Our 10th Annual Liberty & Hope Awards Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, June 29th, 2017 at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel. Join us in celebrating a decade of making a difference as we recognize those who take extraordinary steps to promote excellence and opportunities for people of color. Please contact Sarah Doney for ticket information, questions, or event…

Poverty/Racism After the Civil War, many whites including former slave owners left the South and settled in Oregon.  As Mayor Wheeler noted in his State of the City speech, Oregon has a long history of racism.  Oregon was the only state in the U.S. to ban black people.  Let me say that again. Oregon was…

The LMV recently explored the meaning of “minority”.  Those historically denied equal rights in the United States – racial minorities (specifically African Americans) and women are automatically designated minorities for the purpose of voting under the 14th and 19th Amendments.  On the other hand, we must also explore what it means to be a minority…

Does sanctuary city status pose a threat to local jurisdictions?

The title for today’s Oregonian, “Latinos to rally outside U.S. immigration agents’ offices in Portland Monday” speaks volumes about the importance of minority voices in politics. Citizens and Oregonians are facing the very real fear of broken families and communities because of shifts on foreign policy. A CNN poll of Oregon voters found 82% of…

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