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Empowering minds: Black Parent Initiative confronts the challenges facing black youths and their families

It’s warm on this summer day in the Southeast Portland art gallery, but local artist Robert Collins stands unfazed — decked out in a slate blue three-piece suit complete with matching fedora. The sun streams through two walls of windows and lands on the opposite side where Robert’s paintings hang. Robert greets the well-wishers streaming through the door. All are here to celebrate Robert’s artistic accomplishments and, of course, to wish him a happy 15th birthday. With a savviness to match his wardrobe, Robert reminds his guests, “Remember! All the paintings are for sale!”

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Street Roots Ballot Measure Endorsements

Measure 86 would create funds for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary educations. It would also allow the state to borrow money for a scholarship fund for Oregonians pursuing college or career training. This measure is an essential step in maintaining a healthy society that believes in giving its own citizens the skills they need to thrive in today’s modern world. Vote yes on Measure 86.

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Flipping the script: Building social capital

When Marlon Crump is standing on his turf in front of the Standard Insurance building on SW 4th and Salmon with a stack of Street Roots in his hands, even on a week in between new papers, it seems like everyone knows who he is.

Maybe it’s his contagious enthusiasm. When I tell him his story is going in next week, he bursts into excited laughter and gives me a hug. Maybe it’s his pride in what he does. He never wants to stop working for Street Roots. Maybe his suit and tie — which he’s never missing —help. Whatever it is, on his turf, he’s a community figure.

Compassion without judgment

One of my first mentors on the streets was the great Genny Nelson, co-founder of Sisters Of The Road. Genny has mentored dozens of organizers, agitators, policy makers, writers and artists over the years. Her life’s work has a footprint on both Portland politics and how we work with people experiencing homelessness.

In support of Measure 88: Give Oregonians equal rights

At McKenzie River Gathering Foundation (MRG), we have never been shy about articulating our vision for a just and joyful Oregon. For nearly four decades, we’ve funded innovative grassroots groups advancing social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. We invest nearly half a million dollars each year in groups that are working on some of the most pressing issues facing Oregon communities.

Replacement bond opportunity to support Portland Parks

On ballots right now, Portlanders have the opportunity to vote on the Parks Replacement Bond, Measure 26-159. Please turn over your ballot, and vote yes on Measure 26-159 on the reverse side. 

Street Roots Ballot Measure Endorsements

Measure 86 would create funds for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary educations. It would also allow the state to borrow money for a scholarship fund for Oregonians pursuing college or career training. This measure is an essential step in maintaining a healthy society that believes in giving its own citizens the skills they need to thrive in today’s modern world. Vote yes on Measure 86.

October Archives

Charles McGee III: ‘Every single day inspires me to do the work that I do.’

Empowering minds: Black Parent Initiative confronts the challenges facing black youths and their families

Community development’s golden rule: Come together

Living and learning — a day in a life in Portland

State should support innovative programs to house students

For the Record: Oct 10-23, 2014

Family values: Portland filmmaker Beth Harrington on her project documenting June Carter and Johnny Cash

Where pot is concerned, legal or not, poverty’s a player

Legalize, regulate pot, says state addiction expert

Answering the big question: Why I’m here

Home Work: How some schools are creating innovative solutions for unaccompanied homeless students

Jensine Larsen and the heart of a universal pulse

For the Record: Sept 26-Oct 9, 2014

Let’s be real about the sacrifices, necessity in ending displacement

Coming soon to a uniform near you: body cameras

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