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Community Activism and the Blues

Keeping the focus on ‘Healthcare for All’

Health care which is too expensive or leaves too many people without coverage is no solution for a large group of local musicians who have announced that the goal of universal health care will once again be the community issue behind their Inner City Blues Festival, returning next month to the Eagles Lodge in north Portland.

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Endurance Champ Helps Veterans

Uses strength to raise donations for suicide prevention

Michael McCastle, a former Navy Petty Officer, four-time world record endurance holder and a Portland Community College student, has set a date for his sixth physical challenge to raise money for veterans groups working to prevent suicide.

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No Satisfaction

Grieving mom and reform advocates push back

Advocates for police reforms have added their voices to the mother of a teenage son killed in an officer-involved shooting to criticize and reject a grand jury decision finding no criminal wrongdoing.

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A Film to Seep into your Consciousness

‘Get Out’ awakens the soul

"Get Out," the first contender so far for my list of the best films of 2017, is essential viewing.

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In Loving Memory

Loretta Scott-Randolph

In loving memory of Loretta Scott-Randolph.

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Ducks in Final Four

Oregon faces North Carolina in the NCAA tournament Saturday, the first trip to the Final Four for the U of O since 1939 when Oregon won college’s first national basketball championship.

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On Hoop Dreams and Gang Culture

Portland author and retired teacher’s latest novel

Basketball culture and gangs are once again intertwined in the latest fictional work by Portland author and retired teacher Lono Waiwaiole.

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Why We Can’t Support Supreme Court Nominee

Gorsuch falls short on civil rights

More than most other communities, the future of African Americans’ rights and opportunities hang on the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice.

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Exploring Black Cinema

Featuring films by visionaries, rebels and pioneers willing to tell it like it is, the NW Film Center at the Portland Art Museum hosts a black cinema series over the next three months in conjunction with the museum’s African American exhibit “Constructing Identity.”

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No Cash Reserves to Get Through Hard Times

You’re not alone in trying to stay afloat

While the media reports low unemployment and a rising stock market, the reality is that almost 20 percent of the country lives in “Underwater Nation,” with zero or even negative net worth.

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Inspired by African and Cuban Dance

Portland’s White Bird dance series presents the return of renowned choreographer Ronald K. Brown and his company ‘Evidence,” for an uplifting and powerful program inspired by African and Cuban Dance set to music of Stevie Wonder and Zap Mama.

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Locked up in Land of the Free

Justice advocates will join the non-profit advocacy group Unite Oregon to sponsor a free showing of the film “13th,” a new documentary exploring the aftermath of the 13 Amendment abolishing slavery and the racial inequality of today’s prison system that disproportionately locks up African Americans.

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Ken Burns to Make Ali Film

The late Muhammad Ali is getting the Ken Burns treatment.

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The Rising Scourge of Voter Suppression

A call to action by the NAACP

Editor’s note: The following statement regarding the issue of voter suppression was issued last week by the NAACP.

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