Christa McIntyre is a Portland Observer reporter
Portland locksmith recalls the beatings and arrests
52 years ago, Portland locksmith and business owner J.J. Moore participated in the historic Selma to Montgomery marches to protest the massive discrimination facing black voters in Alabama.
Illuminating the mental health wounds of war
Portland resident, retired Staff Sgt. Jocephus J. Duckworth has published a book to help his fellow combat veterans titled “The Soldier’s Story: The Invisible Wounds from War.”
Thousands join black ministers in call for action
An energized civil rights community in Portland is showing it will not stand down as it pushes for police reforms and faces a new federal government under President Donald Trump that threatens civil liberties of many communities
Two recent cases are vivid example
Recent massive rent increases and no cause evictions at two separate apartment complexes in north and northeast Portland are putting a vivid picture on displacement and the potential to move low income people out of their neighborhoods and local schools
Show of diversity’s strength amid fears of setbacks
On Sunday, January 15, 2017 nearly 100 people braved freezing temperatures, a foot of piled snow and solid inches of ice for a rally at Peninsula Park in north Portland and a march to the MLK statute on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at the Oregon Convention Center.
Temporary housing is found for the 98 residents displaced by last weeks 3 alarm fire at the Hotel Alder.
Pastor leads movement for social justice
Pastor Mark Knutson is a national leader in a movement for social justice for immigrants struggling to obtain legal status in the United States. Northeast Portland’s Augustana Lutheran Church, a multicultural congregation where he serves as a spiritual leader, is one of the few churches to provide sanctuary for immigrants in fear of being deported.
Activist gathers voices to promote understanding
Portland author and photographer Margaret Jacobsen is the founder of a discussion and education group that connects people and focuses on community building to address racial justice issues. The group is called Let’s Talk.
Activist documents Trump protests worldwide
Activist and non-profit director Cameron Whitten looks at his citizen journalism as giving a bird’s eye view on the resistance to the Trump presidency.
Panel discussion to highlight MLK celebration
One of the oldest African American congregations in the state, the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, will host people of faith from across the state this weekend to honor of the late civil rights leader Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. A special focus will be a panel discussion, “Where do we go from here,” led by moderator Bill Deiz.