Stories for November 2016

Wednesday, November 30

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Looking to Make Democracy More Democratic

Eliminating the Electoral College

The National Urban League's take on the electoral college debate

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A Joyful Noise

Black Nativity at Greater St. Stephens

A Christmas production deemed the Black community’s gift to the world

Tuesday, November 29

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Brothers of Color

Lincoln forms diverse group to build community

Minority students at Lincoln High School band together to form a club tailored to create and support their own sense of community

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Following Where Love Led Them

Movie about historic interracial couple shows a path forward

Loving” is a new dramatization about the couple behind a 1967 Supreme Court decision overturning laws against interracial marriage.

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Victory Over Cancer Benefit

Honoring a beloved local pastor

A new community gathering and celebration will help pay the lifesaving medical expenses of Pastor W.G. Hardy Jr. of the Highland Christian Center one year after another benefit helped him defy the odds by surviving an aggressive form of cancer.

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Scrapbook Selections

Sharing Portland’s history in family exhibit

Clifford Walker is enjoying his retirement by remaining engaged in his community and making a difference in the direction of the city.

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Long Time Resident Remembered

Helen Patricia Taylor

Helen Patricia Taylor of Portland, who resided on Mallory Avenue with her family for over 40 years, passed away on Nov. 15, 2016.

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In Loving Memory

Sylvia Willamina Russell

Sylvia Willamina Russell of Portland died Nov. 7, 2016.

Wednesday, November 23

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In Loving Memory

Mary Alice Britt

Mary Alice Britt was born April 20, 1940 and passed away on Oct. 17, 2016.

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Call to End Death Penalty Cases

Justice group makes plea to governor

A Portland-based justice and civil rights group has called on Gov. Kate Brown to commute the sentences of the 35 people on Oregon’s death row to life without the possibility of parole after a study showing the extreme high price of prosecuting death penalty cases .

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Construction begins on PDC-backed project

Alberta Commons to bring economic benefits

Construction has begun on Alberta Commons, a Portland Development Commission backed project to bring economic benefits to the heart of the historic black community at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street.

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Jumping into the Fire

Sharing the story of black paratroopers in Oregon

Unique story of patriotism, race and service will be shared during a free and open “history pub” series event at McMenamins Kenendy School in northeast Portland

Tuesday, November 22

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Our Broken and Wasteful Death Penalty System

It's time for Gov. Brown to act

Oregon taxpayers are spending millions of dollars on a punishment that all those involved know is highly unlikely ever to be carried out.

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Supporting School Sanctuaries

Helping kids regardless of immigration status

Portland School Board Member Julie Esparza Brown has rallied and won support for a new school district policy to affirm the protection of civil liberties and the rights of undocumented students.

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Oldest Portland Veteran Remembered

Ural Ollison

Ural Ollison, the oldest black veteran in Portland, passed away on Nov. 20, 2016

Monday, November 21

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Called Home to be with the Lord

Lawrence Nelson Garnett

Lawrence Nelson Garnett, born June 21, 1949, was called home to be with the Lord on Nov. 15, 2016.

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In Loving Memory

James W. Britt Jr.

James W. Britt Jr. was born May 26, 1937 and passed away on Nov.21, 2015.

Wednesday, November 16

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Signup for a Shot at Broadway

August Wilson Monologue Competition Opens

The August Wilson Red Door Project is bringing back its flagship student program, the August Wilson Monologue Competition

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The Wake of Vanport

Local production to get big screen showing

For the first time, ‘The Wake of Vanport’ documentary made by local students with stories told by Vanport flood survivors will be seen on the big screen at the Hollywood Theatre, on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15

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Rare Film to Embrace Black Experience

A review of the movie 'Moonlight'

"Moonlight" is the kind of art that makes you ache what you have been missing.

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Rattled by Trump

Turmoil erupts on Portland’s streets after election

Thousands of people stunned by Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election set off on a week of daily protests.

Friday, November 11

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Activists Disavow Riot and Apologize

Start fundraiser to repair damages caused by others

A statement from Gregory McKelvey, leader for the newly formed group “Portland’s Resistance,

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Trump Protest Turns Violent

Peaceful demonstration gets out of hand with anarchists

A protest against Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election turned into a riot in downtown Portland late Thursday

Wednesday, November 9

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Election Drew Poisons of Hate and Intolerence

America faces a time for racial healing

We have the power to define patriotism in the 21 Century and there's no room in that definition for bigotry.

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Allow for a Peaceful Transition of Power

Country shines brighter than the ugliness of the election

The 2016 campaign regularized racismm xenophobia and mainstreamed misogyny.

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Underbelly of Racism Now America’s Face

Whites willing to vote alongside the Klan

A fringe has turned mainstream

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Life in Vanport

New documentary features stores from survivors

A new OPB one-hour documentary tells the story of Vanport, a city with roots for Portland's African American population.

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McCollum Dream Center Introduced

Blazer makes space for kids to learn, explore

Blazer CJ McCollum project brings innovative learning room outfitted with new computers, books, art and learning tools to the Blazers Boys & Girls Club.

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War Stories to Heal and Reflect

Alberta American Legion post reaches out

Portland-area veterans, family members of veterans, and civilians are invited to join War Stories, a free, six-month reading, writing, and discussion group at American Legion Post 134, located at 2104 N.E. Alberta St.

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Heartened by Trump Call for Unity

Delivers message after Hillary Clinton formally concedes election

Conceding Hillary Clinton’s staggering defeat, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he was heartened by Donald Trump’s call for unity.

Tuesday, November 8

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In Loving Memory

Erma Jean Standifer

Memorial service planned

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Black History Center to Honor Community

Local resident champions project

The new library at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus will be the future home of the Evelyn Crowell Center for African American Community History

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PCC Cascade Campus Transformed

Library completes second major expansion

Friends and neighbors are invited to celebrate the campus transformation

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Arson Fire Displaces Families

Man tells police he started the blaze

Red Cross helps with temporary housing and food

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Neighbors Against Violence

Ex-gang member forms group to help kids

Nicole Taylor has formed a mentoring group for youth to find jobs and give them a safe place in the community.

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Breakout Tuesdays Hip Hop

New event supports local rap scene

JAMN 107.5 and Breakout Show host Cool Nutz are launching Breakout Tuesdays, a monthly event that will feature performances from some of the top rappers from the Northwest.

Monday, November 7

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In Loving Memory

Loretta J. Bowden

Memorial service planned

Tuesday, November 1

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It Starts With Them

Community based learning serves local youth

Portland businessman Mims Rouse Jr., founder of the African-American XY Program LLC, is enrolling student participants in his education enhancement initiative “It Starts with Them.”

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Preserving Black Portland

Gordly family home to be cultural center

The childhood home of our first black female center is to be turned into an African American cultural center.

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Oregon Civil Rights Lawyer Sues

Discrimination claim rooted in racial profiling by white co-workers

Oregon's top civil rights lawyer has filed a federal lawsuit against his boss and others in the state Department of Justice.

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Redeeming the Soul of America

Lecture on race, justice and reconciliation

Reverend Dr. Otis Moss will join representatives of Oregon’s Black, Latino, Asian and Native American communities to discuss racism as they experience it today.

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In Loving Memory

Barbara J. Daniels

Barbara J. Daniels of Portland died Sept. 30, 2016. She was born July 16, 1932 in Kansas City, Mo.

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Portland’s Book Festival

Wordstock to connect authors to readers of all ages

There will be events for kids and adults, including 15 writing workshops for aspiring and established writers, food carts and live music.

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Street Tree Survey Completed

Volunteers map health and diversity of plantings

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry staff and more than 1,300 volunteers have surveyed and mapped nearly every planted street tree in Portland.

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Poet Advocates for Youth

A community poet shaped by his experience of growing up black in Portland is on a mission to advocate for youth through his writings and actions.

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Preparing for Disaster

Benson students learn preparedness

Students from Benson’s Youth Disaster Academy participated in several activities to prepare for emergencies and disasters.