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Danny Peterson

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Arrested in the Fight for Civil Rights

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.

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Advocacy Work Transforms Young Leader

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.

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The Accidental Organizer

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.

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Creating Social-Justice Themed Artwork

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.

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Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers

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.

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New Lifeline for Foster Youth of Color

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.

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KairosPDX Gets 5 year Lease

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.

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A New Seat of Power

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

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Opposition Grows on Warnings

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.

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Crash Damages Highland Church

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.

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Power to the Workers

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.

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Kicked-Out Hotel Guest Considers Next Steps

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

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Shaken by Break-ins

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.

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Expanding the Impact

Volunteer makes hot meals for kitchen-less shelter

Giving back and recruiting others to do the same

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Achieving Success

KairosPDX school organization earns high praise

The organization behind a majority black charter school honored by civil rights panel

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Community Healing

A jobs and housing mission grows

A northeast Portland non-profit is breaking down employment and housing barriers

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Sugar Shack Comes Down

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

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Shared Stewardship

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.

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Menacing Behavior Arrest

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

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Reo’s Ribs is Back

‘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.

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'Our Eyes Are Wide Open’

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.

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First Preference Housing

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.

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Mayor’s Protest Curbs Draw Fire

Eudaly, Hardesty oppose new powers

Giving the city more power to curb potentially violent protests runs into opposition

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Soul of Albina

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.

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Mayor Proposes Protest Curbs

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.

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Recruiting Challenge

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.

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Video Shows Officer-Involved Shooting

Details emerge after grand jury clears police

Officers fired seconds after suspect fired his own firearm five times against two people in a fight

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Momentum to Vote

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.

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Community Driven

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.

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Election Countdown

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.

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Advocating Tenants’ Rights

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.

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Protest Turns to Brawl

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.

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Man Killed Leaving Comedy Show

Comedian arrested in separate incident

Man killed leaving comedy show; artist arrested in separate incident

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Shaking Up Controversy

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.

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Barber Opens Retro Shop

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.

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Designer Turns Skills into Business

Driven by passion and finding a niche

Angela Medlin, a seasoned African-American female designer with more than 25 years experience working for big-name companies like Nike, Adidas, Levi Strauss, Eddie Bauer and The North Face, has transformed her skill set to support a passion for entrepreneurship by launching two companies—one to feature indoor dog accessories from the home market and another to teach young designers of color how to break into the design industry.

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Biggest Chair at the Table

Black owned firm grows into major employer

From humble beginnings to winning multi-million dollar contracts, the black-owned construction company Raimore Construction of northeast Portland has proved what positive benefits can happen to communities of color when government agencies and other private contractors invest in contracting with small and minority businesses.

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Man Killed in Police Response

Officers confronted man after hearing shots fired

A community is in mourning even as many questions remain unanswered in the wake of an officer-involved shooting early Sunday that left one man dead. It happened around 3:30 a.m. at Southwest Third and Harvey Milk Street (formerly Stark) as police responded to civilian-on-civilian gunfire that left two others injured.

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Occupy PSU Protest

Call to disarm campus security enters second week

Portland State University students began a second week of camping outside the offices of the university’s Public Safety Office on Monday to protest the campus officer-involved shooting death of Jason Washington and call for the disarming of campus police entirely.

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Police Sued for Flash Bag Injury

Man claims crowd control device was used negligently

A man is suing the city of Portland for being hit in the back of the head with a flash-bang munition that police are accused of launching at counter-protestors without warning during a right-wing rally early last month in downtown Portland.

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New Garlington Campus

Expansion adds health services, housing

Governmental officials and community members joined Cascadia Behaviorial Healtchare’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate the new Garlington Center Campus, home to the Garlington Health Center and Garlington Place Apartments at 3036 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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Housing on the Ballot

Measures aimed at growing need

In a region where rent and housing prices have increased far faster than wages and a growing homeless population is one of government’s most pressing problems, a new ballot measure coming in the November General Election proposes an affordable housing bond that leverages $652.8 million in new tax revenues for additional affordable housing units across the greater Portland area.

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United Against Hate

Clark sheriff, others, speak out on racism

Clark County officials in southwest Washington want the public and its employees to know that it rejects hate groups that propagate violence and discrimination, a message that’s now being shared by civil rights groups representing black and Latino communities in the area.

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Next Steps in PSU Shooting

Campus opens probes; board open to disarming

After a grand jury cleared two Portland State University police officers of criminal charges in the shooting death of a lawfully armed black man and evidence from the case is before the public for the first time, the university will begin its own public investigations into the circumstances of the case which will include an examination of PSU’s policing policies and may result in a decision to disarm campus police entirely, PSU officials said.

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Russell Clinic Expands

Second dentist to serve low-income community

The Russell Street Dental Clinic, which has served low-income community members from its north Portland headquarters for over 40 years, recently hired a second full time dentist and is now accepting new patients and celebrating by holding an open house this Saturday afternoon.

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Accepting the Challenge

For new OHSU leader, it’s about doing better

Dr. Danny Jacobs is the fifth president of Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) and the first African American to lead the medical institution.

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Supporting Tubman and KairosPDX

Thursday meeting at SEI to build coalition

Education advocates in Portland’s black community are calling on parents and other supporters to join them for a meeting on Thursday at Self Enhancement, Inc. to gather support for Tubman Middle School and KairosPDX Elementary, two public schools that serve African American students in north and northeast Portland.

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Black is Beautiful

Public art project draws on positive messages

The historic heart of Portland’s black community is receiving the finishing touches of a new urban beautification project that celebrates the contributions of African Americas to the city.

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Renovated Tubman Opens

School bell rings for two new middle schools

The first day of the new school year Monday saw the opening of two new middle schools serving diverse populations in north and northeast Portland—Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights—serving 1,000 of the district’s 50,000 students from historically underserved communities.

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Smith: ‘I can win this’

Commissioner refocuses her campaign for City Council

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith has refocused her campaign for Portland City Council and predicts she will make up ground from a second place finish in the primary to repeat history and win the general election this fall.

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