Tuesday, October 31
PCC bond renewal aims at skilled and educated workforce
Portland Community College needs your support
TriMet calls for input on service needs
TriMet wants to hear from you as it considers new service improvements
Benefit party to bring night of dance
It will be an evening to remember
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
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 .
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.
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
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.
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.
Advancing equity in education
A high-quality education is a civil and human right.
Wednesday, October 18
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
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
Academy faces breakup after KairosPDX saved
Students, teachers, and parents of Access Academy fight to keep their school intact
Unfair job termination and profiling cases settled
Esteemed couple from the African American community settle separate lawsuits against the State of Oregon
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Offender rehabilitation takes mental health into account
New type of parole and probationary care is being exercised in Multnomah County
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
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
Dreamers in limbo; Trump backtracks on deal
Oregon’s two U.S. senators visit Portland to defend immigrants whose legal status is in jeopardy
Advocate looks to solutions; security video shows suspects
Anyone with information is urged to call police
Portland’s Tyrone Carter, aka Ty Corleone
Dedicated hip hop artist showcases poetic rhymes and storytelling
Monday, October 9
Lila B. Frances Streeter
Lila B. Frances Streeter was born June 12, 1991 and died Oct. 2, 2017.
Wednesday, October 4
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Motive still a mystery as authorities look for clues
What set off 64-year-old shooter remains a question mark
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.
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.
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.
Hohsin Hamid writes on displacement and migration
"Exit West," from acclaimed writer Hohsin Hamid, selected this year for Multnomah County's "Everybody Reads 2018."
Recruiter hired to advance equity in hiring
First diversity recruiter hired at Portland Community College set to increase the amount of qualified diverse professionals.
Minority and women-owned businesses get priority
City developing affordable leasing to at Alberta Commons to help minority and women-owned businesses.
Young entrepreneur follows his dreams
Chef and former American Ninja Warrior 2017 Competitor Robert McDonald Jr. specializes in making soul food.
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