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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Protest for Rent Controls and Higher Wages

Activists demanding rent controls and higher living wages converged on Portland City Hall Friday, marching across the Hawthorne Bridge and bringing traffic to a standstill.

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Back to School Shuttle

School construction takes students into temporary quarters

Portland students are back to school this week, but not all of them will be returning to the same campuses because of school construction projects.

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Fund to Support Minority Entrepreneurs

Jurisdictions join forces to raise $3 million

Portland’s economic development agency has launched a startup fund specifically dedicated supporting and cultivating entrepreneurs from local African Americans and other underrepresented populations.

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Helping the Homeless

Vancouver advocate petitions for women’s shelter

A local activist with a passion for helping those in need is working tirelessly to garner attention and resources for the homeless women of Vancouver. Find out how you can help now.

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Soul Singing Activism

Janelle Monáe gives voice to Don’t Shoot Portland

Janelle Monáe came to town and joined a local rally asking all of us to stand up to police brutality with her hit protest anthem, "Hell You Talmbout."

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Promise Fulfilled

City to develop affordable housing on MLK

On Monday, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Dan Saltzman made good on a promise by announcing the selection of a housing non-profit serving the African American community.

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Performance Night for Trans Lifeline

A silent auction, open mic, and performance night celebration is slated for Friday to help raise donations for Trans Lifeline, a non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people.

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Ambassadors for Peace

A collaborative group of local black women offering community based solutions to youth and gang violence by promoting responsibility and empowerment through art and cultural exchanges has geared up to host their annual Peace Festival.

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Writing with a Cultural Edge

Roosevelt students publish social justice books

A talented group of multicultural students have spent the summer learning about publishing while writing on subjects with an inter-generational and cultural edge.

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Our Roots Run Deep

Tours brings African American history to life

A local genealogist and historian is bringing local African American history to life with his community tours project.

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