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
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.
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.
Local group pushes for more inclusive curriculum
A new campaign to bring more multicultural history into local classrooms is drawing support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fired cop ordered returned to force
A court ruling giving a Portland Police officer his job back after he was fired for killing an unarmed black resident in 2010 has been met with outrage from members of the African-American community,