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.
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.