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Stories for October 2017

Tuesday, October 31

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Vote Yes to Make Our Community Stronger

PCC bond renewal aims at skilled and educated workforce

Portland Community College needs your support

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Next Stop: Better Services

TriMet calls for input on service needs

TriMet wants to hear from you as it considers new service improvements

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Support the Jefferson Dancers

Benefit party to bring night of dance

It will be an evening to remember

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Tubman in Limbo

School board wants more study; not sure on re-opening

The Portland School Board defers action on the opening of Harriet Tubman Middle School, slowing down its plan to bring equal access and quality academic programs to schools across the district.

Wednesday, October 25

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Health Center Rises

New Garlington Center shaped by community needs

Slated to open this spring, the Garlington Center for Health and Wellness will provide space for mental health and addiction counseling, medical services, and affordable for the African American community and other vulnerable residents .

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‘Priced Out’ 20 Years in the Making

Documentary premieres at NW filmmakers festival

Portland’s housing crisis and the impacts on Portland’s black community is the backdrop for a new documentary by Portland filmmaker Cornelius Swart to be screened Wednesday, Nov. 1 on the opening night of the Northwest Filmmakers Festival.

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Po’Shines at Billy Webb Elks

Soul food service begins with Masquarade Ball

Po’Shines Café De La Soul, a church-operated, nonprofit Cajun and barbecue restaurant known for its down-to-earth soul food and public service mission, will expand its reach by serving meals at the Billy Webb Elk’s Lodge in north Portland.

Tuesday, October 24

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Less Force, More Empathy

Changes due after report finds police use too much force

Some insiders within the Portland Police Bureau and social justice advocates outside of it are hopeful for progress in officer training that will put a greater emphasis on de-escalating conflicts between police and the public, while others are cautious about empty promises.

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The Pen is Funnier than the Sword

His political cartoons tackle issues like Islamophobia, immigration and racial justice in America with insight and humor and have been carried by newspapers around the world, including regularly in the Portland Observer.

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Unlimited Hope for a Boundless Future

Advancing equity in education

A high-quality education is a civil and human right.

Wednesday, October 18

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Soldier’s Mom says Trump Showed Disrespect

Widow described as being in tears during call

Criticism comes day after Trump picked a political fight over who’s done better to honor the war dead and their families

Tuesday, October 17

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Healing and Making Good

Past and future intertwined in Hill Block development

Plans call for developing a vacant lot next to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for community use while acknowledging the black community that was displaced decades ago

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Access Gifted School Protests Closure

Academy faces breakup after KairosPDX saved

Students, teachers, and parents of Access Academy fight to keep their school intact

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Esteemed Couple Win Payouts

Unfair job termination and profiling cases settled

Esteemed couple from the African American community settle separate lawsuits against the State of Oregon

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Empowerd Sisterhood

Date set for gathering and day of togetherness

A highly anticipated Black Women's Gathering focusing on empowering and celebrating women in the community will be a renewal of an empowerment group for local women and is expected to draw hundreds of participants on Saturday, Oct. 28.

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A New Low Even for Donald Trump

Determined to sabotage health care

President Trump’s executive orders to kill the Affordable Care Act are a new low, even for a White House that has defended white supremacists, condoned sexual harassment, and lied to the public.

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Fitness with JJ

Bouncing back from adversity

Environmental conditions, like the Columbia River Gorge fire, can affect your breathing and challenge an active lifestyle. The following three easy steps can help get you back on your fitness journey.

Thursday, October 12

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‘Confirmed’ makes a statement

Lillard’s Second Rap Album

Portland Trail Blazer point guard Damian Lillard is showing that his second career as a rap star is no fluke.

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Music Night Salute to a Legend

Jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist David Ornette Cherry will front a special one-night only event that integrates music with storytelling about Portland's late, great, Native American musician Jim Pepper.

Tuesday, October 10

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Trauma and Justice

Offender rehabilitation takes mental health into account

New type of parole and probationary care is being exercised in Multnomah County

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An Unusual Ally

Police leader defends NFL protests

Controversy over the silent protests by NFL players during the playing of the Nation Anthem at NFL games has the leader of Portland’s police union siding with the players

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Justice Reform Effort Grows

Grant allows county to target jail misuse and overuse

Multnomah County has added momentum to efforts to reform the local criminal justice system and reduce the county jail population

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Wyden and Merkley hear DACA plea

Dreamers in limbo; Trump backtracks on deal

Oregon’s two U.S. senators visit Portland to defend immigrants whose legal status is in jeopardy

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Angered by Racist Graffiti

Advocate looks to solutions; security video shows suspects

Anyone with information is urged to call police

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Music Runs in His Family

Portland’s Tyrone Carter, aka Ty Corleone

Dedicated hip hop artist showcases poetic rhymes and storytelling

Monday, October 9

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In Loving Memory

Lila B. Frances Streeter

Lila B. Frances Streeter was born June 12, 1991 and died Oct. 2, 2017.

Wednesday, October 4

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Ethnic Roots Flavor Craft Brewing Scene

Family-owned Vinn Distillery makes popular Chinese spirit

Vinn Distillery is bringing baiju, a popular Chinese grain spirit made, to Portland’s vibrant craft distilling scene.

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Groovin High Steppers Soiree

Portland’s Groovin High Steppers, an African American swing dance group, will be hosting their 5th annual soiree on Oct. 14th, bringing guests from across the country for a weekend of Chicago-style steppin’ and line dancing.

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Job Training to Break Cycle of Low Employment

Non profit helps young adults reach full potential

David Greenidge is working to provide job training and affordable housing to break a cycle of low employment that keeps too many young men and women from our community from reaching their full potential.

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Turning His Sport into a Business

World champion launches boxing studio

Steve “2 Pounds” Forbes, one of Portland's most accomplished athletes, is opening training studio 2 Pounds Sports to share his knowledge and talent with a new generation of athletes.

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Work with Minority Firms a Model

TriMet spreads economic stimulus across the board

TriMet’s long standing commitment of encouraging and supporting businesses owned by people of color and women when competing for TriMet contracts on transit construction projects has become a national model.

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Mission-Alligned Banks Merge

Albina turns to Beneficial with combined resources

Albina Commuinity Bank, a financial institution in Portland created to help finance economic development projects from disadvantaged and ethnically diverse individuals and communities, will merge with another mission-alligned bank, Beneficial State Bank.

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Youth Center Opens in Rockwood

Rockwood Boys and Girls Club celebrates

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro hosted the grand opening of its newest facility in the Rockwood community of Gresham Monday

Tuesday, October 3

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Deadliest Shooting in Modern US History

Motive still a mystery as authorities look for clues

What set off 64-year-old shooter remains a question mark

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Pay Dirt for Colas

Minority firm wins biggest ever Metro job

Northeast Portland-based firm Colas Construction won a $27 million contract to make renovations to the 27-year-old Oregon Convention Center, the largest contract ever awarded to a minority-owned business by Metro regional government.

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Light Bulb Lady Builds a Community

Kay Newell says ‘knowledge and service’ has no glass ceiling

Kay Newell, owner of iconic light bulb shop Sunlan Lighting, Inc. on North Mississippi Avenue, has been brightening people's lives since the shop opened in 1989.

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Equity and Inclusion in Practice

Convention hotel requires a diverse workforce

An agreement between public and private parties ensures the construction of the new convention center hotel is a leading example of workforce equity and inclusion in practice.

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Author Picked for Everybody Reads

Hohsin Hamid writes on displacement and migration

"Exit West," from acclaimed writer Hohsin Hamid, selected this year for Multnomah County's "Everybody Reads 2018."

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Diversity Matters at Portland Community College

Recruiter hired to advance equity in hiring

First diversity recruiter hired at Portland Community College set to increase the amount of qualified diverse professionals.

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Affordable Leasing at Alberta Commons

Minority and women-owned businesses get priority

City developing affordable leasing to at Alberta Commons to help minority and women-owned businesses.

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Business Starts with Soul Food

Young entrepreneur follows his dreams

Chef and former American Ninja Warrior 2017 Competitor Robert McDonald Jr. specializes in making soul food.

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Trusty Cleaning Service for 19 Years

Thomas Martin looks back at how it all started

The owner and operator of Martin Cleaning Service can look back at the benefits of being his own boss