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State of Black America: Protect our Progress

With Trump there is reason to worry

As of this writing, for 102 days our nation has watched as the Trump administration has taken shape—and, for many of us, there is reason to worry.

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Queer Doc Festival Opens

The Portland Queer Documentary Festival will be screening 12 recently produced films, including movies that include people of color and other documentaries that shed light on the realities of the queer experience, both current and historical.

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Youth Leader of the Year

Congratulations to Kaleha Keenan, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School and member of the Regence Boys & Girls Club in the New Columbia neighborhood of north Portland, for being honored as Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Youth of the Year.

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Training for Jobs in Construction

Graduates from Constructing Hope, a free 9 week pre-apprenticeship job training program supported by the construction trades at 405 N.E. Church St.

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Foster Provider Charged

Grand jury cites money laundering and theft

A federal grand jury in Portland has charged Mary Holden Ayala, 56, a longtime resident of Portland, with theft of over $800,000, money laundering and filing false personal tax returns.

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Police Chief Search Widens

Community input sought in selection process

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced an online survey Monday for community input on the qualifications needed for a police chief to guide the Portland Police Bureau. The mayor also officially opened a recruitment process, launching a national search for a police chief that is expected to be completed this July, with a job offer coming thereafter.

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Scholarships for Career Success

Thanks to the philanthropic arm of Portland Community College for raising a record $514,000 for scholarships and student success initiatives at a gala last month that attracted nearly 500 attendees.

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Journey of Heart and Heartache

Milagro presents the world premiere of Óye Oyá, an original Spanish-language musical inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest that tells a story of love, compassion and forgiveness in today’s Cuba.

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Promoting Diversity in Health Care

166 diverse students from Oregon and Washington are getting financial help for future medical careers thanks to a health care scholarship program from Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

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Segregation in Portland Explored

The community is invited to discover how segregation was justified in Portland from the period around World War II through the end of the 20th century from Dr. Karen Gibson, an associate professor and scholar at Portland State University.

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Workforce Training Expands

Clackamas Community College is upping its game with business and industry by building a new center for career technical education and expanding programs to provide for a skilled workforce.

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‘A Phenomenal Concert’

Stage set for blues and gospel extravaganza

Louisiana-born Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester and his team of blues and gospel musicians from Portland presents “A Phenomenal Concert,” a special performance to celebrate the history of R&B, Funk, Soul and Gospel, coming Friday, June 2 to the Alberta Rose Theater in northeast Portland.

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Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty

Executive order does neither

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) strongly supports religious freedom, free speech and the separation of church and state. However, we oppose President Trump’s Executive Order entitled, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.”

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PDX Jazz Presents

PDX Jazz presents four-time Grammy award-winning pianist, arranger, producer and composer Billy Childs and his Billy Childs Quartet for a concert on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Church, downtown.

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Jobs Leader Hired at PDC

The Portland Development Commission recently named Bobby Lee as Director of Economic Development to focus on the agency’s strategic goals for business and industry development, entrepreneurship, and community economic development.

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Church Salutes Unsung Heroes

Allen Temple CME Church is making plans and taking reservations for an upcoming celebration to honor Portlanders who are making a contribution to their communities.

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Library Branch Manager Honored

Patricia Welch, the recently retired North Portland Library Branch Manager, is being honored for her 17 years of advocacy for literacy education, community involvement, leadership and attention to diversity.

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American Justice Now Feels Laughable

Attorney General shows distain for police reforms

From his vote against the 2013 renewal of the Violence Against Women Act to his openly hostile rhetoric towards immigrants, Sessions’ record is spattered with examples of efforts to discriminate against marginalized groups.

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Summer Block Party Signups

It's time to start planning for summer block parties

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BET Award Nominations

Beyonce dominated last year's BET Awards with "Lemonade," but there's more juice in her cup.

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