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Gun Control Supporters Regroup

Lift Every Voice” campaign set sights on 2020 ballot

An effort led by Portland-area clergy to put a measure on the November ballot to ban the sale of certain semi-automatic guns and large capacity ammunition magazines has been postponed after legal maneuvers by opponents made it nearly impossible to gather enough signatures to meet a July 6 deadline

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Soul of ’71 Class Reunions

Gala at Colwood Golf Center kicks off events

Invite out for all African-American 1971 high school graduates from the entire Portland metro area

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New Chinatown Museum

First exhibit a showcase of cultural pride

The first museum of Chinese-American history and culture in Oregon re-opens after two weeks for repairs

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Celebrating a Great Season

A great year for the Portland Observer softball team

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Black Shoppers File Lawsuits

Five lawsuits alleging racial profiling where black shoppers were approached or detailed on unfounded accusations of theft at businesses in the Portland area have been filed in the last month.

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Not Backing Down

Protestors encamped at ICE building

Federal law enforcement officers distributed notices Monday to protesters encamped outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building on Southwest Macadam Avenue ordering them to vacate the property, under threat of arrest, even as the protestors called for more to join them.

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Joe Jackson, patriarch of musical Jackson family dies

‘Papa Joe," was known for his stern and unflinching presence

Joseph Jackson, the strong, fearsome patriarch of the musical Jackson family, has died, according to a person close to the family. He was 89

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First Miss Juneteenth Pageant

A new tradition for Oregon’s annual Juneteenth Celebration saw nine young women show courage, confidence and leadership as they competed in the first annual Miss Juneteenth Oregon Pageant presented by Above The Fray Design at the Billy Webb Elk Lodge in north Portland.

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My People’s Market

Following its inaugural run last fall, the multicultural marketplace returns to the Rose Quarter Commons on Saturday, June 30 with activities for the whole family from noon to 8 p.m., featuring live music, art, performances and plenty to eat and drink.

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Celebrate Cully Park’s Opening

Dream turns to reality with Saturday’s festivities

Portland Parks & Recreation and the “Lets Build Cully Park” coalition of more than 15 community-based organizations, invite area residents to join them to celebrate the grand opening of the new 25-acre Cully Park on Saturday, June 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Celebrating Good in the Hood 2018

Photos by Mark Washington and Danny Peterson/Portland Observer

Portlanders far and wide enjoy Saturday's Good in the Hood parade down Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. and the bustling King School Park grounds for the 2018 festivities.

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Summer Pools Open

It’s another fun summer of outdoor swimming and other aquatic activities for Portland Parks & Recreation.

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World Cup Soccer Weekend

A record 30 teams of all ages will participate Friday and Saturday, June 29-30 for the ninth annual Portland World Cup Soccer Tournament at Delta Park in north Portland, sponsored by Portland Parks and Recreation.

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Immigration and Trump’s Dehumanizing Language

Cruel policies follow such patterns of thinking

We shouldn’t narrow our focus on the morality of individuals or on episodic instances of cruelty or kindness when thinking of the concentration camps.

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Fireworks at Fort Vancouver

Vancouver will be treated to the largest and most memorable Independence Day fireworks display in the region.

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Sex Ed on the Line

Advocates fight new rule and brace for cuts

Sex education advocates brace for impact of new gag rule on discussing full range of options for preventing pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases

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Cold Case Turns Seven Years

Family tries to break silence on murder

Family members of a Portland murder victim, Leonard James “LJ” Irving Jr., whose death remains unsolved seven years after the fatal shooting, are urging anyone who may have information leading to an arrest to speak up.

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A Role Model’s Impact

Rosemary Anderson honors late ‘Grandma Pearl’

A beloved staff member and role model for an alternative high school serving Portland’s black community has been honored posthumously for her life’s work and dedication to students, families, staff and others.

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Keeping it Affordable

Non-profit partners with AmeriCorps to revitalize homes

A nonprofit in northeast Portland is hosting 12 AmeriCorps volunteers this summer to protect vital affordable housing by upgrading homes with green technology, building community gardens and more.

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