What good is a Western Union if you can’t “Western Union” someone money through it? Nor do anything else, except pay some bills….
5132 NE MLK
Between Fremont and Beech.
The Shaver Green development, but with a different twist – at night.
This truck, with a chair on top, was parked outside of Popeye’s recently:
A different kind of scary is this graffiti, on a utility box in front of Abraham’s Fabric Clinic, at Skidmore & MLK:
Was the Oregon Fair Employment Practices law, mentioned in a recent post here, effective? One gentleman wrote into “The Newspaper” to say that he didn’t think so:
To the editor:
In regards to an article in the Oregonian dated Thursday, February 26, 1970, the Forum Section. The article concerns itself with the dropouts in the Apprentice Program. Has it ever occurred to the writer that when blacks are assigned to the program, or hired to work on a job, that he is an individual and not a group or a race; that he is only an individual, and that his success or failure in that program or job is not, and should not be indicative of his race. If so, then the writer did not treat it in such a manner.
Did it ever occur to the writer or whites, as a whole, that if the Fair Employment Practice Law of Oregon had succeeded there would be no need for implementation of this program through the Urban League in order to train blacks for jobs. Why, then, should the Urban League be used as a go between for blacks to enter this program that the State has already said is open to every individual?
Why doesn’t the writer go to the root of the matter which belongs to the Department of Labor, which is responsible for administering and enforcing the FEPC law?
Approximately 20 years ago, the Labor commission got off the hook by appointing a black man to the Fair Employment Practice Commission as the administrator of the FEPC law. In essence, his job was to tell blacks they did not qualify for jobs or the apprentice program. This was done by Unions telling blacks to “get the jobs and we’ll admit you to the Union.” In reverse, management would say “get into the Union, and we will hire you.” I think it is very sad that the Urban League, in its many good community services had to be drug into this unholy mess.
During World War II, Federal Bill 8802 (no discrimination in defense plants, hiring, etc.) was implemented by Executive Presidential order (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) for blacks in both the North and South, in order for them to work in defense plants. I had thought that with the announcement from the Nixon Administration, that they were going to improve black capital and increase blacks in on the job training[; f]rom where I stand we have very little hope[,]with the announcement of the Nixon Administration that it will no longer help minorities in Civil Service Employment by not forcing any quote system in civil service or management of Government contracts. This will increase the negative attitude of those who seem to think that blacks have no place, even on common jobs where decent pay is available.
Charles B. Maxey
4624 N Williams Ave.
(A copy of the above letter has also been sent to the editor of the Oregonian.)
This letter was sent to “The Newspaper” and printed on March 19, 1970. The Newspaper was an Albina-neighborhood publication focussed on topics important to the black community, and this single issue, on microfilm at the North Portland Library, is the only known issue of The Newspaper to survive.
Places on Union Avenue (now MLK Jr. Boulevard) mentioned in this issue include:
The issue also contains this very short article:
“FASHION TIP: If you smoke, carry your own cigarettes… Nothing’s more annoying than bumming cigarettes.”
Angel’s Minimart at 5122 MLK has been replaced by this nameless minimart:
I wish I could show you the inside; its shelves are almost completely barren. It’s a wonder to me how places such as this make enough money to keep operating.
The combined Alladat Clothing and Hats of Heaven at 5824 NE MLK is closing at the end of the year.
Major markdowns; only open on the weekends from here on out!
Next to TNA Quality Auto:
In the middle of the lot is the “7 Foota International Hot Dogs” van with a generator in it.
At Portland Public Auto Auction:
In the lot between 6616 NE MLK and 3 Boys Market:
In the parking lot of Yam Yam’s: