My heart goes out to the victims and their loved ones devastated by the terrorist attack in New Zealand. This tragedy is a stark reminder that white supremacy kills, and even though this act of violence took place across the globe it hits close to home. It is appalling, and no person should fear for their life anywhere in our community – particularly a house of worship.
If you experience or witness hate-motivated violence, particularly Islamophobia given these events in Christchurch, please report it and learn about additional available resources through Portland United Against Hate’s ReportHatePDX.com. They offer reporting tools, access to resources like counseling, victim advocacy, and training opportunities from 13 community-based organizations.
We cannot forget that many of our Muslim neighbors, friends, and family are targeted daily here in Portland. I want to say to the Muslim community in our city that Portland stands with you: you are welcome here, you are treasured, and we will protect you.
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly