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THIS WEEKS HEADLINES
Teacher Suspended for Student Walkout
A local teacher at Oakley Green Middle School has been put on administrative leave for organizing a walkout after the seventeen year old Quanice HAyes was shot and killed by police in January of last year. Chris Riser, the teacher on leave organized a walkout for his students after an assembly. Instead of returning to their class rooms, as they were told the students walked to the intersection of Ne Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and staged a die-in. They laid across the road and blocked traffic, moving once to allow an ambulance passage. They then went on to walk in the road and block traffic for three miles. The school’s principal Paula McCullough stated that, “Portland Public Schools supports our students’ rights to exercise free speech, to become involved in civic events, and to engage in political and social activism… We have, however, zero tolerance for our students being placed in unsafe conditions. This situation created an unacceptable level of risk to our students.” A local teacher at Oakley Green Middle School has been put on administrative leave for organizing a walkout after the seventeen year old Quanice Hayes was shot and killed by police in January of last year. In a petition that is circulating to reinstate Riser it stated that, “"He is a strong voice for social justice, diversity and equality… At a critical time when gun violence is rampant, Chris Riser is teaching the kids that their greatest weapon is their voice. By placing him on administrative leave, it is teaching our children that speaking up for what they believe in is wrong."
Tacoma Immigration Facility Faces Suit
A Florida Based for-profit security firm is suing the city of Tacoma. The Company GEO which runs an in city ICE detention center is claiming THAT THE city is not allowing them to expand for politically motivated reasons. They are arguing that this goes against federal law and would thus be unconstitutional. Meanwhile the city of Tacoma is arguing that the facility is built on economically viable lot. The City would like to see land within the industrial port area to only be used for commercially profitable businesses and to not on detention facilities. The city is claiming that this is right to do what is best economically for them. The facility which opened up in 2005, originally only had the space to house up to five hundred detainees at the time, but has now increased by more than three times, with 1,526 beds.
Twenty One Year Olds Sue Oregon Stores for Gun Access
Two twenty-year-old men in Oregon have sued national retailers for refusing to sell them firearms, after Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Bi-Mart and Kroger announced that they would no longer sell guns to people under twenty-one, in response to the Parkland school shooting. A former Lane County judge told wilamette week that the retailers' new policies might violate Oregon's anti-discrimination laws, which bar businesses from limiting services based on race, religion, gender or age. He said, "They don't have any authority because the statute specifically says you can't, as a merchant, discriminate against either young people or old people. If you're selling something you have to sell it to anyone who is entitled to buy it by law."