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On Maternal Healthcare, Race Trumps Everything

There are so many lies in American popular culture, beginning with the moment we’re born – in the maternity ward. ...

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Police Using Lethal Force with Impunity

The family of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was shot by Sacramento police, has filed a lawsuit ...

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Making Informed Choices on May 15 Ballot

The May 15 primary election provides voters with four excellent choices in local races: JoAnn Hardesty for the open seat ...

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Confronting a Violent and Tragic Legacy

I was deeply honored to participate last week in the opening summit of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for ...

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Portland Observer Election Endorsements

These qualified individuals for office have deep, personal connections to our community

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The Good Far Exceeds Our Shortcomings

From the moment we received the call in the summer of 1988 from then Mayor J.D. Bud Clark to engage ...

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It’s Up to Grown-Up to Stop Bullying, Not Kids

Bullying’s been in the news a bit lately, in part because of the Parkland shooting. In response, some people suggested ...

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Students of Color Need to See More People of Color

I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood ...

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A Candidate Who Will Take on the Establishment

A few months ago I met and learned about Julia DeGraw, who is running against Nick Fish for Portland City ...

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Thank You Dr. King, We Will Carry On

I first heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak in person on April 19, 1960 during my senior year at ...

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He Created Change for the Good of All America

As a tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, ...

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A No-Brainer Way to Bring Gun Deaths Down

It’s now been just over a month since 17 teenagers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, culminating ...

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A Community Conversation about Menthol Cigarettes

We're talking about restrictions on menthol flavored tobacco

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Stunning Cruelty to Immigration Enforcement

We’ve reached a cruel new phase in the U.S. government’s war on immigrants without papers. And it should disturb you ...

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Fear and Terror as a Normal Part of School

Due to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the politicians that support them, meaningful discourse on the issue of gun ...