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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 Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), 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.

We invite you to join us. Need help? Please reach out to the organizations below. Someone there will listen to what happened, and help you find a solution. Want to be involved? YOU can volunteer, lend your financial support, get trained on how to combat hate, and come together for community events. YOU can speak up when you hear or see hateful, harassing or intimidating acts. YOU can be part of creating a truly welcoming community. Together, we can all unite against hate.

“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 endorsers 9/11/2018


  1. 107IST (107 Independent Supporters Trust)
  2. African Youth and Community Organization
  3. APANO
  4. As the Spirit Moves Us
  5. Causa Oregon
  6. Central Northeast Neighbors
  7. Coalition of Communities of Color
  8. East Portland Action Plan
  9. East Portland Neighborhood Office
  10. Eastmoreland Neighborhood Assn
  11. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
  12. Fair Housing Council of Oregon
  13. First Unitarian Portland
  14. Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood District (HAND)
  15. Iraqi Society of Oregon
  16. IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization)
  17. IRCO Asian Family Center
  18. IRCO Africa House
  19. Irvington Community Association
  20. Jewish Voices for Peace
  21. Kerns Neighborhood Association
  22. Latino Network
  23. Lents Neighborhood Association
  24. Let It Pour - Cross Disability and POC Community Action Group
  25. Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
  26. Linnton Neighborhood Association
  27. Love Action Coalition
  28. Lutheran Community Services NW
  29. Maplewood Neighborhood Association
  30. Metropolitan Public Defender
  31. Milagro Theatre
  32. Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association
  33. Muslim Community Center of Portland
  34. Muslim Educational Trust
  35. Native American Youth & Family Center
  36. No Hate Zone
  37. Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
  38. North Portland Neighborhood Services
  39. Office of Community & Civic Life, City of Portland
  40. OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
  41. Oregon Board of Rabbi’s
  42. Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crimes
  43. Oregon Coalition for Muslim Values
  44. Oregon Harbor of Hope
  45. Oregon Muslim Citizens Alliance
  46. People-Places-Things
  47. Portland African American Leadership Forum
  48. Portland Japanese American Citizens League
  49. POIC + Rosemary Anderson High School
  50. Portland Two-Spirit Society
  51. Portland UnShul
  52. Q Center
  53. Resolutions Northwest
  54. The Rosewood Initiative
  55. Sabin Community Association
  56. SE Uplift
  57. Somali American Network of Oregon
  58. Sunnyside Neighborhood Association
  59. SW Neighborhoods, Inc.
  60. Unite Oregon
  61. Urban League
  62. Verde
  63. Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship
  64. YWCA