Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson is an accomplished writer, journalist and filmmaker from Juneau, Alaska. He received one-on-one coaching writing stories, taking photos, and voicing and editing professional broadcast pieces for local public radio station KTOO, in Juneau. During undergrad, he produced a documentary film about homeless advocates called “Invisible Hands,” which aired on public television in Alaska. He has a strong interest in arts and culture, homelessness and equality issues, and community reporting. He is a Community Reporter at Portland Observer and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Multimedia Journalism in Portland, Oregon. Contact Danny at djpeterson3@gmail.com or danny@portlandobserver.com.

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A Long History of Health Disparities

Black Americans still recovering from wrongful past

The United States is still recovering from a lack of healthcare access for African Americans and lack of opportunities for black medical professionals.

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Keeping the Focus on Health

Community steps up to continue programs

The Miracles Club, a Portland non-profit dedicated to substance abuse recovery services and permanent housing of recovering addicts, most from the African American community, is now managing health initiatives for the black community at large that were previously run by the African American Health Coalition, which dissolved last year.

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A Heroine for Transit Rights

Rosa Parks’ civil rights activism started early

An often overlooked aspect of the story of Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon whose refusal to move from her seat for a white passenger during the segregated south in the mid-1950s and subsequent arrest helped spark the modern civil rights movement, is that Parks’ choice that day was part of a planned, intentional act of demonstration against the racist Jim Crow laws of Montgomery, Ala., her hometown at the time.

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Transit Riders Organize

Ad hoc ‘rider advocates’ push TriMet to act

A grassroots effort to bring back civilian volunteers on public transit to help de-escalate conflicts and provide information and support to riders is currently in an unofficial prototype phase, thanks to OPAL—a civil rights and environmental justice organization which stands for “Organizing People, Activating Leaders”—and a bus riders union called Bus Riders Unite.

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NAACP Generations

Custodians of civil rights protections celebrate

The oft-overlooked histories of black communities in Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest, as well as the re-telling of racial justice victories made possible because of the advocacy of the Vancouver Branch of the NAACP, are celebrated during February as Black History Month is observed with special speakers, historical documents, artwork and exhibitions.

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New Effort at Gun Control

Faith leaders draft legislation for current session

Local faith leaders and advocates from around the state in support of stronger gun control measures are planning on introducing two bills to the legislature this year.

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Shutdown Impacts Grow

Food pantries are lifeline to furloughed workers

Furloughed and unpaid federal workers from around the state were bracing for more financial uncertainty while also receiving emergency help from food pantries to feed their families as the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history entered its second month and 32nd day on Tuesday.

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Arrested in the Fight for Civil Rights

Like King, immigration advocates use civil disobedience

When 124 asylum seekers were detained in a federal prison in Sheridan last summer after being caught up in President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy, civil rights groups, lawyers, activists, and faith leaders took steps to help get all of them out of lockup and bring light to the issue.

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Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers

Creator of ‘No Hate Zone’ faced discrimination in youth

By promoting equity and diversity through his work as a former Army veteran, football player, law enforcement officer, and later as Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Portland, he’s made a name for himself. He’s spearheaded an effort for local and state governments in Oregon to adopt variations of an equitable hiring standard, for example, known as The Rooney Rule, in which at least one ethnic minority must be interviewed for leadership roles.

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Advocacy Work Transforms Young Leader

Now 27, Whitten’s efforts addressing inequities grows

Cameron Whitten’s advocacy work for marginalized communities in Portland has taken many forms over the years, from being an organizer of the Occupy Portland movement, to co-founding Portland’s Resistance in response to the election of President Donald Trump, to starting a non-profit to leverage community grounded initiatives to make justice and economic prosperity a lived experience for black, brown, and indigenous people in Oregon.

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