Stories for August 2014

Wednesday, August 27

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Blue presents: The Tao of Pimpin’

Local author merges unlikely concepts for enlightenment

Uhuru Rahman to some virtually, better known to many in the analog world simply as ‘Blue’ recently published her semi-autobiographical book titled ‘The Tao of Pimpin.’’ Now, she is inviting those willing to discover just how two seemingly different concepts can lead to a journey of fulfillment.

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Poised for a Breakout Fight

Portland boxer hopes to punch ticket to the pros

Former Jefferson footballer looks to make it big in the boxing ring.

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Diversity in Golf for 70 Years

Portland Leisure Hour Golf Club, a non-profit organization that has brought diversity to the game of golf since the 1940s held their 70th anniversary this month. It was a special event not just for the celebration but for all that attended.

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Support for Head Start

$18 million investment to increase services for children

Thanks to an $18 million investment, five existing Albina Head Start and Albina Early Head Start program properties in Portland will be able to refinance, offsetting some of the organization’s debt burden, and freeing up resources to expand other services in the process.

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In Loving Memory

Connie Moore-McCool

Services for Constance “Connie” Moore-McCool, who was born March 21, 1962 and passed away on Aug. 21, 2014, will be held Thursday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. at Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan.

Friday, August 22

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Ferguson Exposes Issues of Race and Class

Real tragedy is lack of empathy for humanity

Physician and the chief medical director for Volunteers of America Oregon, Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia examines the tension in trauma from a trauma-informed perspective.

Wednesday, August 20

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‘Calvary’ grasps for a World beyond Fairness

A priest’s faith is tested as life hangs in the balance

Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega on the film 'Calvary', "This film deals with the question of faith in a challenging way, which also involves dealing with the question of fairness."

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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!

Portland voices solidarity with citizens of Ferguson

The police shooting death of a black teenager halfway across the country have Portland residents raising their hands and voices in solidarity demanding justice in the case.

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Look to Your Left!

Bike lane on Williams Avenue switching sides for safety

Crews are set to break ground in the coming days on a project that will move the bike lane on Williams from the right side of the street to the left and bring in a host of other new infrastructure in a city-led move planned to improve safety on the heavily used throughway.

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Mother Killed in Gun Violence

‘Enough is enough,’ community members say

A fatal shooting of a young mother at an apartment complex, combined with other shootings in southeast Portland and north Portland over the weekend, served as another grim highlight to this summer’s violence and was the backdrop to a meeting on Monday to address community concerns.

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‘Shine’ Brings Home a Trophy

Portland’s Inner City Shine, a semi-pro 8-man football team, won a national championship over the weekend in Las Vegas. The team was undefeated at 7-0 in league play.

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No Law-Abiding People Should Fear Police

My focus on the lives of young black men in Portland

Mayor Charlie Hales on police, "No law-abiding people should ever have reason to fear the police. Yet we must honestly admit that, too often, this is not true for a wide swath of our community: people of color."

Thursday, August 14

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Struggling to Make Sense of Michael Brown’s Death

Structural racism perpetuates negative stereotypes

PeaceVoice journalist David Ragland weighs in on the Mike Brown controversy happening in Ferguson, MO

Wednesday, August 13

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Stepping Up

Community bike ride a call for peace now and beyond

Hop in your seat, put rubber to the pavement and ride. You’re invited to help take back the streets as the longtime Northeast Alberta Street non-profit Community Cycling Center hosts a public bike ride in response to a surge in violence by local youth and other young men.

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Reaching and Empowering Entrepreneurs

Startup business culture fostered

MESO pilots a project empowering aspiring Portland-based Black and Latino entrepreneurs through community-building, developings skills, and providing a roadmap to small business viability in the Rose City.

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Mural Ready for Debut

The Kirk Reeves Mural is complete, the scaffolding has finally come down, and a celebration is planned.

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Celebrating the Soul of Portland

MLK Dream Run makes economic and equitable impact

Over 1,500 participants came out to celebrate in the Soul of Portland at the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Run and festivities.

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How Can I Forget Those Frightened Faces

Families torn apart by a broken immigration system

Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo speaks on immigration, " As a religious leader, I am deeply saddened by the family separations that deportations create across our country. I respect the law of the land; however, I respond to a higher moral law."

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Our Education System’s Racially-Charged Crisis

When children are afraid of learning

"Covertly racist corporate media and hegemonic Caucasian opinion make dangerous implications that suggest minorities are both incapable and unwilling to learn and our education system reflects these untruths." says Jeanine Russaw

Wednesday, August 6

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Groovin’ on the Grass

Mini blues festival at Beaverton complex

Blues Hall of Famer Robert Cray headlines Saturday concert.

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Global Impact

Portland photographer visits Nigeria to produce documentary

Photographer Alex Riedlinger looks to bring the vibrancy of he captured in a trip to southwest Nigeria, that in part saw people trying to hold on to ancient ways of worship and living in the midst of an increasingly globalized world.

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Right Kind of Reverence

Biopic on James Brown gets it right

From the sheer energy in the musical performances, to capturing some of the harder parts of the cultural icon, the biopic on James Brown, 'Get On Up' "makes you feel it," says our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega.

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Concordia Blues Honors Scroggins

The late Grammy-nominated and beloved Portland musician Janice Scroggins will be honored Saturday, Aug. 9 when Concordia University and the Original Halibut’s restaurant in northeast Portland present the inaugural Campus Blues Fest, a blues music festival dedicated to Scroggins’ legacy.

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In Loving Memory

Margaret Juanita (Payne) Isaacs

Margaret Juanita (Payne) Isaacs, 83, peacefully passed away on July 23, 2014 in Portland. She was born Oct. 12, 1930 in Malakoff, Texas to Martha and Isaac Payne III.

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Making the World Safe for Trust Fund Babies

Reinforce the inheritance tax, don’t scrap it

"As the American Dream slips away for millions of people in this country, one faction of Congress is doing its best to aid a select group of folks that least needs a helping hand: trust fund babies." --Chuck Collins

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Mississippi Freedom Summer Pilgrimage

An atrocity we must never forget

"In a flash it brought back the absolute reign of terror faced by black people in Mississippi in those days. We’re certain all of us gathered at the murder site—we went in small groups—couldn’t even begin to imagine the terror the three young men felt that night as Clemons, from his study of histories, articles, court records, and his own interviews with still-living Klan members, told us what happened. "