Wednesday, July 29
Second chances are as American as baseball
3,278 Americans are serving life sentences without parole for nonviolent crimes that can be remarkably petty — including stealing a jacket or serving as the middleman in a $10 marijuana transaction. Don’t they deserve a second chance?
Augustana Lutheran Church, located on the corner of Northeast 15th and Knott Street, is hosting its annual Summer in the City neighborhood party on Sunday.
Oregon will allow marijuana sales to adults beginning Oct. 1, nearly a year sooner than originally planned.
Mayor Hales joined 60 mayors from around the world in Italy last week, attending Pope Francis' international summit on Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of Cities.
Tuesday, July 28
Play recounts family histories, experiences
A new stage production commemorating the history of Vanport, a city located next door to Portland that was heavily populated by African-Americans before floodwaters wiped it off the map, comes to the Jefferson High School Auditorium this week.
Race and weekend of events celebrate Soul of Portland
Northeast Portland celebrates the fourth annual MLK Dream Run this weekend.
The Portland Office of Youth and Violence Prevention is bringing men together for a new program aimed at stopping gang violence, Enough is Enough, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand.
A historic moment and turning point
Fifteen years ago, when I first started working on drug policy and criminal justice reform issues, I never would have imagined these words coming out of the mouth of a sitting U.S. president. But then again, I would never have imagined Barack Obama.
Rev. Merrill E. Richardson, Jr.
Rev. Merrill E. Richardson Jr. was born Nov. 2, 1946 in Portland, and passed away July 17, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Special marks 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's signing of the Voting Rights Act, PBS is presenting a special documentary “JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness” airing nationally, Tuesday, Aug. from 9-10 p.m
What parents must do this summer
Black parents cannot allow their child to lose three months every year. Black parents cannot say they cannot afford the library. It's free! Most museums have discounted days.
Actor-activist to front anniversary celebration
Oregon Nikkei Endowment is proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial.
Cathedral Park in St. Johns will host the Willamette River Revival Festival this Sunday.
The Columbia River Concours d'Elegance, returns to Vancouver, Sunday, Aug. 2, bringing over 150 restored, classic vehicles to the lawns along Officers Row on the Fort Vancouver site.
Wednesday, July 22
Supporting the information-age workforce
I have a love-hate relationship with ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. I love the convenience and level of service that traditional taxis don’t offer. But I hate what they portend for the future of work with their rapidly expanding business model that pretends regular workers are franchisees.
Four parole and probation workers with Multnomah County have gone above and beyond in the line of duty and are being recognized for their exceptional commitment.
A local organization is helping mothers in custody stay active in their children’s lives.
Music, dance and exhibits from cultural groups from around the world will draw folks to the Celebrate Beaverton Cultural Festival.
Tuesday, July 21
Public health standards take a hit
As Americans, we strive for safety -- the safest medicines, cars and toys. But when it comes to women's reproductive health, state legislatures have passed about 250 laws since 2011 that put women's health at risk.
The half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. is coming to Milwaukie this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Hari Kondabolu brings his politically and socially charged comedy to Portland’s Helium Comedy Club for three nights of laughs.
Community fundraiser set for beloved pastor
Despite a dire cancer diagnosis for their beloved spiritual leader, members of the Highland Christian Center and their ailing church pastor, Rev. Dr. W.G. Hardy Jr., are not ready to give up.
Effort aimed at enhancing lives and reducing violence
The city of Portland launched a pilot program to provide fun, safe summer activities, free of charge, to youth throughout the community.
It's safe to say Catherine Russell came from a musical family and she continues that musical lineage as one of the best-selling female jazz vocalists.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park turns into Beervana for the Oregon Brewers Festival this week!
Youth theater tackles racial tensions
Youth from a culturally diverse performing arts program get into the real-life consequences and cases surrounding racial tension, gentrification, and other painful coming of age issues in an encore performance of their new show, Between the Lines.
Wednesday, July 15
Portland’s Self Enhancement, Inc., recently hosted and sponsored the "You Matter" basketball clinic presented by Playmakers 4.0, a basketball program founded by Portland natives Aaron Miles and Michael Lee that uses sports to encourage "positive plays in life and on the court".
Rise Above exhibit at Oregin Air Show
The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is bringing its Rise Above mobile theater and World War II P-51C Mustang aircraft to the Oregon International Air Show this weekend.
The Native American Youth and Family Center of northeast Portland sent five youth to the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering last week.
Inks contract extension worth $120 million
Damian Lillard believes he's ready to lead the Portland Trail Blazers through a rebuilding project, and the franchise is hoping he can help speed up the process.
New York awards Garner family $5.9 million
The family of a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer’s chokehold reached a $5.9 million settlement with the city on Monday, days before the anniversary of his death.
Tuesday, July 14
Aim is to end disparities in services, employment
The Portland City Council has adopted three new racial equity goals along with six strategies aimed to achieve them.
Exhibit tells of shipyards, internment and other impacts
“World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed,” a new major exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society featuring rare documents and artifacts from the world and military leaders and the impact of the war on Oregonians.
Taking down the rebel flag
What the Confederate flag represents is the attempted perpetual dominion of one group of human beings over another group. In other words, the cry of the secessionist southern states preceded George Wallace’s “Segregation now, segregation forever.” Instead, the rallying cry of the boys in grey was Slavery Now. Slavery Forever.’
A boisterous, squeaky river otter pup, orphaned last month near Cottage Grove, has just taken up residence at the Oregon Zoo.
Taking action against racism and guns
Today, we should all be asking ourselves what happens now; what comes next? Do we, as a nation, take up the charge to tackle the ills of racism and gun violence, or will we cast these issues aside once again and wait until the next tragedy jolts us from our complacency?
A voice to Portland’s cultural climate
Swiggle Mandela is more than a just a Portland rapper.
‘Love and Mercy’ shows singer’s darker side
What I loved best about "Love and Mercy," the new film about Brian Wilson, the man whose genius powered the Beach Boys, is that it felt true -- deeply, complexly true, whether or not it is factually accurate -- yet also left me convinced that I don't and can't know the whole story of Brian Wilson's life.
New York rapper Himanshu Suri, better known by his stage name Heems, will be playing the Star Theater.
Portland Parks and Recreation presents the classic movie ‘The Goonies!’ along with live music from Portland School of Rock and the Portland Teen Idols.
Honoring our dream of equality for all
Until the United States sees and cures its profoundly evil birth defects of slavery, Native American genocide, and the exclusion of all women and non-propertied men of all colors from our electoral process, these birth defects will continue to flare up in multiple guises to threaten our black community’s and everyone’s safety, our nation’s future, and render hollow our professed but still inadequate commitment to ensuring equality for all.
The 14th annual Gresham Arts Festival, the city's most popular annual event, returns Saturday.
Eleanor Pittman, 75, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend -- passed away on July 3, 2015. She was born July 1, 1940.
Tuesday, July 7
Warner Pacific names new administrator
Warner Pacific College has welcomed Rev. Dr. Reginald Nichol as its new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty.
British comedian Russell Howard will be performing at the Alberta Rose Theatre in northeast Portland on Friday.
The Summer Movies in the Park series sponsored by Portland Parks and Recreation comes to the King Neighborhood on Thursday, July 16 for an evening of family activities and a screening of the original Karate Kid.
The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs was recently recognized by the Small Business Administration as the No. 1 micro lender of the Western U.S. and No. 2 nationally among 178 micro lenders in the country.
A diversity of ethnic dance forms, including Aztec, Native American, breakdance, traditional lion dance, contemporary, and more, highlight “Ten Tiny Dances,” on Saturday.
The annual Mississippi Street Fair hits north Portland this Saturday, July 11. The festival will include over 200 local vendors and craft makers, six stages, and over 40 bands.
The owners of a Gresham-based bakery that refused service to a lesbian couple have been issued a final order to pay $135,000 in damages.
Bills expand contraception; fight racial profiling
On Monday the Oregon Legislature drew its current session to an end, a year highlighted by several progressive victories, including bills to make voting easier, improving access to birth control and fighting racial profiling by police.
Proposal confronts poverty and racism
Racist violence is not just the work of bigoted individuals. Racism and its violent enforcers were created to justify the horrific --yet profitable -- economic system of slavery that the United States enshrined in its constitution.
Obama’s Amazing Grace
If Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech is the 20th century equivalent of Abraham Lincoln’s magnificent Second Inaugural — and I think it is — then what President Barack Obama gave us in Charleston, South Carolina is our century’s Gettysburg Address.
Free Music on Main Street Concert
This Wednesday Music on Main street's free outdoor concert series will feature a tribute to Stevie Wonder.
Featured artists for July
Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St., gives marquee treatment to three artists during July.
Portland’s newest professional taiko company, Unit Souzou, will be the featured noontime showcase at Summer Arts on Main Street on Wednesday, July 15.
Since Osama bin Laden’s death in 2011, the official account of the Navy Seals’ raid has been challenged, most recently by journalist Seymour Hersh, alleging that “Washington's official account of the hunt for Bin Laden and the raid that led to his death was a lie.”
Power forward latest Blazer saying goodbye
LaMarcus Aldridge announced Saturday that he will sign with San Antonio in a move that will align him with Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard to form what would figure to be among the league's most-formidable frontcourts.