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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Soul Stirring Melodies

Find peace and soul stirring melodies this holiday season at a special benefit concert featuring Michael Allen Harrison, with special guest Julianne Johnson.

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Supporting the Senior Community

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith visited the Meals on Wheels location on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Friday to show support for the program. Wyden spoke openly addressing hunger and food insecurity for elderly communities.

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Decision Ignites Protests

Activists in solidarity after Ferguson officer goes free

Portland civil rights activists joined voices across the country in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer for the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Police Officer Posts Sanctioned

Inflammatory behavior cited in Ferguson officer support

Portland Police Chief orders three of its officers to take down images from their personal Facebook page that used the bureau's badge in support of Ferguson officer.

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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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