Stories for February 2017

Wednesday, February 22

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13 Trump Protesters Arrested

Tensions are running high between Portland protesters, the mayor, the Police Bureau and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon after two “Not My President” protest marches were held downtown on Monday, President’s Day.

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‘Flip the Script’ on Jobs and Homes

Program targets obstacles for released inmates

Local African Americans exiting the criminal justice system will have more support to succeed thanks to a new ‘Flip the Script” program that provides comprehensive solutions to ending Portland’s homelessness.

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Empowering Youth to Serve

SEI kids give back on day of service

Hundreds of youth, male and female, near and far, collectively volunteered for the Center for Self Enhancement, Inc.’s Community “Day of Service.”

Tuesday, February 21

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My Top 10 Films of 2016

This year, there’s more overlap with the Oscars

This year my list of the 10 best films out of all of those I saw shares more overlap than usual with the Academy Awards -- perhaps in part because of the pressure on Hollywood to notice the work of artists of color, which tend to dominate my list.

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Eye on the School Board

Candidate has local connections, endorsements

An educator connected to the community has obtained a significant list of endorsements to launch a campaign to run for the Portland School Board.

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‘I Marched in Selma’

Portland locksmith recalls the beatings and arrests

52 years ago, Portland locksmith and business owner J.J. Moore participated in the historic Selma to Montgomery marches to protest the massive discrimination facing black voters in Alabama.

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Another Young Life Tragically Cut Short

The need for alternatives to the streets

Too many young people in our community are at risk of suffering the same fate as Quanice Hayes because they lack meaningful alternatives to the streets.

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The Music of William Grant Still

UP orchestra celebrates Black History Month

The community is invited to celebrate Black History Month with a free concert by the University of Portland orchestra featuring the music of the late William Grant Still, known as “The Dean” of African American composers.

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Benefit Concert in Rockwood

As part of its daily mission to low income families and children, the Salvation Army in Rockwood will host a benefit concert to support after school programs including the Gresham Music Academy.

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Unapologetically Ethnic

Students perform works by master black playwright

The August Wilson Red Door Project Monologue Competition will be held Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Newmark Theater, downtown. The event is free, but reservations are required by visiting reddoorproject.org for tickets.

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Powerful Exhibit

‘Kin Killin’ Kin’ focuses on youth and gun violence

“Kin Killin’ Kin,’ a visually powerful and thought-providing exhibition that focuses on youth and gun violence opens this week at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center at 5340 N. Interstate Ave.

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Allen Temple Marks 68 Years

Allen Temple CME, under the direction of senior pastor and presiding Elder Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr., invites the community to join them for two special events to celebrate the congregation’s 68th anniversary.

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International Films to Enjoy in Final Days of PIFF

As the Portland International Film Festival draws to a close, Darlene Ortega will catch at least 40 screenings. Here are five films that are among those you can see in the final days of PIFF.

Tuesday, February 14

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Born of Fear 75 Years Ago

‘Day of Remembrance’ to Affirm Inclusion

Portland Community College will acknowledge a painful moment in history to reaffirm the college’s tenets of inclusion and opportunity for all during a community event to mark the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a presidential decree that sent more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II.

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Teen Killed in Police Action

Family grieves to honor his memory

Family and friends gathered Sunday to remember 17-year-old Quanice Hayes, affectionately known as “Moose,” at a candlelight vigil in the parking lot of the Banfield Pet Hospital off of Northeast 82nd Avenue.

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A Legacy Preserved

Daughter of pioneering civil rights couple keeps history alive

A snapshot of Portland’s black history is being preserved at Portland State University, thanks to the efforts of the daughter of two of the city’s most prominent civil rights leaders.

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Heartbreaking and Inspirational

Illuminating the mental health wounds of war

Portland resident, retired Staff Sgt. Jocephus J. Duckworth has published a book to help his fellow combat veterans titled “The Soldier’s Story: The Invisible Wounds from War.”

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‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’

New documentary airs for Black History Month

The first feature documentary about her life, “American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” premieres nationwide Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS (Channel 10) during Black History Month.

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PDX Jazz Fest Fills Calendar

The PDX Jazz Fest which celebrates Black History Month in partnership with Travel Portland and sponsored by Biamp begins this week with nearly 30 concerts planned over the next two weeks at venues throughout the Portland metro region with dozens of associated partner events taking place as well.

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Crossing Barriers to Emerge a Legend

“His Eye is on the Sparrow,” a stirring one-woman musical that celebrates the life of groundbreaking black artist Ethel Waters, opened this month at Portland Center Stage at the Armory, and has been extended to play through March 26.

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New Justice Must Bring Independence to the Court

A check on executive and legislative power

The United States Supreme Court has played an important role in the progress of the Civil Rights Movement. The executive and legislative branches of government have, at times, had to be prodded toward active reform of racial justice.

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A sampling of films worth watching at PIFF

The first few days of regular and preview screenings at the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) have included some films you can still catch as the festival unfolds over the next two weeks.

Wednesday, February 8

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Resilience and Triumph

Promoting a bright future for Billy Webb Elks Lodge

A historic center of Portland’s black community is seeking recognition and revitalization this year.

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Black Film Festival Opens

2 weeks of screenings at the Hollywood Theatre

Celebrating black perspectives and stories during Black History Month, the Hollywood Theatre in northeast Portland hosts the 2017 Portland Black Film Festival, opening Thursday, Feb. 9 and continuing through Feb. 22.

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Hip Hop in Portland

New documentary examines history and social impact

Examining the history and social impact of Portland’s hip hop scene

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In Loving Memory

Longtime activist remembered

A celebration of life gathering for James Edward Hill, a prominent member of the civil rights community in both Portland and Washington, D.C., will take place Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Water and Gibbs neighborhood of southwest Portland.

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Honoring Black History at PIFF

Citywide festival puts focus on world diversity

My favorite time of year is upon us! For the rest of this month, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) will pack your local theaters

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Safeguarding Values

Governor expands state sanctuary status for immigrants

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed an executive order to solidify the state’s status as a sanctuary state forbidding state cooperation with federal immigration authorities when the only crime being pursued is for being in the country without proper documentation

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Power Up for International Films

NW Film Center kicks off 40th annual festival

The Northwest Film Center kicks off the 40th Portland International Film Festival, a more than two weeks long schedule of movie screenings, with a Thursday, Feb. 9 viewing of the new Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”

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Major Support for Affordable Homes

Wells Fargo grant to help displaced families

Donation to help build 22 housing units