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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Low Income Rental Sticker Shock

Non-profit says notices were sent out by mistake

A local nonprofit is trying to make amends after an error caused nearly two-dozen residents to receive shocking rent-increase notices.

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Renewal and Repurpose

Strip club and plaza giving way for community use

What was once a rundown corner of northeast Portland’s Cully Neighborhood is finally seeing a new chapter.

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A Rightful Place

Rising Alberta mural inspired by past and future

A corner of Northeast Alberta is preparing for a revival of the community of color that is struggling to hold on in the area.

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Empowering Lives

Outreach evokes Black Power movement of the 60s

A local organization is bringing more than free meals to local students. Can a program created by the Black Panthers revive sustainability and cultural consciousness?

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A Heartfelt Cause

Journey of discovery turns into act of social justice

The long forgotten story of Portland’s first black firefighter is finally being honored, and more importantly, creating meaningful discussions surrounding the city’s racial history.

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Sun and Fire: Beat the Heat and Stay Safe

The 4th of July holiday and the arrival of summer has people eager to break out the fireworks, the barbeque, and start a campfire on their next hike or trip to the beach – but because of an extreme dry spell throughout the Northwest, fire officials are reminding residents to practice important fire safety measures.

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Legal Marijuana Begins

Drug still has regulations; sales not ready

Starting July 1, the recreational drug became legal for personal use, but things are not as simple as they seem.

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Race, Faith and Justice

Ferguson activist to lead talk on black humanity

“Any city could be a Ferguson or a Baltimore,” says Sekou, “because the souls of black people are hungry everywhere for justice.”

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Solidarity with Charleston

Unity and hope ring out after black church massacre

The whole country has spent a week coming to terms with a massacre in a historically black southern church that took the lives of nine African-Americans.

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Final Approval for Armed Police at PSU

The Portland State University Board of Trustees has given final approval to a controversial measure to allow a select number of campus security officers to carry and use guns, at a cost of about $1.2 million.

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