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.
Student attack, racist posts roil campus
Students, professors, and staff at Lewis & Clark College are trying to come together to protect their community after a black student was attacked over the weekend in what appears to be a racially motivated crime.
Moore Street soccer field comes alive
The Salvation Army is providing more opportunities for local kids and families with a brand new turf soccer field at their Moore Street Corps and Community Center.
Grateful for work to transform blighted block
It’s comforting in many ways to see women are in charge of the destiny of this block, turning the buildings painful and misogynist past into a future that belongs to them and the community members that will make use of the new Cully Plaza.
New campaign urges witnesses to come forward
A long-standing tension between police and black residents when it comes to witnesses coming forward is being addressed with a new billboard campaign.
Attorney General orders investigation
Racial justice activists in Portland and across the state are left wondering if they too have been illegally profiled by the Oregon Department of Justice after it came to light that at least one department official was investigated for using the Black Lives Matter hashtag.
Gains made in finding homes for those on the out
A push to get all veterans in the Portland area housed by the end of the year is being felt across the city. With less than 50 days to reach the city’s goal of getting every homeless veteran off the street and into housing, men and woman at the Transition Projects are spending this Veteran’s Day following up with clients and counting heads.
Literary festival has new diversity focus
A beloved Portland literary festival will kick off Saturday with an added focus on diverse authors and hopes of reaching out more than ever to communities of color and young people.
Join over 1,000 LGBTQ Oregonians, elected officials, and allies to celebrate a year’s worth of victories in ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity with Basic Rights Oregon this weekend.
City Council responds to rental crisis
Portland renters facing a growing number of no-cause evictions and rent hikes may get some relief as part of new regulations passed the Portland City Council in response to a declared housing emergency.
Serial killer suspect was living in northeast Portland
For decades, the families of four young women killed in a string of unsolved Portland murders have waited for answers. Detectives have arrested the man they believe to be responsible for these brutal killings.