Social Security cuts could push them over the brink
"Following the government shutdown drama, politicians in Washington appear hopelessly divided, according to conventional wisdom. Fair enough. But there’s at least one area where many politicians from both of the major parties agree — and many of the TV talking heads and newspaper pontificators are with them, too. Social Security, they insist, “needs” to be cut." Peter Hart
Documentary “Let the Fire Burn’ painful and riveting
"Sometimes it seems the most appalling episodes in history are the ones most destined to fade into obscurity. Only if we are lucky does some skillful writer or filmmaker find the means to bring such neglected stories to our attention," says our Opinionated Judge on the film 'Let the Fire Burn'
Tuskegee Airman recalls horrors of World War II
“War is hell,” that was the constant reframe from Alexander Jefferson, one of the last living members of the historic all-black military air-squad, the Tuskegee Airmen. During a veterans forum at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus in north Portland, Jefferson shared his World War II accounts of seeing heaps of human bodies set aflame, friends being torn away by gunfire before his eyes, and even becoming a prison of war where worms and sawdust were not an uncommon part of his diet.
Michelle Watson excels as career military leader
It’s been a long and rewarding journey from Harriet Tubman School in Portland to a distinguished career in the U.S. Coast Guard for Michelle Watson. The former Portland and Vancouver area resident has just finished a year in which she met President Obama and the First Lady; was promoted as the first African-American woman commander of a Coast Guard security unit in Virginia; and served as a deputy commander in security for the president’s second inauguration in Washington, D.C., last January.
Portland State opens Veterans Resource Center
With a growing number of men and women in the military returning to civilian life after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Portland State University is looking to accommodate them with educational services and resources. Home to over 30,000 students, PSU boasts the highest number of military veterans of any other school in the state.
Our stronger, more inclusive America
"Two decades ago, as a young organizer in Mississippi, I learned that there are only two types of temporal power: organized people and organized money. I also learned that in a democracy, the people can win every time - but only if we are organized. Today, when I reflect back on my half-decade at the helm of the NAACP, I am deeply proud of what we have accomplished together as we organized our communities." --Benjamin Todd Jealous
Heartless for the holidays
" Scrooge has come early this year. He’s already kicking our Tiny Tims. This holiday season, kids in America’s poorest families will have less to eat."--Sam Pizzigati
Songs for the Journey
Lifelong friends Georgene Rice, Gerutha Greenidge and Deborah Greenidge are celebrating their newly published devotional book and accompanying CD by hosting a concert of worship songs and readings from their latest project.The community is invited to attend the free event with CD's and books available to purchase on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. at New Song Community Church, 2511 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The trio offers their unique perspectives about heartache, disappointment, and pain while maintaining faithfulness in God through life’s most difficult and challenging moments.
With the holidays and New Year right around the corner, now is a great time to start sprucing up your home for the arrival of your family and guests.
SEI Academy earns high score on state report card
Self Enhancement Academy is taking its bows after the middle school serving local African American kids was named a “model school” by the Oregon Board of Education.
Focused and realistic film enriches a neglected truth
" It's hard to imagine a film that the world needs more profoundly than "12 Years a Slave." For the first time --150 years after the abolition of American slavery -- a major motion picture devotes focused and realistic attention to an American slave narrative, without mitigating the story with a white hero or cheapening it with overly easy, dramatic resolutions of the problems served up by that story. It’s the most important film to be released this year and a master class in how film can enrich and deepen understanding of a neglected subject." --Opinionated Judge, Darleen Ortega
Local group will have you dancing
Nekked Bonz, one of the Northwest’s newest, live music acts, is kicking off their first West Coast tour with a performance on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Club Reo’s at Southeast 112th Avenue and Powell. The group brings a high energy blend of rap, rock, funk and soul -- a style they call "Urban Crunch," and a form of entertainment that will have you dancing all night.
Funeral services for Larry Gibson will be held Friday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 4009 N. Missouri Ave., with committal to follow at Rose City Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rose City Cemetery.
Now is the time to check out that hunch during a screening of the movie Valentino’s Ghost, the next session of the annual Jefferson High School Multicultural Film Festival taking place at the North Portland Library on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.
Fred Bryant Jr.
Frederick “Fred” Nelson Bryant Jr., a police accountability activist and beloved member of the Portland community, passed away on Oct. 29, 2013 at the age of 53, after suffering a stroke.
It’s Not Rocket Science
Marian Wright Edelman tackles the issue of gun violence in America.
Meals on Wheels People Martin Luther King Jr. Center seeks volunteers to assist with delivering meals to homebound seniors.
Benson principal moves to shore up signature programs
Benson's new principal, Curtis Wilson Jr, says he wants to return the 96-year-old tech-centric institution to a place that has historically been associated with academic rigor and excellence. “I want to bring back Benson to where people are challenged to come here, where they know if I come to Benson I’m gonna work. Because it’s hands on, the courses are very intense, and it’s a very rich tradition school,” he says.
Late Portland Observer publisher inducted into sports group
Late Portland Observer Publisher and beloved community member Charles ‘Chuck’ Washington has been inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) Hall of Fame this week.
Event remembers immigrant 25 years after his death
On Monday, Nov. 4, the life of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw will be remembered 25 years after his death. Seraw was in Portland to attend college when he confronted by three white supremacists and beaten to death in front of his apartment on Southeast 31st Avenue on Nov. 12, 1988.