Good Morning, News: Oregon Redistricting Drama, PPB Chastised in Court, and First Abortion Lawsuit in Texas
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Good morning, Portland! And happy Last Day of Summer, whatever that means these days.
Here are the headlines!
• In case you missed this enraging news yesterday: A Newberg School District staffer went to school in blackface last week (?), claiming to be dressing as Rosa Parks (??) to protest the district's vaccine mandate for school staffers (???). Everything's going great at the Newberg School District!
Here you can hear from the local reporter who's been breaking all the Newberg news lately:
Here’s tonight’s episode of @TheStoryKGW, where @HaggertyNews and I discuss the Newberg Blackface incident.— Ryan Clarke (@RyanTClarke) September 21, 2021
Dan connects the last month’s worth of stories to this inflection point, and points out the absurdity of it all. Show starts around the 15:00 mark. https://t.co/kcSsPGf2z6
• Yesterday, a Multnomah County judge ruled that the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) acted illegally when live-streaming protests last summer, because of a law prohibiting cops from surveilling people who are not suspected of a specific crime. "Standing up to injustice is important to me; having my own government deliberately put me at risk for broadcasting my location and political stance — known as ‘doxxing’ — is unbelievable," one protester suing PPB said in a press release.
• Texas' new six-week abortion ban relies on vigilante citizens to sue abortion doctors for its enforcement—and we now have our first lawsuit of this nature. Texas doctor Alan Braid publicly admitted to violating the ban, and is now being sued by an Arkansas lawyer with a history of tax evasion. In a Washington Post op-ed, Braid said the move was part of a legal strategy, writing that "I fully understood that there could be legal consequences—but I wanted to make sure that Texas didn't get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested."Continue reading »