Activists call for school district divestment from police partnerships

Activists with Latinos Unidos Siempre — along with about two dozen other organizations and more than 300 individuals — are calling on Salem-Keizer Public Schools to stop paying for police in schools and redirect that money toward other initiatives. Read the full story here.

Salem protesters call for trial, accountability following George Floyd’s murder

Salem-area residents have turned out by the thousands to protest police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. They marched down Lancaster Drive, laid face down and knelt in silence on the steps of the Oregon Capitol, holding signs demanding police reform. They’ve added their voices to thousands of Americans — in Portland, Eugene and in cities andContinue reading “Salem protesters call for trial, accountability following George Floyd’s murder”

Anti-abortion student group files federal lawsuit against Chemeketa Community College

Chemeketa Students for Life, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, filed a federal lawsuit this week against members of the Chemeketa Board of Education and other school officials, challenging the college’s policies that restrict outdoor speech. Student groups are limited to two quad areas on Salem’s campus, known for increased foot traffic, and are required to secure permission in advance to speak in thoseContinue reading “Anti-abortion student group files federal lawsuit against Chemeketa Community College”

Salem cautions Glamour Salon for reopening against COVID-19 order, cites lease violation

City of Salem officials sent a letter to Lindsey Graham, owner of Glamour Salon downtown, warning she’s in violation of her building lease agreement by reopening against Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 executive orders. The salon, located at 195 Liberty St. SE, reopened for business Tuesday morning. About 40 protesters showed up to voice their support for Graham, with some returning Wednesday.Continue reading “Salem cautions Glamour Salon for reopening against COVID-19 order, cites lease violation”

Oregon State Board of Ed votes to continue Eagle Charter School with conditions

April 16 – EAGLE Charter School in Salem will continue to operate for at least the next two years following a passing vote by the Oregon State Board of Education on Thursday. The decision — which allows Eagle Charter to continue operating for the duration of its contract ending in June 2022 — comes with a contingency: a third-party evaluation must be conducted prior to the school’s nextContinue reading “Oregon State Board of Ed votes to continue Eagle Charter School with conditions”

Salem Sikh volunteers make more than 1,000 meals for hospital workers during COVID-19

For the past few weeks, a team of about six volunteers from Salem’s local gurdwara, the Sikh house of worship, have prepared and delivered more than 1,000 meals for health care workers as a thank you and sign of solidarity.  The small team from Salem’s temple, Gurdwara Dasmesh Darbar, has been preparing homemade, vegetarian meals forContinue reading “Salem Sikh volunteers make more than 1,000 meals for hospital workers during COVID-19”

Inspired by ‘Freedom Writers’, frequently disciplined teens write, publish book on trauma

For 13 Houck middle schoolers, going to the reflection room is a common occurrence. But with the help of the room’s supervisor, these teens learned to channel their emotions through writing. In March, the group released “The Voice in Us,” a collection of poetry and short stories written by the students about their own lives. Due to theContinue reading “Inspired by ‘Freedom Writers’, frequently disciplined teens write, publish book on trauma”

Italian exchange student sent home to COVID-19 outbreak

March 26 – Desy Budau’s host mo, Loriann Schmidt, was told Thursday Budau will be on flight Friday morning. “Italian officials are fearful that the border will close for a long time, maybe until December,” Schmidt said, adding that she’s thankful they were at least able to get her a direct flight to Rome. “But I’mContinue reading “Italian exchange student sent home to COVID-19 outbreak”