Olivia Olivia is a staff writer for the Portland Observer. She is also a columnist at The Rumpus, and her work has appeared on Salon, Jezebel, and NPR's CodeSwitch. Her work can be followed at www.oliviawrites.com.
Charges relate to prostitution and IRS fraud
A federal grand jury has charged a group of Portland-area strip club owners with federal charges for conspiring to promote prostitution out of their businesses and evade paying taxes on more than $5 million in profits.
African American lodge in crosshairs of city regulators
A small corner of Mississippi is struggling to hold on its place in the neighborhood.
Last December a shooting outside Rosemary Anderson High School in north Portland shocked the community and injured four students. Last week, three young men were sentenced for their participation in the gunfire.
Senior Center needs volunteer drivers
Drivers are needed for an organization that delivers meals to seniors in our community, providing a vital link to their health and wellbeing.
Families gather to stop more black youth from dying
Stopping more black youth from dying, often in gang-related shootings, and having their deaths surrounded by silence – is something that Portland and other major cities have been trying to tackle.
Joining the conversation on police abuses
From the streets to the classroom, Portland has joined the national conversation addressing the tension and distrust between people of color and the police.
A beloved cafeteria worker at Woodlawn School in northeast Portland was killed at her home Saturday.
Economy improves, but finding work still difficult
Unemployment rates have finally inched down some bringing hope the economy is finally changing for the better, but finding work is still a struggle for many people, especially those traditionally disadvantaged in the job marketplace.
An election for Student Body President at Portland State University has sparked protests and even a petition asking for one of the candidates in the race to resign.
Free service hours come to neighborhood clinic
A neighborhood health clinic has started offering free service hours once a month to reach people without access to healthcare.