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A Prayer for Advocates for Children, Families

Fighting for just policies and practices

Below is a prayer for child advocates. Teachers and school administrators are always on the front lines advocating for children so maybe one of them could use this today as they prepare for the new school year. They are not alone.

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You Can Vote Every Day – With Your Dollars

The power from your wallet

Voting with your dollars can be done every day.

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Mother Nature Cooperates for The Great Solar Eclipse

For a few minutes on Monday morning, Hustle and bustle of Portland’s streets come to a pause as the moon passes over the face of the sun

Amazing sight wows crowds

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Affirmative Action: Dissecting Rhetoric from Reality

The attack on equality of education

According to a leaked memo, the Department of Justice is planning to redirect resources from its civil rights division to investigate and sue universities that use “intentional race-based discrimination” in their admissions process because of its purported negative effects on Asian-American applicants.

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‘Trombone Shorty’ at Edgefield Manor

Part Jimi Hendrix, part James Brown and all New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band performing Saturday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor in Troutdale.

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SEI Community Celebration

For the second year in a row, Self Enhancement, Inc., the non-profit organization providing academic support and services for African-American students and their families, is breaking out the summer jams with a free community “homecoming” celebration and music festival at Unthank Park on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Where the Flames of Righteous Anger Burned

Ferguson Empowerment Center rises

Three years ago this month, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot an unarmed, black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. The anger and unrest sparked by that shooting came to be symbolized by the image of a burning convenience store on West Florissant Avenue. And it presented one of the greatest challenges of his career for Michael McMillan, who’d been appointed President and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis just a year before.

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Montavilla Jazz Fest Weekend

Explore new frontiers with top local artists

You’re invited to explore new frontiers in jazz with top local artists during the Montavilla Jazz Festival this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20.

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Loans for Start-Up Entrepreneurs

A number of diverse, low-income entrepreneurs in Oregon and southwest Washington will have better access to small loans to start their business thanks to the financial help Wells Fargo recently gave to Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), a community development financial institution working with disadvantaged communities.

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Kayse Jama Announces Senate Run

Kayse Jama, the executive director of Unite Oregon and a longtime community organizer, announced on Facebook on August 7th that he is running for Oregon Senate District 24, currently held by Senator Rod Monroe.

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Threats Move World Closer to Catastrophe

Trump’s adolescent bellicosity

The problem with Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” statement on North Korea isn’t merely that it intensifies an already tense situation.

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Countdown to Solar Eclipse 2017

Oregon is one of the best places to view the rare total solar eclipse

Oregonians across the state are making plans to view the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.

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Eclipse to Cancel Classes, Meals

Portland Community College will close and Meals on Wheels People will close its dining centers and suspend Meals on Wheels delivery on Monday, Aug. 21, because of the potential of driving hazards during the solar eclipse.

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Shot Fired at the Crystal Ballroom

A shot was fired in the early morning hours during a DJ Quik and Scarface concert at the Crystal Ballroom on Saturday, August 12th.

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Convention Hotel to Create 3,000 Jobs

The hotel is expected to lure national conventions to Portland and by bringing visitors to the area, create and sustain jobs – all of which will generate new and increased spending and revenues for the Convention Center and the community.

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Domestic Terrorism Erupts in Charlottesville, Virginia

On Saturday, August 12th violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia at a white supremacist protest against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, the Confederacy’s top general.

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From Guam to Costa Rica via PCC

Castine Cruz, a student from the U.S. territory of Guam who came to Portland to attend Portland Community College, has earned a scholarship to allow her to study for four weeks in Costa Rica as part of a program allowing Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad.

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Stealing Our Vote If They Get the Chance

Voting rights have been lost before

Today, too many people take for granted that the advances achieved during the civil rights movement are still firmly in place. But progress is neither promised nor irreversible.

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Landmark Bar Throws Party

Did you know the Alibi Restaurant and Lounge in north Portland is one of the oldest continuously running tiki bars in the country?

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Portland Public School Board Chooses First Latino Superintendent

Guadalupe Guerrero was announced Friday as Portland Public School board’s choice for next district superintendent.

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