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Kwanzaa Events Fill Calendar

Community events for the week long celebration of Kwanzaa, a celebration honoring African heritage in African-American culture, will continue this week in Portland.

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Rewarding the Wealthy and Corporate America

Working people lose again

A Nation unable to pay its bills is borrowing to further enrich its billionaires and millionaires with a tax “reform” bill that transfers a massive amount of the nation’s wealth from the middle class to the nation’s richest individuals and corporations.

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A Cruel Holiday Gift for Haitian Immigrants

Season is filled with fear and uncertainty

Two months after experiencing the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, my dad finally made it back home to Boston. What had started as a holiday vacation turned into weeks of sleeping outside the family home in Haiti, fearful that it would collapse on anyone sleeping inside.

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A Year that Awakened and Energized America

We cannot and must not lose our momentum

Without any fear of exaggeration, it can be said, and has been—repeatedly—that the final result of the 2016 presidential election came as a devastating blow to many Americans.

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Tensions Rise on County Board

Smith gaveled down; Kafoury regrets comment

When Multnomah County Commission Loretta Smith took aim at a housekeeping measure before the board of commissioners last week she was gaveled down by chair Deborah Kafoury who took offense at Smith’s remarks but later had to apologize for making a personal and vulgar attack on Smith’s character.

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Surviving Together

Revealing portrait as homeless struggle through winter

A group of mostly women struggle to stay alive

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Stabilizing Our Community

Legacy bricks raise capital for Allen Temple rebuild

Allen Temple CME church raises donations to rebuild after 2015 fire

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Community Recognition

Portland Observer publisher honored

Mark Washington is honored for his work in the community

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In Loving Memory

Gracie Gage

Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. at University Park Baptist Church

Open Door Adoption Agency

PSU School of Social Work

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Advancing the Conversation on Sexual Assault

Let’s agree on how to punish it

Our national debate about sexual harassment and assault seems to be missing a bit of nuance.

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Corporate Interests Are Warping the Internet

Why should they hold even more power?

My identity was stolen this year. The perpetrator didn’t open credit cards in my name or gain access to my finances. Instead, they used my name to submit a comment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of repealing net neutrality rules.

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Journalist was a Fearless Civil Rights Legend

Honoring a legacy and press freedom

We join the nation in mourning Simeon Booker's passing last week at the age of 99.

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Holiday Meals for Veterans

Members of the Active and Reserve National Guard and American Military Encouragement Network volunteer to distribute holiday food donations from the Sunshine Division warehouse in north Portland Tuesday.

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Second City Hit Comedy

‘Twist Your Dickens’ at Armory’s Main Stage

The hilarious hit from comedy giant The Second City has returned to The Armory for another year of holiday jeer. A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens, written by Emmy Award-winners Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, is now showing through Sunday, Dec. 31 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage at The Armory, downtown.

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TV Host Defends Reputation

Tavis Smiley says PBS made a big mistake by suspending him from his talk show.

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Gingerbread Adventures

You’re invited to get into the holiday spirit by viewing some amazing gingerbread houses during Gingerbread Adventures at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

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Gray Whales on the Move

Watching week activities begin Dec. 27

Gray whales are on the move south again this winter, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating the annual event with Whale Watching Week, Dec. 27-31.

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George Zimmerman Threatens Jay-Z

Sparks feud on social media

Back and forth generated by documentary series that rapper Jay-Z is producing about Trayvon Martin shooter

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