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Increased Emergency Snap Benefits Continue in July

(Salem) – Most Oregonians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive emergency allotments in July. The federal government has approved emergency allotments every month since March 2020. This gives SNAP recipients additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. These emergency benefits are a temporary support that Oregon can provide because of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency.

Ignoring the Plague of Mass Shootings, U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Allows More Individuals to Carry Concealed Weapons

In a 6-3 decision that ultimately will lead to more people legally carrying guns in America’s larger cities, the U.S. Supreme Court, on Thursday, June 23, struck down a New York law gun-rights advocates called restrictive. The conservative majority ruled unconstitutional a New York law requiring individuals to demonstrate...

WA, or Leaders Skeptical About Pausing Gas Taxes

SEATTLE (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months and urged states to do the same at the local level. But both the Democratic governors of Washington and Oregon indicated they were unlikely to pursue a similar policy...

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Overseeing New Oxford ‘African American English’ Dictionary

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is overseeing the creation of Oxford University’s new “African American English” dictionary, The Washington Times reports. Harvard literary critic Henry Louis Gates Jr., is set to oversee the creation of Oxford University Press’ new dictionary of “African American English.” Gates is the director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and will spearhead a team of researchers and editors from Oxford and Harvard on the new project.

How Octavia E. Butler Mined Her Boundless Curiosity to Forge a New Vision for Humanity

In 2021, Alyssa Collins was awarded a yearlong Octavia E. Butler Fellowship from The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. Butler, whose papers are held at the Huntington, was the first science fiction writer to be awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. A pioneering writer in a genre long dominated by white men, her work explored power structures, shifting definitions of humanity and alternative societies.

1/6 Panel: Local ‘Heroes’ Rebuffed Trump, Then Faced Threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House 1/6 committee heard chilling, tearful testimony Tuesday that Donald Trump’s relentless pressure to overturn the 2020 presidential election provoked widespread threats to the “backbone of our democracy”— election workers and local officials who fended off the defeated president’s demands despite personal risks.

Quenn Tiye’s Kitchen

“The kitchen don’t lie” was a saying I heard often during my childhood. In the 1950s in my part of Virginia, Saturday evenings saw a lot of African American sisters finish washing the dinner dishes and place a hot comb on top of the stove and begin to “do hair,” getting ready for Sunday service.

What Is Afrofuturism? An English Professor Explains

The new sci-fi musical “Neptune Frost,” set in a Rwandan village constructed with computer parts, tells the story of an intersex hacker and a coltan miner who lead an anarchist uprising against their oppressors. The film – lauded for its “Afrofuturist vision” – is only one of the...

T-Shirts? Ice Cream? Retailers Cash in on Juneteenth

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers and marketers have been quick to commemorate Juneteenth with an avalanche of merchandise from ice cream to T-shirts to party cups. But many are getting backlash on social media for what critics say undermines the day, designated as a federal holiday last year to honor the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. A search for Juneteenth items among online sellers like Amazon and J.C. Penney produced everything from toothpicks with pan-African flags to party plates and balloons.