Margarita Reyes Pacheco’s story is one of immigration, family and hard work If cranberries decorate your Thanksgiving table or a Christmas wreath adorns your home, you might have Margarita Reyes Pacheco to thank. She’s a Mexican immigrant farmworker who spends … Continue reading Divided by deportation: ‘Hope is what I lean on’
A group of roughly 20 immigrant detainees being held by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a privately run facility in the Dalles will go on hunger strike today, according to a clergyman working with the inmates. Rev. Richard … Continue reading ICE Detainees in the Dalles Are Planning Another Hunger Strike, Advocate Says
The Strip is gone… The “Strip,” a stretch of North Lombard Street in St. Johns where approximately 20 homeless people lived in a dozen RVs, is gone. In July, WW explored the location, a favorite dumping ground for abandoning RVs … Continue reading As City Officials Tow RVs Off the Portland Streets, People Priced Out of Apartments Wonder Where to Go Now
Despite Increased Enforcement—and Misinformation—the Agency No Longer Has Public Information Staff in the Pacific Northwest AROUND the same time US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was sending out erroneous media releases about mass arrests in Portland and Seattle last month, … Continue reading Why Is It So Hard to Figure Out What ICE is Up To?
A lack of data has led to funding cuts for some programs that otherwise might support these individuals, while others — such as OHSU — seek to boost their offerings In her 31 years, Willow Paloma has had many identities: … Continue reading Homelessness Compounds Health Challenges for Transgender Portlanders
Lawsuits, political resistance, immigrant rights and the state’s sanctuary law are forming a perfect storm over the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facilities Charles, the manager of a Hood River restaurant, wants his sous chef back. When Immigration and Customs Enforcement … Continue reading What’s the problem with NORCOR?
In September of 2017 Emancipator released a single, “Goodness,” in advance of a full album due in November called “Baralku,” on the artist’s own Loci Records. The song, on which I play a slow bluesy doublestop shuffle on violin and … Continue reading Emancipator releases ‘Goodness’ in advance of full album ‘Baralku’
In September of 2017 East Forest released an LP “Cairn,” featuring Keith Sweaty, on which I play violin and viola. It hit #200 on the iTunes Electronic music charts. I play on three tracks on the album, the first, “Fresh … Continue reading East Forest releases ‘Cairn’ feat. Keith Sweaty
People too often feel trapped between an abuser and the streets. The answer, according to the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, is domestic violence. Advocates say it can be the trickiest social malady to remedy—among housed or homeless … Continue reading What’s the Leading Cause of Homelessness for Oregon Women?
Their struggles may be more hidden. Here’s why. Deportations, sanctuary and a possible end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “Dreamer,” program are the big issues facing undocumented immigrants in the United States. But people in Portland’s Latino … Continue reading If Portland’s a Sanctuary City, Where Are All the Homeless Latino People?
The number of transgender homeless people living on Portland-area streets has officially doubled in the past two years. When she first considered transitioning from a man to a woman, Sophia Conquest made a checklist of “bad and good things.” On … Continue reading Why is Portland’s Transgender Homeless Population Growing So Fast?
Here are seven of the Portland companies Elevate Inclusive Fund helped launch—from makeup for people with “nuanced” skin tones to a salad bar with a difference. When Portland financier Nitin Rai established the Elevate Inclusive Fund in 2016 to invest … Continue reading Nitin Rai Created an Investment Fund to Assist Portland Startups Led by Women and Minorities. It’s Working.
In June, a national study by Mental Health America ranked Oregon last in the country for overall mental health needs, access and outcomes. Also in June, a mental health center opened that could help turn that around: Adventist Health’s Emotional … Continue reading Adventist Hopes to Move the Needle on Portland’s Mental Health Crisis
Local officials made big claims for a policy aimed at finding housing for a large and vulnerable population. There are a lot of barriers to ending homelessness for Portland veterans. Darrell L. Snook, for instance, is both a Vietnam Navy … Continue reading Has Portland Really Gotten All Its Homeless Veterans Off the Streets?
Timothy Allen Ferrell is the kind of person officials and advocates argue about. Despite a lifelong history of trauma—born with drugs in his system to a 15-year-old mom, then foster care, heroin and meth use, and drug-related criminal convictions—Ferrell insists … Continue reading Is There an Ethnic Group More Likely to Be Homeless in Portland Than Others?