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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Uphill Battle Ahead

Housing leader faces multiple challenges

A new leader has stepped into the fraught Portland housing crisis. Home Forward, the housing authority for Portland and Multnomah County, has recently appointed a new executive director, Michael Buonocore, who is walking into a housing situation in which gentrification is rampant and people of color are being pushed out of their neighborhoods at a faster rate than ever before.

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Terror on a Portland Street

Veteran helps woman and nearly loses his life

A Portland veteran needs help with devastating medical bills but is thankful to be alive after being stabbed in the heart when he came to the aid of a female in distress on a southeast Portland street.

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Multi-Ethnic Salon Opens

A young man from northeast Portland has turned his dreams of owning a barbershop serving a multi-ethnic and multi-generational clientele into reality.

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Blues and Barbecue for Veterans

The Oregon Military Support Network invites the community to attend a “Voices for Veterans” barbecue and dance party to benefit our local veterans.

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Refugee Released

Immigrant rights activist free pending trial

A Salvadoran refugee and immigrant rights activist has won a temporary release from federal custody.

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The Wake of Vanport

New documentary screens Saturday

You’re invited to learn more about Portland’s history through a documentary showing the making and destruction of Vanport, a lost city of Oregon that once served as a home to thousands of black families before a disastrous flood in 1948.

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'You Can Lead Too’

Top executive encourages a new generation

A top Northwest executive in the financial business sector is breaking glass ceilings and encouraging a new generation of young women to do the same. Her name is Tracy Curtis, the new regional president for Wells Fargo & Company, the first woman to ever hold this position. Her message to girls? “You can lead too.”

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Inviting People In

New College leader sees PCC Cascade as go-to place

Dr. Karin Edwards, the new president at the Cascade Campus at Portland Community College, has travelled a long journey in her pursuit of providing higher education to the public. She started her first semester with PCC this fall, and says she has long appreciated the way community colleges serve students in need and transform lives.

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Black Airman to Share Story

A retired soldier with the heroic all-black fighter group the Tuskegee Airmen will visit Portland to share his experiences and read from his book.

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Midterm Election Results Are In

Oregonians Vote Yes On Marijuana, No on Immigrant Rights

This year's closest votes are in - and now we know, weed is in, education funding is out, and Kitzhaber remainds governor.

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