Stories for September 2016

Friday, September 30

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August Wilson’s solo show on race, power and more

'How I Learned What I Learned'

August Wilson’s provocative autobiographical solo show about race, culture, oppression, hierarchy and power.

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Focused on Equity

Diversity paramount for new PDC leader

New Portland Development Commission director wants to ensure that the people who benefit from new business growth and jobs include people of color and other disadvantaged groups.

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Racial Healing on Stage

'Blue-Eyed Black Boy' launches series on race

A new series of plays to elicit greater understanding of historical events related to today's racial environment.

Wednesday, September 28

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Vote yes on 98 to make school relevant

A measure to help young men and women with their careers

We can't wait any longer to start saving our youth.

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Peeling through stereotypes and misconceptions

Bonnie Ratner's 'Hazardous Beauty' tackles election

Democracy is Hazardous Beauty

Tuesday, September 13

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Makes Me Wanna Holler and Throw Up My Hands

Kaepernick’s saying what you and I know

Like most citizens, I love America and so does Colin Kaepernick.

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Muslim-American Backlash 15 Years Later

Community promotes understanding

Hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. have risen, according to the FBI, even as hate crimes against other communities have decreased.

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A National Landmark

Vancouver Avenue First Baptist named to historic register

Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church has been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Housing Miracles

Recovery-based groups open new apartment

Miracles Central is a new six-story, $12.9 million apartment building that will include on-site supportive services for residents including recovery support.

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Impressive Record

Race for the Cure survivor gives back for 24 years

Dorothy Fuller holds an impressive record on the eve of Portland’s annual Race for the Cure.

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Inspired by Tennis Greats

A young Portlander won the nationally recognized NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay Contest.

Wednesday, September 7

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Honoring All Workers Regardless of Immigration

It’s Time to fix a broken system

I urge our elected officials to come together on behalf of our nation and come up with a commonsense, compassionate, and comprehensive plan for immigration reform!

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Re-examine BA Requirement for Preschool Staff

We agree, rule will narrow path to diversity

It is a small step forward in providing preschool for the thousands of children who would benefit from this important foundation for school success.

Tuesday, September 6

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Celebrating 100 Years

More than 100 of Beaverton High School's staff, alumni, student athletes, band members, clubs and more will be participating in the parade.

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Beloved Pastor Remembered

A wake and home going for Mary Overstreet Smith

Beloved Portland Pastor Mary Overstreet-Smith died Aug. 30 after a long illness at the age of 78.

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Low Income Fares Wanted

Transit advocates push for reduced costs

OPAL is asking TriMet to adopt a reduced fare for low-income riders as part of a larger strategy to support sustainable growth and livability in the Portland area.

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Former School Principal Remembered

Lemil Ivory Speed

Lemil Ivory Speed, former principal of Woodlawn Elementary and vice principal at Grant High School, passed away Aug. 5, 2016.

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Jambalaya Festival Saturday

Creole-style recipe a family favorite

The 11th annual Summer in September Jambalaya Festival & BBQ will be Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 6 p.m. at Dawson Park.

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The Soul of Black Art

The exhibit surveys changes in the depiction of black culture in America over the last 100 years.

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Sasquatch puts Focus on Safe Crossings

As students head back to school, it’s particularly important to obey traffic laws and drive safely in school zones.

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Youth Mentoring from the Start

Coalition of Black Men has made a difference for 28 years

The Coalition of Black Men has successfully combated negative opinions of black men in Portland for the last 28 years.

Thursday, September 1

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Beloved Pastor Mary Overstreet Smith Dies

Was known for decades of selfless work

Plans set for public memorial services

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In Loving Memory

Richard ‘Ricky’ Perez

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2:30 p.m. at University Park Seventh Day Adventist Church.