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Building a Stronger Community

Artist to serve at Emerson House

There’s a new neighbor in northeast Portland’s King Neighborhood and he’s looking to shake things up with his appointment as the inaugural director of the DIY Artist-and-Residency Program at Emerson Street House.

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Big Melt Begins

Ice and snow to give way to rain and more rain

One of the largest snowfalls in Portland history started to give way to a big melt on Tuesday that brought freezing rain. Heavy rain was in the forecast overnight and into Wednesday to keep travel extremely hazardous before the big accumulation of ice and snow could be expected to slowly melt away.

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Citizen Police Review Panel Vacancy

Volunteers are needed to serve a three-year term on the Citizen Review Committee – an advisory body to Independent Police Review division under the City Auditor.

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Reclaiming the Dream

Show of diversity’s strength amid fears of setbacks

On Sunday, January 15, 2017 nearly 100 people braved freezing temperatures, a foot of piled snow and solid inches of ice for a rally at Peninsula Park in north Portland and a march to the MLK statute on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at the Oregon Convention Center.

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Knocked Out by Gentrification

‘Left Hook’ tells 1970s story of displacement

‘Left Hook’ a new theater work about gentrification in 1970’s Portland will premiere this month as part of the Fertile Ground celebration of new theater works.

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Let’s Get Healthy Together

Wellness Village rescheduled after snow event

The African American Health Coalition will celebrate its annual Health Disparities Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 20 and Wellness Village on Saturday, Jan. 21, after the previous December dates for the events were postponed when Portland was hit by snow and ice.

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In the Neighborhood

The Portland Observer asked community members in North East and North Portland to share their thoughts about Dr. King's work and legacy.

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Making Noise in the Northwest

All-girls music festival makes return

Girl Fest, Portland's own, all-girls and all-ages mini-music festival returns to Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom, downtown, on Saturday, Jan. 14.

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Martin Luther King Visited Here

Church steeped in Civil Rights history

A Portland sanctuary with great social, educational, and historical significance to Portland’s black community was honored this past year with national recognition. Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church is known as one of the historical centers of Portland’s black community, and has hosted civil rights icons such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Wilkins throughout its rich history. Raymond Burell, the church’s historian, was responsible for having the church listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Eastside Industrial Honors King

First MLK cleanup to bolster community

On Monday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., more than 200 peoples from Central Eastside businesses, community volunteers, and SOLVE will join in a neighborhood cleanup to bolster the health and nurture the community of this neighborhood.

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In Loving Memory of Denita Young

In loving memory of Denita Young.

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A Hunger for Films about ‘Hidden Figures’

The opinionated judge Darlene Ortega reviews "Hidden Figures."

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In Loving Memory of Carl Edward Gibson

In Loving Memory of Carl Edward Gibson

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Fire Victims Given Shelter

Temporary housing is found for the 98 residents displaced by last weeks 3 alarm fire at the Hotel Alder.

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A Clown for a Cause

Latino theater group brings story to life

Southeast Portland’s Milagro Theater presents a world premier of El Payaso.

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A Refuge for Immigrants in Uncertain Times

Pastor leads movement for social justice

Pastor Mark Knutson is a national leader in a movement for social justice for immigrants struggling to obtain legal status in the United States. Northeast Portland’s Augustana Lutheran Church, a multicultural congregation where he serves as a spiritual leader, is one of the few churches to provide sanctuary for immigrants in fear of being deported.

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Dynamic Leader for Justice Emerges

Braving arrest and threats to advance cause

Gregory McKelvey is the leader of Portland’s Resistance, a group dedicated to fighting policies in the incoming Trump administration that are detrimental to minorities, immigrants and other disadvantaged populations.

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‘Let’s Talk’ for Racial Progress

Activist gathers voices to promote understanding

Portland author and photographer Margaret Jacobsen is the founder of a discussion and education group that connects people and focuses on community building to address racial justice issues. The group is called Let’s Talk.

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Live-Streaming for Political Change

Activist documents Trump protests worldwide

Activist and non-profit director Cameron Whitten looks at his citizen journalism as giving a bird’s eye view on the resistance to the Trump presidency.

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Awash in Racially-Motivated Confrontations

Standing out among the others

The recent hateful tirade of failed New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino stands out.


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