Wednesday, January 28
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?
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
City appeal should be rescinded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.
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.
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
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.
‘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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Nike unveiled the uniforms that Oregon and Ohio State will wear for the College Football Playoff National Championship
Thursday, January 1
Matthew Calvin Ellett
Memorial services for Matthew Calvin Ellett were held Jan.3, 2015 at Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ.