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OregonOceans Away

Sergio Olmos2 months ago50517 min

While their home islands drown, Micronesians living in Oregon struggle to save their heritage. By Sergio Olmos Bouncing a baby on his lap in his apartment in Salem, Oregon, Dexter Moluputo recalls the rhythms and simple pleasures of his childhood home in the Federated States of Micronesia, a country comprising more than 600 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. As a boy, he spent most days with his friends surfing on homemade surfboards or spearfishing...

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By Sergio Olmos Underscore.news Those looking to see whether programs aimed at helping gang members could be applied to extremist groups first have to deal with an obvious question: Are groups like the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer gangs? The answer: It depends. Oregon law prevents police from collecting or maintaining files on political, religious or social activities of individuals or organizations unless there is evidence of criminal activity. A records request with the Vancouver...

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Editor’s note: This is the final article in a series that examines violent extremist groups in the Pacific Northwest. This story looks at one tool local governments use to counter violent groups: specialty courts with highly-supervised probation aimed at combating the allure of gang membership. Sergio Olmos began reporting for Underscore.news on right-wing violence in 2019. He followed Patriot Prayer and met with its organizers, supporters and detractors, to better understand a dynamic that has...

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Former right-wing radicals are leading efforts to counter violent extremists. But do they work? by Sergio Olmos Underscore.news On the eve of a right-wing extremist rally on Aug. 17, 2019, in downtown Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler released a video in which he said, “To those people planning to come and inflict violence in our city: We don’t want you here.” Nevertheless, they came. And while the protest was comparatively free from physical confrontations, it still...

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Patriot Prayer leaders insist they’re not racists, but they continue to draw praise from white supremacists Editor’s note: This final installment in a 3-part series is a collaboration between Underscore.news and Pamplin Media Group in partnership with The Columbian. For the past year, Sergio Olmos has been granted on-the-record access to Joey Gibson, founder of Patriot Prayer, one of the violence-prone, far-right groups that seem to zero in on Portland as a way to gain...

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How Joey Gibson, and those who orbit around Patriot Prayer, have found meaning (and thrills) in violent right-wing extremism Editor’s note: For much of this year, reporter Sergio Olmos has been granted on-the-record access to Joey Gibson, founder of Patriot Prayer, one of the violence-prone, far-right groups that have turned Portland into a cage match with violent liberal groups. On Aug. 15, the Portland Tribune published an article by Olmos about the lead-up to a...

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Photo courtesy of Pamplin Media Group   Coming September 19th For much of this year, Underscore reporter Sergio Olmos was granted on-the-record access to Joey Gibson, founder of Patriot Prayer, one of the violence-prone, far-right groups that have turned Portland into a cage match with violent liberal groups. On Aug. 15, Underscore and the Portland Tribune published an article by Olmos about the lead-up to a violent 2018 Patriot Prayer protest. The second story in...

Dear News Consumer, Investigative reporting is under siege in America. Those who dig deeply for the news, and sometimes die reporting it, are called enemies of the American people. The newsrooms they toil in are all too often underfunded, some of them a few breaths from moribund. Real investigative reporting is hard and often takes a long time to produce. It’s damned expensive. So, as newsrooms shrink, investigative reporting teams are the first to go....

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Over the past year, Sergio Olmos, reporter for Underscore, has been following Patriot Prayer, meeting with its organizers, supporters and detractors, in an effort to better understand a dynamic that has rocked Portland for the last few years.