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Portland calls on Congress to approve reparations

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

The city of Portland is joining a growing chorus of voices demanding reparations for people of color and indigenous communities. By Jesse O’Neill, New York Post— Portland’s City Council unveiled plans last week to lobby the federal government to provide financial payments and other aid to the descendants of enslaved Black Americans and Native Americans harmed by US governmental policy. The federal legislative agenda calls on Washington to “Establish federal reparations for…

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How Black Lives Matter Inspired a New Generation of Youth Activists

By Editors' Choice

By Ryan Bort & Kimberly Aleah— Young people across America found their voice in 2020, harnessing social media to lead the fight for change in their communities Khalea Edwards didn’t believe it at first. Someone on a text chain of organizers from Occupy City Hall STL, a movement she helped lead this past summer calling for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, informed the group in November that Krewson…

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March for reparations passes through historic Albina neighborhood

By Reparations

By Sean Bascom, PSU Vanguard — In the late morning of Saturday, October 17, a group of about 25 mostly white protesters gathered in a grassy lot next to Dawson Park in North Portland—land which once housed a vibrant Black community. A bright red banner tied between a tree and street sign read “March for Reparations to African People.” The Uhuru Solidarity Movement organized the march, which stretched across five…

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A billion-dollar industry, a racist legacy: being black and growing pot in America

A billion-dollar industry, a racist legacy: being black and growing pot in America

By Commentaries/Opinions

What does it take to succeed as a young black entrepreneur in a sector largely dominated by white men seen as daring trailblazers? By Rose Hackman —  Three years ago, Jesce Horton, a former engineer in his early 30s, quit his corporate job to set up his own small, family-owned cannabis cultivation business in Portland, Oregon. Horton is part of a nascent industry that netted $6.7bn last year and is projected to reach $50bn by 2026….

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