Neither are we!

This week I concentrated my efforts on a story about a Black-owned Masonic loge in North Portland that’s been on the same corner since the late 1960’s. After being vandalized by white-supremacist graffiti, it was the target of a complaint that racked them up a massive bill with the City for violations they might not be able to afford to bring their building into compliance with.

Ross Danielson has formed a petition to get relief from the city over code violations and fines that threaten the future of the historically African-American St. Joseph Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter of Eastern Stars, one of the last vestiges of the black community on North Mississippi Avenue. He is joined by his friend and neighbor of the lodge, Fito Roberts. (Olivia Olivia/The Portland Observer)
Ross Danielson has formed a petition to get relief from the city over code violations and fines that threaten the future of the historically African-American St. Joseph Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter of Eastern Stars, one of the last vestiges of the black community on North Mississippi Avenue. He is joined by his friend and neighbor of the lodge, Fito Roberts. (Olivia Olivia/The Portland Observer)

I know a lot of us spend a lot of time thinking and talking about the rapid gentrification of North and Northeast Portland, and the loss we feel that our families and friends can no longer afford to live in the city. But we’re in a position where we can still perhaps help one last part of history stay in its beloved corner. They need our help, and in order to to do that, we must raise awareness of their struggle and understand what the cost of keeping them here really is. My full story and more is up now at the Portland Observer and available for free in red boxes throughout the city.

And, as an update, their online petition to save the location is available now for you to sign and share.

4 thoughts on “Ready to say goodbye to one of the last black-owned corners of Mississippi Avenue?

    1. Hey Jessica, the man who started the petition, Dr. Ross Danielson, currently only has a physical hard copy petition and has not transitioned his efforts online. He’s in the process of making one as of this post, and I will be reaching out to him again tomorrow to see how that’s going. If not, I will ask him if it’s okay to just attach his email address to the end of the article and to my post here, so that interested people from around the world can offer the lodge and the Mississippi community their full support. I’ll post as soon as I know!

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