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Danny Peterson

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Students Declare ‘Enough’

Walkouts a unifying message on reducing gun violence

At least 45 Portland area schools joined hundreds more across the nation Wednesday in solidarity with student-led walkouts to declare “enough” in response to growing gun violence and the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla. one month ago.

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Empowering Women

Protesting the economic inequality and oppression women face at home and internationally, over 200 women from all walks of life rallied in Pioneer Courthouse Square and then took to the streets downtown for International Women’s Day. The demonstrations last Thursday were among many marches and rallies calling for social change held across the world.

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Gun Control for Domestic Abusers

The focus on preventing gun violence took a big step in Oregon last week thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Kate Brown that makes it harder for people convicted of domestic abuse to get guns, as well as a lesser known law implemented in January that allows courts to temporarily ban individuals shown to be at high risk of harming themselves or others from obtaining guns.

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Inspired Creations

Portland man builds unique, sustainable birdhouses

You won’t see a more popular street vendor with humans and animals alike than the birdhouse toting George Mayes, who makes a striking impression on street corners with his bicycle and hand-crafted wooden trailer. Packed full of what looks like rustic, miniature cabins -- some even complete with chimneys, staircases, awnings and roof shingles – the cart is loaded with the future nesting homes for our feathered, flying neighbors.

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Disaster in Cully

Scrap yard fire destroys homes; brings evacuations

A 5-alarm fire that started Monday morning at an auto salvage yard in the Cully Neighborhood spread to nearby houses, destroying a six unit apartment, a duplex, killing more than a dozen cats, and displacing an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 residents.

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A Pathway to Return

Housing reserved for displaced residents

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI) has broken ground on the future site of four new townhomes at North Williams Avenue and Emerson Street that will be first homes for purchase by first-time homebuyers as part of the non-profit’s Pathway 1000 initiative, a 10-year plan to construct 1,000 new affordable homes and rentals.

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Rebuke to Arming Teachers

Porland union leaders speak out against the idea

Arming teaches as a response to school shootings draws fire from Portland union leaders in law enforcement and education

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Empowering Women

Mentorship group celebrates first graduates

WomenFirst, a grass-roots organization helping women rebuild their lives and gain support through peer mentorship, will host a public celebration on Saturday, March 3 for their first graduating class from a 12 week women empowerment group, called “I Love Me.”

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And In This Corner: Cassius Clay

Portland actor helms role of boxing legend

Themes of racial injustice and childhood bullying come to life in a new Oregon Children’s Theater play about a young Cassius Clay

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Music and Activism Intersect

Civil rights leader fronts new CD with Pink Martini

Longtime Portland civil rights leader Kathleen Saadat has a hidden musical talent that the rest of the city is about to experience.

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Inspired to Keep Others Out of Gangs

She knows Portland’s history because she lived it

Nicky Taylor’s personal story of growing up with gangs in Portland and then escaping from gangs, a story inextricably tied to the city’s history of murder and mayhem on the streets

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Family Seeks Justice

Family Seeks Justice

Demanding accountability for what they believe was a wrongful death of their 17-year-old son and nephew

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The Greatest Honor

FBI agent looks back on exciting career

Special Agent Pete Collier outside the Portland FBI Field Office where is retiring after an illustrious 27 year career as an FBI agent.

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Dynamic Portland Pastor Dies

Rev. W. G. Hardy Jr. was humble and inspiring

Rev. W. G. Hardy Jr., a humble spiritual leader from Portland’s African American community who inspired so many others with his inspiring sermons and lifelong service to his church and community, succumbed to a three year battle with kidney cancer on Friday.

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Tubman’s Revival

Educator with deep community ties plans school’s future

Natasha Butler’s extensive resume and experience in education and school administration might make her more than qualified as the planning principal for the re-opening of Harriet Tubman Middle School this fall. But the personal connection she has to the area and the north Portland school in particular can’t be replicated in just anybody’s repertoire.

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With Honor and Integrity

New police chief makes pledge; speaks to racial inequities

Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw championed the long worn path to civil rights progress and challenged the city and law enforcement to address racial inequities that still exist during her ceremonial installation as the city’s first African American female police chief Monday.

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Comedy in Age of Trump

Comedian navigates race relations on stage and in podcast

Nathan Brannon, 34, is a stand-up comedian from Portland who has appeared on Comedy Central, travels throughout the country to perform, and is currently promoting his second comedy album, ‘Because,’ which came out in October 2016 under record label Kill Rock Stars.

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March for Justice

A peaceful march for freedom, unity and justice led by young people in the community in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday fills both sides of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Monday.

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River Keepers

Citizen activists keep watch on EPA cleanup plans

Community advocates are raising alarms to how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to evaluate future cleanup work as plans move ahead to isolate and remove decades of toxic pollutants from the Willamette River.

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Putting At-Risk Kids on Path to Non Violence

Youth mentor speaks from experience

Dontae Blake, 43, is an ex-gang member from northeast Portland trying to reconcile his past by connecting younger gang members to nature in an effort to prevent them from going down the same path he once walked down.

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Promoting Black Male Achievement

Community driven group fights for progress

Black Male Achievement, an organization that runs within the city of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights, has been fighting to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys since 2014.

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Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

Black Pioneers share exhibit ‘Racing to Change’

The Oregon Black Pioneers exhibit “Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years,” opens to the public on Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Jan. 15, at the Portland Historical Society, downtown.

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Celebrating Musicians and Film

Reel Music Festival opens Friday for January run

The Northwest Film Center’s 35th annual Reel Music Festival kicks off this week with documentaries about some of music’s most legendary acts, celebrating jazz, blues, rock, soul, classical, avant-garde and every genre in between.

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Dismayed by Failure to Fund Kids’ Healthcare

Downtown rally calls for action

Advocates rally to fund a federal healthcare insurance program for children

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Healthcare on the Line

Measure would protect coverage for working poor

A wide coalition of health care advocates, including progressive and social justice organizations, are encouraging a yes vote in an upcoming special election to fund a major slice of the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s health insurance program serving low income residents.

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A Change of Pace

Soul singer from NYC settles in

In her latest single, ‘Sittin’ Pretty,’ acclaimed Portland-based soul singer Fritzwa combines elements of jazz, classical, soul, and R & B to create a tune that is both rhythmic and relaxing.

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Surviving Together

Revealing portrait as homeless struggle through winter

A group of mostly women struggle to stay alive

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Driving Healthcare Equity

First African American to chair Planned Parenthood chapter

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette has a new chair, small business owner and health care practitioner Sita Symonette, the first African American woman to lead the board in its 54 year history.

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Affordability for Now

Investment example of what may be lost in future

A proposed 240 unit, 12-story mixed-use complex reserved for lower income tenants, the largest affordable housing investment in Portland for decades, is an example of creating needed housing with federal financial supports that may be unavailable in the future because of tax legislation moving through Congress.

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A Rhodes Scholar

Portland student soars to new academic heights

Portland student becomes one of only 32 other Americans selected for fellowship at Oxford University in England, the United Kingdom’s top-ranked university and one of the worlds’ most prestigious.

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No Sit’ Resistance to Mayor

Protestors say response criminalizes homeless

Portland’s Resistance calls ‘no-sit zones’ a means of ‘criminalizing houeselessness’ and criticizes Mayor Ted Wheeler for authorizing eight more city blocks with those designations

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Livability Grants Awarded

Projects promote shared prosperity

Prosper Portland, the city of Portland’s urban development agency, is awarding $1.7 million in Community Livability Grants, leveraging $11 million in private investment, to promote projects with shared prosperity benefitting communities of color and people with low incomes.

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Artist’s Work Reflects on a New Generation

Celebrates diversity in east and outer east Portland

Mural pays tribute to growing diverse culture and ethnicities of east and outer east Portland

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Help Moves East

Sunshine Division expands to meet growing need

The increasingly impoverished populations of east Portland are getting some relief this Thanksgiving season as a non-profit dedicated to food and clothing services has opened a second location.

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Woman Strong

Self-defense classes for women and girls

With multiple disclosures of sexual assaults by men against women making national headlines, from movie producer Harvey Weinstein to actor Kevin Spacey, now might be the time to consider getting some tips on self defense by enrolling or volunteering with WomenStrength.

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No More Gang Lists

How advocates, new practices and technology bought change

Practice of tracking suspected and known gang members was determined to be unfairly and disproportionately impacting minorities

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School board called out for ‘betrayal’

Black leaders respond to Tubman's delay in opening

African American community leaders are calling on Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero to “take steps immediately” to allow Tubman Middle School to open next fall, calling into question recent concerns over the safety of the building and grounds

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Albina Visionaries

New non-profit offers plan for Rose Quarter

Albina Vision for the Rose Quarter district would turn area into a fully functioning diverse neighborhood, keeping the sports and entertainment venues, but adding new residential and business-centered blocks

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Next Stop: Better Services

TriMet calls for input on service needs

TriMet wants to hear from you as it considers new service improvements

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Tubman in Limbo

School board wants more study; not sure on re-opening

The Portland School Board defers action on the opening of Harriet Tubman Middle School, slowing down its plan to bring equal access and quality academic programs to schools across the district.

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Less Force, More Empathy

Changes due after report finds police use too much force

Some insiders within the Portland Police Bureau and social justice advocates outside of it are hopeful for progress in officer training that will put a greater emphasis on de-escalating conflicts between police and the public, while others are cautious about empty promises.

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Access Gifted School Protests Closure

Academy faces breakup after KairosPDX saved

Students, teachers, and parents of Access Academy fight to keep their school intact