Politics

The Strangest Election in America Right Now Is This Portland School Board Race

The backstory on how Facebook pleas, a Zoom call, and a late change of heart created chaos in North Portland’s Zone 4.

04/11/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Oregon Woman

10 Oregon Activists Pushing Us Forward

Lenia Donell, Jaime Cale, Shawn Roberts, Rhiannon Patterson, AJ McCreary, Rashelle Chase, LaQuisha Minnieweather, Samantha Gladu, and Anita Green are fightin...

03/27/2021 By Fiona McCann

Oregon Woman

Demetria Hester Is the Tough Black Mom the Movement Needs

"I’m a Black mom. I’ll cuss you out and say, ‘Baby, I did it for love.’"

03/27/2021 By Jenni Moore

Essay

Teen Luz Zamora Grapples with What It Means to Become an Oregon Woman

"I’m a Latina. I’m an Oregonian. I’m an American. And I’m confused about what that all means. "

03/27/2021 By Luz Zamora

Footnotes

LISTEN: Breaking Barriers in Science, Research, and STEM with Gail Stonebarger

An OHSU behavioral neuroscience graduate student talks about the hierarchal structure of research and the lack of mental health support for underrepresented ...

03/26/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Cannabis

Big Changes Could Be Coming for Cannabis in Oregon

And that's a good thing: the Oregon Cannabis Equity Act would help level the playing field for BIPOC communities.

03/21/2021 By Sam Pape

Soccer

Jeremy Ebobisse Is Done Letting Microaggressions and Overt Racism Slide

At just 24 years old, the Portland Timbers forward is a leader when it comes to activism within professional sports.

03/16/2021 By Katelyn Best

Essay

Remembering Kevin Peterson Jr.

On October 29, 2020, Kevin Peterson Jr.—‘Splash’ as he was known to his classmates and friends—was shot to death by police in Vancouver, Washington.

03/13/2021 By Ted Katauskas

Government

Dr. Markisha Smith Has Some Advice for Mayor Ted Wheeler

Good thing she's just accepted a job as his special adviser on racial justice and equity.

02/03/2021 By Julia Silverman

News

This Black Mxm–Led Group Is Here for Black Mothers and Their Children

Mxm Bloc works on food justice, equitable housing, health care, support, and education.

02/02/2021 With Fiona McCann

Footnotes

LISTEN: Police Violence, Civil Rights, and Black and Latinx Movements

In this interview from July 2020, Oregon State professor Joseph Orosco talks about how Black and Latinx/Chicanx movements of the past intersect in the wake o...

01/29/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Mississippi and Williams

Garden patios for summer nights, resonant Black history, and DIY wonderland for home-builders

01/29/2021 By Fiona McCann, Kelly Clarke, and Margaret Seiler

Extremism

A Sociologist’s Take on the Capitol Siege

“They had pipe bombs, they had zip ties, they brought guns with them. It wasn’t just people caught up in the moment.”

01/17/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Dispatch

Who Speaks for the Black Lives Matter Movement in Portland? It’s Complicated.

Portland’s Black community is relatively small—and yet, it certainly does not speak with a single voice.

12/19/2020 By Jagger Blaec

Wellness

Here’s How to Find a BIPOC Therapist in Portland

Three local therapists on connecting with someone who gets it.

12/08/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Coronavirus

OHSU’s COVID Tracing Study Ends after Lacking BIPOC Participants

The $6 million study ended just three months into its planned yearlong duration.

12/07/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

History

First Theft, Then Recovery, and Now Restoration for a Historic Oregon Quilt

Fifteen women of color worked together to stitch the quilt, which is almost 50 years old.

12/04/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

News

PDX Love Over Hate Aims to Counter Racist Attacks with Support and Signage

Friends and neighbors of victims have rallied to create a nonprofit that "blankets the city with love."

12/03/2020 By Fiona McCann

Light a Fire

Four Decades of Protest: Self Enhancement Inc Keeps Showing Up

The North Portland nonprofit works with schools, families, and partner organizations to provide support for students and their families, in academia and beyond.

12/02/2020 By Fiona McCann

Light a Fire

Margaret-Ann Jones at 71 Is Still Giving her Time and Opening Doors for Portlanders

“This is what feeds me. It lifts my spirits healing others,” she says. “One of my philosophies is the more you give away or the more you do, the more comes b...

12/02/2020 By Ainslee Dicken