Stories for May 2017

Wednesday, May 31

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In Loving Memory of Joan E. Bailey

Joan E. Bailey was called home to be with the Lord on the afternoon of April 15, 2017.

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Cemented in History

Paratrooper unit honored with new marker

A new historical marker will be dedicated in Oregon Saturday to honor an elite, all-black paratrooper unit deployed to the state near the end of World War II.

Tuesday, May 30

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Standing Up to Hate

Inappropriate protests feared after two killed in attack

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler urges officials and organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a MAX train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade.

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Rebranded for Equity

Urban renewal agency becomes ‘Prosper Portland’

“Prosper Portland,” is the new name for the Portland Development Commission.

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Controversial TriMet Budget Passes

TriMet Board of Directors last Wednesday unanimously passed a new budget for the public transit agency that includes $9 million toward the construction a new transit police precinct in northeast Portland.

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Columbia Gorge Buses Return

The Columbia Gorge Express bus will operate Friday through Sunday, including holidays through Sept. 24.

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Ariana Grande Returning for Concert

Publicists say Ariana Grande will return to England to play a charity concert in Manchester on Sunday, joined by big names including Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams.

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Tennis Court Restoration

Tennis courts at Argay Park to be restored.

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R&B Artist on Tour

Corinne Bailey Rae performs with Jamila Woods, Wednesday, June 7 at the Wonder Ballroom.

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In Loving Memory of Dr. R. E. Gashi

In loving memory of Dr. R. E. Gashi.

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Contributing to the Community

Church leader honored

Raymond Burrell III was honored by his church and the community last week for his many volunteer contributions to the community and his achievements in life.

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Celebrating 20 Years at Allen Temple

Church family honors pastor

Allen Temple C.M.E. invites the community to join them for an afternoon of celebration and fellowship with Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes Jr. in honor of his 20th anniversary as church pastor.

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It’s Worth Asking: What would Jesus cut?

A budget that takes aim at the poor

What would Jesus cut? Several years ago, Sojourners asked that question, leading a campaign to remind our leaders in Washington that a budget is a moral document.

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Sessions Charts a Course to Criminal Injustice

Moving in the wrong direction

The Department of Justice is moving in the wrong direction and a course correction is critical.

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Students Get the Last Word on Commencement

Give graduates a voice in choosing speaker

These days, college students have no trouble transforming into activists to address big inequities — including from their own commencement speakers.

Tuesday, May 23

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Memories of Vanport

Survivor recalls flood and the aftermath

Marge Moss, a retired nurse and former employee at the Urban League of Portland, has been involved with the Vanport Mosaic Festival since its inception last year.

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Explore the Vanport Mosaic

Festival brings history to life

The Vanport Mosaic Festival is a celebration to explore, educate and remember the history and impact of those who lived and died in a community that was destroyed by floodwaters 69 years ago this weekend while also illuminating stories of struggle and resilience that illuminate Portland’s African American history.

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Spring Recital

A Night with the Jefferson Dancers

You’re invited to a night of ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz and modern dance with the Jefferson Dancers, an elite, multi-ethnic troupe of 14-to-18-year-olds who attend Jefferson High School for dance training.

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In the Eye of the Storm

Vanport Mosiac plays take the stage

The Vanport Mosaic Festival this weekend presents two staged readings of one act plays performed by a talented cast of actors about displacement from the African American perspective.

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On Vanport's History:

Expert pens work about ‘The Miracle City’

Portland Community College Professor James Stanley Harrison is the official historian for the Vanport Mosaic Festival taking place this long Memorial Day weekend at multiple sites in north and northeast Portland.

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Bomb Explodes at Concert

A bombing struck an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday night killing 22 people, including children at a venue packed with young fans of the American musician.

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In Loving Memory of Charles “Joyce” Clardy

Charles “Joyce” Clardy died May 6, 2017.

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In Loving Memory of B. J. Finleybranch

B.J. Finleybranch suffered a heart attack on April 27, 2017 and on May 3, 2017 slipped into the arms of the Lord Our Savior while surrounded by friends and family.

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End of Year Showcase

The Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe’s End of the Year Showcase will be held on Friday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson High School and the community is invited.

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Benefit Concert for Reo’s Ribs

The Legendary Beyons, a Portland gospel group, will be doing a benefit concert on Saturday, May 27 at New Song Community Church for Reo Ribs and its employees after a recent fire gutted and closed the popular restaurant.

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Touching and Heartbreaking

The NW Film Center at the Portland Arts Museum continues its ‘Constructing Identity’ black cinema series with a screening of ‘Tongues Untied!’ a 1990 documentary that is one of the most important films on black gay life in the U.S.

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Splash Pads Open for Season

Portland Parks and Recreation turns on the water for splash pad features this long Memorial Day weekend, starting Friday, May 26.

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Stand Up Comedy Showcase

An actor and comedian making a splash on the national stage will land in Portland this holiday weekend for Minority Retort, one of two Hollywood Theater stand-up comedy showcases planned for this year featuring comedians of color.

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Boosting Brain Power in Early Childhood

Simple and fun activities to share

What if boosting a toddler’s brainpower was as easy as turning on a light switch? In fact, “Flip the Switch” is one of the simple activities suggested by Vroom, an initiative that provides creative tools and materials to help families turn daily interactions with children into “brain building moments.”

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Pleasing Wealthy Donors and Wall Street Corporations

Why Congress wants to cut your health care

Members of the House GOP were in a hurry on May 4 to pass their bill to gut Obamacare. They rushed it through before anyone even had a chance to check its cost or calculate its impact on people’s access to insurance.

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A Sustained Attack against the Free Press

Journalists in Trump’s crosshairs

That’s right: In addition to asking Comey to stop investigating his friend Flynn, the president called on the FBI director to arrest journalists who published things Trump found unflattering. Perhaps including stories like this one.

Wednesday, May 17

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Schools modernization approved

Portland voters pass historic bond

Portland voters have delivered a decisive victory to a historic property tax levy to rebuild or remodel Benson, Madison and Lincoln high schools and make health and safety repairs to nearly every school building in the district.

Tuesday, May 16

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Home for Humanities

Alberta lodge renovated as cultural sanctuary

The big bulky building at 5131 N.E. 23rd Ave. just north of Alberta Street is a site familiar to many long time Portlanders. But for too long the structure had been left empty and a cold, dusty exterior gave off the feel of a ghost living on the block.

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State of Black America: Protect our Progress

With Trump there is reason to worry

As of this writing, for 102 days our nation has watched as the Trump administration has taken shape—and, for many of us, there is reason to worry.

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Queer Doc Festival Opens

The Portland Queer Documentary Festival will be screening 12 recently produced films, including movies that include people of color and other documentaries that shed light on the realities of the queer experience, both current and historical.

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Youth Leader of the Year

Congratulations to Kaleha Keenan, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School and member of the Regence Boys & Girls Club in the New Columbia neighborhood of north Portland, for being honored as Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Youth of the Year.

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Training for Jobs in Construction

Graduates from Constructing Hope, a free 9 week pre-apprenticeship job training program supported by the construction trades at 405 N.E. Church St.

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Foster Provider Charged

Grand jury cites money laundering and theft

A federal grand jury in Portland has charged Mary Holden Ayala, 56, a longtime resident of Portland, with theft of over $800,000, money laundering and filing false personal tax returns.

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Police Chief Search Widens

Community input sought in selection process

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced an online survey Monday for community input on the qualifications needed for a police chief to guide the Portland Police Bureau. The mayor also officially opened a recruitment process, launching a national search for a police chief that is expected to be completed this July, with a job offer coming thereafter.

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Scholarships for Career Success

Thanks to the philanthropic arm of Portland Community College for raising a record $514,000 for scholarships and student success initiatives at a gala last month that attracted nearly 500 attendees.

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Journey of Heart and Heartache

Milagro presents the world premiere of Óye Oyá, an original Spanish-language musical inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest that tells a story of love, compassion and forgiveness in today’s Cuba.

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Promoting Diversity in Health Care

166 diverse students from Oregon and Washington are getting financial help for future medical careers thanks to a health care scholarship program from Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

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Segregation in Portland Explored

The community is invited to discover how segregation was justified in Portland from the period around World War II through the end of the 20th century from Dr. Karen Gibson, an associate professor and scholar at Portland State University.

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Workforce Training Expands

Clackamas Community College is upping its game with business and industry by building a new center for career technical education and expanding programs to provide for a skilled workforce.

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‘A Phenomenal Concert’

Stage set for blues and gospel extravaganza

Louisiana-born Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester and his team of blues and gospel musicians from Portland presents “A Phenomenal Concert,” a special performance to celebrate the history of R&B, Funk, Soul and Gospel, coming Friday, June 2 to the Alberta Rose Theater in northeast Portland.

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Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty

Executive order does neither

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) strongly supports religious freedom, free speech and the separation of church and state. However, we oppose President Trump’s Executive Order entitled, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.”

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PDX Jazz Presents

PDX Jazz presents four-time Grammy award-winning pianist, arranger, producer and composer Billy Childs and his Billy Childs Quartet for a concert on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Church, downtown.

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Jobs Leader Hired at PDC

The Portland Development Commission recently named Bobby Lee as Director of Economic Development to focus on the agency’s strategic goals for business and industry development, entrepreneurship, and community economic development.

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Church Salutes Unsung Heroes

Allen Temple CME Church is making plans and taking reservations for an upcoming celebration to honor Portlanders who are making a contribution to their communities.

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Library Branch Manager Honored

Patricia Welch, the recently retired North Portland Library Branch Manager, is being honored for her 17 years of advocacy for literacy education, community involvement, leadership and attention to diversity.

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American Justice Now Feels Laughable

Attorney General shows distain for police reforms

From his vote against the 2013 renewal of the Violence Against Women Act to his openly hostile rhetoric towards immigrants, Sessions’ record is spattered with examples of efforts to discriminate against marginalized groups.

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Summer Block Party Signups

It's time to start planning for summer block parties

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BET Award Nominations

Beyonce dominated last year's BET Awards with "Lemonade," but there's more juice in her cup.

Tuesday, May 9

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On the Ballot

Historic schools modernization effort faces votes

Just a few days are left to cast ballots in a proposed school bond of historic proportions that would continue a schedule of major upgrades to Portland Public Schools.

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Reo’s Up in Flames

Owner thinks fire was racially motivated

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the popular barbecue restaurant Reo’s Ribs to catch fire early Monday, destroying a landmark building and gutting a local African-American business.

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Police Not Compliant with Law

Portland’s Independent Police Review board has concluded a two year investigation revealing that the Portland Police Bureau is not compliant with a federal law to turn over evidence in prosecutions that may be favorable to the person charged.

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In Loving Memory of Geneva Harris Bedford

In Loving Memory of Geneva Harris Bedford

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Superintendent Pick Withdraws

Sole finalist and board part ways

Donyall Dickey, the black educator and school administrator from Atlanta recently named the sole finalist to fill the position of superintendent of Portland Public Schools, has withdrawn his candidacy for the job.

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Satchmo at the Waldorf

Play depicts an amazing journey

Triangle Productions latest play 'Satchmo at the Waldof' hits the stage.

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Workers Prove Racial Harassment

Two black maintenance workers won a jury award of $1 million in a racial harassment lawsuit against Portland Public Schools Thursday.

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Can’t Run the Country like a Business After All

Constitutional checks and balances

The president can’t simply issue orders and have them immediately followed like the head of a company can do.

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May Shows at the Guardino

Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St., is presenting works by artists Mar Goman and Dayna Collins through May 23.

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Billboards Plea for Help

The Portland Police Bureau's Cold Case Homicide Unit is featuring 25 unsolved homicide cases on five billboards throughout the Portland area thanks to Pacific Outdoor Advertising who helped develop the signage and identify good locations for maximum exposure.

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Our Public Postal Service Delivers, Literally

There’s a good reason for the high grade

Our public Postal Service literally delivers, and many of our post offices serve as treasured community centers — two reasons that the U.S. mail service consistently ranks highest of all federal agencies in public support.

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Our Health Should Never Be Disregarded

Politicians putting women’s health on the chopping block isn’t new. But the pain feels so much sharper with this Congress and White House chipping away at constitutional rights and slashing funding for women’s health. The burden will fall heaviest on women who can least afford cuts, but who will be forced to pay the heaviest price.

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Free Youth Fishing Clinics

The Mount Hood National Forest is hosting annual free youth fishing clinics, Saturday, May 13 for the Barlow Ranger District and Saturday, May 20 for the Hood River Ranger District, both kicking off at 8 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. The Clackamas River Ranger District will host its fishing clinic on June 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Zigzag Ranger District’s clinic is June 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Parade to Celebrate St. Johns

On Saturday, May 13, north Portland will kick off its annual St. Johns Parade as friends and neighbors gather to celebrate the community and kick off one of the first official Portland Rose Festival events.

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Famers Markets in Bloom

April showers have cleared the way for the May and June openings of neighborhood farmers markets, all bursting with the bounty of locally made, grown, and harvested goods.

Friday, May 5

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Pilgrimage marks injustice 75 years ago

Return and Remembrance Saturday at Expo Center

A special ceremony to honor our community members who were forced out of their homes and businesses and driven away by wartime hysteria and racism.

Tuesday, May 2

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Light-hearted Insights to TV Journalism

Fictional story inspired by real life events

Stories touch on racism, interpersonal relationships and journalistic ethics with humor and wisdom

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Portland School Board Endorsements

Vote for Jamila Singleton Munson, Julia Brim-Edwards and Virginia LaForte

Three upcoming open seats on the Portland School Board will be decided in the May 16 vote-by-mail election

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Healing Our Schools

Homegrown educator puts prescription in campaign

Jamila Singleton Munson wants to reshape public education in Portland

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Running for School District Change

Parent activist places blame on governance

Rita Moore says Portland Public Schools suffer from a chaotic and dysfunctional system of governance

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March Turns to Riot

May Day messages get drown out

Permit revoked after projectiles thrown at police officers

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Division on Mayor's Police Chief Search

There's push back and support

Mayor Ted Wheeler’s renewed commitment to conduct a four month nationwide search for a new police chief has drawn new support and opposition.

Monday, May 1

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Musical heritage of Africa, Brazil and jazz

Celebrating with Obo Addy Legacy Concerts

African Routes: Celebrating the West African Musical Heritage of the Americas