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Heal the Willamette Ceremony Invite

Native community to lead in prayer and song

A group of advocates overseeing work to clean up the Willamette River invite supporters to join them at Cathedral Park in north Portland this Saturday, Sept. 22 for a day of healing as local Native Americas join them for traditional songs, prayer and dance.

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How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?

Partisan electors block will of the people

Historically, the American people have proven to be a pretty astute judge of character of people running for the presidency. Unfortunately, the last three times when the Electoral College outcome was different from the votes cast by the American people, there have been disastrous consequences.

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‘The Color Purple’ on Portland Stage

Musical a powerful story of sisterhood

Portland Center Stage at The Armory has launched its new season with the Tony Award-winning musical “The Color Purple,” adapted from Alice Walker’s classic novel about the sisterhood, resilience and self-empowerment found in a community of black women living in rural Georgia in the early 20th century.

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African Homowo Festival

You’re invited to a free community festival to showcase the traditions of the Ga people of Ghana, West Africa and other African immigrants from Portland with performances of songs and dance that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. at Sunnyside School Park, 3421 S.E. Salmon St.

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Happy 100th Birthday

Congratulations to Natalie Lawrence in celebration of her 100th birthday! She was born June 28, 1918. We all love you!

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Giving Back; Making a Challenge

Inmates reach out to help foster kids

Uhuru Sasa will hold its third annual fundraiser inside the prison to help raise funds to purchase coats for children involved with the Multnomah County foster care system, originally spurred by an initiative from Talunaka Washington, a child and community advocate with the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) and the daughter of Portland Observer Publisher Mark Washington.

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Dracula at the Kiggins

A special live production of “Dracula” will bring the spirit of a Transylvanian Halloween to Vancouver’s Kiggins Theater, on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

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‘We Should All Be Feminists’

Acclaimed author selected for Everybody Reads

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian-born artist whose influence spans continents and genres has been selected for the Multnomah County Library’s next Everybody Reads community reading project.

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In Loving Memory

George Kelley

A memorial ceremony with full military honors will be held for George Kelley on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 12:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd. A repass celebration will follow at 3 p.m. on the same day at Project Truth Community Church, 4905 N.E. St. John Road, in Vancouver.

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Stay Clean Summer Celebration

A support group for African American women is inviting the public to their first annual “Stay Clean” celebration marking the end of summer.

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Supreme Court Nominee Accused

Woman says she was sexually assaulted

Senate Republicans and Democrats fought determinedly Tuesday over who should testify at a high-stakes hearing on the allegation Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a girl in high school, 36 years ago.

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Hardesty Disputes Smith Charge

Portland City Council Candidate Loretta Smith accused her November election opponent Jo Ann Hardesty of theft by mismanagement of funds Tuesday after a story on Oregon Public Broadcasting about a lack of fiscal oversight at the Portland NAACP when Hardesty served as president of the organization.

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United Against Hate

Clark sheriff, others, speak out on racism

Clark County officials in southwest Washington want the public and its employees to know that it rejects hate groups that propagate violence and discrimination, a message that’s now being shared by civil rights groups representing black and Latino communities in the area.

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Next Steps in PSU Shooting

Campus opens probes; board open to disarming

After a grand jury cleared two Portland State University police officers of criminal charges in the shooting death of a lawfully armed black man and evidence from the case is before the public for the first time, the university will begin its own public investigations into the circumstances of the case which will include an examination of PSU’s policing policies and may result in a decision to disarm campus police entirely, PSU officials said.

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Class of ’68 Reunion Coming

The Jefferson High School Class of 1968 will be celebrating its 50th year reunion with a reception and dinner on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Riverside Golf and Country Club, 8105 N.E. 33rd Dr.

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Grand Jury Rules for Campus Police

PSU body camera footage released; campus probe continues

Video release comes day after a Multnomah County Grand Jury cleares the campus safety officers of any criminal charges

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Absorbed by the Experience

Plays worth seeing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Live theater productions that offer soulful windows into how humans struggle justify a trip to Ashland

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Murder Case Turns Cold

The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a 2017 homicide. Police responding to a report of a shooting found Antonio Garrett, 40, also known as "Munchie," dead inside a white Mercury sedan that crashed on Northwest Fifth and Everett a few minutes past 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. The Oregon State Medical Examiner later determined that Garrett died from a gunshot wound. There are no suspects in the shooting and no known motive.

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DePaul Hosts Service Fair

The nonprofit DePaul Industries site at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street will host a Community Services Network and Project Homeless Connect Social Service Fair in their parking lot on Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Hill Block Agreement Signed

Community gets say on plans for vacant site

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, as co-chairs of the Hill Block Project Working Group, we signed a memorandum of understanding with Mayor Ted Wheeler, Kimberly Branam of Prosper Portland, Kathryn Correia of Legacy Health, Shannon Callahan of the Portland Housing Bureau and Dr. Steven Holt, our group facilitator, which outlines our respective commitments and responsibilities related to the potential development of the Hill Block, a 1.7-acre block bordered by Vancouver Avenue, Williams Avenue, Knott Street and Russell Street.


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