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

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

Nike Sees Executive Departures In Harassment Reckoning

At least 11 Nike executives have left the company this year over complaints of an uncomfortable workplace that discriminates against women. The first to go was Nike’s president, Trevor Edwards. The announcement came in mid-March that the company’s No. 2 is retiring in August after more than 25 years. Edwards had been considered a favorite … More Nike Sees Executive Departures In Harassment Reckoning

Communities Of Color Struggling But Ignored In The Opioid Crisis

Edward Waters has been dealing with pain all his life. He has sickle cell anemia, an inherited condition that causes blood cells that are usually round and flexible to take a crescent moon shape. Those cells don’t pass through the veins easily and block oxygen to areas of the body, causing severe pain. Waters’ pain was controlled … More Communities Of Color Struggling But Ignored In The Opioid Crisis

Portland’s Fastest Growing Ethnic Group Struggles To Be Counted

The 2020 U.S. census will take a closer look at the racial make-up of America – asking for even more specifics about ethnicity. For one racial group in the Pacific Northwest, the census offers a chance to build on the success of the last go-round – a survey that showed a surprising result when it came … More Portland’s Fastest Growing Ethnic Group Struggles To Be Counted

A Vestige Of NE Portland Is Gone: Albina Community Bank

When Stephen Green joined the staff at Albina Community Bank, there was no mistaking that the bank was steeped in the community. “I was in for Albina when I heard the question in the interview, ‘Where do you volunteer in Northeast Portland?’” Green said. “That said thousands of words about the organization.” Green is an entrepreneur and … More A Vestige Of NE Portland Is Gone: Albina Community Bank

What’s In A Name? Portland Neighborhood Questions Historic High School Name

Thomas Jefferson High School, or ‘Jeff’ as alumni and locals fondly call it, is a historic pillar of North Portland. Its first graduating class was in 1912, and the school has the largest populations of African-American high school students in the state. But some people are questioning whether the founding father is an appropriate representative for … More What’s In A Name? Portland Neighborhood Questions Historic High School Name