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Congratulations to Grant and Benson Honor High School Grads!

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Stunning Original Dance

Portland’s NW Dance Project presents “Summer Performances,” three stunning and original dance works coming Thursday, June 14 to Saturday, June 16 with 7:30 p.m. shows at Lincoln Performance Hall on the Portland State University campus, downtown.

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Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive

The Coalition of Black Men is joining the local chapter of the Red Cross by asking community members to please consider signing up for the Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive, coming Saturday, June 16 as Portland’s celebrates Juneteenth.

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Waters of the World

Site specific dance for public engagement

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest presents its newest work, the world premiere of “Waters of the World,” as it forges ahead on building Portland audiences for dance by performing at site specific venues to cultivate public engagement.

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County Sues Trump Administration

Suit filed for changes to federal sex-ed grant requirements

Mulnomah County is suing the Trump administration for restricting a teen sex education grant to apply to abstinence-only curriculum.

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Community Land Trusts Build on Affordability

Portland’s Proud Ground shows the way

For many millennials, the choice between a job and an opportunity to own home is a stark one.

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More Than a Game

Coach offers kids opportunity for success

A basketball team for youth is changing the game when it comes to giving kids opportunities to college scholarships and putting them on track to a professional athletic career.

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New leader comes from Mayor’s office

TriMet Executive Hired

A high ranking African American in Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office will be TriMet’s new Chief Operating Officer.

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Senate Panel Approves Bounds

Controversial nomination gets past objections; Trump’s other nomination goes unopposed

A controversial nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ryan Bounds from Oregon, won a party line 11-10 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday overcoming objections from Oregon politicians for his record of making racist, sexist and homophobic attacks on multiculturalism as a student at Stanford University.

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Socially Conscious Films Round-Out Fest

Reviews from the Seattle International Film Festival, Part 2

I spent five days last week at the Seattle International Film Festival, sampling an array of what was on offer for Seattle's three-and-a-half week festival. A few of these films will get a theatrical release, and many others will appear in an online platform.

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Recess on the Line

Community rallies to rebuild playground

Community members have created a GoFundMe page to help build a new playground at James John Elementary in north Portland because the district won’t pay for a new one, organizers said.

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Tournament Champions

Congratulations to the MJP Property Management team girls from the Beaumont Softball Little League in northeast Portland for their Minors division championship in Clackamas over the weekend where they defeated the Centennial Angels, 19 to 12, for first place. Also, compliments to Beaumont’s Blind Onion team who won second place.

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Free June Fishing Events

June is a great time to grab a fishing pole and head outside! And for kids and families there are free fishing events in southwest Washington to enjoy with no reservation needed in advance, just show up.

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Get Outdoors Day at Fort Vancouver

kick off summer by joining in on free, outdoor activities and family fun at the 10th annual National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver.

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African Dance Troupe Showcase

Portland’s Kúkátónón dancers and drummers, featuring West African dance, drumming, storytelling, vocals and a special ballet presentation, comes Saturday June 9 at 6:30 p.m. to the auditorium at Jefferson High School.

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Get Your Things Fixed for Free

A free community event where participants can bring broken or damaged common household items and have them fixed for free by skilled volunteers will take place Thursday, June 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C. St. in Vancouver.

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King Market Summer School

Summer school is in session as the King Portland Farmers Market kicks off its annual series of on-site community classes on topics including cooking and fresh floral design featuring ingredients and flowers from market vendors.

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Immigration Debate Needs a Lot More Humanity

Calling people ‘animals’ devalues lives

I’ve been deeply uneasy with some trends that seem to rank some people as more valuable and others as less. One of them is the idea that immigration should be based on “merit.”

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NFL Anthem Policy is Pure Hypocrisy

A variation of an old, familiar theme

The NFL’s new “anthem policy” requires players to "respect” the flag and the national anthem or stay in the locker room until it is played. The NFL refers to this as a compromise — it was anything but.

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Manifest Destiny in Modern America

When white privilege feels threatened

Recent instances of white people calling the police to come and control the presence of a black person have startled many Americans. But for many African Americans, this behavior by white people is nothing new.


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