Christa McIntyre is a Portland Observer reporter
Champions founder opens vocational school
A long time barber and the founder of Portland’s upscale Champions Barbershop, Lane is growing his brand by opening Champion’s Barbering Institute, Inc. (CBI), the only Portland school dedicated solely to teaching the craft of being a barber, located at 424 N.E. Killingsworth St.
Teach Me to Fish eyes Alberta Street expansion
E.D. Mondainé and his Teach Me to Fish nonprofit organization are cooking up a new venture following the success of his Po’Shines Café De La Soul restaurants in Portland, a catering clinic and culinary school which will offer on-the-job training with investments back into the community.
Mother appeals for answers in son’s death
Venus Hayes, the mother of 17 year old Quanice “Moose” Hayes who was fatally wounded by a Portland Police officer last month, gave an emotional and heartfelt statement to Portland City Council and Mayor Ted Wheeler last week asking one central question.
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.