On Tuesday, Oregon residents voted to fund the state Medicaid program by levying fees, known as assessments, on hospitals and insurance providers in the state. The ballot referendum, named Measure 101, had the support of virtually every healthcare advocacy organization in the state, including the organizations that…
A group of at least 20 undocumented immigrants being held by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency in Oregon have gone on a hunger strike to protest the conditions at their detention facility—but the man overseeing the facility is literally laughing off their protest.
California has become the first state in the country to allow a third gender option on official state documents to recognize people who don’t identify as male or female.
A month before Jeremy Christian stabbed two Portland men to death after harassing two women of color on a train, he had draped himself in an American flag at a “free speech” rally. Christian, who had brought a baseball bat to smash left-wing protesters, shouted racial slurs and gave the Nazi salute throughout the day.
People who attack other people for their race, gender, or religion know what they’re doing the majority of the time (children, perhaps, might not fully grasp the gravity of their words). So, adults who are arrested for such vicious assaults oughtn’t be surprised when they are charged with hate crimes—nor should they…
Oregon residents seeking a driver’s license or state ID card can now choose among three gender options when applying: male, female, and X. On Monday, Oregon became the first U.S. state to offer the program, which legally recognizes non–binary gender options on state IDs.
A group of immigration attorneys in Oregon say their 21-year-old client was picked up by immigration officials on Sunday and is now locked up without his wheelchair and medication to control his bipolar disorder.
U.S. immigration officials in Oregon have arrested a 25-year-old man who in 2013 was granted DACA, the the federal program that provides some young immigrants a temporary work permit and protections from deportation.
A Portland resident was granted "agender" status by an Oregon judge earlier this month, in what is likely the first-such decision of its kind.
Oregon's revenge porn laws have been on the books for about a year. So far only one person has been convicted: 31-year-old Benjamin J. Barber. He made the odd move of putting himself in front of a camera and poorly defending himself to local TV station KOIN6 earlier this week.
Earlier this week, a local TV station in Portland, Oregon found several of the anti-Trimp protesters arrested in the city didn't vote. Inspired by the story in Portland, a local paper in Richmond, Virginia thought it'd be clever to do it's own little investigation into whether protesters arrest there cared enough to…
The lights in the rec center community room burn through mid-afternoon. Fifteen people sit in a broad circle, hunched forward atop mismatched furniture on this October Sunday. Some at this town hall, put on by the new Nehalem People’s Association, take notes. Others speak with passion. Only occasionally do overlapping…
Students at Oregon City High School are rallying for equality after a barrage of racist incidents rocked the campus community in recent days.
What do a Galago primate named Gooey, a prostitute, a stolen laptop and missing Girl Scout cookie jar money have in common?
As much as I love how widespread discussions of gender have become in recent years, I'm often irked by the nuance that's lost in translation—as if mainstream discourse cannot help but erect new binaries in the rubble of those demolished. Take Zara's new line of "ungendered" clothing, for instance. Despite its claims…
The city of Salem, Oregon, learned a painful, smelly lesson this week. While it may "seem like an environmentally good idea" to hire a bunch of goats to eat up your unwanted plants—but guess what, it's impossible to tell the goats to stop pooping all over their workspace.
Oregon currently has one of the highest state minimum wage rates in the U.S. at $9.25 an hour. That’s still a tough amount to live on and state lawmakers have decided they can do better.