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Beverly Corbell

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Gun Violence Affects all in Black Communities

Black men are murder victims more than any other group

Gun Violence Affects all in Black Communities

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Portland Police Hires New Recruits

PPB swears in the larges class of recruits in decades

Portland Police Hires New Recruits

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Dean’s Salon and Barber Shop Gets Historic Recognition

Black Landmark Recognized

Dean’s Salon and Barber Shop gets historic recognition

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Cautious Support for Body Cams

Clark County sends measure to voters

Primarily, the cameras would make the sheriff’s office more accountable to the public, Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins said.

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Creating Pathways for Success

Annual UNCF drive propels Black students

A dedicated group from the Black community is once again raising scholarships this summer to help local high school students of color get the financial assistance they need to go on to higher education, while also providing them valued mentorships.

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‘Put Gun Control on the Ballot’

Leaders urge people to sign petition

Gun control activists rooted in the black community have joined Lift Every Voice Oregon, a statewide group of interfaith leaders, to encourage others to join them by adding their name to a petition to put gun control on the November ballot.

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New Leader in Housing Crisis

Ivory Mathews takes helm at Home Forward

For Ivory Mathews, the first Black woman to lead public housing authority Home Forward, the job is a continuation of a lifelong journey from poverty to activism.

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Hardesty Campaigns on Street Response Success

Other black candidates run in crowded fields

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff Derrick Peterson are two members of the Black community asking for support of voters in the May 17 Primary vote-by-mail election.

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Audit Critical of Police during Protests

Activists call for changes in tactics and procedures

Activists for police reform are calling on changes in police tactics following an audit finding that Portland Police violated the civil rights of protesters during the Black Lives Matter marches of 2020, demonstrations sparked by the murder of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer.

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Racing Sanctioned

Champion driver puts emphasis on safety

Doug Lyons is champion drag racer who is promoting safe alternatives to illegal street racing.

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Eviction Fears Grow

As housing relief dries up, crisis moves to a new stage

There are still some options to help renters trying to avoid eviction during the current housing crisis even though the state agency managing an emergency rental assistance fund shut down all applications on Monday.

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Elevating Black Youth

City approves outreach for healing

The Portland City Council has earmarked $950,000 to improve the lives of Black youth while giving the young people of color themselves the ability to decide where the money goes.

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Rekindling a Promise

Historic displacement of Black families addressed

Black community members with historical ties to housing lost to urban redevelopment and the expansion of Emanuel Hospital 50 years ago should be compensated with restitution, a financial promise by the city at the time but never fulfilled, according to new group of advocates rooted in the Black community

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Judge Reflects on Black Progress

Camara Banfield makes history in Vancouver

Banfield is the first Black person to serve on the Clark County Superior Court in Vancouver, named to the post last year by Gov. Jay Inslee

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Louisiana native takes reins of storied rib pit

Inspired by Black pride and soul food

Tim Thomas first learned about Black history and Martin Luther King Jr. from his family while growing up, but he learned a lot more about his Black pride after he went to college and charted his own path in life.

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Shopping to Make an Impact

Holiday markets support Black community

Several holiday markets aim to give minority vendors more exposure while giving shoppers plenty of options for buying holiday gifts.

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Losing Bid Upsets Immigrant Group

Leader expresses deep disappointment in process

“I just want to know more, get more information about what criteria were used, what score sheet was used, and what kind of calculations were used for the score sheet," says Jamal Dar of the African Youth and Community Organization (AYCO).

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A Grim Toll of Shootings, Deaths

Pandemic has made things worse

Community leaders are grappling with the problem, with several ideas being floated.

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Beating the Odds for Business Start

Young woman finds success after troubled youth

Few people could overcome Shalimar Williams’ tough beginnings and open their own business, but with the help of some caring individuals, she has beaten the odds and will open Holy Beanz Coffee Shop at Northeast 26th and Alberta at the end of November.

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Peterson Enters Sheriff’s Race

Candidate speaks out on gun violence, other issues

Capt. Derrick Peterson is pointing to extensive experience in law enforcement and corrections in a campaign to become the next sheriff for Multnomah County

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Back to its Roots

Albina Library moves to historic home

After being moved repeatedly, then shut down for several years, the Albina Library has moved back to its historic home at 216 N.E. Knott St. and is open for business.

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Cash Incentives for Vaccines

Outreach targets Black community hesitancy

Ebony Clarke, interim director of the Multnomah County Health Department, said the gift card program has already seen an increase in vaccination rates among African Americans and other communities of color, but more is needed.

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Community effort confronts gun violence

Group formed to renew ties to local youth

Law enforcement hasn’t solved the problem of gun violence, but Joe McFerrin believes a community can.

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Connecting with Nature

NAACP and Metro sponsor youth-led hikes

Black and brown kids haven’t always felt safe or welcome in the outdoors, but the Portland NAACP and Metro have started a program this year to reverse that trend.

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Portland Man Basks in Pulitzer Prize

Black author who overcame hardships now teaches creative writing

Mitchell S. Jackson, Portland native and Portland State University alumnus, was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest honor, for writing about the life and death of Ahmaud Arbery.

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Nonprofit helps homeless, youth

Summer event set to reclaim city streets

Through their nonprofit Straightway Services, Pastor Dwight Minnieweather and his wife, Cassandra, take action to help vulnerable young people, the homeless and other members of the Black community.

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People Facing Eviction Get Temporary Reprieve

New legislation gives added protection

The Oregon Legislature gave final approval Tuesday to an amended bill that will give temporary relief to some people who are facing eviction when a current moratorium expires on June 30.

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Healing Roots Expands Reach

Bradley Angle now serves kids of domestic violence

For more than 45 years, Bradley Angle has provided life-altering services for survivors of domestic violence and now its reach includes their children.

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Election Aims to Alter School Board

Two Black candidates in the running

Two Black candidates are in a strong position to win election to the Portland School Board in a May 18 vote-by-mail election.

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PSU Proposal: Race Studies Mandate

‘This is something that is needed,’ college professor says

A proposal coming before the PSU Faculty Senate in early May would require all undergraduate students to complete courses in race and ethnic studies.

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Elevating Justice in Portland

New DA defends policies; says Black lives matter

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmid defends new policies promoting fairness and equity.

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Black Voices Grow Power in Salem

Frederick leads most diverse group of lawmakers

The Legislative session in Salem is historically important this year with its growing number of elected lawmakers of color giving focus to issues long supported by the Black community, says Sen. Lew Frederick, the Legislature’s most senior Black lawmaker.

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Mapps Calls on End to Violence

Promotes a peaceful fight for racial progress

New Portland City Commissioner Mingus Mapps wants the ongoing fight for racial progress in Portland to follow Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s lead by being non-violent.

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Stepping Up and Standing Up

New NAACP president learned about civil rights early

It wasn’t the leadership she sought, but Sharon Gary-Smith’s entire life has prepared her to be the new president of the Portland NAACP.

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Rep. Janelle Bynum on fight for Racial Progress

Says much needs to be done to fulfill Dr. King’s legacy

Lawmaker says progress has been made for Black citizens over time, but more remains to be done, and with a greater focus on direction and purpose.

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Dynamic Justice Activist Joins PSU

Walidah Imarisha to lead Center for Black Studies

Portland author, teacher and criminal justice activist Walidah Imarisha named Portland State University's new director of Center for Black Studies.

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Portland Observer’s 50 Years

Anniversary renews focus on Black, diverse communities

Celebrating the past with a pledge to continue delivering solid news to our readers and viewers in the future.

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Don’t Shoot Founder Runs for Mayor

Activist stands out in field of 19 candidates

Activist candidate Teressa Raiford wants to bring change to Portland government, “We’re criminalizing poverty, we’re criminalizing brown people, we’re criminalizing mentally ill and disabled people and not doing anything about it,” she said.

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Ernie Warren Runs for Open Judge Seat

Portland lawyer has deep experience, community ties

Portland Attorney Ernie Warren puts his 31 years as lawyer heading up his own law firm and a lifetime of pursing justice issues as qualifications in a campaign for election as an Oregon Circuit Court Judge for Multnomah County.

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Young Activist Runs for Metro Council

Position has no incumbent in crowded field

When Cameron Whitten moved to Portland at age 18, he had no place to live and no resources, but a local nonprofit with a long history of helping homeless youth took him in. Now he wants to give back and is running for the District 5 seat on the Portland Metro Council, a regional government serving Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties.

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First Black Forest Supervisor Writes Memoir

Portland woman tells story of her historic journey

Through perseverance, hard work and smarts, Portland woman ascended and became the first African American woman to be named a Forest Supervisor with the U.S. Forest Service.

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Trying to Slow an Epidemic

Isolation now will help medical response later

Authorities are making strong efforts to promote social isolation and social distancing as a way to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Census Begins with Mail Notice

No citizenship questions ease concerns

Residents are being asked to complete a Census count online.

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Candidate Takes Aim at Incumbent Blumenauer

Says 24 years in office is enough

Lee says Blumenauer has been in the job for too long and has been an ineffective representative for the people of Portland and Multnomah County which comprise the district.

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Coronavirus Threat Grows

Stores see impact as people stock supplies

Portland area grocery stores saw toilet paper and other supplies sell out and leave shelves virtually empty.

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Housing Honors Early Black Leader

Naming follows new policy promoting racial justice

Life was not easy back then when anti-black sentiments led to discriminatory practices in housing, employment and voting rights.

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Power in Governing

Activist city leader fights for equity, fairness

Hardesty believes in a “housing first” approach to the housing crisis, but said developers are not really building affordable housing in many cases.

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Concordia to Shut Down

Surprise decision stuns college community

Concordia University, a northeast Portland landmark serving a diverse population, will close its doors after 115 years of operation

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Esteemed Author Speaks Out on Inmate Justice

Says system so flawed prisons should be abolished

Imarisha blames the “war on drugs,” profitable prison building booms of the 1980s and 90s, and mandatory sentencing laws for all contributing to extreme overcrowding in Oregon prisons.

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Expanding Opportunities in Aviation

Program offers free training for young people

Airway Science for Kids, a nonprofit giving free aviation training to young people of color and low-income students, has a new home and new leadership.