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Vigils to stand in solidarity against May 26, 2017 killings by White Supremacist
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Vigil starts at 6:30 so as not to interfere with the breaking of the Ramadan fast. Vigil will continue past 8:30 PM.
Hollywood/Northeast 42nd Ave. Transit Center MAX Station, 1410 NE 42nd Ave.
Please bring your own candle to the vigil
Muslim Education Trust also invites you to a west-side prayer and vigil
Muslim Education Trust Community Center
10330 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Tigard, OR
Portland United Against Hate urges coalition members to come together as a community to stand up against hate and bigotry as we grieve the senseless stabbing and murder of two brave men and a third recovering in a hospital who put their lives on the line as they protected two Muslim women aboard a Trimet MAX train at the Hollywood Station late Friday afternoon, May 26.
In a statement from coalition member Muslim Education Trust, “When slurs of hate were shouted towards the Muslim women, three bystanders took it upon themselves to stand up against hate and bigotry, two of whom ended up losing their lives as a result of a brutal stabbing. We grieve and honor their lives, and extend our deepest condolences to the families of these victims and everyone affected by this traumatic encounter.”
This senseless tragedy occurred on the eve of Ramadhan, the holy Muslim month of fasting, self-reflection, and spreading of peace and communal unity.
The Southern Poverty Law Center reports the perpetrator was a known White Supremacist. The Portland Mercury reports the same individual was intimidating People of Color, Immigrants and Refugees on April 29 on 82nd Ave.
In an earlier statement this morning the Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, Executive Director of APANO and coalition member, stated, “This horrific violence requires us to reflect deeply on root causes, and is not an excuse to further militarize our communities. We believe in a world where everyone lives without fear of discrimination, exclusion or harm. May more Oregonians take action to interrupt hate and stand for love. In these terrible moments, we are reminded of our fragile humanity and the need to build institutions around the inherent worth and dignity of all people, institutions that function as systems of care.”
Other actions you can take to stand up against hate:
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
Partners as of May 4, 2017
Community initiated partnership of community organizations of color, neighborhood groups, and the City of Portland building a rapid response network that combines reporting and tracking of hate acts and provides support our communities need at this time.
Information about vigil and public announcement regarding Portland United Against Hate coalition, Tues. Feb. 14, 5:30 PM, Da Vinci Middle School