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Joint Statement on Hate

Community and City Response to Hate:
Joint Statement
Printable PDF version available here

Released Feb 14, 2017

Portland United Against Hate is a community-initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City. Together, we are building a rapid response system that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and providing the support and protection our communities need in this uncertain era. We seek to combine our resources, assets and relationships to create an inclusive city that protects, embraces, and celebrates its diverse communities.

We hear the outcry of our communities. In recent months, many community organizations report increasing incidents of hate crimes and intimidation, including bullying and violence stemming from racism, xenophobia, religious bigotry, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, stigma, and misogyny. This affects every area of our lives, including our workplaces, schools, places of worship, healthcare facilities, the marketplace, and more. We reject this hateful behavior.

We are tackling this toxic environment head on. Our partnership is bound by these common values: we oppose a registry of people based on their faith, culture, ethnicity, and documentation status. We know Black Lives Matter. We will continue advocating reform of our police department and building trust between police and communities of color so everybody feels safe in our neighborhoods. We support Portland’s evolution as an Inclusive City, regardless of the threats made by the Trump administration.

We have come together. This community initiated partnership is combining forces with the Office of Community & Civic Life, whose charge is to connect and support all Portlanders to work collaboratively with government to build inclusive, safe, and livable neighborhoods and communities.  Community organizations look to ONI to collaborate in creating a robust response to the negative forces that undermine our city and community.

Our bold and intentional collaborative efforts are designed to protect communities from hate and proactively, create a strong base of support, provide the tools and resources to combat oppression, prosper economically and thrive collectively.

Everyone and every community deserves a safe, prosperous, and peaceful life, a life free from hate and harassment. We recognize and honor our collective resilience and our right to nurture our communities from a place of compassion, security, and belonging.

 “With divisiveness and hatred becoming the norm at the national level, and here on the Best Coast, we must find ways to support our neighbors.  I sincerely appreciate this statement of community values, being generated by the people, for the people.  We believe in dignity and respect for all.  That is the Portland way.” Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Updated as of 7/23/19
Coalition Members:


  1. Causa Oregon
  2. Community of Welcoming Congregations
  3. Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Asn
  4. East Portland Neighborhood Office
  5. Eastmoreland Neighborhood Assn
  6. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
  7. Forest Park Neighborhood Association
  8. Havurah Shalom
  9. Hosford-Abernethy Nbhd District
  10. Iraqi Society of Oregon
  11. IRCO Asian Family Center
  12. IRCO Africa House
  13. Irvington Community Association
  14. Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
  15. Jewish Voice for Peace
  16. Jobs with Justice
  17. Kerns Neighborhood Association
  18. Lents Neighborhood Association
  19. Let it Pour Pour - Cross Disability and POC Community Action Group
  20. Linnton Neighborhood Association
  21. Love Action Coalition
  22. Maplewood Neighborhood Association
  23. Metropolitan Public Defender
  24. Milagro Theatre
  25. Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association
  26. Muslim Community Center of Portland
  27. Muslim Educational Trust
  28. Native American Youth & Family Center
  29. New Expressive Works
  30. No Hate Zone
  31. Office of Community & Civic Life
  32. OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
  33. Oregon Board of Rabbi’s
  34. Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crimes
  35. Oregon Coalition for Muslim Values
  36. Oregon Harbor of Hope
  37. Oregon Muslim Citizens Alliance
  38. People-Places-Things
  39. Portland African American Leadership Forum
  40. Portland Japanese American Citizens League
  41. Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center + Rosemary Anderson High School
  42. Portland Two-Spirit Society
  43. Portland Underground Grad School
  44. Portland UnShul
  45. Resolutions Northwest
  46. The Rosewood Initiative
  47. Sabin Community Association
  48. Somali American Council of Oregon
  49. Sunnyside Neighborhood Association
  50. SW Neighborhoods, Inc.
  51. Urban League of Portland
  52. Verde
  53. Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship