New DA defends policies; says Black lives matter
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmid defends new policies promoting fairness and equity.
Frederick leads most diverse group of lawmakers
The Legislative session in Salem is historically important this year with its growing number of elected lawmakers of color giving focus to issues long supported by the Black community, says Sen. Lew Frederick, the Legislature’s most senior Black lawmaker.
Promotes a peaceful fight for racial progress
New Portland City Commissioner Mingus Mapps wants the ongoing fight for racial progress in Portland to follow Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s lead by being non-violent.
New NAACP president learned about civil rights early
It wasn’t the leadership she sought, but Sharon Gary-Smith’s entire life has prepared her to be the new president of the Portland NAACP.
Says much needs to be done to fulfill Dr. King’s legacy
Lawmaker says progress has been made for Black citizens over time, but more remains to be done, and with a greater focus on direction and purpose.
Walidah Imarisha to lead Center for Black Studies
Portland author, teacher and criminal justice activist Walidah Imarisha named Portland State University's new director of Center for Black Studies.
Anniversary renews focus on Black, diverse communities
Celebrating the past with a pledge to continue delivering solid news to our readers and viewers in the future.
Activist stands out in field of 19 candidates
Activist candidate Teressa Raiford wants to bring change to Portland government, “We’re criminalizing poverty, we’re criminalizing brown people, we’re criminalizing mentally ill and disabled people and not doing anything about it,” she said.
Portland lawyer has deep experience, community ties
Portland Attorney Ernie Warren puts his 31 years as lawyer heading up his own law firm and a lifetime of pursing justice issues as qualifications in a campaign for election as an Oregon Circuit Court Judge for Multnomah County.
Position has no incumbent in crowded field
When Cameron Whitten moved to Portland at age 18, he had no place to live and no resources, but a local nonprofit with a long history of helping homeless youth took him in. Now he wants to give back and is running for the District 5 seat on the Portland Metro Council, a regional government serving Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties.
Portland woman tells story of her historic journey
Through perseverance, hard work and smarts, Portland woman ascended and became the first African American woman to be named a Forest Supervisor with the U.S. Forest Service.
Isolation now will help medical response later
Authorities are making strong efforts to promote social isolation and social distancing as a way to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
No citizenship questions ease concerns
Residents are being asked to complete a Census count online.
Says 24 years in office is enough
Lee says Blumenauer has been in the job for too long and has been an ineffective representative for the people of Portland and Multnomah County which comprise the district.
Stores see impact as people stock supplies
Portland area grocery stores saw toilet paper and other supplies sell out and leave shelves virtually empty.
Naming follows new policy promoting racial justice
Life was not easy back then when anti-black sentiments led to discriminatory practices in housing, employment and voting rights.
Activist city leader fights for equity, fairness
Hardesty believes in a “housing first” approach to the housing crisis, but said developers are not really building affordable housing in many cases.
Surprise decision stuns college community
Concordia University, a northeast Portland landmark serving a diverse population, will close its doors after 115 years of operation
Says system so flawed prisons should be abolished
Imarisha blames the “war on drugs,” profitable prison building booms of the 1980s and 90s, and mandatory sentencing laws for all contributing to extreme overcrowding in Oregon prisons.
Program offers free training for young people
Airway Science for Kids, a nonprofit giving free aviation training to young people of color and low-income students, has a new home and new leadership.
ODOT to consider buildable lots over I-5
The ODOT Commission will meet this Thursday in Lake Oswego to conside a presentation from ODOT experts on the Interstate 5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.
Bahia Overton is new leader for Black Parent Initiative
Overton is close to completing her doctorate in social work, focusing on black girls in foster care.
His words continue to have relevance today
The words of America’s foremost civil rights leader stirred great emotions across the country and the world at the time, and are still so relevant even today.
Opera star Angela Brown to visit Portland
Growing up, Brown said she had “a keen awareness” of Martin Luther King Jr. through her grandfather’s church.
35th annual event includes speakers, entertainment
The day’s events will all focus on Dr. King and will showcase a variety of expressions in song, oration, dance and drumming.
Marcus Mundy says King’s message more important than ever
Mundy said King had such an influence on him that he often looks back at King’s language for inspiration.
Sara Boone embraces roots in journey of discovery
Studying great black leaders, like Dr. King, on her own, helped the future Portland leader learn more about her place in the world.
New housing director advances PCRI mission
Getting people into their own homes today – whether renting or buying – is the main goal of PCRI.
PSU awards $1 million to Portland family
Portland State University settles with family of Jason Washington, a black father, U.S. postal worker and Navy veteran from Portland who was shot to death by campus police in June of 2018.
Equity was goal in construction, hotel staff
The 600 guest rooms at the hotel include 16 suites and the hotel features 20 venues among its 39,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom space.
New construction priced below market rate
Brunswick Commons affordably priced and move-in ready
New effort to ban assault style rifles and large ammo clips
Local leaders determined to get gun control on November ballot.
African and African American experiences explored
growing awareness of the differences within the African and African American communities explored.
Community responds to need
Volunteers brought food and there was more than enough to go around.
Dancer builds on foundation for success
She got her start in ballet at Portland Parks and Recreation’s Peninsula Park Community Center
City approves first Street Response Team
The city of Portland is trying a new approach to helping the city’s homeless population by stressing compassion and crisis prevention with designated first responders.
Benefits go to entire neighborhood
Dragon Mart is full mini-sized store with both fresh and packaged foods.
Administration called out for toxic environment
PSU called out for failing to support Black Studies curriculum and listening to the concerns of minority students and faculty.
Nonprofit buys church property with community help
The presence of Albina Head Start in Portland’s diverse Woodlawn neighborhood will continue thanks to the successful purchase of the Woodlawn Methodist Church at Northeast 15th and Dekum
Community liaison trying to gather the resources
The Walnut Park Homeless Shelter is not scheduled to serve a meal on Thanksgiving Day, but those plans could change with volunteer help
Mayor, commissioner to host two meetings
Goal is to educate the public about the collective bargaining process and to document people’s concerns about the new contract
Launch comes with hopes and concerns
Players must be 21 to use Scoreboard and can set up the app on both IOS and Android devices.
Actors contribute to script in new play
The play investigates the narrative of the American economic dream for black Americans, drawing from many sources.
Rev. Willie Banks outlines his priorities
Local activist is fed up with local government
Others see fare inspectors as part of the problem
Some activists are calling for a fareless transit system.
Architect Bill Hart honored for life work
Design firms should be dedicated to diversity
New video shows humanity of hero coach
Standout athlete wanted to give back to community
Advocates help women choose breastfeeding
New mothers are usually given advice on breastfeeding at the hospital, but some don’t follow up because of cultural differences
Searches for Owen Klinger come up empty
It’s been more than a week since anyone last saw University of Portland freshman Owen Klinger, 18, despite massive search efforts by hundreds of volunteers.
PSU outlines decision; students call for boycott
Recently released report allows campus police to carry guns but calls for better methods of response to critical situations.