On June 3, 2021, Asian-Pacific Islander American Advisory Council members, Chief Chuck Lovell and Assistant Chief Mike Leasure and other PPB members and business community partners gathered at the Fubonn Shopping Center to formally announce this new partnership which will focus on working together on justice reforms and concentrate on the APIA community's safety issues.
The APIA council chairs shared the following message about the spirit and mission of this Council:
"We are the Asian & Pacific Islander American Advisory Council, and we are a community-driven, community-led Council to the Portland Police Bureau that is willing and committed to building a lasting relationship with all Bureau members, fostering a two-way learning and cultural growth; valuing mutual understanding and respect, and we are coming together to create a safer and thriving community.
"We are focusing on long-term solutions with our APIA communities that live in pockets and various neighborhoods; this is not just about the Jade District, old China Town, but it's about our collective efforts to address livability, well-being, and safety of over 100 different APIA groups in the Metro area.
"We recognize that justice reforms cannot be done in silos, and no single entity or stakeholder can carry it out alone; instead, we need to work in concert with one another, which is the focus of our APIA Council - having our members, who represent wider marginalized APIA communities, work together with Police Bureau members to addressing not just primary community safety issues, but get to know one another, see each other as human first, and focus on shared values, shared humanity and strive toward building and preserving universal human rights goals such as dignity, fairness, equality, respect, and independence.
We want to directly participate, guide, and carry out justice reforms while advocating for the needs and rights of our APIA families. We want to promote APIA voices and embed them in the process of justice improvement."