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Portland United Against Hate

Portland United Against Hate is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City, working with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement to build 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.

The City of Portland has taken an active role to support the work of this collaborative effort by issuing $350,000 in grants to community organizations and hiring a program coordinator. To get involved, email

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Announcing the 2017-18 Portland United Against Hate Grantees: 

Grantee Organization Grant Project Title  Project Summary Grant Amount
African Youth Community Organization Strengthening Communities and Intercultural Relationship: Standing together against Hate Stem the impact of hate and intolerance through workshops with East African community, many of whom are Muslim, about immigrant rights, information exchange between immigrants/refugees and public service providers, community healing workshops, Community Chai and Dialogue groups, and youth leadership development groups. Hire a community advocate from the East African community to document, respond to hate incidents, and support victims in action oriented responses.   $30,000.00 
As the Spirit Moves Us  Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces: Training Active Bystanders Twelve trainings on Interrupting Hate with 4 community organizations (Latino Network, NAACP, YWCA, Q Center) representing communities color and others most impacted by hateful acts to learn and practice tactics and strategies for intervention. Three workshops sessions with a cohort of apprentice trainers to build their capacity to offer Interrupting Hate workshops and carry the material forward beyond the grant.   $17,085.00 
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon Asian Pacific American Communities United Against Hate Report and respond to hate incidents in the Asian Pacific Islander communities, hold trainings to prevent and understand the impact of hate against API communities, develop rapid response communications network to communicate to most affected communities when incidents occur.  $33,000.00 
Coalition of Communities of Color Data About Us By Us: Communities Track Hate Design and implement a data collection tool to track hate incidents in partnership with other PUAH grantees. Train organizations as points of contact for reporting hate incidents and using the tool.  $35,000.00 
Fair Housing Council of Oregon Hate Has No Place in Housing Focus on hate and harassment in housing through education, outreach, and enforcement; conduct direct culturally-appropriate outreach to impacted communities about their rights and to housing providers about their responsibilities under Fair Housing laws and other laws that address hate incidents; expand housing discrimination hotline and advocacy around hate incidents. $34,480.00 
Immigrant Refugee Community Organization, Africa House Portland United Against Hate Partner Will provide the African community consistent bilingual points of contact and community engagement; utilize PUAH Coalition tools to track and respond to hate incidents in the community; provide resources and referrals to victims of hate; culturally specific education and outreach; train staff on how to respond to hate incidents. $17,500.00 
Latino Network Portland United Against Hate Conduct culturally specific community outreach to the Latino communities, collect data as a point of contact for hate incidents, and respond to hate incidents as they occur. Proactively plan and prepare communities and families for hateful policies, raids and detentions. $30,435.00 
Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling Friend, Neighbor, Ally: Community Response and Supportive Engagement with those Targeted by Hate and Bias Fifteen trainings for the public on understanding, responding to, and preventing hate incidents, and an online hate response toolkit. Act as a point of contact for victims of hate activity, including culturally appropriate support services, referrals, and low/no cost counseling. Train counselors, staff, and therapists on topics of hate and bias to provide appropriate and sensitive services.  $35,000.00 
Lutheran Community Services Northwest Culturally and Community Specific Hate Crime Victim Advocacy Services Point of contact to report and offer services to immigrant and refugee victims of hate; offer crisis intervention services and advocacy for those impacted by hateful incidents; do outreach and education to 300 members of refugee communities about hate incidents and how to report. Deliver three bystander intervention trainings.   $35,000.00 
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Bus Riders Unite Against Hate: Trained Experts in De-escalation (TEDs) on Portland's Transit System Build a safety system for targets of white supremacist violence outside of the transit police department by building a cohort of 30 trained transit rider ambassadors (Trained Experts in De-escalation: TEDs). Increase riders perception of safety. Organize transit riders to advocate for public funding for an on-going rider advocate program.  $17,500.00 
Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center + Rosemary Anderson High School Hate Crime Education and Response Train staff to identify, report, respond to hate incidents, and to serve as first point of contact for those experiencing hate incidents. African American youth led peer-to-peer outreach program to understand, report, and prevent hateful incidents. Conduct outreach to school communities around community standards against hate, know your rights, and other tolerance practices.  $17,500.00 
Q Center Hate Crime Response and Supportive Services Training Initiative Point of contact and response coordinator for hate incidents directed at LGBTQ+ communities; expand the information and referral program for those affected by hate. Organize trainings for all PUAH community partners on queer and trans competency, hate reporting, serving youth, and a training for youth to report and respond to hate incidents.  $17,500.00 
Unite Oregon Hayaan Project Hayaan Project embodies a strategy, led by immigrants and refugees, to train the Portland community on rapid response to hate incidents, provide direct legal assistance and community support to victims of hate, collect and report hate incident data, and mobilize impacted communities and allies to push back against policy attacks.  $30,000.00 
 Total Funded     $350,000



Easy actions to take right now to stand up against hate in our communities:



What is Portland United Against Hate - Joint Statement

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, 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.

“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

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.


Portland United Against Hate Coalition Members:

Sign on to the statement and join the coalition by contacting Kari Koch at or 503.823.2294

Report: Addressing Hate Speech

A report by the Nexus Fund from communities on the ground addressing hate speech about how funders can be informed to invest in this important work to prevent and respond to hate. 

Portland United Against Hate Statement

Joint Statement from the coalition members of PUAH

Feb. 14, 2017 Showing Up for Love on Valentines - Portland United Against Hate

Information about vigil and public announcement regarding Portland United Against Hate coalition, Tues. Feb. 14, 5:30 PM, Da Vinci Middle School