Stories for December 2014

Wednesday, December 31

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When People Ask: ‘Why Do We March’

Our protest and a plan of action

Few times in a nation’s history is the conscience of its citizens shocked and awakened – across racial, economic, generational and even ideological – lines. Times when the collective consciousness of a people screams – and demands without apology – that it’s time for a change, that things must be different and that it must start today.

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Long Past Time to Repeal Second Amendment

Ending this instrument of death

What country fetishizes, lionizes, valorizes, idolizes, and sacralizes guns as much as does our United States? OK, possibly Mozambique--the only country with an AK47 on its flag, but really, it's long past time to end this obsessive "My Precious" attachment of Americans to instruments of death.

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The Spinners Rock Portland

Roy Jay’s holiday event best ever

Portland entrepreneur Roy Jay’s “Spam and Velveeta” holiday event at the Oregon Convention Center was one of the best holiday events of the season.

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Confronting Harsh Realities

Third world drama ‘Metro Manila’ one of the best films of 2014

I saw "Metro Manila" back in February at the Portland International Film Festival and was so blown away by it that I hoped, against hope, that this taut and carefully constructed tale of a Filipino family trying to survive the harsh realities of life in Manila might actually get a U.S. theatrical release, though the commercial prospects for a tale in Tagalog seemed doubtful. My hopes failed to materialize, but the film is now available on Netflix and iTunes and Amazon, and I'm determined that everyone should see it. It's one of the best films I saw in 2014.

Friday, December 26

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King Nobel Secrets Revealed

The mystery surrounding who nominated civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize 50 years ago is cleared up in a new exhibit, “1964: Martin Luther King Jr.,” under way at the King National Historic Site on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.

Wednesday, December 24

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The Buick Club of America builds community around the classic

Sponsored by Buick

Owners of all cars are proud, however, people who own a Buick are a unique and enthusiastic group indeed. They assemble as The Buick Club of America, but you don’t have to be a Buick owner to join the club; you just have to love Buick.

Tuesday, December 23

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Saving a Prison Program for Mothers and Kids

Please do not shut down this resource

The Family Preservation Program, located in Oregon's Coffee Creek Women's Correctional Facility, is scheduled to be shut down at the end of the year. The program is desperately needed to help women and their children. The prison claims there are other programs, but if you look closely, you will find the other programs serve very few women or children and most of them are annual events rather than on-going programs. Not a single woman who has been in this program has reoffended upon her release. Please do not shut down this program.

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In Loving Memory

A home going celebration service for Sharon ‘Elaine’ Adams will be held Saturday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Temple Church, 1033 N. Sumner St.

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Empower the Dream

King daughter to keynote scholarship benefit

Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church will be raising scholarship funds at two upcoming benefits, including a major community event in February that will include Dr. Bernice A. King, the daughter of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, December 22

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All those times Buick LaCrosse made a cameo in film and you kind of gasped

Sponsored by Buick

The internet is amazing – granted – but when we set out to research the Buick LaCrosse in film or TV, we didn’t anticipate finding a populated find-your-car-in-media database. Or did we?

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Women in STEM: 10 quotes by GM’s Alicia Boler-Davis

See how she got to the top and why she’s staying there

We curated Boler-Davis interviews and speeches on YouTube, and here are 10 direct quotes from the mind making the connection between GM and you. Number one is ridiculously inspiring. Let’s start with the basics. Boler-Davis recently – and by recently we mean earlier this month – told Fortune Magazine how she discovered her potential in engineering; she wasn’t born a VP, you know.

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The perks of owning an American classic car

Sponsored by Buick

Nothing can compare to the nostalgia you feel when you’re sitting at a stoplight and you see a well preserved El Dorado drive pass you. Everybody is looking.

Thursday, December 18

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10 auto-loving quotes from a man who devoted his life to car design

Sponsored by Buick

Edward T. Welburn – most of us in the automotive industry may have heard the name – but let me introduce you to the legend. Welburn has been a General Motors employee for 35 years. He’s the current and first GM Vice President of Global Design. Yes, they actually created a VP position and title for him.

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Remember the time Buick retweeted your here’s-my-new-car photo? We do.

Sponsored by Buick

There’s nothing like when somebody you admire retweets your tweet, right? You take a screenshot and tweet that because you want everybody to know important people see, read and retweet your Tweets.

Wednesday, December 17

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Racial Profiling: Fruit from a Poison Tree

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.

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Hip Hop Renaissance

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.

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Prayer Vigil Saturday

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.

Friday, December 12

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Shooting Near Rosemary Anderson High School

Three people injured; schools on lockdown

A shooting near Rosemary Anderson High School

Wednesday, December 10

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Ferguson Anger comes Entirely from Valid Place

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.

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Porter Back as Blazers Ambassador

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.

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Focus on Basic Human Needs

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.

Thursday, December 4

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Congratulations Lady Tigers

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.

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Spirit of Thanksgiving

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.

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In Loving Memory

A beloved Salvadoran local passes away

The community celebrates the life of a beloved local man.

Wednesday, December 3

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Immigration Action Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Workers who deserve to live without fear of deportation

Undocumented workers aren’t the only ones who suffer because of our broken immigration system. Thousands of U.S. citizen children live in fear of losing their parents due to immigration enforcement operations.

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A Path Forward in Prosecuting Ferguson Cop

Follow Bush and support federal charges

On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was sickened and "outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops. A year later following the acquittal of four of the police officers by a Simi Valley jury with no blacks on it, Bush ordered then Attorney General William Barr to begin the process of slapping federal civil rights charges on the officers.

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Da Vinci School Arts Fair

One of the more popular holiday fairs in Portland, the fair offers the ideal shopping venue for handcrafted gifts made from all sorts of art forms. There is also live music, hands-on art activities, a cafe, and a selection of student artwork for sale.

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Elevating Hip Hop in Africa

Mic Crenshaw, a Portland hip-hop performer, community activist and KBOO co-manager, embarked on a visit to Africa in November as a way of elevating hip hop culture and a form of expression that is creative and revolutionary, a counterforce to all forms of oppression to thousands of young people.

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Deranged Comedy on Main Stage

John San Nicolas as the Ghost of Jacob Marley and Craig Cackowski as Scrooge in Portland Center Stage’s deranged comedy ‘Twist Your Dickens.’ The spoof from The Second City’s A Christmas Carol by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort is now playing through Dec. 24 on the theater’s Main Stage.

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Arresting Power

Local filmmakers plan January release

“Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon” is a new documentary that chronicles the expansive history of police brutality against Portlanders from all walks of life, as well as local efforts to push back against this oppression.