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Most City offices closed Wednesday, June 19, to observe Juneteenth

The City of Portland recognizes Juneteenth as a formal day of remembrance to honor Black American history and the end of slavery in the United States. Learn about Juneteenth.

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Happy Pride Month!

An update from Jeff Selby, Interim Director

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Message of support to Asian community and staff

A message from Lisa Watson, Director

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Happy Pride Month!

An update from Jeff Selby, Interim Director

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Supporting Our Jewish Community

A message from Lisa Watson, Director

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Message to City Employees regarding weekend incidents of deadly violence

An update from Jeff Selby, Interim Director

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The Path Forward

An update from Jeff Selby, Interim Director

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Farewell Letter from Dr. Markisha Webster

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Joint City Statement on Hate Crimes

Our core values as a City include anti-racism and equity. Every Portlander and everyone visiting our city deserves to be welcomed and to feel that they belong. They should encounter a Portland free of bias and hate, where they do not fear for their safety and security.

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Statement on Last Weekend's Altercations

Every Portlander and everyone visiting our city deserves to be welcomed and to feel that they belong. If you have been the victim of a hate crime or bias, or felt unsafe because of who you are or what you believe, we invite you to report your experience.

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Juneteenth 2021

by Dr. Markisha Webster

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A Letter to Mr. George Floyd

by Dr. Markisha Webster

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Message from Dr. Markisha Webster Smith about Anti-Asian Violence

A letter to City employees

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We the People?

by Dr. Markisha Smith

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Language Access Guidance for the COVID-19 Response

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City of Portland Language List and Guidance

Factor 1 Analysis

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The Common Thread

Dr. Markisha Smith reflects on the current climate of political and social affairs

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Dr. Markisha Smith Named as City of Portland’s Equity Director

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Human Rights Commission and City Council honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

City Council honors the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Commissioner Amanda Fritz shares successes and looks forward

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