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.
PSU approves plan pending guidelines
Despite strong objections from civil rights advocates and many students and faculty, Portland State University moved forward Thursday with a plan to create an armed campus police force.
Come January, Portland will have a new police chief, and soon alongside him, a new assistant chief.
Recovery begins after traumatic shooting
Dozens of tiny white snowflake earrings hung to the ears and jackets of students at Rosemary Anderson High School Monday, a symbol of solidarity in the wake of a shooting on Friday just outside the school that wounded four teenagers. The alternative school, part of the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center in north Portland, handed out the snowflakes to community members, faculty, staff, and students alike as police, community leaders and others reached out to make the students feel safe.
Portland powerhouse vocalist Liv Warfield closes out the year by clutching a highly coveted Soul Train award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
Acclaim for debut novel ‘The Residue Years’
A black author from Portland has just won a major literary award for his debut novel. Mitchell S. Jackson, who went to Portland schools and graduated from Portland State University, was just named the winner of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation's annual Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for his novel, “The Residue Years”.
A new comic book series, “Shaft,” based off the popular 1970s film series is hitting bookshelves thanks to local publisher Bridge City Comics and Portland author David Walker.
Faith leaders tackle gentrification with Mayor and Housing Bureau
More and more black families are having trouble keeping homes they already own and families that dream of buying a home are finding it almost impossible to find places within the city limits that fit their budgets.
TriMet construction helps level the playing field
When it opens in 2015, the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will improve transit and connections throughout the region. But the project has been benefiting the community since construction began in 2011, especially small firms owned by people of color and women, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms.
Portland Parks and Recreation hosts its annual wreath sale fundraiser
A rallying cry in midst of upheaval
Portland becomes one of the leading cities to join in solidarity with Ferguson, drawing thousands of protesters into the streets on a near daily basis.