Someone Called The Police On Her: Now This Lawmaker Is Fighting For Change

Across the country, state legislatures have become more diverse over the past four years. New lawmakers bring different backgrounds and life experiences, and that can lead them to push for more inclusive measures. In Oregon, Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, is the only African American legislator in the state House. Last summer, Bynum was canvassing voters in her district … More Someone Called The Police On Her: Now This Lawmaker Is Fighting For Change

Oregon Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Hate Crime Killing

An Oregon judge sentenced Russell Courtier to life in prison for the 2016 murder of Larnell Bruce Jr. Courtier will serve at least 30 years before becoming eligible for parole. Last month, a jury convicted Courtier of murder and second-degree intimidation, which functions as Oregon’s hate crime statute. He was also convicted of failure to perform the duty … More Oregon Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Hate Crime Killing

As Feds Crack Down, Refugee Resettlement Agencies Ask Oregon For Help

On a cold and dark winter night, dozens of volunteers gathered at Portland International Airport to give a warm welcome to a family of 11. As the crowd waited, Samira Sariolghalam of Catholic Charities taught everyone how to greet the family — who are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo — in their native language of Swahili. … More As Feds Crack Down, Refugee Resettlement Agencies Ask Oregon For Help

Oregon Legislators Want To Reinstate Driving Privileges For Undocumented Immigrants

When Isa Peña was a senior in high school in 2012, she enjoyed a privilege that so many students hope for: She drove herself to school. But that privilege came with a responsibility. She also had to drive her parents and two younger siblings anywhere they needed to go. That meant using school time, and even leaving … More Oregon Legislators Want To Reinstate Driving Privileges For Undocumented Immigrants

Organizations rally people of color in Oregon to get out the vote

Last weekend the women of color-led organization Forward Together hosted a rally to bring together dozens of organizations that support communities of color and to encourage voters to reject Measures 105 and 106, the latter barring the use of public funds to pay for abortions. Forty-five people knocked on more than 1,200 doors as part of the … More Organizations rally people of color in Oregon to get out the vote

Zest, grit and more: School tries new approach to closing the achievement gap in Portland

They showed up for a recent Portland school board meeting by the dozen wearing black T-shirts with the words “Black Students Matter” emblazoned in green and yellow across their chess. Students, parents, community members and activists alike, all to support a small public charter school in North Portland: Kairos PDX. For the second year in … More Zest, grit and more: School tries new approach to closing the achievement gap in Portland

Portland racial nonprofit seeks to heal communities with Reparations Power Hour

The concept of repaying African-Americans for generations of slavery began even before the end of the Civil War. The argument is that generations of enslavement and unpaid labor created an irreparable wealth gap. But how to erase that legacy of unfairness is an open question. The talk back then was of providing everyone 40 acres and a … More Portland racial nonprofit seeks to heal communities with Reparations Power Hour

Portland: Is your white fragility showing?

Outdoor billboards are a traditional form of advertising and — for many commuters — just another sign you pass while on the road. But over the last few months, a collection of billboards have been catching folks’ attention with their messages — and even making some feel uncomfortable: “Black Lives Matter” “De-escalation, Not Militarization” “Portland…Is Your … More Portland: Is your white fragility showing?

After Police Shooting On Campus, Black Oregonians Talk Gun Ownership

David O’Bryant has done a lot of things in his life to protect himself. He’s studied self-defense. He’s taken time to learn about white supremacist groups that operate in Oregon. And he bought a gun. “I do think that it behooves marginalized communities to at least explore the possibilities of firearms for self-defense,” O’Bryant said. O’Bryant is among … More After Police Shooting On Campus, Black Oregonians Talk Gun Ownership

Majority Of Immigrant Detainees At Oregon Prison Aren’t From Where You Think

Although news accounts have focused on the plight of Latino immigrants separated from their families, the majority of the detainees being housed at the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon, are not from Mexico or Latin America. The 121 men were detained at the U.S.-Mexican border. But according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 52 of … More Majority Of Immigrant Detainees At Oregon Prison Aren’t From Where You Think

Signs Of Oregon’s Racist Past Might Be In The Documents Of Homes

Leaders across Oregon have taken great pains in recent years to acknowledge the state’s racist past and dismantle tools of institutional racism in real estate. But the history lingers — maybe even in the documents of your home. Racially restrictive covenants came to prominence in the 1920s. As neighborhoods were created in cities across the country, housing … More Signs Of Oregon’s Racist Past Might Be In The Documents Of Homes