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Good morning, Portland. I'm starting this post out with a genuine trigger warning: Almost half of the news items in this roundup have to do with guns (including triggers actually being pulled to hurt or kill people). If that's not how you want to start your week, I understand and apologize for the state of our country that makes these headlines unavoidable. In non-gun news, the local temperature will hit a high of 49 degrees, with a little sunshine peeking through. Enjoy it while you can: After Thursday, it's (allegedly) just straight rain for weeks.
- Workers at the Afuri Ramen and Dumpling restaurant in downtown Portland filed for union recognition with the National Labor Relations Board on Friday. Instead of joining an already established union, Afuri workers created their own independent union, dubbed Restaurant Workers Of Portland.
- Oregon’s new Measure 114 has met its first legal challenge. On Friday, the Oregon Firearms Federation filed a lawsuit against the state, arguing that the voter-approved measure unconstitutionally limits Oregonians from purchasing firearm magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The group argues that large magazines are critical for defending… private property? Will that hold up in court?
- The righteous reasons behind why Portlander Esperanza Spalding is leaving her teaching gig at Harvard:
Realities decolonizing the academy:— Chisomo Kalinga, PhD (@MissChisomo) November 21, 2022
Not enough academics are sharing this important story about Grammy award musician Esperanza Spalding and the roadblocks she faced re: decolonizing the music curriculum at Harvard. https://t.co/MNpR0znATQ
- A man who was “driving recklessly” in a car that matched the description of a stolen vehicle was shot and injured by Portland police in Portland’s Reed neighborhood Saturday morning. Today, a full 48 hours later, the police bureau has offered no information on what prompted the shooting or the status of the man who was hit with publicly-financed bullets.
- Today in “Giant Entitled Dorks”: One of the wealthiest dudes in Ashland wants city leaders to get rid of one of the city’s few homeless warming shelters that serves free meals, because the building is located next to where he chose to build his mansion.
- A 22-year-old man used a semiautomatic rifle to kill five and injure 25 patrons of a gay club in Colorado Springs. Prosecutors are still investigating whether the attack was a hate crime. The shooter was stopped by at least one (unarmed) person who pinned him down until police arrived. The attack took place hours before Sunday’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes those who’ve lost their lives due to anti-trans violence.
Here's how to help and where to donate to victims and survivors of the mass shooting at the LGBTQ nightclub Club Q in Colorado Springs. https://t.co/8Yh6T1rOp7— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 21, 2022
- Surprise! Twitter is still with us, despite all the eulogies users posted last week. But it’s still very much over. So much, in fact, that Donald Trump has said he has no interest in returning to Twitter, even though Elon Musk proudly lifted the lifetime ban on his account. "I don't see any reason for it," Trump said Saturday.
- FIFA’s World Cup kicked off in Qatar this weekend, with Ecuador promptly schooling the home team. Yet thousands of seats were left vacant by the end of the game, after Ecuadorian fans chanting “we want beer” at the alcohol-free event bailed when their requests weren’t answered. In more grim World Cup news, seven European national soccer teams said their captains would not wear armbands supporting LGBTQ rights because FIFA threatened to penalize them over it. The bands were proposed as a response to Qatar’s law banning homosexuality.
- The Cop27 UN climate summit has been panned for allowing the countries that produce the most carbon dioxide to dodge prior commitments to lessening their contributions to climate change. The one win: Rich governments agreed to set up a fund for the rescue and rebuilding of vulnerable nationals stricken by climate disasters (which are probably exacerbated by those same rich governments).