Olivia Olivia


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.

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Sun and Fire: Beat the Heat and Stay Safe

The 4th of July holiday and the arrival of summer has people eager to break out the fireworks, the barbeque, and start a campfire on their next hike or trip to the beach – but because of an extreme dry spell throughout the Northwest, fire officials are reminding residents to practice important fire safety measures.

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Legal Marijuana Begins

Drug still has regulations; sales not ready

Starting July 1, the recreational drug became legal for personal use, but things are not as simple as they seem.

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Race, Faith and Justice

Ferguson activist to lead talk on black humanity

“Any city could be a Ferguson or a Baltimore,” says Sekou, “because the souls of black people are hungry everywhere for justice.”

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Solidarity with Charleston

Unity and hope ring out after black church massacre

The whole country has spent a week coming to terms with a massacre in a historically black southern church that took the lives of nine African-Americans.

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Final Approval for Armed Police at PSU

The Portland State University Board of Trustees has given final approval to a controversial measure to allow a select number of campus security officers to carry and use guns, at a cost of about $1.2 million.

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Celebrating Pride

A week of events for families and all ages

It’s Pride Week and Portland Black Pride has joined the LGBT festivities with a week of events for families and individuals of all ages.

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Black Pride!

Gay rights supporters celebrate

June marks the 40th celebration of Portland Pride, a celebration of the LGBTQ community, but the month is also shining a light on the powerful emergence of several leaders in the black community advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.

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Queen Kahedja!

Jefferson junior defies the stereotypes

Congratulations to Jefferson High School junior Kahedja Burley for her selection as Portland Rose Festival Queen.

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Sucked into Debt

Giving voice to the pitfalls of high tuition

American student debt has just topped $1.2 trillion. Will a new generation of student debtors be able to survive in America's shrinking economy?

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Shootings Surge

Turmoil from 25 gang-related incidents in May

The number of shootings in Portland has skyrocketed in the past few weeks leaving police scrambling to keep up with cases.

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