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Oregon school’s only black girl keeps finding ‘go back to Africa, n****r’ notes in her binder

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Someone has been leaving racist messages in a binder that belongs to the only black girl at one Oregon high school.

Joy Simmons, a 15-year-old freshman at the Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences in Oregon City, found the first note two weeks ago, after Donald Trump won the presidential election, reported KATU-TV.

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“I was in my class getting ready for a test and I opened my binder to get some supplies, and I saw a note and it had the N-word on it and I immediately went to the office and called my mom, and she came in and talked to the principal,” Simmons told the TV station.

She found a second note, which said, “Go back to Africa, n****r,” a few days later.

This time, Simmons and her mother, a local activist, asked for help from Terresa Raiford, the lead organizer for the civil rights group Don’t Shoot Portland.

Raiford plans to ask federal authorities to investigate the incidents, saying they are part of a broader nationwide trend.

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“We can’t have the luxury of taking these issues and putting them on the back burner,” Raiford said. “We see with the Trump presidency that racism is alive and well.”

A recent survey conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center found 2,500 “negative incidents” of bigotry and harassment since the election, and frequently those reports involved students taunting classmates with variations on Trump’s campaign rhetoric.

Students at nearby Oregon City High School walked out of classes Oct. 27 to protest several incidents of racism at their school, and a spokesman for the school district promised a thorough investigation of Simmons’ claims.

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“The Oregon City School District will be consulting with outside agencies to ensure that we fulfill our obligation to adequately address this incident,” the spokesman said. “It is our duty to provide a safe learning environment for all students and we welcome the assistance of community partners.”

The spokesman declined to say whether any students have been disciplined for the notes, but Simmons and her mother are satisfied with the district’s response so far.

“I feel good because I know that he is trying to help in as many ways as he can,” Simmons said.

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Elementary school cheer squad parents raffling off an AM-15 automatic weapon as a fundraiser

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Just weeks after a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio killed nine people, only 200 miles away in Richmond, the cheer squad is selling raffle tickets to sell a semi-automatic gun.

Fox19 reported Wednesday that the Junior Lions Cheer Team have infuriated Heather Chilton, who's 7-year-old daughter is on the squad for the first time.

"This is absurd, you're having elementary kids sell your AR-15. Why?" Chilton said. "I highly doubt that something would happen with the gun, but say it did. Say one of the kids in the high school got a hold of it — got the AR-15 or AM-15 and shot up a school with it, and I'm the one that sold the raffle ticket to his dad?"

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Gov. Jay Inslee withdraws from presidential election

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that he was officially leaving the presidential race Thursday.

He said that he got into the race with the intention of trying to raise the important issue of climate change and demand the issue be part of the conversation in the debates.

The Democratic Party has refused to have a debate that focuses exclusively on climate change, despite the numerous plans, ideas and approaches from the 20-plus candidates running for president.

He said that he isn't currently endorsing other candidates for 2020, but he hopes that his "atlas" for a climate plan will be adopted by other candidates.

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Scorching WaPo editorial tells Trump to own his bad economy and stop blaming the fed

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell

In a scathing piece from the Washington Post editorial board, the team at one of the nation's top papers told President Donald Trump to stop trying to pretend it's the Federal Reserve's fault for a slumping economy.

Trump has tried to claim that the economy isn't just fine, but outstanding and excelling expectations. Yet, in the same breath, Trump claims that that the Federal Reserve is responsible for all of the problems he says don't exist. It's enough for The Post editorial board to note the economic message is "remarkably dissonant."

Trump decided to that the Fed must lower interest rates and engage in “quantitative easing” to lower bonds. It's part of a tactic the Fed uses during tough times, which Trump says don't exist. Even during the worst financial crisis in a generation, in 2008, "quantitative easing" was controversial. Then there is the matter of a payroll tax cut, something Trump said he was looking at before saying he wasn't looking at it. But if there's no crisis, then why is it necessary.

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