Seeking Justice at the City Club

The City Club of Portland is not where you will find the poor and the destitute. This is a members-only civic organization where you will find community leaders and activists, business owners, various professionals and elected officials who meet for lunch and conversation. Each week they gather at the elegant Sentinel Hotel for the Friday […]


The Cocky World of Sophia June

When she was a little girl, her daddy probably called her “princess.” Or at least he treated her like one. She went off to her first day of kindergarten in clean clothes and a smile of anticipation, captured in a photo by a mother who loved her very much. Her father ran a construction company […]


Media Trumped by Tribalism

There’s an old saying in journalism that a reporter is only as good as his or her sources. What does it say about America’s national news media that they were caught so surprised by Donald Trump’s victory? Perhaps they spend too much time talking to pollsters and each other. Instead of cultivating sources, they cultivate […]


A Verdict and a Moral Awakening

Ladies and gentlemen of the Bundy jury, thank you for a lesson in what progressive justice looks like. The not-guilty verdict for the six armed men and one woman, who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters for 41 days, left those who normally preach forgiveness and restorative justice looking for a suitable villain. […]


Oh darn, please drop the gun

There has never been a better time in America to be a criminal. Police officers are under a magnifying glass. Everything they do is dissected and second-guessed. In Portland, Ore., cops on patrol now have backseat drivers – and they aren’t even in the car. They’re members of the various citizen watchdog groups, a couple […]


The Power of Shame

Had the man and woman who overdosed on heroin in East Liverpool, Ohio crashed their SUV into a school bus, it’s doubtful they would have made the national news. But they didn’t hit the school bus. A police officer took two photos of them, passed out in their vehicle, with a 4-year-old boy in the […]


Hands Up! Don’t Talk Back!

From the back of the bus, Dick Gregory saw the future 54 years ago: “The NAACP is a wonderful organization. Belong to it myself. But do you realize if tomorrow we had complete integration, all them cats would be outta work?” In 2016, a lotta cats need segregation – cultural segregation, law-and-order segregation, housing segregation. […]


Delusions of Black Americans

Barack Obama’s days as president are winding down, and with them go the false hopes of his black brothers and sisters who thought America would finally be theirs. It isn’t theirs. Neither is it mine, and it probably isn’t yours (whatever your skin color). As any ordinary non-black American could have told ordinary black Americans: […]


Garrison Keillor’s History Project

On this day in history something awful happened, and nobody remembers it anymore – except Garrison Keillor. And on this day in history something significant happened that changed lives, and nobody remembers it anymore – except Garrison Keillor. Also on this day, a poet, a novelist, a scientist, a musician, a politician was born. No […]


Held Hostage by the ‘Mentally Ill’

Dispatcher: “9-1-1. What is your emergency?” David Kif Davis: “My Jewish ancestry has been insulted. I’ve got PTSD, and somebody called me a skinhead. I want an apology.” Dispatcher: “9-1-1. What is your emergency?” Charles Johnson: “I just threw a cup of water in somebody’s face at a public hearing. It’s how I express my […]