PSU approves plan pending guidelines
Despite strong objections from civil rights advocates and many students and faculty, Portland State University moved forward Thursday with a plan to create an armed campus police force.
Community fabric won’t repair itself
As events have unfolded over the past weeks, I’ve struggled to put together the right words, because on some level my emotions are indescribable. I want to yell, loud, over and over. Then I am just sad. And then I realize that I want fervently not to inflame or incite. Then it starts all over again. I know too well that it’s safer to be quiet while such emotions rage. But being quiet would be wrong.
Come January, Portland will have a new police chief, and soon alongside him, a new assistant chief.
St. Johns rapper refines his craft
St. Johns is a unique slice of north Portland with its own history and a distinct feel that you can’t get in other parts of town. When you step off a bus caught downtown an hour earlier to find yourself in St. Johns you really feel like you are not even in Portland anymore. That unique look and feel probably has a lot to do with the fact that up until 1915 St. Johns was its own city.
Activists to march for police reforms
The Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform will lead a prayer vigil and protest march through north and northeast Portland Saturday in memory of victims of police shootings, both in Portland and across the country.
Recovery begins after traumatic shooting
Dozens of tiny white snowflake earrings hung to the ears and jackets of students at Rosemary Anderson High School Monday, a symbol of solidarity in the wake of a shooting on Friday just outside the school that wounded four teenagers. The alternative school, part of the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center in north Portland, handed out the snowflakes to community members, faculty, staff, and students alike as police, community leaders and others reached out to make the students feel safe.
Three people injured; schools on lockdown
A shooting near Rosemary Anderson High School
Most whites don’t know what black folks face
Shortly before Michael Brown’s fateful encounter with Ferguson cop Darren Wilson, I was appointed as a teaching assistant in a class on race and ethnicity. I’m white. I didn’t go to grad school to study race — I studied agriculture.
NBA All-Star and Portland fan favorite Terry Porter has rejoined the Portland Trail Blazers as an ambassador. The former Trail Blazers point guard and NBA head coach previously served as a team ambassador from 2009-11.
Portland powerhouse vocalist Liv Warfield closes out the year by clutching a highly coveted Soul Train award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
Focusing on basic human services such as emergency shelters, housing and hunger, Bank of America just announced that they are awarding $104,707 to six nonprofits in the Portland area.
A Latin-American Christmas celebration with theater, music, dance, and Hispanic foods comes to El Centro Milagro, Portland’s Latino theater venue in southeast Portland.
Acclaim for debut novel ‘The Residue Years’
A black author from Portland has just won a major literary award for his debut novel. Mitchell S. Jackson, who went to Portland schools and graduated from Portland State University, was just named the winner of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation's annual Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for his novel, “The Residue Years”.
A new comic book series, “Shaft,” based off the popular 1970s film series is hitting bookshelves thanks to local publisher Bridge City Comics and Portland author David Walker.
Faith leaders tackle gentrification with Mayor and Housing Bureau
More and more black families are having trouble keeping homes they already own and families that dream of buying a home are finding it almost impossible to find places within the city limits that fit their budgets.
TriMet construction helps level the playing field
When it opens in 2015, the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will improve transit and connections throughout the region. But the project has been benefiting the community since construction began in 2011, especially small firms owned by people of color and women, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms.
Portland Parks and Recreation hosts its annual wreath sale fundraiser
The Trinity Lutheran School Lady Tigers are playing some great volleyball and becoming great ambassadors for the northeast Portland school. The team participated in a 32 team tournament in Coos Bay earlier this fall and won four matches to get to the finals and a second place finish.
University of Portland students brightened the homes of 175 north Portland families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday. Residence hall social justice coordinators Phu Nguyen, Angela Hudson, Claire Kenneally and Tyler Tennant recruited 12 other volunteers to deliver food baskets. Making it all possible were donations from students; Bridgetown, a local service organization; and Bon Appetit, the university’s food service company.