Burst water main sees swift repair
“It looked like the Deschutes River right here,” said Kevin Hendrickson, whose home was about 100 feet from the break. “I am amazed they succeeded at replacing that pipe that fast.”
PSU Board faced with pleas to disarm
Portland State University’s Board of Trustees has a lot to digest after an emotionally raw meeting with the campus community to discuss a new report and investigation of the PSU security office and its controversial policy to arm campus police officers.
Making sure new business side of pot is diverse
It’s a move City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly called “just one step toward tangible restorative justice.”
Groups align against I-5 expansion
A coalition of dozens of organizations, small businesses, and Portland community members are worried Oregon Department of Transportation’s proposed Rose Quarter freeway project will further worsen the air quality of nearby Harriet Tubman Middle school, among other concerns, despite a recent environmental assessment from the state agency claiming the opposite would occur.
PSU recommendation at odds with campus survey
A special board meeting at Portland State University has been scheduled for next Thursday, March 7 after consultants hired by the university released a report Friday recommending keeping armed officers at PSU even as it presented a new survey showing a slim majority on campus were opposed.
PSU department was first in Northwest
50 years ago, Portland State became the first college in the Pacific Northwest to offer a program in black studies following the greatest decade of change for African Americans since the Civil War
City to look for police bias in dialogue with far-right
A revelation that hundreds of text messages were exchanged between a Portland police lieutenant in charge of overseeing protests and the leader of a far-right group has spurred outrage from the mayor and other community members. Now, the mayor will allow an independent investigation of the Portland Police Bureau to look for any wrongdoing and call for added police training to help them identify white supremacist groups.
Nonprofit breaks ground for second major build
A new 70 rental-unit affordable housing development in the heart Portland’s historic African American community began construction Friday, marking continued progress on a longtime housing provider’s effort to mitigate and reverse displacement of primarily the black community, indigenous populations, and other long-term and low-income residents, in partnership with the city of Portland.
Black Americans still recovering from wrongful past
The United States is still recovering from a lack of healthcare access for African Americans and lack of opportunities for black medical professionals.
Community steps up to continue programs
The Miracles Club, a Portland non-profit dedicated to substance abuse recovery services and permanent housing of recovering addicts, most from the African American community, is now managing health initiatives for the black community at large that were previously run by the African American Health Coalition, which dissolved last year.
Ad hoc ‘rider advocates’ push TriMet to act
A grassroots effort to bring back civilian volunteers on public transit to help de-escalate conflicts and provide information and support to riders is currently in an unofficial prototype phase, thanks to OPAL—a civil rights and environmental justice organization which stands for “Organizing People, Activating Leaders”—and a bus riders union called Bus Riders Unite.
Rosa Parks’ civil rights activism started early
An often overlooked aspect of the story of Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon whose refusal to move from her seat for a white passenger during the segregated south in the mid-1950s and subsequent arrest helped spark the modern civil rights movement, is that Parks’ choice that day was part of a planned, intentional act of demonstration against the racist Jim Crow laws of Montgomery, Ala., her hometown at the time.
Custodians of civil rights protections celebrate
The oft-overlooked histories of black communities in Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest, as well as the re-telling of racial justice victories made possible because of the advocacy of the Vancouver Branch of the NAACP, are celebrated during February as Black History Month is observed with special speakers, historical documents, artwork and exhibitions.
Faith leaders draft legislation for current session
Local faith leaders and advocates from around the state in support of stronger gun control measures are planning on introducing two bills to the legislature this year.
Food pantries are lifeline to furloughed workers
Furloughed and unpaid federal workers from around the state were bracing for more financial uncertainty while also receiving emergency help from food pantries to feed their families as the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history entered its second month and 32nd day on Tuesday.
Like King, immigration advocates use civil disobedience
When 124 asylum seekers were detained in a federal prison in Sheridan last summer after being caught up in President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy, civil rights groups, lawyers, activists, and faith leaders took steps to help get all of them out of lockup and bring light to the issue.
Agency focuses on culturally-specific care, services
In response to African American children being overrepresented in Oregon’s child welfare system, a new foster care agency led by a black executive is working to close that gap by providing culturally specific foster care services and recruiting new foster parents of color.
Young activist motivated to make a difference
Ameya Okamoto is only 18-years-old but she has already has made a name for herself by creating dramatic social-justice themed artwork.
Activist reflects on his role in protest
Most of us have mistakenly clicked on an unwanted option while online shopping or doing other activities on the web, usually a minor inconvenience and easily corrected. But for Jordan LeDoux, a misplaced click sent him down the path to reluctantly organizing the local chapter of a national protest in support of maintaining the integrity of a special counsel investigation into ties between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.
Creator of ‘No Hate Zone’ faced discrimination in youth
By promoting equity and diversity through his work as a former Army veteran, football player, law enforcement officer, and later as Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Portland, he’s made a name for himself. He’s spearheaded an effort for local and state governments in Oregon to adopt variations of an equitable hiring standard, for example, known as The Rooney Rule, in which at least one ethnic minority must be interviewed for leadership roles.
Now 27, Whitten’s efforts addressing inequities grows
Cameron Whitten’s advocacy work for marginalized communities in Portland has taken many forms over the years, from being an organizer of the Occupy Portland movement, to co-founding Portland’s Resistance in response to the election of President Donald Trump, to starting a non-profit to leverage community grounded initiatives to make justice and economic prosperity a lived experience for black, brown, and indigenous people in Oregon.
KairosPDX, the public charter school that focuses on closing the achievement gap for its majority-black students, has signed a new, longer lease from Portland Public Schools that leaders of the school say will give them more stability.
Tables turned as activist Hardesty takes office
Jo Ann Hardesty has taken office as Portland’s newest City Commissioner, a historic benchmark for the city
NAACP, music venues say new rules will bring displacement
The Portland NAACP has new allies in opposition to a recent city policy requiring owners of unreinforced masonry buildings to post warnings signs on structures deemed to be at risk of collapse during an earthquake.
Pastor's office littered with broken glass and concrete
A northeast Portland church that is scheduled to host this year’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute was struck by a vehicle over the weekend, but the damage was not expected to impact the Monday, Jan. 21 celebration.
Fast food employees grow movement for rights, wages
Burgerville employee James Curry is on the front lines of a successful fight for workers rights and livable wages and he expects more victories in the New Year. Portland made history when workers at three area Burgerville restaurants voted last year for collective bargaining rights, the first fast food restaurant chain in the nation to have unionized employees.
Man who had cops called on him hires lawyer
A white security officer and another employee at the Portland Hilton/Doubletree who calls police on a black man who was basically minding his own business while using a phone in the hotel lobby
Coffee House responds; video shows suspect
A northeast Portland coffee shop is on guard after the fourth break-in in less than a month and surveillance video may lead to the person responsible.
Volunteer makes hot meals for kitchen-less shelter
Giving back and recruiting others to do the same
KairosPDX school organization earns high praise
The organization behind a majority black charter school honored by civil rights panel
A jobs and housing mission grows
A northeast Portland non-profit is breaking down employment and housing barriers
Blight to give way to affordable housing
The destruction of a much-maligned former strip club, the Sugar Shack, in the Cully Neighborhood of northeast Portland, kicked off Monday
Social justice advocates introduce new space for organizing
A new public gathering space for multiple organizations to share and one geared toward social justice issues and support for communities of color is giving various non-profit groups a better way to consolidate their limited resources and make a bigger impact.
Man accused of poking strangers with metal rod
A man was arrested Monday after he allegedly used a metal rod to poke strangers in southeast Portland
‘We’ve been packed every day,’ owner says on re-opening
Portland once again is enjoying the soul food offerings of Reo’s Ribs. The popular black-owned restaurant in the Hollywood District reopened this month after a fire totaled the interior of its historic building a year-and-a-half-ago.
Anniversary of killing draws parallels to today
Small permanent memorials were placed atop street signs in a southeast Portland neighborhood to honor Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw on the 30th anniversary of his death when white supremacists attacked and killed him with a baseball bat because he was black.
Beatrice Morrow first to open under new policy
Affordable housing advocates are celebrating the opening of The Beatrice Morrow apartments, an African American- led housing complex that is the first to open under a preference policy for displaced residents.
Eudaly, Hardesty oppose new powers
Giving the city more power to curb potentially violent protests runs into opposition
Friday concert to bring back musicians from era
A celebration of Portland’s once prominent soul music scene and featuring many of the talented local musicians who were active in the Albina community of north and northeast Portland in the 1960s, 70s and 80s will be take place this weekend at the Alberta Rose Theater.
Would apply to groups with history of violence
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will bring a proposed emergency ordinance to the City Council on Thursday asking the city to restrict when and where protest groups with a history of violence may gather and demonstrate, saying tougher regulations are needed to curb injuries to people, damage to public property and offset other safety concerns.
Army jobs can appeal to all, top recruiter says
Service, teamwork, and career opportunities are what are in store for people who join the Army. That’s the message from Sgt. Maj. Tabitha Gavia, the first female senior enlisted leader in U.S. Army Recruiting Command history.
Details emerge after grand jury clears police
Officers fired seconds after suspect fired his own firearm five times against two people in a fight
Smith, Hardesty contest propels local ballot
Just a week out from the Tuesday, Nov. 6 General Election and Oregon is poised to see a larger than normal turnout, boosted in part by a bigger interest in the Midterm elections nationally but also in a local race for a coveted Portland City Council seat that will make history by ushering in Portland’s first black female councilwoman—the contest between former NAACP President and State Rep. Jo Ann Hardesty and current Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.
A new mission and a good fit for local leader
A community member with deep roots in northeast Portland and a track record of commitment to housing and urban development has been named the new Community Programs Manager at the Community Cycling Center a nonprofit organization located on Northeast Alberta Street whose mission is to broaden access to bicycling for all Portlanders.
Issues weigh heavy as ballots go out
As the Nov. 6 General Election draws close with vote-by-mail ballots already in the mail and being cast up until Election Day, the issues at stake are weighing heavy on the minds of voters, especially for working families, women, immigrants, and those seeking affordable housing.
Security deposit, screening and other reforms urged
The goal is to provide more access to housing for people who currently face huge obstacles to finding a house or apartment to rent.
Repeated clashes has mayor calling for new rules
After rival political factions broke into a bloody street brawl in downtown Portland again Saturday night, Mayor Ted Wheeler called on imposing new regulations to crack down on such occurrences in the future.
Comedian arrested in separate incident
Man killed leaving comedy show; artist arrested in separate incident
Earthquake retrofits seen as next wave for displacements
A city-led effort to post and label some buildings in Portland as potentially unsafe during a major earthquake, the first step to requiring major and costly upgrades, is shaking up controversy with many African American community church leaders, among others, who say the unintended consequences of such a measure may lead to an undesired repetition of history: homes, businesses and non-profit organizations in traditional communities of color being displaced at the hands of the city.
Business start follows a passion for nostalgic
A local barbershop is bringing old school cool to the way they cut men’s hair. Classic Men in southwest Portland is a retro–style barbershop that delivers modern and traditional cuts in a nostalgic atmosphere.