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Joint City Statement on Hate Crimes

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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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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.

According to data released last week by the FBI, hate crime reports in Oregon increased by 59% last year, and nationally, to their highest level in more than a decade.  This increase represents real hurt to individuals and to our community, and it undermines our collective safety. These incidents can violate an entire group’s or community’s sense of safety and belonging while depriving victims of feeling safe in their own communities.

These reports deserve a swift and strong response. If you have been the victim of a hate crime or bias incident in Portland, we encourage you to report your experience to:

The City of Portland aims to eradicate racism from our city institutions, and to make our city more just and equitable. Thank you for joining us in this crucial work.

  • Mayor Ted Wheeler
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps
  • Commissioner Dan Ryan
  • Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty
  • Director Dr. Markisha Webster, Office of Equity and Human Rights
  • Director Mike Myers, Community Safety
  • Chief Chuck Lovell, Portland Police Bureau
  • Chief Sara Boone, Portland Fire and Rescue
  • Director Adena Long, Portland Parks and Recreation
  • Chief Administrative Office Tom Rinehart, Office of Management and Finance
  • City Attorney Robert Taylor
  • Chief Human Resource Officer Cathy L. Bless
  • Interim Director Jonna Papaefthimiou, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
  • Interim Director Michael J. Montoya, Office of Community & Civic Life
  • Director Gabriel Solmer, Portland Water Bureau
  • Director Brie Fraley, Office of Government Relations
  • Director Sam Hutchinson, Bureau of Fire and Police Disability and Retirement
  • Director Elisabeth Perez, Office of Community Technology
  • Director Rebecca Esau, Bureau of Development Services
  • Director Chris Warner, Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • Director Shannon Callahan, Portland Housing Bureau
  • Director Bob Cozzie, Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications
  • Director Michael Jordan, Bureau of Environmental Services
  • Director Kimberly Branam, Prosper Portland
  • Director Lisa Pellegrino, Portland Children’s Levy
  • City Budget Director Jessica Kinard
  • Director Jeff Baer, Bureau of Technology Services
  • Director Andrea Durbin, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Contact

Will Howell

Communications Director (Rubio)