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Pay-to-Play and Privately Run Prisons

A signal for large scale incarcerations

Twenty-four hours after the election of Donald Trump as this nation’s 45th president, the stock prices of privately run prisons in this country soared. And this reversal of fortune came as no surprise to private prison operators—or criminal justice reform advocates. With Trump in the White House, privately owned prison companies rightly presumed that they had a staunch ally of their business model and motives in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Benefit for Ceasefire Oregon

A Portland-based opera company has joined forces with a newly arrived dance ensemble to schedule a series of benefit concerts for Ceasefire Oregon, a local organization that works to reduce the number of gun injuries and deaths in Oregon by educating the public and providing opportunities to dispose of unwanted firearms.

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Love, Seduction and Betrayal

Opera’s most revered tale of love, seduction, secrecy, betrayal, and murder comes to life like never before when the NW Dance Project presents “Carmen,” for three performances, March 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Newmark Theatre, downtown.

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Done with the Apprentice

Arnold Schwarzenegger is through with "The New Celebrity Apprentice," and he's blaming President Donald Trump for the television reality show's recent poor performance.

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A Party Waiting to Happen

Musical taps on immigrant hopes and dreams

A talented and diverse cast of Portland Community College students, faculty, staff and community members present the Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “In the Heights.”

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Build Better Futures

‘Believe to Achieve’ founder marquees scholarship drive

Local community leaders working to lift black and minority students to future careers and promising lives by helping them achieve a college education will get some star power at their annual United Negro College Fund gala Friday.

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Black Parents Initiative Builds Support

Children supported by stable, engaged adults

Mission draws hundreds of supporters and raises $146,000 for programs to help parents make healthy choices in a child’s first 1,000 days of life.

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Women in Film

POWfest puts spotlight on gender disparities

Showcasing the work of women directors from around the globe while strengthening the community of women making films here at home.

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Grant Team Wins Tournament

Youth basketball championship celebrated

Boys 6th grade team wins respective youth league bracket

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'Moonlight' Best Picture

Coming of age drama wings big at Oscars

Barry Jenkins and the Moonlight cast accepted the award for Best Picture at the Oscars

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13 Trump Protesters Arrested

Tensions are running high between Portland protesters, the mayor, the Police Bureau and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon after two “Not My President” protest marches were held downtown on Monday, President’s Day.

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‘Flip the Script’ on Jobs and Homes

Program targets obstacles for released inmates

Local African Americans exiting the criminal justice system will have more support to succeed thanks to a new ‘Flip the Script” program that provides comprehensive solutions to ending Portland’s homelessness.

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Empowering Youth to Serve

SEI kids give back on day of service

Hundreds of youth, male and female, near and far, collectively volunteered for the Center for Self Enhancement, Inc.’s Community “Day of Service.”

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My Top 10 Films of 2016

This year, there’s more overlap with the Oscars

This year my list of the 10 best films out of all of those I saw shares more overlap than usual with the Academy Awards -- perhaps in part because of the pressure on Hollywood to notice the work of artists of color, which tend to dominate my list.

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Eye on the School Board

Candidate has local connections, endorsements

An educator connected to the community has obtained a significant list of endorsements to launch a campaign to run for the Portland School Board.

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‘I Marched in Selma’

Portland locksmith recalls the beatings and arrests

52 years ago, Portland locksmith and business owner J.J. Moore participated in the historic Selma to Montgomery marches to protest the massive discrimination facing black voters in Alabama.

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Another Young Life Tragically Cut Short

The need for alternatives to the streets

Too many young people in our community are at risk of suffering the same fate as Quanice Hayes because they lack meaningful alternatives to the streets.

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The Music of William Grant Still

UP orchestra celebrates Black History Month

The community is invited to celebrate Black History Month with a free concert by the University of Portland orchestra featuring the music of the late William Grant Still, known as “The Dean” of African American composers.

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