It can be hard in today's world to be heard when you've got something to say. And when you're a person of color in Oregon, it can be even harder — despite recent U.S. Census Bureau information showing that Oregon is growing more diverse, it's still among the Whitest states in the Union.
Ralph Nickerson, left, Trail Blazers Head Coach Nate McMillan and Paul Knauls Sr. warm up before last year's African American Health Coalition Wellness Walk. This year's walk, the fourth annual, steps off at 9 a.m. Saturday at Dawson Park, corner of Northeast Stanton Street and Williams Avenue.
Voters will be asked to consider a five-year levy in November, designed to pay for more teachers and updated books and learning materials.
The "local option" levy proposal was approved unanimously by the Portland School Board on Monday.
If voters approve the measure, taxes would be collected beginning in November 2007; it would provide the district $33 million in the first year and would result in $41.6 million in 2011-12, the levy's last year.
Chemeketa Community College in Salem is offering a Leadership Institute designed for people who…