Olivia Olivia

Staff writer


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 oliviawrites.com. Her latest book, "No One Remembered Your Name" is available now through Impossible Wings at impossiblewings.com

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Gun Sales Loophole Targeted

Massacre victims’ relative testifies to lawmakers

A woman who lost her mother and two cousins in the shooting massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, made a dramatic appearance at the state capitol in Salem to testify in support of a proposed state law to ban gun sales when background checks are incomplete.

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Graduation Rates Soar

SEI supported improvement at Jefferson

Portland students are making historic progress on their high school graduation rates. The improvement was outlined in a new state report card that showed spikes in almost every racial group’s graduation rates, including low-income, Latino, black, and English-as-a-second-language students.

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Family’s Lifetime Bond

Oregon's first heart transplant came from a black man - now his family is asking the community to follow in their brother's footsteps and consider sharing the gift of life.

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Our Stories Matter

Local group pushes for more inclusive curriculum

A new campaign to bring more multicultural history into local classrooms is drawing support.

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New Center Brings Hope

Garlington Center expansion to begin this year

Northeast Portland’s Garlington Center, a longtime provider of mental health care and addiction services in the African American community, is scheduled to break ground this year on a new $20 million health clinic that will integrate behavior health care with primary care and address the increasing need for affordable housing.

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Shelter Answers Call

Property owners give up space for homeless

For many, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was a reminder of the late civil rights leader’s dream for freedom and equality. Across the city, service projects and community gatherings took place to honor King’s work and set an example for giving back and racial progress, but one of the most notable moments came with Monday’s opening of an emergency men’s shelter in downtown Portland.

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Opportunity Knocks

Year begins with help to minority-run startups

It’s a busy week at the Portland Development Commission’s Old Town offices, but one filled with hope and new opportunity for six lucky startup minority-run businesses.

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From Hunger Strikes to Board Rooms

Young activist finds purpose in path for social justice

Activist Cameron Whitten wipes his bike down from the rain as he sits down in his small Union Station office stacked door-to-door with dozens of other work spaces overlooking Old Town and the Pearl.

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Uplifting and Empowering Young Voices

Portland debuts Youth Poet Laureates

Portland’s first ever youth poet laureates are benefiting from the work of local professional artists and writers who have made it their mission to uplift young and traditionally marginalized voices.

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Making Black Lives Matter

Activist shares how she got involved

One community member shares her rise to activism in Portland's Black Lives Matter Chapter and other community organizations that advocate for civil rights.

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