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Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

CareOregon Awards $250,000 for Housing Projects

Recipients include Rogue Retreat, Bridges to Change, Luke Dorf, Transition Projects and Bridge Meadows ...

The Honorable Willie L. Brown to Receive NAACP Spingarn Medal

The award recognizes Brown’s lifelong commitment to the community, equality and civil rights ...

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

New Smithsonian exhibit looks at how Oprah Winfrey shaped American culture and vice versa ...

Prosecutor: Oregon man justified in shooting near hotel

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A heavy equipment operator was legally justified when he shot and wounded a knife-wielding man last month outside an Oregon hotel, a prosecutor said Monday.However, Robert Garris was foolish to appoint himself "sheriff of the Days Inn" and initiate a confrontation with the...

Some forest trails remain closed long after 2017 wildfire

IDANHA, Ore. (AP) — Some trails in Oregon's Willamette National Forest remain closed because of damage from a wildfire that scorched the area last year.The Whitewater Trail into the Jefferson Park area remains closed. Other trails, including some in the Fall Creek area near Eugene, also are...

Spokane man convicted in 2015 deadly shooting

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A Spokane man has been convicted of killing a Moses Lake teenager during a 2015 robbery attempt.The Columbia Basin Herald reports Jeremiah Smith was found guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession...

Police seize 2,500 marijuana plants from 6 Tacoma homes

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say eight people have been arrested after police searched six Tacoma houses connected to an illegal marijuana growing operation.The News Tribune reports authorities seized at least 2,500 marijuana plants from the properties that police searched Monday...


What Happened? Assessing the Singapore Summit

For all its weaknesses, we are better off having had the summit than not ...

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties

A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied ...

5 Lessons on Peace I Learned from My Cat Soleil

Dr. Jasmine Streeter takes some cues on comfort from her cat ...

Research Suggests Suicides By Racial and Ethnic Minorities are Undercounted

Sociologist Dr. Kimya Dennis describes barriers to culturally-specific suicide research and treatment ...


Border separations ripple through midterm campaigns

Wrenching scenes of migrant children being separated from their parents at the southern border are roiling campaigns ahead of midterm elections, emboldening Democrats on the often-fraught issue of immigration while forcing an increasing number of Republicans to break from President Donald Trump on...

City where many slaves entered US to apologize for slavery

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina city where almost half of all the slaves brought to the United States first set foot on American soil is ready to apologize for its role in the slave trade.The resolution expected to be passed by the Charleston City Council on Tuesday offers a...

School honoring Confederate general to be renamed for Obama

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city is rebranding its only school named after a Confederate general to honor the United States' first black president.The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Richmond School Board voted 6-1 Monday to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to Barack Obama...


List of winners from the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Winners of the MTV Movie & TV Awards, presented Saturday at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California:Movie of the year: "Black Panther"Actor in a Movie: Chadwick Boseman, "Black Panther"Show of the Year: "Stranger Things"Actor in a Show: Millie Bobby Brown,...

In 'Jurassic World,' a dino-sized animal-rights parable

NEW YORK (AP) — The dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" are many things. They are special-effects wonders. They are unruly house guests. And they are some of the biggest, most foot-stomping metaphors around.Since Steven Spielberg's 1993 original, the dinos of "Jurassic Park" — many of them...

Immigration detention policy becomes major issue in media

NEW YORK (AP) — In a phone conversation with her executive producer over the weekend, "CBS This Morning" anchor Gayle King wondered if there wasn't more the network could do on the story of children being separated from parents through the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration...


On a big night for 'Panther,' Boseman honors real-life hero

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The MTV Movie & TV Awards gave "Black Panther" its first taste of awards...

US could back 1st pot-derived medicine, and some are worried

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A British pharmaceutical company is getting closer to a decision on whether...

Looking for signs of global warming? It's all around you

GOTHIC, Colo. (AP) — David Inouye is an accidental climate scientist.More than 40 years ago, the University...

Engine catches fire on plane with Saudi WCup team, none hurt

MOSCOW (AP) — Officials say an engine of a Russian plane carrying the Saudi Arabian soccer team to a World...

3 men die of 6 wounded in southern Sweden drive-by shooting

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Three of the six men who were injured in a drive-by shooting in the center of...

In Mexico, longtime foes 'AMLO' and elite getting pragmatic

MEXICO CITY (AP) — On the campaign trail, presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has railed...

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Know Your City Hires Cameron Whitten as new Executive

On Wednesday Know Your City announced it had selected Cameron Whitten as its executive director.

Whitten is well known for his passion for social justice and success in raising awareness around local community issues, such as Inclusionary Zoning and #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations. His work has included collaborations with many local civic organizations, including the Bus Project, the Urban League, and the City Club of Portland. Whitten has also served as a Know Your City board member for the past two and a half years, and as Board President since January 2014.

Know Your City selected Whitten’s leadership in order to strengthen the organization’s ability to empower a diverse, creative, and engaged citizenry to take action on the growing inequality that is threatening the livability that Portland is known for. Whitten served as a core volunteer for the re-election campaign for City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and continues to work with her on a number of progressive causes, such as Right 2 Dream Too.

Whitten begins his service Nov. 9. The entire community is invited to his executive director welcome party from 5:30 to 8:30 at Center for Intercultural Organizing (700 N Killingsworth St.) Nov. 30.


Gresham Area and North Clackamas Chambers of Commerce Join Forces to Fight Hunger

The Gresham Area of Chamber of Commerce and North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce will hold a joint networking meeting to help kick off the Annual SnowCap Community Charities Fill-A-Bag food drive, which raised over 500,000 pounds of food last year alone.

On the same day, Gresham Ford is holding their annual Drive 4 UR Community event. During the day, Gresham Ford will donate $20 to SnowCap for anyone who takes a quick, no pressure test drive in any Ford vehicle. $20 can buy up to 400 pounds of food. Those who participate will also be entered to win prizes.

This year, to add a new twist to an old tradition, each Chamber will encourage members and the community to take a test ride. The Chamber who gets the most people to show up for a test drive wins the "Golden Can" award which they can proudly display for the year.

The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 at Gresham Ford, 1999 E. Powell, Gresham.

All local businesses are encouraged to participate in Fill-A-Bag food drive. If you would like barrels or donation jars at your business please send an e-mail to bess@greshamford.com or larryschwartz@riverviewbank.com


Family Caregiver Support Group Meets Nov. 5

Legacy Good Samaritan’s family caregiver support group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1040 NW 22nd, in building 2 across from the main hospital entrance.

For more information about this support group, please call Jonquil Brown at (503) 413-7841.


Coffee and Conversation for Senior LGBT Community

Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services Family Caregiver Support Program is sponsoring a free "Coffee and Conversation" for seniors in the LGBT community. Their friends, family members and caregivers are also welcome to attend.

The informal gathering will take place on Thursday, November 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton. No registration is required. Call (503) 846-3083 for more information.


Living Stages Forum Theatre Seeks Actors for Interactive Play

Do you have a story to share about uneven, inequitable development practices that lead to displacement and destruction in your community?

Then join Living Stages Forum Theatre Weekend Nov. 21 - 22. This is going to be a two-day collaborative training session in theatre. Volunteers will use movement, images, stories and scenes from their own experience to develop a short, interactive forum play that identifies an issue the community wants to address.

We are inviting you to become a volunteers and have fun, while gaining knowledge on:

  • The basics of Theatre of the Oppressed, a powerful form of theatre organizing practiced in over 200 countries!
  • Skills in using theatre as a process for identifying and exploring issues.
  • Games and techniques for engaging and activating a community around key issues
  • Methods to engage wider audiences in discussion and strategizing around issues that impact them
  • Theatrical tools to help bring a community to reflection and collective action

Volunteers will receive Trimet reimbursement and $20 gift card to Fred Meyer for each day attended. This is a collective brainstorming session and action inspiring form of theater that you cannot miss. Tell your friends, coworkers and family.

What is forum theatre? Forum is part of a body of theatre developed by Brazilian activist and artist Augusto Boal, author and founder “Theatre of the Oppressed.” Theatre of the Oppressed is intended to engage and empower communities to take action — in theatre and in real life. The goal of Theatre of the Oppressed, in Boal’s words, is to “turn non-actors into actors, in the theatre and in society.”

Theatre developed at this training will be presented for audiences at Living Stages Forum Theatre Convergence (FTC) on December 4-6. The FTC is a 3-day festival of workshops, shared rehearsals, trainings, and public performances about housing and livability issues in Portland, as well as a preparation for a Legislative Theatre Process in 2016!

Collborators include Living Stages, Design+Culture Lab, Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) and Ignorant/Reflections.


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