Liaison officers with the Portland Police Bureau monitor a white supremacist rally under the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. The rally carried the potential for violence and attracted hundreds of antifascist counter-protesters.

Liaison officers with the Portland Police Bureau monitor a white supremacist rally under the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. The rally carried the potential for violence and attracted hundreds of antifascist counter-protesters.

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  • The Oregon Historical Quarterly has published a special edition called “White Supremacy & Resistance.” The issue evolved as a reaction to the racial violence that resulted in two murders on a Portland MAX light rail line in 2017. Articles explore white supremacy in the formation of Oregon and its state constitution, as well as the history of violence to dominate and control nonwhite populations, from Indigenous peoples and African Americans to East Indian, Chinese and Japanese immigrants. We talk with one of the guest editors of the issue, emeritus professor of Black Studies at Portland State University Darrell Millner, and with independent historian Johanna Ogden.

 

  

 

  

  • Cities in Oregon have struggled for years with the growing needs of people experiencing homelessness. Now the Oregon legislature could take up the issue. House Speaker Tina Kotek, a Democrat from Portland, is calling for lawmakers to allocate $100 million to increase shelter capacity and build navigation centers in Eugene and Salem. We get the latest on the legislature’s approach to housing and homelessness from OPB political reporter Lauren Dake.

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