Written by Rabbi Debra Kolodny, Executive Director, PUAH
PUAH and Sunday Parkways Partner for a Virtual Panel
If you were unable to join us on Wednesday, May 27 as Portland Sunday Parkways partnered with Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) for a conversation on hate incident prevention and support, go to our Portland Sunday Parkways Facebook page to see the video.
The panel discussed how Portland residents and organizations can protect communities from hate and proactively create a strong base of support for communities most affected by hate violence.
Come join us for this impactful conversation.
The Panelists Include Guests from the Following Organizations:
- Portland United Against Hate (PUAH)
- Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
- Fair Housing
What is Portland United Against Hate?
Portland United Against Hate is a coalition of 80+ community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, and the City of Portland. Portland United Against Hate's (PUAH) mission is to track, respond to, and prevent acts of hate while providing support that communities need.
A Word from Portland United Against Hate on the Importance of their Work
When PUAH launched in the Fall of 2016, a major motivator was the need for an anonymous and trusted reporting system, where those targeted by hate could safely share their experience and the city could get an accurate picture of the scope of this epidemic. If we couldn’t show how widespread this problem was, how could we effectively advocate for solutions?
We knew that the gap in information was huge. The FBI and police were reporting 10-15 hate crimes in a year in Portland back then. But we knew that hundreds of instances of harassment, graffiti and even violent assaults were happening every year. Our lived experience was supported by the US Department of Justice (USDOJ). In 2018 the FBI reported around 7,000 hate crimes a year, but the USDOJ said that the real figure was closer to 250,000.
ReportHatePDX was launched in 2018 to address this gap.
As of March 30, 2020, PUAH has received 329 reports in a bit over 2 years. And we know that there is still considerable underreporting.
And that’s where you come in! You can help us create a culture of reporting in Portland and the surrounding metro area.
Have you been verbally or physically harassed because of who you are? Have you seen hate graffiti or flyering? Have you witnessed or learned about such things?
You can report today.
Visit ReportHatePDX.com and fill out the totally anonymous survey. The more information you include the more specific our analysis will be, but there is no obligation to answer all of the questions. Just fill in what you can remember.
Together we can make Portland safer!