight for the health and freedom of Black communities.

The vibrancy of African culture comes to life with a curated collection of 30 films. We have the details for the Cascade...
02/03/2022
Africa through African Lenses

The vibrancy of African culture comes to life with a curated collection of 30 films. We have the details for the Cascade Festival of African Films, kicking off tomorrow night for Black History Month...
https://bit.ly/3gnB1EA

The Cascade Festival of African Films marks 32 years as the longest-running African film festival in the United States.

Black History Month for Portland's chapter of The Links, Incorporated brings awareness to racial inequality while raisin...
02/02/2022
The Links honor hidden figures of Black History

Black History Month for Portland's chapter of The Links, Incorporated brings awareness to racial inequality while raising funds to support scholarships to the local African American community.
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The chapter’s third annual Race to Equality 5K, 10K, Half Marathon & 135 Mile Challenge brings awareness to racial inequality while raising funds to support scholarships to the local African American community.

A great cook and storyteller. The tributes and memories pour in for Reo Varnado, the late Portland entrepreneur who made...
01/26/2022
Tributes Pour in for Reo Varnado

A great cook and storyteller. The tributes and memories pour in for Reo Varnado, the late Portland entrepreneur who made signature barbecue recipes born from his Black family roots into a destination for good food and company. From our new issue, out today...
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The tributes and memories are pouring in for Reo Varnado, the late Portland entrepreneur who made signature barbecue recipes born from his Black family roots into a Portland restaurant and destination for good food and company.

Property that once housed Adams High School and then Whitaker Middle School won't be turned into a Safe Rest Site for th...
01/20/2022
Adams-Whitaker Site Rejected

Property that once housed Adams High School and then Whitaker Middle School won't be turned into a Safe Rest Site for the homeless. School Board Member Gary Hollands from Portland’s Black community said the proposal “just didn’t line up with our mission for kids.”
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Portland School Board Member Gary Hollands, a member of Portland’s Black community, said the proposal “just didn’t line up with our mission for kids.”

Thank you Laurie Palmer for your activism and sharing your story about your own son and the work you are doing to save k...
01/13/2022
Activist Remembers King’s Lessons

Thank you Laurie Palmer for your activism and sharing your story about your own son and the work you are doing to save kids from gun violence. From our special Martin Luther King Jr. edition!
https://bit.ly/3zYXHDV

A motivational speaker and founder of the Go Get Your Child Community Violence Prevention Coalition, Laurie Palmer’s vision is “to have a community that collaborates together to create safer options to violence.”

Keep Alive The Dream, a new film documenting more than 40 years of annual Martin Luther King Jr. tributes and showcasing...
01/12/2022
43 Years of MLK Tributes

Keep Alive The Dream, a new film documenting more than 40 years of annual Martin Luther King Jr. tributes and showcasing the lives of African Americans in Oregon debuts on the MLK holiday. The story in our annual MLK issue, out today!
https://bit.ly/3Gp55uC

Every minute of each MLK celebration over the years was recorded, but in many different formats. Now after many months of hard work, those recordings have been condensed to a one-hour documentary in digital form.

A family mourns for Michael Johnson, a 53-year-old Black man shot and killed inside a tent at a homeless camp next to Fa...
12/29/2021
Family Mourns Brother Killed

A family mourns for Michael Johnson, a 53-year-old Black man shot and killed inside a tent at a homeless camp next to Farragut Park, and police call for help in the murder investigation...
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Portland Police are asking for the public’s help with their investigation into the death of Michael Johnson, a 53-year-old Black man who was found shot and killed inside a tent at a homeless camp next to Farragut Park in north Portland

Lamar Washington, a former Jefferson High School basketball standout and Oregon High School Basketball Player of the Yea...
12/28/2021
Talented Senior Picks Texas Tech

Lamar Washington, a former Jefferson High School basketball standout and Oregon High School Basketball Player of the Year, has decided on Texas Tech as his future college destination...
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Lamar Washington, a former Jefferson High School basketball standout and Oregon High School Basketball Player of the Year, has decided on Texas Tech as his future college destination where he will play basketball.

As significant COVID surge expected to peak in January and February, hospital systems in Portland are united in asking t...
12/28/2021
Vaccinations, Boosters Urged as COVID Surges

As significant COVID surge expected to peak in January and February, hospital systems in Portland are united in asking that you get a COVID vaccine and booster shot, if you have not already done so. https://bit.ly/3pzMLcw

As a significantly higher COVID surge looms, hospital systems in Portland are asking that you get a COVID vaccine and booster shot, if you have not already done so.

A month long series of events celebrate Black artistry and excellence. From our new issue, out today!https://bit.ly/3qjo...
12/22/2021
Kwanzaa on Killingsworth

A month long series of events celebrate Black artistry and excellence. From our new issue, out today!
https://bit.ly/3qjozKv

African American culture and history came to life in Portland this past weekend for “Kwanzaa on Killingsworth” a month long series of cultural celebrations and artisan markets

'We do not see the Portland Police Association in sync with the vision and priorities of the NAACP,' - Portland civil ri...
12/21/2021
NACCP Rejects Police Meeting

'We do not see the Portland Police Association in sync with the vision and priorities of the NAACP,' - Portland civil rights group on why it turned down a meeting with police union leaders.
https://bit.ly/32oBOBs

Union scolded for opposing group’s priorities

A group of special focus holiday markets give minority vendors more exposure while giving shoppers plenty of options for...
12/08/2021
Shopping to Make an Impact

A group of special focus holiday markets give minority vendors more exposure while giving shoppers plenty of options for buying holiday gifts. The story from our latest issue, out today!
https://bit.ly/31EWQvw

Several holiday markets aim to give minority vendors more exposure while giving shoppers plenty of options for buying holiday gifts.

On coldest nights, no one will be turned away from severe winter weather shelters, according to protocols set by Portlan...
11/23/2021
Severe Winter Weather Shelters Readied

On coldest nights, no one will be turned away from severe winter weather shelters, according to protocols set by Portland and Multnomah County as they plan for weather emergency responses...
https://bit.ly/3FDRRcM

With forecasters expecting an especially cold and wet winter, leaders from Portland and Multnomah County have reaffirmed their promise to provide no-turn-away shelter and transportation on the most dangerous nights of the year.

The Portland NAACP calls on on the Portland City Council to invest no monies from a $31 million surplus to the Portland ...
11/17/2021
Portland NAACP: Invest in Holistic Solutions

The Portland NAACP calls on on the Portland City Council to invest no monies from a $31 million surplus to the Portland Police Bureau, instead asking that the city invest in community-centered public safety solutions.
https://bit.ly/3CpKN1t

The Portland NAACP is calling on the Portland City Council to invest no monies from a $31 million surplus to the Portland Police Bureau, instead asking that the city invest in community-centered public safety solutions.

North by Northeast Community Health Center made history as Oregon’s only medical facility devoted to African American an...
11/17/2021
A Black Doctor for Better Health

North by Northeast Community Health Center made history as Oregon’s only medical facility devoted to African American and Black health. Today it welcomes another first, the introduction of an esteemed Black doctor. From our new issue out today!
https://bit.ly/30r4kRP

Dr. Gina Guillaume, who this week becomes the first Black medical director of the North by Northeast Community Health Center (NxNE) in northeast Portland, has made it her mission to empower patients of color to take control of their health.

Years of racial profiling, discriminatory policing, excessive force, and disturbing favoritism to known white supremacis...
11/11/2021
Police Bias Continues Pattern, Activists say

Years of racial profiling, discriminatory policing, excessive force, and disturbing favoritism to known white supremacist extremist groups is behind the Vancouver NAACP and ACLU of Washington's request for a federal Justice Department investigation of Clark County and Vancouver police...
https://bit.ly/3oob8rE

The Vancouver NAACP joined Black community supporters Wednesday to request a federal Justice Department investigation into the Vancouver Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, claiming years of racial profiling, discriminatory policing, excessive force, and disturbing favoritism ...

Tonight, Portland’s experiment in responding to mental health emergencies outside of the home with unarmed professionals...
11/04/2021
Evening Shift Grows Street Response

Tonight, Portland’s experiment in responding to mental health emergencies outside of the home with unarmed professionals instead of police officers grows with the addition of a night shift and covering more territory in southeast Portland.
https://bit.ly/3bJ1NVC

Portland’s new Street Response team, an experiment in responding to mental health emergencies outside of the home with unarmed professionals instead of police officers, has grown with the addition of a night shift and covering more territory in southeast Portland

Tonight, Portland’s experiment in responding to mental health emergencies outside of the home with unarmed professionals...
11/04/2021
Evening Shift Grows Street Response

Tonight, Portland’s experiment in responding to mental health emergencies outside of the home with unarmed professionals instead of police officers grows with the addition of a night shift and covering more territory in southeast Portland.
https://bit.ly/3bJ1NVC

Portland’s new Street Response team, an experiment in responding to mental health emergencies outside of the home with unarmed professionals instead of police officers, has grown with the addition of a night shift and covering more territory in southeast Portland

Portland leader in African immigrant community questions fairness of bid for lease of community space. Says decision lea...
11/03/2021
Losing Bid Upsets Immigrant Group

Portland leader in African immigrant community questions fairness of bid for lease of community space. Says decision leaves organization facing displacement and looking for a new home. We go in-depth in our current issue out today!
https://bit.ly/3k5LuXg

“I just want to know more, get more information about what criteria were used, what score sheet was used, and what kind of calculations were used for the score sheet," says Jamal Dar of the African Youth and Community Organization (AYCO).

Reward increases to $15,000 for information to solve murder of Uber driver killed last December while waiting on fare in...
10/27/2021
Killed Waiting for a Customer

Reward increases to $15,000 for information to solve murder of Uber driver killed last December while waiting on fare in northeast Portland.
https://bit.ly/3vPAwdl

FBI is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Dhulfiqar Kareem Mseer, an Uber driver who was shot and killed last Dec. 11 while working in the vicinity of Northeast Stafford and 11th Avenue.

James Broadous II helps usher in a new permanent home for De La Salle North Catholic High School, next door to St Charle...
10/25/2021
New Start for De La Salle North

James Broadous II helps usher in a new permanent home for De La Salle North Catholic High School, next door to St Charles Church near Northeast 42nd and Killingsworth.
https://bit.ly/3GlSOHR

De La Salle North Catholic High School, a college-preparatory high school for underserved students and the most diverse private school in Oregon, has opened a permanent new campus alongside St. Charles church in northeast Portland

A grim toll of shootings and deaths. Community leaders are grappling with the crisis, with several ideas being floated. ...
10/20/2021
A Grim Toll of Shootings, Deaths

A grim toll of shootings and deaths. Community leaders are grappling with the crisis, with several ideas being floated. Our coverage from new issue, out today!
https://bit.ly/3AZh12V

Community leaders are grappling with the problem, with several ideas being floated.

He's telling the entire story so he can help others, at-risk youth and people in prison. Former Trail Blazers and curren...
10/20/2021
Buried Truth Revealed

He's telling the entire story so he can help others, at-risk youth and people in prison. Former Trail Blazers and current Nike executive Larry Miller shook the sports world last week when he allowed a secret from his past to become public, revealing that he shot and killed a man when he was just 16.
https://bit.ly/3vsSTEy

Former Trail Blazers and current Nike executive Larry Miller shook the sports world last week when he allowed a secret from his past to become public, revealing that he shot and killed a man when he was just 16.

Honoring the late civil rights leader and his vision of social and economic justice for all, the Soul District Business ...
10/13/2021
Decade Strong in the Soul

Honoring the late civil rights leader and his vision of social and economic justice for all, the Soul District Business Association presents the 10th annual MLK Dream Run fundraising weekend. Festivities start Saturday, Oct. 16 and race day is Sunday!
https://bit.ly/3AEXc0H

It’s a milestone year for the Soul District Business Associations’ MLK Dream Run fundraising weekend celebration, returning Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16 -17 to the Alberta Commons shopping district at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street.

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I am a White, 65 year old male. I have been an active member of the Portland NAACP branch for several years. Mr. Mondaine’s Jan. 12 article in The Portland Observer was troubling to me. This is the first statement (private or public) from him that I have read since the October 2020 Mercury article alleging s*xual (and other) improprieties and his subsequent resignation from the branch. While he was congratulatory of the new officer slate, many things about the article were disingenuous: 1. It is true, as he states, that branch membership and fundraising increased dramatically under his watch. What he fails to acknowledge is that those increases were in direct response to the racial justice uprising of 2020. Omitting this context helps to portray him as the driving force behind the changes. The reality is that before those events, public engagement with the NAACP chapter was on a downward trajectory. 2. Regarding his and the branch’s involvement in passing the Portland Clean Energy Fund, Mr. Mondaine and the local NAACP were a helpful, but relatively small, part of a large coalition of People of Color led organizations that helped the measure pass. 3. Finally, and probably most concerning, is that Mr. Mondaine’s article presents him as graciously conceding his position to a leadership that he supports. This could not be further from the truth. He did all he could to silence anyone who presented any kind of challenge to his authority and opinions, including illegally (according to NAACP bylaws) dumping people from the Executive Committee and deposing committee chairs. He even attempted to void memberships of several people who contested his decisions - something the branch president has no authority to do. Two of those people currently sit on the new leadership team he claims to support. To my knowledge, he has made no attempt to apologize for his bad behavior or to reconcile with people that he has harmed. His congratulatory words ring hollow. It further troubles me that there has been so little comment from Portland leaders who formerly were anxious to curry Mr. Mondaine’s support and friendship. My hope is that he never again is given the opportunity to lead publicly at any level. His words and actions are not ultimately becoming of a true leader. To the contrary, he has caused deep and extensive harm. Portland will be far better off moving forward without his voice.
If the wealthy dont like paying high taxes they should trickle the wealth down through increase wages, profit sharing, lower prices increasing the value of the $, donating, etc. which would put them in a lower tax bracket, rather than relinquishing control of my money to invest in retirement schemes which make the wealthy wealthier, talk about one world order where the few control the many, it wasn't those invested in these schemes that sold off shares causing it recent collapse and then rebound from using tax reductions to buy stock shares to drive up the price. If not for tax $ our infrastructure including communications network would never have been built but which in turn made many extemely wealthy. send the trading traitors to the 3rd world country who's low cost of living they which to exploit if they don't want to contribute to it.
RACIST, MARQUISE LOVE, on de RUN, cath this CRIMINAL, PRISON for beating a man, stop the RACISM ALL!.
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I am a fairly new customer of this newspaper. It seems OK, but it sure would help if the headlines were at least in bold print. Everything looks like an afterthought.
New Normal XVI: A Choice Between Talking and Doing!!!! By John Burl Smith I try not to get involved with “biter people on the left who inflict or suffer self-inflicted wounds based on not getting what they want, as a political outcome.” A recent statement by Nina Turner, a co-chair of the Sanders campaign, during an interview with Joseph A. Wulfsohn on Fox News, where she declared “The decision between Trump and Biden is, ‘Like saying to somebody, You have a bowl of s--- in front of you, and all you’ve got to do is eat half of it instead of the whole thing. It’s still s---,” illustrates my point. Her statement was very disappointing, coming from someone who is identified as a leading personality on the left. I reference her statement because it could reflect negatively on all supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. I was a Sanders supporter from 2016, as well as 2020. Moreover, I have supported Democrats campaigns for President going back to 1952, as a nine year old, walking door-to-door with my mother. Along the way there were some candidates I loved and others I disagreed with some of their policies. My mother, Mrs. Willie May Gray, who is a lifelong Democrat, at 100, is looking forward to voting from home for Former Vice President Joe Biden and she taught me that “politics is the art of the possible.” For her that meant, “You work as hard as you can for what you want, but when the smoke clears, one must accept the outcome, and try to make ‘gains’ in the situation you find yourself.” She would say, “If the house is dirty, rather than burning it down, help clean it up!!” The election in November is about for more than any one or group of people getting what they want. The choices before the country are what they are. Progressives that are in this for the long haul, are fighting for “what is possible and best under those circumstances for America,” at this point. Progressives must learn to fight for relevance within the Democratic Party in order to gain real political position in American politics, and because we have a democracy, we live to fight another day.” I have never been a sideline heckler; only those willing to get into the fight can help make things better. That is why I continually tip my hat to the “Black Lives Matter” movement, Tik Tokers, K-poppers and our other children, who have joined the effort to help save American democracy, without being invited to join the fight or given a seat at the table. For instance, another news story by Starr Bowenbank entitled “So K-Pop Stans Are...Saving Us All!”, in Cosmopolitan Magazine, which begins by outlining how busy K-Popers are. If you are not a K-Popper or Tic-Tokers, you were like Donald Trump and his campaign coming up to his Tulsa boondoggle. Although Trump, is arguably, the most powerful man in the world, with the FBI, Department of Justice, Secret Service, CIA, Homeland Security and countless other law enforcement agencies at his disposal, how was it possible that he was not only outwitted and snookered by teenyboppers, and no Trump-iteers ever had a clue? Trump’s entire campaign was fooled so well by these children, it blew over 5 million bucks on the pipe dream of over 100, 000 nonexistent rabid screaming Trumpty-Dumpies would show up. After Trump’s encounter with Tic-Tokers and K-poppers in Tulsa, disembarking back in Washington, he showed the world what a whipped puppy looks like. Crushed by America’s children, who saw him for the fraud he truly is, they stuck it to him, like a hot poker. With his fragile ego dragging along behind, like a tail, the smartest man in the world was psyched out, hornswoggle and bamboozle by a gang of kids, many still in junior high, that took this flimflammer, who is continually toting his intelligence, to the cleaners. The write-up begins by detailing K-pop’s activities, “Busy as in: protecting peaceful protesters in Dallas by flooding the police department’s crowd-sourced surveillance app with footage of K-pop concerts. Or Busy as in: drowning out racist tweets filed under #AllLivesMatter by using that hashtag to post more concert videos.” Given that the current resident of the White House loves to try and bring thousands of people together to show his drawing power, even though we’re in a pandemic, thanks to K-pop and Tic-Tok, American voters know Trump’s genius is only a figment in his imagination. With tens-of-millions-strong, these groups hit Trump exactly where it hurts most, in Trumpty-dumpty’s pocket, without even leaving home, while making their disapproval known. Wielding social media like Excalibur, their exploits have become legendary in the annals of politics. They have become so efficient and motivated they are planning their own “October surprise,” with their fun-to-swing sword, as a spoof on King Arthur, while killing Trump’s threat not to leave office on January 20th. Their capper—K-poppers and Tic-Tokers—will have a MAGA-improvement on Tulsa, and will be reminiscent of when they used hashtag spamming, involving an all-night streaming to make BTS’s “Boy With Luv” the most viewed YouTube video ever in a 24-hour period. Or the time they helped the band “Blackpink,” set three Guinness World Records streaming titles. Now, Stans are using these same mimics—spamming, streaming, ticketing—for the greater good, says Tamar Herman, author of BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears, replicating when the BTS Army raised $1 million to match the band’s donation to Black Lives Matter. The fans themselves, explains Herman, are a diverse mix of people who are eager to actively combat racism and police brutality, and those who hop on the bandwagon because it seems kind of awesome to be a part of. (And, just guessing here, but maybe, also because it feels pretty damn empowering being able to actually subvert intolerant authorities at a time when so many people feel so powerless.) Children at heart, there are spinoff groups, plotting to be the dagger in Trump’s heart, killing his reelection nightmare looming over America. If all this seems like the most hilarious 2020 slam bank thing to ever explode upon the political scene, that’s because…it is. As social media and political engagement become inextricably linked, the barrier to the entry level participation in politics has been hacked by America’s children, thankfully this time not by Russia, and that is good news for everyone! All it takes to join this army of tiny-tots, and a new wave of activism is a smartphone or computer, a desire to do something, and a bit of free time. Which, if our screen-time reports are to be believed there’s plenty of it going on right now. When it comes to what K-Popper and Tic-Toker devotees can accomplish, the limit probably does not exist. And let everyone take it as the new type of protest evolving, as we speak, of how democracy can fight for survival in a hyper militarized free society, according to the reporting of Bowenbank. This is a time for patriots like Major Adam DeMarco, who served as a liaison between the D.C. National Guard and the Park Police at Lafayette Square. He plans to tell the House Natural Resources Committee Tuesday why the disproportionate use of force he witnessed against largely peaceful protesters is “deeply disturbing” to him and other Guardsmen. Major DeMarco believes the “excessive” use of force around Lafayette Park in June, when law enforcement, some on horseback, used rubber bullets, shields and chemical irritants to clear protesters gathered near the White House ahead of President Trump’s controversial photo op at St. John’s Church. The National Guard was not actively involved in the assault on protesters on June 1, but was at the scene to “reinforce and relieve” the Park Police if needed, according to Major DeMarco’s prepared remarks. Also, he will relay to lawmakers the impact of tear gas, which he felt irritated his eyes and nose during his time at Lafayette Park. Based on his exposure to tear gas both at West Point and in the Army, DeMarco said, effects were “consistent with CS or tear gas.” He later found spent tear gas canisters on the street, but was told by Park Police no tear gas was used that day against protesters, and that the smoke at the scene was “stage smoke.” Having worked in stage production, I can tell readers there is a world of difference between “tear gas” and “stage Smoke” at a concert. DeMarco went on, “From my observation, those demonstrators—our fellow American citizens—were engaged in the peaceful expression of their First Amendment rights. Yet they were subjected to an unprovoked escalation and excessive use of force.” The Trumpty-dumpty administration has denied any connection between the photo op and the clearing of protesters, as well as denying the use of tear gas on the protesters. Asked whether the Park Police had used tear gas against the protesters on June 1, Acting Park Police Chief Gregory Monahan said the Park Police’s rules of engagement “specifically prohibited the use of CS gas on June 1,” but they did use smoke canisters and “Stinger ball” grenades that explode and disperse rubber pellets. In response to Monahan’s testimony, Democratic lawmakers connected the clearing of protesters to current controversy over the Trump administration’s response to protests in Portland and Seattle. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., slammed the incident as “motivated by partisan hostility directed from above” against Black Lives Matter protesters. Republican Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia, a Trumpty-dumpty who used Trump’s talking points to railed against the hearing, calling the format a “pre-determined narrative” about Lafayette Square, whereas the “reality of the case is much different.” Law enforcement was simply involved in “restoring the peace” on June 1, he said. The entourage included former Trump Defense Secretary James Mattis, who blasted the administration for clearing protesters and called the event a “bizarre photo op.” Gen. Mark Milley said it was a “mistake to accompany President Donald Trump, after protesters were cleared from Lafayette Square, on his walk to St. John’s Church.” The entourage also included Patrick Semansky, Ivanka representing her defunct “Be Best” initiative, and son-in-law Jared Kushner on the walk to St. John’s. The Interior Department’s inspector general’s office later opened an investigation into the clearing of protesters. He may soon go the way of other IGs that were brave enough to investigate Trump. “There’s not much going on here in the United States,” mused Seth Meyers, the new guy in for David Letterman—“unless you count all that is basically happening all at once. It’s overwhelming, but it’s also just another week in America in 2020.” In any case, Seth Meyers had some thoughts about all of it, with his new “A Closer Look” on Monday where he showcases Republicans trying to pretend they haven’t botched the pandemic response (It is all Barak Obama’s fault). Seth used Kayleigh McEnany, Donald Trump’s press secretary, for target practice, after her Trumpty-dumpty’ “new hoax” calling it all “cancel culture” by mentioning that kids’ “Paw Patrol” was canceled because of the protests against unlawful police violence, trying to make a point about Trump’s great response to COVID-19. Of course, as usual, she didn’t make sense. According to Seth, “This is where the Trump administration and the Republican Party are: whining about cartoons and Legos while sending secret police to gas moms and vets, while they send sen. Tom Cotton out,” as their point man. Cotton thought he was being cute, as well as informative, arguing that slavery was a “necessary evil.” Meyers zinged him, “Cotton looks like the Confederate slender man.” Seth Meyers doubled down with, “Trump Is ‘Obsessed with proving to everyone that his brain works,’” sometimes. If you doubt this just wait until the so-called “Presidential Debates,” now that would be hilarious, if it wasn’t so tragic. However, Trevor Noah brought the house down when he hung Tom Cotton out like a confederate flag, flapping in the wind, ripping him for his remarks, calling slavery a “NECESSARY EVIL.” A month ago Tom Cotton denounced a New York Times op-ed, saying “it is time for the U.S. government to squash protests against systemic racism, police brutality and use of the military,” the Arkansas senator ignited even more controversy with his explanation. For those that are unaware, “In an interview on Sunday, Cotton told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that a proposed school curriculum based on the New York Times’s 1619 Project was ‘left-wing propaganda’ and ‘revisionist history at its worst,’ because it postulates that ‘slavery is inextricably tied to the founding of America.’” Trevor Noah could be heard all the way to Atlanta screaming “Hooold up!!! Hooooold up!!!” Monday night, during an episode of The Daily Show. Trevor skewered Tom, “So Senator Cotton thinks this curriculum is racially divisive? You know what’s really racially divisive, Slavery? This guy acts like racial division didn’t exist until the suggestion slavery be taught in school.” Cotton’s actual quote is, “We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country. As the founding fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.” “BULL!!!!!” Cotton must thing slavery’s descendants do not still suffer from the same kind of mental impairment Donald Trump is presently showing, except he is white, and black people got theirs doing slavery. “Seriously, these guys just keep coming up with winners,” Meyers continued. “I mean, what’s next? Is Trump gonna say something nice about his partner in crime, they chased teenage girls, an alleged s*x trafficker and predator, who after his arrest by the FBI, allegedly committed su***de and his other alleged partner in crime, now sits in jail awaiting trial. Tune in next week for the next exciting episode of “As the White House Turns!” starring “Donald Trump and his Little Rascals!!!” Ho! Hold up!! By the way, maybe they can get Nina Turner for that show, as a foil, since she loves doing “standup” and cracking jokes. She would fit right in!!!