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Crowell Center Opens

PCC installs monument to local black history

The Evelyn Crowell Center for African American Community History is a monument to both Crowell’s extraordinary life and to the generations of African Americans who breathed life, culture, and resiliency into the Albina Neighborhood of north and northeast Portland.

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Poverty Stacks the Odds against Children

We all lose from the harm this causes

We all lose in a nation that allows millions of children to face the minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day harms of poverty.

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Vanport Mosaic Honors, Confronts Past

Opportunities to explore and confront Portland’s past and recent history of “othering ” and its tragic consequences is front and center at this year’s annual Vanport Mosaic Festival, with events taking place at various locations through June 5, including a full schedule of activities for Memorial Day at the Portland Expo Center in north Portland.

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Two Films Not to Miss

“Seahorse” rocked my world. It follows the journey to parenthood taken by Freddie McConnell, who, as a trans man, is one of a limited number of human males who can, like male seahorses, undergo pregnancy.

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West Finals Finish

Blazers test champions, but still get swept

The Golden State Warriors swept their way to a fifth straight NBA Finals, getting triple-doubles from Stephen Curry and Draymond Green in a 119-117 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night at the Moda Center.

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Sale Worries Neighbors

Woodlawn wants community use; fears more gentrification

Albina Head Start Executive Director Ronnie Herndon and a representative for the Deliverance Center told the Portland Observer that an outreach to the commercial market raises alarm bells for them, since both nonprofits were still waiting to get answers to their inquires to purchase the property.

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Lawsuit in Police Shooting

The family of a man killed in a confrontation with Portland Police two years ago has filed a lawsuit against the city and the officers and supervisors involved.

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Sunday Concert at Alberta Abby

Four favorite Northwest musical acts will take the stage at Alberta Abbey, 126 N.E. Alberta, on Sunday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. to raise money for Fly Me To The Moon, a new nonprofit organization that delivers live music performances to seniors in assisted living, retirement communities and memory care facilities.

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Grand Jury Clears Officers

More light has been shed on two fatal shootings in Portland from January, one by a police officer and the other a private security officer, as a grand jury last week ruled that the shootings were in self defense and the jury transcripts became public.

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Hot Shooting Sinks Blazers in Game One

Warriors open best of seven with win

Stephen Curry finds his shooting touch in a hurry to get Golden State on a roll

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Perfecting the Two-Hand slam

Eddie, was nearly 21 years old when he died last year. Now, 5-year-old Juno appears to have taken up the mantle.

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Third Time on the Cover

It’s hard to believe that Tyra Banks is 45!

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Plans Set for Vancouver’s Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the official ending of slavery in the United States and focuses on promoting and cultivating knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture.

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Free ‘Mini-MBA’ Program Offered

Called Inner City Capital Connections, the program is like a tuition-free “mini-MBA” that provides 40 hours of training and a chance to go to a national event where the businesses can practice their capital pitches in front of investors.

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All I Want is Equality for My Child

And for other children and adults like her

In high school she became part of the solution. She became an advocate for transgender youth, who suffer discrimination and violence at alarming rates.

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Farmers Markets Open

King and other weekly markets coming on line

Springtime heralds the opening of Portland Farmers Market’s across the city and that means four neighborhood weekly markets are coming on line for the season.

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Blazers in West Finals

Viewing party set up at Rose Quarter

A surprise trip to the NBA Western Conference Finals has Blazermania in overdrive.

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New Play Tackles Race and Police

The Evolve Experience is a new performance experience, featuring works by African Americans and a diverse group of artists who make completing statements about the complexities of racial profiling from individual, community and law enforcement perspectives.

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Mayor’s Budget Supports Albina Vision

Also backs street response proposal by Hardesty

Albina Vision would receive $75,000 under Wheeler’s proposal, for outreach—also a new item. The diverse group of backers of Albina Vision previously gained the support of the mayor and Metro Council President Lynn Peterson.

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The Real Threats to Free Speech on Campus

A disregard for the humanity of students

To date, no campus has banned any form of Trump paraphernalia, nor has any college persecuted a student for wearing pro-Trump symbols. College campuses routinely host conservative speakers: Cornell hosted Dick Cheney, while the University of Baltimore had Betsy DeVos speak at their commencement ceremony, among other examples.

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