Stories for April 2016

Wednesday, April 27

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Activist Acquitted

Jury rules in favor of protester

Teressa Raiford was unanimously acquitted Thursday on a charge related to protesting the death of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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Shady Shell Companies and Tax Havens

Panama Papers reveal abuses

The United States is second only to Kenya for harboring these shell companies used to launder money and skirt their taxes.

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Ensuring Equity in Housing and Opportunity

‘Right to Return’ a good place to start

Fifty years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others led open housing marches in Chicago.

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Build for Miracles Central

Second housing site for culturally competent alcohol recovery

Miracles Central Apartments is based on the Miracles Club Apartments, specializing in culturally competent recovery support for the African American community.

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In Loving Memory

Jean Blocker

Jean Blocker passed on April 22, 2016.

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Soul District Leader Retiring

The North/Northeast Business Association event will present merit awards to 12 local businesses and provide the community an opportunity say goodbye to Joice A. Taylor.

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Discriminatory History Tour

Understanding the ghosts from Oregon’s past provides important background for understanding fair housing issues today.

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Rapper Finds Her Voice

The plight of women has always been about finding her voice and through her voice finding herself and her freedom.

Tuesday, April 26

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Biggest Housing Push Ever

Portland awards $47 million for construction

The city expects to create 585 new affordable housing units, as well as preserving another 255 units through renovation.

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Right to Return Home

Pathway 1,000 aims to fix troubled housing history

The goal is to have 100 new and affordable homes and commercial spaces built every year for the next 10 years, with many of them to be available for affordable home-ownership.

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Between Vietnam and America

Artists outside dominant culture find their voices

Based on the experiences of playwright Qui Nyugen's parents, who immigrated to the U.S. as refugees in the mid-1970s, the play moves back and forth in time between Vietnam and their early years in the U.S.

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Commission Candidate Sets Priorities

Childs’ emphasis on children, seniors and the displaced

Childs understands the importance of properly representing communities of color and other disadvantaged populations.

Thursday, April 21

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Prince Dead at Age 57

Pop music icon had been battling the flu

Grammy award-winning artist Prince has died at the age of 57, according to the Associated Press and multiple reports.

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Harriet Tubman to Join Iconic Faces of U.S. Currency

Former slave led freedom movement

The leader of the Underground Railroad will replace the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president and a slave owner, who will be pushed to the back of the bill.

Wednesday, April 20

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Changing Neighborhood Dynamics

The NW Film Center presents displacement in a historical fashion by screening Los Sures, a documentary about a drastically change New York City neighborhood.

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Healing Old Wounds

The Fort Vancouver National Site will host a ceremony Saturday, April 23, that pays tribute to tribal ideals, honors tribal ancestors and helps heal old wounds.

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Race Relations Post War

See the re-released screening of Strange Victory at the NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium.

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#BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

Author explores racial order

Activist and Princeton University professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is visiting Portland to speak on racial politics.

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Help to Prevent Child Abuse

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and Communities for Safe Kids Impact NW and Cares NW planted pinwheels in support.

Tuesday, April 19

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Doors Open for PCC Job Fair

Access to employers, seminars and more

Portland Community College is slated to host another free, open to the public job fair for those that are in need of employment, yet stunted by a lack of practical resources.

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Hello Neighbor

Developing a More Connected Community

"Hello Neighbor," a project created by Portland artist and journalist Julie Keefe, seeks to create identity and community investment through photography and conversation.

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Alberta Loses Latino Market

Don Pancho closes without notice

The closure, though surprising, is understandable, coming nearly a year after three people were shot outside the business.

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Exploring ‘Jazz Town’

Documentary explores vibrant black history

A close up look at the vibrant history and impact of jazz in Portland that followed World War II comes to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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Cancer Takes Beloved Wife and Business Partner

In loving memory of Juanita Walton

A celebration of life service for Juanita Walton will be held Saturday, April 30 at Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan St.

Wednesday, April 13

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Legacy of Jazz Celebrated

PDX Jazz sponsors concerts, Jazz Town movie

Slate of events begin with tribute to iconic jazz trumpeter

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Arts Tax Due and Many Citizens are Confused

Paying it isn’t as easy as it seems

Elders in Action break down the details

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A Tribute to Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday Tribute Night comes to the Alberta Rose Theatre

Tuesday, April 12

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Documentaries Worth Watching

Scoping out the best at Full Frame

A terrific slate of films, all worth seeing

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Portland Mayoral Hopefuls Debate

Communities of color hear from candidates

Housing and gentrification dominate discussion

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After houses shot up, elderly couple pleads for peace

Caught in the crosshairs of suspected gang activity

A string of shootings has pushed an elderly black couple to plead for an end to gun violence while local law enforcement has pledged to step up efforts to combat local gangs.

Thursday, April 7

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Celebrating Jazz Town

A look back at the vibrant jazz scene in Portland during the 1940s and 1950s.

The Oregon Historic Society invites the community to a special event to share the history of Portland as a “Jazz Town” post World War II when the city’s African American population grew and many of the newcomers came with a shared passion for contemporary, danceable jazz.

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Workspace Becomes a Stage

Animating the Daily Grind

Portland’s Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest is re-launching its popular Table of Contents, at CENTRL Office, in the Pearl District.

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Free Inmates on their Deathbeds

Compassionate release is the moral thing to do

A handful of prisoners on their deathbeds might go free under a federal practice called compassionate release.

Wednesday, April 6

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Healing the Health Care Blues

Annual concert puts issue and need in focus

A Portland blues festival historically rooted in civil rights and social justice causes is once again putting its focus on supporting a campaign to bring universal health coverage to everyone.

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Prosecutor’s Post Called Racist

Oregon Commission on Black Affairs files a complaint

The Oregon Commission on Black Affairs has submitted a complaint to the Oregon State Bar against Washington County Deputy District Attorney Zoe Smith for her alleged racist statements on social media.

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Faubion Rebuild Celebration

Community partners to gather for groundbreaking

Celebrating an investment to close the achievement gap

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NAACP stands up against cop fundraiser

‘Meet the Heat’ Protest

In what sounded like an April Fool’s joke but was in actuality a hosted event

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Diversity of Talent Unsurpassed

A new season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

For the first time in its history, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company features a majority of actors of color.

Tuesday, April 5

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Identity through the Lens of Black Cinema

Short films screen at PCC Cascade

Experimental short films from black filmmakers past and present exploring identity

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Blazer Legend Hired at University of Portland

Terry Porter moves from NBA to guide Pilots

Porter is a beloved former Portland Trail Blazer, 17-year NBA veteran player and former NBA head coach.

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In Loving Memory

Eugene Hudson

Eugene “Angel” Lee Hudson was born on July 26 1990 to Leroy Hudson Jr. and Candi Wallace in San Francisco. He passed away on March 29, 2016.