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Abortion under fire: movie showing in Salem

Q: Did the Roe v. Wade decision ensure the right to abortion in America? A: It was intended to, but is now under formidable assault. Since 2011, politicians have passed more than 280 abortion restrictions at the state level. Next week the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon’s Marion-Polk Leadership & Advocacy Team will present the film, TRAPPED, 2016, an examination of the struggles to keep American abortion clinics safe, legal and open under this assault. It won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at Sundance this year. “From 2011 to 2013,” says director Dawn Porter,...

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Dear Reader,

You may have noticed Salem Weekly’s new logo, which we’re thrilled to report is just the start of some exciting changes with the newspaper. We are now the proud owners of this brand new website, salemweeklynews.com, which we invite you to peruse and play around with at your convenience. Truth be told, Salem Weekly is at a point of immense growth; there is both an internal and external excitement with the opportunities that we’re exploring. We’ve tilted on our digital axis, giving ourselves the ability to incorporate video on our website, and introduce other interactive engagements with our readers. In...

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Salem Police Department aims for diversity

“In this career path, you have the opportunity to influence someone’s life for the better,” says Valeria Ramirez. “Whether it’s picking up a drunk driver off the street, where you’re perhaps preventing a car crash, or investigating a domestic violence situation, I have a passion for law enforcement.” Ramirez, whose parents were born in Mexico, is a teenage member of the Salem Police Department’s Cadet program, which trains young people to work in law enforcement. The Cadet program is one of many ways the SPD is extending itself to encourage interest in a policing career and to develop recruits...

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Salem Weekly Homeless Resource Guide 2016

Economic indicators suggest that homelessness in Oregon is on the rise. The most recent  Marion and Polk homeless  count by the Community Action Agency (2015) conservatively estimates that 1,660 school age children, veterans and other men and women currently sleep in the alleys, urban forests, in vehicles and under bridges in our area. People who have no homes have the same human needs as those who do: food, shelter, medicine clothing and hygiene. This comprehensive listing of where these needs can be addressed will continue to be revised in the months and years ahead.  Meanwhile, the City of Salem...

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Don’t gather at your Salem city hall

A city rule clarification adopted in October 2015 formally limits public use of Salem’s City Hall “Atrium,” the wide covered courtyard inside the civic center. Also affected is public use of the breezeways adjacent to city offices. Now, officially, neither is available for public assembly. The policy to clarify city management of the space was introduced by City Attorney Dan Atchison last fall. Prior to the vote, councilors reviewed a staff report in support of the clarification. The report that said the Atrium, while open to the public and for visitors coming to the Civic Center Plaza for specific...

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