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Beverly Corbell

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Elevating Justice in Portland

New DA defends policies; says Black lives matter

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmid defends new policies promoting fairness and equity.

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Black Voices Grow Power in Salem

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.

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Mapps Calls on End to Violence

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.

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Stepping Up and Standing Up

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.

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Rep. Janelle Bynum on fight for Racial Progress

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.

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Dynamic Justice Activist Joins PSU

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.

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Portland Observer’s 50 Years

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.

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Don’t Shoot Founder Runs for Mayor

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.

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Ernie Warren Runs for Open Judge Seat

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.

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Young Activist Runs for Metro Council

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.

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First Black Forest Supervisor Writes Memoir

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.

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Trying to Slow an Epidemic

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.

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Census Begins with Mail Notice

No citizenship questions ease concerns

Residents are being asked to complete a Census count online.

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Candidate Takes Aim at Incumbent Blumenauer

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.

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Coronavirus Threat Grows

Stores see impact as people stock supplies

Portland area grocery stores saw toilet paper and other supplies sell out and leave shelves virtually empty.

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Housing Honors Early Black Leader

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.

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Power in Governing

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.

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Concordia to Shut Down

Surprise decision stuns college community

Concordia University, a northeast Portland landmark serving a diverse population, will close its doors after 115 years of operation

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Esteemed Author Speaks Out on Inmate Justice

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.

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Expanding Opportunities in Aviation

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.

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Back to the Drawing Board

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.

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Putting Kids and Families First

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.

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King Defined by Rousing Speeches, Letters

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.

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Performing for King’s Birthday

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.

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

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Communities of Color Leader Fights for Progress

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.

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Fire Chief on Dr. King’s message

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.

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Housing and a Backup Plan

New housing director advances PCRI mission

Getting people into their own homes today – whether renting or buying – is the main goal of PCRI.

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Settlement in Jason Washington Shooting Death

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.

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Convention Hotel Opens

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.

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Nonprofit Discounts 20 New Homes

New construction priced below market rate

Brunswick Commons affordably priced and move-in ready

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Gun Control Petition Recharged

New effort to ban assault style rifles and large ammo clips

Local leaders determined to get gun control on November ballot.

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Dispelling Misconceptions

African and African American experiences explored

growing awareness of the differences within the African and African American communities explored.

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Stepping Up for the Homeless

Community responds to need

Volunteers brought food and there was more than enough to go around.

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Big Dreams for Young Ballerina

Dancer builds on foundation for success

She got her start in ballet at Portland Parks and Recreation’s Peninsula Park Community Center

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New Approach to Homeless

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.

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In-school Grocery Feeds Families

Benefits go to entire neighborhood

Dragon Mart is full mini-sized store with both fresh and packaged foods.

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PSU Black Studies at Risk, Professor says

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.

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Saved for Albina Head Start

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

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Seeking Help for Thanksgiving Meal

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

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Public Airing on Police Contract

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

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Online Sports Betting Debut

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.

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Giving Voice to Economic Truths

Actors contribute to script in new play

The play investigates the narrative of the American economic dream for black Americans, drawing from many sources.

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Running for Mayor

Rev. Willie Banks outlines his priorities

Local activist is fed up with local government

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TriMet Defends Added Security

Others see fare inspectors as part of the problem

Some activists are calling for a fareless transit system.

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Rising to the Top

Architect Bill Hart honored for life work

Design firms should be dedicated to diversity

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Disarmed with a Hug

New video shows humanity of hero coach

Standout athlete wanted to give back to community

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For Healthy Moms and Babies

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

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University of Portland student still missing

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.

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Campus Police to Keep Guns

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.

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