Second dentist to serve low-income community
The Russell Street Dental Clinic, which has served low-income community members from its north Portland headquarters for over 40 years, recently hired a second full time dentist and is now accepting new patients and celebrating by holding an open house this Saturday afternoon.
For new OHSU leader, it’s about doing better
Dr. Danny Jacobs is the fifth president of Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) and the first African American to lead the medical institution.
Thursday meeting at SEI to build coalition
Education advocates in Portland’s black community are calling on parents and other supporters to join them for a meeting on Thursday at Self Enhancement, Inc. to gather support for Tubman Middle School and KairosPDX Elementary, two public schools that serve African American students in north and northeast Portland.
Public art project draws on positive messages
The historic heart of Portland’s black community is receiving the finishing touches of a new urban beautification project that celebrates the contributions of African Americas to the city.
School bell rings for two new middle schools
The first day of the new school year Monday saw the opening of two new middle schools serving diverse populations in north and northeast Portland—Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights—serving 1,000 of the district’s 50,000 students from historically underserved communities.
Commissioner refocuses her campaign for City Council
Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith has refocused her campaign for Portland City Council and predicts she will make up ground from a second place finish in the primary to repeat history and win the general election this fall.
Pushes for disarming force; firing officers
Student groups and activists have also been voicing their continued opposition to keeping armed officers at the school and the NAACP Portland branch called the incident “an egregious violation of civil and civic rights.”
Frontrunner has boots-on-the-ground campaign
As the decisive May Primary winner for a position currently occupied by retiring City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, city council candidate Jo Ann Hardesty is running confidently.
Zoning plan to protect affordable Mobile Home Parks
The city’s 56 mobile home parks are some the most affordable residential areas left in Portland and many of the residents of these parks cannot financially afford to move.
Filmmaker creates jobs incubator for blacks, females
The fellowship is the brainchild of Ifanyi Bell, an accomplished and Emmy-nominated African American filmmaker who grew up a mile and a half north of the original 35-year-old Portland Community Media building in northeast Portland.
One year lease brings uncertainty
KairosPDX wanted a five year lease, but the district offered only one year, plus a rent increase of over 30 percent, according to KairosPDX school board members.
Pilot transportation option will be evaluated
Two companies were allowed to set up shop for their app-based scooter services last week thanks to permits from the Portland Bureau of Transportation as part of a pilot program to test the compatibility of e-scooters in the city.
Workers say stike is possible
Portland Public Schools special education bus drivers may go on strike
Young inventor competes for top prize
Rishab Jain, a soon-to-be eighth grader at Stoller Middle School in Beaverton, was one of 10 finalists chosen to fight for the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” for his cancer treatment innovation.
Works with drug addicted, homeless to change outcomes
Pilot project helps struggling people, many living on the street, get connected with social services and treatment, instead of continuing to cycle through the criminal justice system.
Liberal groups in staunch opposition
Like Trump’s first nominee last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's latest Supreme Court judge pick Brett Kavanaugh could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.
First shooting by PSU campus police kills man
Multiple witnesses report that man killed was trying to break up a fight outside the Cheerful Tortoise
OHSU study finds benefits for aging brains
Unique program focuses on brain health while also serving as a way of preserving the stories of community black elders.
Path cleared; protest camp continues
A federal immigration building in southwest Portland reopened Monday as a protest against President Trump’s immigration polices continues outside the building.
Family tries to break silence on murder
Family members of a Portland murder victim, Leonard James “LJ” Irving Jr., whose death remains unsolved seven years after the fatal shooting, are urging anyone who may have information leading to an arrest to speak up.
Non-profit partners with AmeriCorps to revitalize homes
A nonprofit in northeast Portland is hosting 12 AmeriCorps volunteers this summer to protect vital affordable housing by upgrading homes with green technology, building community gardens and more.
Dispensary represents progress and end to war on pot
The opening of an African-American owned and hip-hop themed dispensary brings economic growth to a disadvantaged community while also giving back through its unique training program to help others find economic opportunity in the legal cannabis industry.
Brings science to her business
Portland native Kalauna Carter is making waves in cosmetics by helming an environmentally, cruelty free, nail polish business called Kolors by K that has already garnered some high profile customers.
Suit filed for changes to federal sex-ed grant requirements
Mulnomah County is suing the Trump administration for restricting a teen sex education grant to apply to abstinence-only curriculum.
Coach offers kids opportunity for success
A basketball team for youth is changing the game when it comes to giving kids opportunities to college scholarships and putting them on track to a professional athletic career.
Community rallies to rebuild playground
Community members have created a GoFundMe page to help build a new playground at James John Elementary in north Portland because the district won’t pay for a new one, organizers said.
Mass detainment during protest not justified
A controversial mass detainment by Portland police of nearly 400 anti-Trump protestors at a demonstration in downtown Portland last year is now being hit on three sides for not being legally justified.
Turned back from separated immigrant children
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. ties to find out what's going on behind closed doors at some of the country's detention facilities amid concerns about the separation of children from their parents.
Rockwood Boys & Girls Club’s first summer season
The Rockwood Boys & Girls Club is now taking signups for its very first summer season of activities and programs serving a growing need to an ethnically diverse and often economically disadvantaged population in east Portland and Gresham.
Hope and remembrance one year later
Hundreds of Portlanders gathered Saturday at a new mural adorning the Hollywood Transit Center with messages of hope and remembrance one year after a double fatal stabbing on MAX light rail stunned the community.
Miracles Club to honor 85-year-old killed
Recovery assistance center serving the African American community is mourning the death of local welder and fabricator Eugene C. Gora, 85, who was found murdered May 10 at his landmark red welding garage, next door.
Smith optimistic she can catch Hardesty
It’s certain that Portland will seat its first black female City Council member next year as the two top candidates in the race, Jo Ann Hardesty, who captured 46 percent of the vote, and Loretta Smith, with the second highest total of 21 percent, will face off in the November.
New play premieres for Vanport Mosaic
A new play that touches on the history of displacement in 1970s Portland, where hundreds of homes and businesses were razed in historical black neighborhoods, will debut as part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival.
Community in shock after 85-Year-old murdered
Community members of a northeast Portland neighborhood have been stunned by the murder of an 85-year-old man whose welding shop was a landmark of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Local playwright debuts new work after injury
Kwik Jones is set to premiere his new play, “Jupiter is Stormy” for a free one-day-only showing during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
Activist to keynote Portland NAACP event
Ilasah Shabazz is coming to Portland Saturday, May 26 to be the keynote speaker at a fundraising brunch by the Portland NAACP.
Ballots due for vote-by-mail election
Official ballots must reach Elections Office by the Tuesday, May 15, 8 p.m. voting deadline
Portland musican brings back original players
After 17 years apart, the original members of a popular band that started in north Portland, N Touch, will reunite for a one night only performance
Loca election races follow national trend
May 15 Primary Election shapes up to be a historic contest
Diverse school faces huge cuts; parents upset
Opponents say the proposal goes against the district’s own equity goals
Mental health safeguards may have fallen short
Federally mandated reforms to better protect people with mental disabilities from being shot by police during a disturbance appear to have fallen short of preventing the recent deadly officer involved shooting at a southeast Portland homeless shelter, according to the Albina Ministerial Alliance, the civil rights advocacy group from the African American community.
The ideals of respect, social justice, peaceful resistance, and the power of education that civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. championed were honored Friday during a community celebration on the 50th anniversary of renaming the northeast Portland school in his honor.
Inner City Blues a push for universal healthcare
Seeing families overcome with medical costs due to chronic illness or injury and being forced to take extreme measures just to stay healthy was all too familiar to Oregon Music Hall of Fame alum and bluesman Norman Sylvester.
Community in shock
A deadly police shooting of a 48-year-old man wielding a knife that occurred Saturday night at a homeless shelter holding an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting sent shockwaves through the community.
Civil rights group opens first office in 30 years
The Portland NAACP is celebrating the opening of an office in Lloyd Center marking a milestone for increasing public outreach and building on the local civil rights group’s 104-year-old history.
Free services help low income claim Earned Income Tax Credit
Non-profit CASH Oregon offers free tax preparation services at the Lloyd Center and other locations
special ceremonies on Wednesday to reflect on his life and impact
Church bells will toll for each of the 39 years of his life and special ceremonies will honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his death 50 years ago
Diverse books let children see themselves
Helping children see themselves in the literature they read
Principal lets guard down to dance and inspire
School leader finds a way to connect with the over 300 new freshman that come to his school
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.