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Hoops Tourney for Diversity, Harmony

Portland Parks & Recreation present its first annual Portland Intercultural Basketball tournament on Saturday, Nov. 28 to celebrate diversity and culture, and to help refugees, immigrants and people of color integrate into the city.

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Football Standout Bowl Bound

You can help De’Angelo Bell of Portland who has earned an invitation to participate in the 2016 USA College Football Bowl, Jan. 15-18, at Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga.

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Harold Williams Gym Dedication

Portland Community College is honoring the late Harold Williams on Wednesday, Dec. 2, when the basketball court at the PCC Cascade Campus in north Portland will be officially dedicated in his memory and named “Harold Williams Sr. Court.”

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Mother of Juneteenth Honored

Clara Peoples, a late beloved community leader, educator, and mother of Portland’s annual Juneteenth celebration, was posthumously honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at last week’s Spirit of Portland Awards Ceremony

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Soul Stirring Melodies

Looking for peace and soul stirring melodies on the first Monday evening after Thanksgiving? The candles will be lit for a heartwarming tradition as Michael Allen Harrison and Julianne Johnson perform their 14th annual benefit for the Altar Society at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church this Monday.

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Black Laughs Comedy Show

Comedians gather to save black lodge

A comedy-show fundraiser to help save a piece of Portland black history is coming to North Mississippi Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 6.

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Cynical Attempts to Blunt Our Political Power

Turing back the clock on voting rights

Many of the new laws making it more difficult to vote appear to be cynical attempts to blunt the political power of rapidly growing populations of people of color as our nation confronts the changing reality of who is a “minority” and who is a “majority.”

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Solidarity against Hate

Student attack, racist posts roil campus

Students, professors, and staff at Lewis & Clark College are trying to come together to protect their community after a black student was attacked over the weekend in what appears to be a racially motivated crime.

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Community Builders

Moore Street soccer field comes alive

The Salvation Army is providing more opportunities for local kids and families with a brand new turf soccer field at their Moore Street Corps and Community Center.

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Rappers Tour Wonder Ballroom

Los Angeles-based rappers Grouch and Eligh will hit Portland for their annual 'How The Grouch Stole Christmas' Tour this Saturday.

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Clamp Down on Tobacco Adopted

The Multnomah County Commission has adopted an ordinance designed to reduce minors’ access to tobacco products.

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Café and Tabernacle Host Thanksgiving

Kenton’s favorite Thanksgiving event returns for a day of music, entertainment and great food in a free celebration open to members of any race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, ability, nation of origin, age, and religion.

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Professors in Poverty

Oregon adjuncts relate to message in new film

About one-third of the part-timers teaching college courses are on public assistance, according to a new documentary that follows some part-time or adjunct professors, at home and on the job.

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Senator visits Cully Plaza

Grateful for work to transform blighted block

It’s comforting in many ways to see women are in charge of the destiny of this block, turning the buildings painful and misogynist past into a future that belongs to them and the community members that will make use of the new Cully Plaza.

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Big Band Jazz at Clark College

You’re invited to come and listed to the great big band jazz students at Clark College are creating.

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Entitled to Public Discourse Without Interference

Demanding answers and accountability

Together with other community leaders and concerned citizens, I sent a letter to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, and other statewide- and locally elected officials on Tuesday, Nov. 10 calling for an immediate response to the Department of Justice’s investigation of Oregonians who have used the social media hashtag “Black Lives Matter.”

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Rigged: Racial Bias in Jury Selection

We need enforcement and monitoring

Despite the efforts of our federal government and the Supreme Court to address and eliminate racial discrimination in the jury selection process, the practice continues to run rampant, and unchecked, throughout our criminal justice system—a system where more than half of the people on death row are people of color.

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In Loving Memory

Don A. Burns

Don A. Burns was born Feb. 20, 1942 in Clarks, La., to the Ecker C. Burns Jr. and Mary Lee McCully.

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Cold Case Murders Confronted

New campaign urges witnesses to come forward

A long-standing tension between police and black residents when it comes to witnesses coming forward is being addressed with a new billboard campaign.

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A Creative Explosion

‘Paris is Burning,’ a landmark 1991 film showcasing the golden age of vogueing and drag ball culture in New York City through the experiences of people of color in the late 80s and early 90s, will screen on Friday.


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