Category urban issues

Black Panther Mark Clark and Comrades Deserve Apology From His Hometown Newspaper Peoria Journal Star. After 46 Years, Their Lives Still Matter.

(Appeared May 27, 2016 in The Huffington Post) The racially charged December 10, 1969 editorial of the Peoria Journal Star that describes Black Panther leaders and members as “ex-convicts, jobless, and not overly bright.” In our continuing discussion over police tactics used to control and often oppress minority communities throughout the nation, more than a […]

Portland City Council should officially welcome refugee children

(Published on July 27, 2014 as a guest commentary in The Oregonian. Generated 589 online responses.) The following day, I appeared in studio on the Lars Larson radio show: Tuesday was one of those days that remind me why I’m proud to call Portland home. A handful of local nonprofit advocates led by the Portland […]

Will justice ever play in Peoria? Paper does wrong by slain civil rights activist & Black Panther chapter founder Mark Clark. 

(Originally appeared 01/26/13, EmergePeoria.com) Fallout continues more than four decades after Hoover-connected cops kill Black Panthers Mark Clark and Fred Hampton during infamous Chicago raid. In 2011, the late Peorian Mark Clark was inducted into the local African American Hall of Fame. Last year, that honored position with the Hall found its way into the […]

Not on my bus, not in front of me 

( Originally appeared 08/26/12, Portland IndyMedia) Three days ago I was on a packed #72 Portland city bus running north on 82nd Avenue trying to deal with my broken car. I was sitting in the very back facing a big 20something guy with greased-back black hair talking to anyone who would listen. “I really like […]