“The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) is writing in response to the proposed development in partnership with Majestic Realty. Our opposition is rooted in the well-documented and ongoing attempt to profit from development in inner N/NE Portland at the expense of Black and low-income individuals. Rather than invest in proven methods to stop displacement and empower the African American community, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and City of Portland have consistently supported projects that have displaced existing residents and attracted wealthier ones in their place.
In October, PAALF met with city officials including, Mayor Hales, Patrick Quinton and John Jackley to discuss the disparate impact gentrification has had on our community’s wellbeing and viability. Both Mayor Hales and Patrick Quinton expressed a commitment to solving the issues related to gentrification and to finding community based-solutions to stabilize Black residents. This decision indicates the opposite and reflects the City’s overall track record of implementing policies that serve to uproot, displace and disempower our most vulnerable community members.”
Read the rest of the letter and sign the petition here.
In a ruling that centered in part on whether black people are the only persons who might use a hair-pick, a County Circuit Judge barred a suspect’s statement from being used in court, spurring prosecutors to drop charges altogether in a 7-11 robbery earlier this year.
There was a brief but passionate movement by neighbors to halt construction and opening of this 7-11, at MLK & Sumner, a couple of years ago, as seen in the photo above.
This 7-11 branch claimed its first victim in the corporate scheme to eliminate competing, locally-owned businesses – Tana Mini Market, a few doors down, closed recently, to be replaced by a MetroPCS store. Notably, management of 7-11 promised to end sales of alcohol at the same time as other local mini-marts, but continues to sell alcohol until 2:30 even though nearby marts stop sales at midnight. No surprise there – since 7-11 management lied to the public at a community meeting about the existence of plans to build this store, in the first place.
It looks like the Walnut Park Theater was showing Little Miss Nobody.
Here’s a 1936 Robert Johnson song that was ‘inspired’ by the Hudson Terraplane. The Terraplane’s slogan: On the sea that’s aquaplaning, in the air that’s aeroplaning, but on the land, in the traffic, on the hills, hot diggity dog, THAT’S TERRAPLANING!
On the extreme right you can see a sliver of the Piedmont Pharmacy; the building now holds St Vincent de Paul’s Garlington Center.