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Send a Message to End the War on Cannabis

Oregon’s Wyden and Blumenauer are on board

Senate Bill 420 is another sign that the growing public support for ending our failed war on cannabis consumers nationwide is continuing to translate into political support amongst federal officials.

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NAACP, St. Helens District Address Racism

The problem of discrimination and racism is bigger than the girls basketball game with St. Helens and Parkrose.

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My Picks for Best Films of 2018

As usual, the more than 150 films I saw this year includes all of those that populate most critics' top 10 lists. My own list of the year's best films includes some overlap--but once again five of the films on my list were virtually unrecognized by critics.

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Black Comedy Festival

Four nights of comedy will mark the 3rd annual Black Comedy Festival opening Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Harvey Comedy Club, downtown, and continuing Friday through Sunday, Feb. 15-17 at the Billy Webb Elks Lodge in north Portland.

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Presenting Jesus Christ Superstar!

Stumptown Stages, Portland's professional musical theatre company in residence at Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, has kicked off 2019 with the hit rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar!

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Oprah Winfrey and Her Mom’s Strong Finish

A tender story of their last conversation

Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, died last Thanksgiving Day, and Oprah recently shared with People Magazine the tender story of their last conversation.

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Legal Double Standards Keep Us in Shackles

Pulling back the curtain on unjust laws

In its most basic form, law, is a process of authoritative control whereby certain members of a particular community establish and maintain a specific public order.

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New school discipline guidelines backtrack

Undercutting discrimination protections

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice in 2014 jointly released a ‘guidance package’ on school discipline to help schools and districts meet their responsibilities under federal civil rights law to use nondiscriminatory discipline practices. Years of data have shown children of color and children with disabilities are disproportionately punished by school discipline practices and suspended and expelled from school.

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Unforgettable Stories

‘Experience Oregon’ opens with free admission

Using broad themes connecting yesterday to today and emphasizing why learning about history matters, the Oregon Historical Society unveils a new 7,000 square foot exhibition, Experience Oregon on Thursday, Feb. 14.

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Cautionary Tale of Love

Portland’s premier Latino theater group Milagro presents the North American premiere of La Segua, a cautionary tale of vanity and narcissism for all to heed.

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Groundbreaking Black Leaders Honored

Portland Trail Blazers spotlighted six leaders from the African American community in a Black History Month celebration during pregame and halftime activities Feb. 5 in a game against the Miami Heat at the Moda Center.

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A Long History of Health Disparities

Black Americans still recovering from wrongful past

The United States is still recovering from a lack of healthcare access for African Americans and lack of opportunities for black medical professionals.

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A Hunger for More Films Like This

The third on my list of the best films of 2018, "Hochelaga: Land of Souls," didn't have a U.S. theatrical release and is available for streaming only in Canada. I saw it at the Portland International Festival and actually had the DVD shipped to me via the Canadian branch of Amazon's platform so that I could watch it again.

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Hardesty moves on campaign promise

Portland City Council will vote Wednesday whether to pull out from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, an issue Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty promised to bring to the fore during her campaign last year.

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Foster Care Provider Guilty

Executive neglected duties; stole $1 million

A federal jury found Mary Holden Ayala, 59, of Portland, guilty Thursday of stealing nearly $1 million from an Oregon foster care agency, money laundering and filing false personal income tax returns.

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Health Clinic Hires Advocate

Local leader to manage Good News facility

The Good News Community Health Center at 18000 S.E. Stark St. in Rockwood has hired Sharon Maxwell from Portland’s African American community as its new executive director.

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City Targets Racism

A city ordinance condemning white supremacy and alt right groups has the unanimous approval of the Portland City Council.

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Keeping the Focus on Health

Community steps up to continue programs

The Miracles Club, a Portland non-profit dedicated to substance abuse recovery services and permanent housing of recovering addicts, most from the African American community, is now managing health initiatives for the black community at large that were previously run by the African American Health Coalition, which dissolved last year.

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Reparations as Answer to Racial Wealth Divide

Black America’s vanishing wealth is bad for all

According to the recent Institute for Policy Studies report Dreams Deferred. “Between 1983 and 2016, the median black family saw their wealth drop by more than half after adjusting for inflation,” the report notes, “compared to a 33 percent increase for the median white household.”

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Moving Forward to Prevent Gun Violence

We make progress by never giving up

Across our nation, state leaders have responded to our children’s cries and advanced common sense gun violence prevention measures to keep them safe. Last year more than half of all states passed at least one gun violence prevention measure.

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