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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Black Lives Matter

Lesson in justice turns to a call for action

The Mock Trial team at Ockley Green Middle School decides to put on an assembly to share their hopes and fears around racial-profiling with the community.

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Possible Freedom for Marijuana Offenders

Frederick proposes law to align with new legalization

Recreational marijuana is on the verge of legalization in Oregon, but what will become of the scores of men and women with previous convictions? What will happen to their records or their remaining sentences?

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Jobs and Hope

Happy Cup Coffee a conduit for happy lives

A small corner of northeast Portland is expanding to create more jobs and hope for adults with developmental disabilities.

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Competition Heats Up!

Helping students of color in the dramatic arts

Who will win Portland's August Wilson monologue competition and move on to Broadway finals in New York?

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Making Amends

Gay organization welcomed back

Will the Ambridge Event Center be able to make things right again with the LGBT community?

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We Need a Revolution

Activist rap group dead prez comes to Portland

Portland will get up close to a popular hip hop group known for confronting social justice issues and embracing Pan-Africanism when dead prez plays Saturday at Mississippi Studios.

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Terrorism Task Force Draws Fire

Leader cautions about FBI abuses

Avel Gordly has joined a chorus of voices urging the Portland City Council to not re-join a Joint Terrorism Task Force on a full time basis.

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Adding Up the Losses

Allen Temple committed to rebuilding after devastating fire

One local black church faces hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fire damage. Will they be able to fix it?

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Born Perfect!

Basic Rights Oregon campaign kicks off

Basic Rights Oregon is inviting the community to join them in a new campaign, #BornPerfect, and at an upcoming open house, to learn more about what is happening with justice work on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Leaving Black Youth Out

Local leaders criticize Governor’s budget

A group of leaders from Portland’s black community say they are deeply frustrated and disappointed in the lack of specific support for African American youth in the governor’s new budget for state government services.

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