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Stories for August 2017

Wednesday, August 30

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Memorial Tells Story of Dr. Unthank

Building community pride

A memorial plaque telling the story of the late Dr. DeNorval Unthank, the first black doctor in Portland and a dedicated humanitarian who tirelessly advocated for civil rights while building his medical practice, was dedicated at Unthank Park in north Portland during an Aug. 19 community celebration sponsored by Self Enhancement, Inc.

Tuesday, August 29

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New Justice Reform Push

Aim of ACLU Oregon campaign is to redefine the role of DAs

A major new campaign to make Oregon’s criminal justice system more effective, fair, and accountable was launched Sunday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

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Epic Scale Disaster

Thousands seek shelter as water keeps rising in Texas

As the human toll and the strain on flood defenses mounted, the city of Houston moved Tuesday to open two and possibly three more mega-shelters, and the rain from Harvey officially became the heaviest tropical downpour in U.S. history.

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Drowning Victim was Caring, Compassionate

Friends, family remember Jonathan Walker

Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church was standing room only as family and friends gathered Aug. 6 to say goodbye to Jonathan James Walker, 18, who drowned off Sauvie Island on Aug. 2 while swimming with friends.

Wednesday, August 23

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100 Years of Roses

Saturday celebration for Washington Park

You’re invited to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of an iconic Portland treasure, Portland’s Washington Park has just underwent new accessibility improvements and an all day party is thrown this Saturday, Aug. 26.

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Affordable, Family Housing

Rutherford Place construction begins

The Charlotte Rutherford Place--which honors one of Portland's pioneering African American families and their impact on the entire community, will rise from 6905 N Interstate Ave., providing 31 one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom units as part of Portland’s housing strategy to address displacement and gentrification.

Tuesday, August 22

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On Alberta Street

Gallery’s August Shows

Contemporary designs, geometric elements and an artist’s investigation of borders to explore boundaries are some of the concepts used in art works featured this month at Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St.

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Hot Jazz, Wines and Fine Art

With its focus on world-class jazz musicians, fine art and crafts, and great Northwest wines, the 20th annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-27, to Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver.

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A Night with ‘The Platters’

Don’t miss Elmer Armstrong and his tribute band to “The Platters” coming to St. Ignatius School in southeast Portland for a benefit concert to support the Filipino American Association of Portland and the St. Ignatius community.

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Comic Carved Niche as Political Voice

Remembering activist Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, died Saturday. He was 84.

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The Legacy of Obo Addy

To help carry forward his legacy of creating cultural awareness and understanding though African music, dance and culture, a free presentation of Addy’s impact on the Pacific Northwest, including a performance by Okropong, will take place on Monday, Aug. 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McMenamins Kennedy School.

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Where History Happened

Preserving the African American experience

Portland’s Architectural Heritage Center, which has long been engaged with preserving the history of the African American experience in the city, has stepped up its efforts to record and place important buildings on the National Historic Registry.

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Vision Checks after Eclipse

Damage from unfiltered looks bring warning

Anyone experiencing eye discomfort or noticeable vision changes in the hours, days and even weeks following Monday's solar eclipse, are encouraged to make an appointment for a comprehensive eye examination.

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Majestic Ground of North Dakota Moon

Portland story teller and visual artist Carolyn Campbell presents the landscapes of Standing Rock besieged by winter that will take your breath away in her photo exhibit which will be on display through Aug. 31 at Destino Café, 1520 N.E. Alberta St.

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In Loving Memory

Ronald Stewart

Ronald Gerald Stewart went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 16, 2017.

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A Prayer for Advocates for Children, Families

Fighting for just policies and practices

Below is a prayer for child advocates. Teachers and school administrators are always on the front lines advocating for children so maybe one of them could use this today as they prepare for the new school year. They are not alone.

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You Can Vote Every Day – With Your Dollars

The power from your wallet

Voting with your dollars can be done every day.

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Mother Nature Cooperates for The Great Solar Eclipse

For a few minutes on Monday morning, Hustle and bustle of Portland’s streets come to a pause as the moon passes over the face of the sun

Amazing sight wows crowds

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Affirmative Action: Dissecting Rhetoric from Reality

The attack on equality of education

According to a leaked memo, the Department of Justice is planning to redirect resources from its civil rights division to investigate and sue universities that use “intentional race-based discrimination” in their admissions process because of its purported negative effects on Asian-American applicants.

Wednesday, August 16

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‘Trombone Shorty’ at Edgefield Manor

Part Jimi Hendrix, part James Brown and all New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band performing Saturday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor in Troutdale.

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SEI Community Celebration

For the second year in a row, Self Enhancement, Inc., the non-profit organization providing academic support and services for African-American students and their families, is breaking out the summer jams with a free community “homecoming” celebration and music festival at Unthank Park on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Where the Flames of Righteous Anger Burned

Ferguson Empowerment Center rises

Three years ago this month, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot an unarmed, black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. The anger and unrest sparked by that shooting came to be symbolized by the image of a burning convenience store on West Florissant Avenue. And it presented one of the greatest challenges of his career for Michael McMillan, who’d been appointed President and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis just a year before.

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Montavilla Jazz Fest Weekend

Explore new frontiers with top local artists

You’re invited to explore new frontiers in jazz with top local artists during the Montavilla Jazz Festival this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20.

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Loans for Start-Up Entrepreneurs

A number of diverse, low-income entrepreneurs in Oregon and southwest Washington will have better access to small loans to start their business thanks to the financial help Wells Fargo recently gave to Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), a community development financial institution working with disadvantaged communities.

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Kayse Jama Announces Senate Run

Kayse Jama, the executive director of Unite Oregon and a longtime community organizer, announced on Facebook on August 7th that he is running for Oregon Senate District 24, currently held by Senator Rod Monroe.

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Threats Move World Closer to Catastrophe

Trump’s adolescent bellicosity

The problem with Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” statement on North Korea isn’t merely that it intensifies an already tense situation.

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Countdown to Solar Eclipse 2017

Oregon is one of the best places to view the rare total solar eclipse

Oregonians across the state are making plans to view the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.

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Eclipse to Cancel Classes, Meals

Portland Community College will close and Meals on Wheels People will close its dining centers and suspend Meals on Wheels delivery on Monday, Aug. 21, because of the potential of driving hazards during the solar eclipse.

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Shot Fired at the Crystal Ballroom

A shot was fired in the early morning hours during a DJ Quik and Scarface concert at the Crystal Ballroom on Saturday, August 12th.

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Convention Hotel to Create 3,000 Jobs

The hotel is expected to lure national conventions to Portland and by bringing visitors to the area, create and sustain jobs – all of which will generate new and increased spending and revenues for the Convention Center and the community.

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Domestic Terrorism Erupts in Charlottesville, Virginia

On Saturday, August 12th violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia at a white supremacist protest against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, the Confederacy’s top general.

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From Guam to Costa Rica via PCC

Castine Cruz, a student from the U.S. territory of Guam who came to Portland to attend Portland Community College, has earned a scholarship to allow her to study for four weeks in Costa Rica as part of a program allowing Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad.

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Stealing Our Vote If They Get the Chance

Voting rights have been lost before

Today, too many people take for granted that the advances achieved during the civil rights movement are still firmly in place. But progress is neither promised nor irreversible.

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Landmark Bar Throws Party

Did you know the Alibi Restaurant and Lounge in north Portland is one of the oldest continuously running tiki bars in the country?

Tuesday, August 15

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Portland Public School Board Chooses First Latino Superintendent

Guadalupe Guerrero was announced Friday as Portland Public School board’s choice for next district superintendent.

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Students for a Sustainable Economy

Effort brings new investment policy at PCC

Student leaders at Portland Community College were given credit when PCC recently adopted a new policy not to invest in companies or funds that harm the planet or people.

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Dramatic Workforce Growth

After doubling their workforce in the city over the past three years, Adidas now says they’re expanding their headquarters along Greeley Avenue in north Portland by adding on to existing buildings and moving some employees to new leased space off campus.

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‘From 3 to PhD’

A new school to follow child’s needs to adulthood

The new and improved Faubion School is opening its doors this month following a landmark redevelopment process. The iconic northeast Portland institution is using a unique series of community-based partnerships to usher the city’s educational system into the 21st century.

Friday, August 11

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Best of Alberta Street

20th annual street fair is Saturday

An eclectic mix of activities and events showcasing the best of Alberta Street, including entertainment, music, vendors, food and drink for people of all ages, will highlight the 20th annual Alberta Street Fair presented by car2go on Saturday, Aug. 12.

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Injured ‘DJ Chill’ Benefit

The rap and hip hop community comes together to support one of their own next Tuesday night, Aug. 15 when Jamn’ 107.5 and the Breakout Show present the DJ Chill Benefit Concert at the Ash Street, 225 S.W. Ash St.

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Jazz Scene Retro Concert

Albina festival ‘Brings It Back’

The birthplace of Portland’s modern jazz scene and a historical marker for the black community will be front and center when the “Albina Jazz Festival,” makes its debut on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13 at the Sting Ray Cafe, one of the original jazz clubs for African Americans during the 1940's and still standing.

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Yes, You can Afford College

Cascade Connections

When someone from an underrepresented background is considering whether to attend college, a number of factors come to bear on that decision.

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Whole Child Education

KairosPDX celebrates five years

KairosPDX, a north Portland K-5 charter school dedicated to bringing whole child education to underserved children, celebrated its 5 year anniversary this past Friday.

Wednesday, August 9

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A Space to Remember

'Stolen Angles' exhibit honor lives lost to police shootings

A downtown art gallery is providing a space to remember with love, honor and positivity those who have died after being shot by police.

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A Music Man's Music Man

Terry Currier has his day

The city celebrates Music Millennium Owner Terry Currier who has contributed to the city's music scene for generations.

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Park Shooting Death Mystery

Man shot while attending social event

Investigators are working to determine if the two men knew each other

Tuesday, August 8

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Mayor Names New Police Chief

Oakland cop will be first black woman to lead bureau

Citing the national push for police reforms and the opportunity to hire someone with qualities he wants, Mayor Ted Wheeler Monday picked Danielle Outlaw, an experienced assistant police chief from Oakland, Calif., to become Portland’s new police chief and the first black woman to lead the bureau.

Tuesday, August 1

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Alpenrose Hosts World Championship

The best young athletes from around the world will gather at Alpenrose Dairy Stadium in southwest Portland next week in the pursuit of becoming Little League Softball World Champions.

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‘Education has Value’

Retiring leader on increased access to early learning

One of the most influential educators in Portland Public Schools, Dr. Harriet Adair, has entered retirement after a 47-year career in which she successfully increased educational access for minority and disadvantaged communities, especially for critical early learning programs.

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All Thumbs Up on 42nd Ave

Restaurant grows with new location

A move to Northeast Portland’s 42nd Avenue business district is turning out well for the operators of a black-owned restaurant that has found stability in a neighborhood that is providing them with a growing and diverse customer base, a long term lease and good food reviews.

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American Classics on Stage

One of America’s most beloved composers is celebrated this month when the Clackamas Repertory Theatre celebrates the music of Irving Berlin with "The Melody Lingers On" at the Osterman Theater on the Clackamas Community College campus in Oregon City.

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Push Back on Brutality

Police say Trump had wrong message

Communities and police departments in Oregon and across the nation are responding to President Trump's comments to police on Friday that they shouldn't be "too nice" with suspects.

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First Vanport Jazz Festival

Saturday concert at Portland Meadows

The first annual Vanport Jazz Festival will be held Saturday at Portland Meadows bringing in some of the top names in contemporary jazz while honoring the city’s great jazz legacy and the history of Vanport, a city rooted in Portland’s African American history.

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C-Tran to Clark County Fair

C-Tran public transit will again provide free services to this year’s Clark County Fair. Shuttles will start running at noon each day of the fair, which kicks off Friday, Aug.4 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 13.

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Private Prison of Cruelty, Greed and Indifference

Inflicting suffering for profit

Once again there is official support for the unholy union of two policies: the criminalization of anyone "without papers," including those seeking asylum from terror elsewhere, and the affixing of dollar signs to incarcerated immigrant bodies.

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Reaching Out to Make Amends

Developers apologize for business disruptions

After causing several inconveniences to existing minority-owned businesses during construction, the developers of a Northeast Killingsworth Street property are apologizing, saying they are committed to working with their neighbors and honoring the diverse heritage of the site’s business district.

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Courageous Stand

Festival organizer honored for brave defiance

Shawn Penney did not let racial and violent threats stop him or his community when the multicultural Good in the Hood Festival received death threats last June. On Sunday, Penney, the president of the festival, was honored for his bravery and leadership in response to the hatred spewed.

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Heat Wave Brings Safety Precautions

The Portland area began to heat up on Tuesday for a record-breaking heat wave that wasn’t expected to ebb until later this weekend. Temperatures were forecast to hit 100 and above for at least three straight days.

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Clearly Inappropriate and More 'Alternative Facts'

Trump’s Jamboree travesty

Trump basically defied most of the 12 points in the Scout Law — you know, the one that includes terms like trustworthy, loyal, friendly, courteous, kind.

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Success with Arts Workshop

Explore, imagine and create during an introduction to fine arts workshop sponsored by Life Change Church.

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Celebration of Life

Chuck Hinton

Charles Edward Hinton (Chuck), a long time Portland resident and entrepreneur, died July 16, 2017. He was born in Birmingham, Ala. on Oct. 19, 1930, to the union of Arvie and Katie Hinton.

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Leaders of Faith in the Fight against HIV

We need the Black Church

For centuries, Black Churches and faith leaders have been at the forefront of the struggle for civil rights, including voting rights and the right to a quality education. And we need the Black Church's leadership for another adversary: HIV.

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Most Successful Concert Season

Oregon Symphony energized by growth

Wide-ranging musical offerings and energized community engagement efforts have help set new records for the Oregon Symphony.