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Stories for January 2015

Wednesday, January 28

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Historic Drama Reflective of Modern Reality

Selma movie wins hearts and minds

Who among us could have predicted that a cinematic retelling of the heroic efforts of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders in 1965 to organize and lead marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in an effort to gain equal voting rights for African Americans in that city would end up teaching us as much about the present as it does the past?

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Real Path to Greatness is Through Service

A lesson to teach about Dr. King

Dr. King said too many people never outgrow this instinct—and by constantly struggling to be the most powerful or famous or wealthiest or best-educated, we forget one of the Gospels’ and life’s largest truths: the real path to greatness is through service.

Tuesday, January 27

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Investing in Youth

A power luncheon for young women of color

Dozens of high schoolers from Portland’s black community are learning about leadership with a powerful line-up of women.

Wednesday, January 21

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Down Payment Lifeline

Neighborhood LIFT creates 259 new homeowners

The New Year has turned 259 former renters into Portland homebuyers thanks to the collaboration between Wells Fargo, the non-profit Portland Housing Center, and NeighborWorks America.

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Bullets and Bombs Can Never Silence Voices of Laughter and Friendship

Lessons from Charlie Hebdo massacre

As a political cartoonist who happens to be both American and Muslim, I often find myself at the intersection of media curiosity: Muslim, with all the stereotypical notions attached to that, but also a freedom-loving artist and a humorist.

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Sony, Charlie Hebdo and the Right to Offend

Not exactly role models for the cause

The cyberattacks against Sony and the recent killings of 12 people during the attack on the Paris newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, have sparked an international debate about freedom of speech and the right to offend.

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In Loving Memory

Fannie Mae Stokes

She was known throughout the community and was affectionately called “Aunt Fan,” as she was always willing to give her time and personal resources to ensure her family’s needs were met.

Wednesday, January 14

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The Need for a Truth and Reconciliation Process

Healing from the long history of racial trauma

The killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked a national outcry to end the epidemic of police brutality against black men.

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Mayor and Council Step Back on Police Reform

City appeal should be rescinded

While every major city and various small cities throughout the nation are crying out for justice and police reform, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and the city commissioners voted unanimously to take a step backwards to appeal a condition set by Federal Judge Michael Simon to have annual periodic hearings on the progress or non-progress of the Portland Police Reform Settlement Agreement.

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New Leaders Emerge in Struggle for Police Reforms

Hip hop artist lends voice to cause

Firmly entrenched as a community leader, Waco isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and will be a staple of future marches, meetings and entertainment in the city of Portland for the foreseeable future.

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Arresting Power Documentary Hits Movie Screen

Portland filmmakers tackle police violence

For many folks, learning about the racist history of Oregon comes with a long talk and a city of Portland timeline that shows how black people have been discriminated against since the state’s earliest days and continue to face challenges due to race.

Tuesday, January 13

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Behind the Scenes of Don’t Shoot PDX

Activists fight for change

Don’t Shoot PDX is a movement that brings people of all colors, and from different community organizations, together to fight for change in the city of Portland.

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Riveting and Inspiring

‘Selma’ wisely depicts struggle for civil rights

What a treat, then, to watch “Selma”—and by a treat, I mean that I was riveted and inspired, and that I wept through most of it. For once, I found an insightful depiction of what working for social justice looks like. And what it looks like is broken bodies, fear, treachery, risk, mistakes, choices between terrible options, and unthinkable sacrifice. And it involves many heroes, not just one.

Wednesday, January 7

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Rap Duo Dishes It Out

Year begins with debut music video

Portland’s Neka & Kahlo, a bi-racial, female singer-rapper duo who makes spaced out, trap infused Hip-Hop and R&B music have a new music video.

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Torture Doesn’t Save Lives, It Costs Them

Knowledge that damages the soul

Thanks to the Senate’s report on CIA torture, Americans should now realize that there was nothing “enhanced” about the Bush administration’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

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Crack Cocaine’s Racist and Vile History

For me, this gets personal

There have been incidents along our nation’s path that are outright disgusting and with racial animus. The internment of American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II along with the seizure of their land and businesses is a good example. The “Trail of Tears” which was a forced march by foot of the Cherokee Indian nation from North Carolina to Oklahoma was a downright atrocity. Another sickly example was sending blankets to select Indian tribes that were laced with small pox. These and other examples are not consistent with our Constitution.

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Fighter Enters Year Undefeated

Fighting out of northeast Portland’s Curt’s Ultimate Fitness & Fighting Arts gym, Isaac Shelton enters 2014 undefeated awaiting a March 14 match against a yet to be named opponent at Prime Fighting V in Ridgefield, Wash.

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Ducks Mania!

Nike unveiled the uniforms that Oregon and Ohio State will wear for the College Football Playoff National Championship

Thursday, January 1

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In Loving Memory

Matthew Calvin Ellett

Memorial services for Matthew Calvin Ellett were held Jan.3, 2015 at Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ.