POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Amanda Fritz What Happened?
Office of Equity and Human Rights

Thank you.  This will not fail.  We cannot fail.  Our future depends on it.  The prosperity of our city and wealth of our citizens depends on it.  There have been so many attempts in the past to address the known disparities that have grown over centuries and this is an action oriented specifically looking to get results with actions.  We have 19 actions from the March Portland plan, we have another 14 from the latest draft, and 13 principles in the draft work plan.  That's just a start before we hire an expert director.  We'll do a nationwide search for that.  The committee will reconvene to start work on that.  We share your urgency, commissioner Saltzman, we cannot wait for these changes to be seen and experienced in our neighborhoods.  Diversity is something that you see but inclusion is something that you feel, and there's a lot of people who do not feel included in our city. 


So I -- I started last night devising a list of people to thank and quickly realized I would miss somebody out and there's been so many people who’ve been involved on so many levels that I’m not going to name any particular person.  There's the community members, the City staff, the creation committee and consultants, thank you all.  Each one of you who came today to support this work.  We can't do this without you.  This is one of the differences between this work and what has been done before. 


It's a partnership.  It's a collaboration.  And it's a partnership and collaboration with people who don't inherently trust each other because we have experienced such hurt and such damage and we're not where we want to be to start off with.  So we recognized that six months ago, and I recognized I was going to say things in a way that would make people mad and I would then learn because people would be kind and tell me.  I don't think you meant that, but this is what I heard.  We'll keep doing that.  And we have to keep doing that. 


"Portland polite" has been the norm for so long that we don't talk about racial injustice and injustice for people with disabilities.  We shy away from that because many think we're doing just fine, thank you.  We're not doing just fine, thank you.  And the future of our city, the prosperity of everyone, including the suits, and I have to mention that I’ve been married it a man who often wears suits.  It's his birthday today.  So maybe if I can be forgiven for the number of hours I don't get to be at home, that is appreciated.  But the men who hold high places must be the ones to start to build a new reality closer to the heart.  And that's what we're seeing today. 


The men on the city council are partnering with me: the woman, the immigrant on the council to forge this new reality, just as the founders of our nation started out by saying that all men are created equal, and yet the men had to vote to give women the vote, and the white man voted to pass the civil rights act, and those without disabilities voted for the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is how we build community. This is how we become the America that I chose to move to.  So that everybody can experience the American dream.  And this office has been disparaged as not being specific enough and not needed - a waste of money. 


There's no more important use of taxpayers’ money than making sure that everybody has access to a good job and everybody has services in their neighborhoods and that people's services are just as much services as putting in streets, although while we're at it, let’s make sure that we put in streets where needed and that different neighborhoods have the services they need.  This office is going to be helping to guide, educate, direct and provide accountability to give the feedback to the city bureaus to start off with, leading with race and ethnicity and also focusing on people with disabilities.  That's our charge for the first year. 


We’re not going to have a massive turn-around in the first year, but we are going to have some specific measurable products we'll bring to council on a regular basis because we all share the urgency, we cannot wait to make these improvements.  This has been a difficult process and again, I laud everybody who has put their personal needs and personal opinions aside to look to the common good.  And to dare to hope that this could be different.  This could be the work that we could join in together that would get Portland over the hump to be not only the most sustainable city in the country but the most just and the place where everybody feels welcome and businesses move here knowing their employees and CEOs would feel welcome here because it's a society where everybody feels they have access to opportunities. 


A few months ago, Commissioner Fish invited me to the opening of Bud Clark commons, which is a beautiful $49 million building, and I was very happy to support the provision of services for people who live outside and the coordination of services for people who need a little extra help and I thought at the time certainly my first term at city council, I’m not going to be opening a $49 million building. And this isn't the opening of anything.  This is the design work. 


All of us figuring out who needs to be at the table and put out the requests for proposals for the director and figuring out how to move forward. Proposals for the director and figuring out how to move forward and I envision getting to a building, a building of community, a building where we feel we've been heard and our needs are met and we can do that within five years, I believe, because the need is so urgent and the skills of the folks here and the skills in the community, there's so much support for this and if you are watching at home, haven't heard that, haven't experienced that, go talk to your neighbors. 


Talk to people who might be able to give you a different perspective, and listen.  That's a lot of what this is about.  Listening to each other and recognizing we don't have all of the answers.  If someone did, I’d have a beautiful 20-point list for you that we could get done by next week. That’s not what we’re doing here. We’re building the house of community together. So thank you to my colleagues on the council for supporting this. Thank you, Mayor Adams, your leadership and insistence we do this differently and in a data driven way and based on research.  Thank you to the communities of color and the urban league for providing some of that data.  This and better we'll do.  Thank you so much.  Aye.   

Table of Contents
Residential Infill Project comments
Better Housing by Design speech
Draft Tree Code Resolution December 2019
Portland Water Bureau Annual Report on Filtration Plant Planning, June 2019
Proposed Charter Change Ballot Captions and Summaries
Proposed Charter Amendments
2019-20 Budget Speech
Speech on Withdrawing from JTTF, 2/13/19
Dr. Markisha Smith joins the Office of Equity and Human Rights
Revised Proposed Legislative Agenda 2019
Local and Federal Investments on Homelessness
Community Input on 2019 Legislative Priorities
Speech on Protest Safety Ordinance
Open and Accountable Elections ordinance 2016
Open & Accountable Elections Director Selected
Message to City Employees on All-user restrooms
Fiscal Report for my office, 2009 - 20016
My speech at Open and Accountable Elections public hearing, September 2016
San Francisco Resolution regarding policies of President-elect Trump
Report on Demolition Regulations Implementation, 2016
2012 Resolution and 2016 MOU on Tribal Consultation
Open and Accountable Elections proposed code
Chief Marshman Statement 10/12/16
Comments on Police union contract vote
Updated information on Proposed Police Contract
Frequently Asked Questions on Proposed Portland Police Association contract
Community Conversation on SE 3rd & Harrison Site: Discussion Highlights
Community Conversation on SE 3rd & Harrison Site: Discussion Highlights
A Home For Everyone Summary
My speech on Transportation Network Companies/taxis
Paid Parental Leave FAQ
Paid Parental Leave Ordinance
Decision-making on Duniway Park donation
Closed Captioning Press Release
Closed Captioning Ordiance
Especially Large Tree Development Proposal
How to Make a Difference at a Planning Commission or City Council Hearing
Noise Task Force Application
Substitute Ordinance Pile Driving
Portland's Protected Sick Time Code
Speech on JTTF Memorandum Of Understanding
ACLU letter on JTTF 2-25-15
Comments on SDC Waivers for Middle-Income Housing in Old Town Chinatown
One Key Question Press Release
One Key Question Resolution
Vending Carts Regulations brochure (pdf)
2013 Span of Control Report (pdf)
Captioned video of Council hearing on Blood Donations and HIV precautions, September 2013
DHM Oregon Opinion Poll 2013
Department of Justice Settlement Agreement
Resolution on Zoning Confirmation Letter, Oct 2, 2013
Right to Dream Too Zoning Confirmation Letter, for Oct 2 hearing
Street Musicians Agreement FAQs
Street Musicians Agreement (pdf)
Occupancy/rental taxes on hotels, rental vehicles, etc.
Adopted Protected Sick Time Ordinance 3/13/13
Adopted Protected Sick Leave Code
Metro Fact Sheet on the proposed Oregon Convention Center Hotel
Statement on proposed Public Utility District, 7/18/13 (pdf)
Comments on Parks and Development Services, one month into my assignment
Corrected Comments at the vote on the 2013 - 14 Budget
Comments at the vote on the 2013 - 14 Budget
Ordinance creating the Office of Equity and Human Rights, 09/21/10
Job Posting 3/15/13, Administrative Assistant/Constituent Services Specialist
Adopted Protected Sick Leave Code 3/13/13
Helen Moss OpEd in the Oregonian on why Sick Leave is needed now
Task Force Issues Summary
Protected Sick Time Code proposal 2-28-13 (clean version)
Protected Sick Time proposal 2-28-13 showing changes since 1-18-13
Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 3 Notes
Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 2 Notes
Agenda, Earned Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 2
Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 1 Notes
Earned Sick Leave Task Force members
Memo to Venture Portland members on Earned Sick Leave (pdf)
PSU Economists' Analysis of Earned Sick Leave costs and benefits (pdf)
Proposed Sick Leave Code
Proposed Sick Leave Ordinance
NW Parking: Phased Implementation (Exhibit C)
NW Parking: Amended TMA Structure (Exhibit B)
NW Parking: Additional Amendments to Map Boundary
NW Parking: Amended Resolution
Adopted Principles for Budget Advisory Committees
Public Involvement Advisory Council
City Budget Office proposed Code changes
City Budget Office proposed Ordinance
3-1-1 Resolution passed 10/10/12
Link to article commenting on Harvard fluoride study
Substitute Resolution on Coal Trains, 9/19/12
Statement of Intent for improvements in Portland Police Bureau policies and practices, and the City's care for people experiencing mental illnesses, 9/13/12 (pdf)
US Department of Justice Findings in Investigation of Portland Police Bureau, 9/13/12 (pdf)
Comments at the Fluoridation vote, 9/12/12
Open Reservoir Work Session Follow-Up Storage Volumes
Open Reservoir Work Session Follow-Up 08-27-12
DRAFT Summary of current City payments of County services
Library District Budget Impacts
Office of Equity and Human Rights Powerpoint Presentation
Office of Equity and Human Rights One Year Work Plan
Letter to the OLCC from Nine Portland-Area State Legislators
2012 Spirit of Portland Awards Nomination Form
Ordinance Related to Licensing Exterior Areas
OLCC Exterior Areas Petition Document
West Portland Crossroads Report by Patty Lee
Council presentation on Portland Harbor from March 28, 2012
Final State Legislature Summary, 3/7/12
Sidewalks Data
PBA Letter on Downtown Marketing Initiative funding, 2/12
State Legislative Update 2/17/12
Team statistics for the 2009 calendar year
State Legislative Update
Final Resolution on Corporate Personhood
Speech from Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen
Cox v. New Hampshire 1941 U.S. Supreme Court decision
Letter from CFO Rich Goward Regarding City Investment of Funds
Office of Equity and Human Rights Seeks Director
Report from the 1st International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities, Dublin, Ireland September 28-30, 2011
Letter to the Postmaster General
Office of Equity and Human Rights
Response to NECN regarding Last Thursday, 7/28/11
Safer PDX Report Powerpoint
Mid-project Presentation to Council, Safer PDX
Proposed Office of Equity Work Plan, 8/17 Public Review Draft
Proposed draft Equity Office creation ordinance, 8/17 public review draft
Garbage Rates and Options, October 2011
East Portland Expo Program 2011 (pdf)
State Legislative Update 6/30/11
Technology Oversight Committee Application information (pdf)
State Legislative Update 6/24/11
State Legislative Update 6/19/11
State Legislative Update 6/10/11
State Legislative Update 5/28/11
Reports on Equity/Disparities
State Legislative Update 4/29/11
BOEC (9-1-1 Center) 2011-12 Budget Advisory Committee presentation
Equity Office Concept - DRAFT 3/22/11
Equity Office Concept - DRAFT 3/22/11
3/3/11 Update on siting of Wireless Antennas in neighborhoods
Video of Portland Broadband Strategic Plan kickoff session
Biographies of 2011 Charter Commission members
Mayor Adams's response on Human Trafficking statistics and the real problem we face
2011 Charter Commission process Q & A
Appointees to the 2011 City Charter Commission
2011 Charter Commission Appointment Resolution
Sidewalk Management Citations Data, June - August 2010
Resolution on Broadband Strategic Plan, 9/22/10
Summary of Proposed Portland Alcohol Impact Area
OLCC information on Alcohol Impact Areas
National Women's Health Week Project Report
Sidewalk Management Plan updates
Planning for SW Parks
Comments on West Hayden Island Resolution 7/29/10
Amanda's Amendments on West Hayden Island Resolution 7/29/10
Public Safety bond referral
Process for review of Cellular facilities in neighborhoods
Schools/Parks Amendments 4/28/10
Memo to Council on Schools/Parks Code project
City report on 2010 Oregon Legislative session
Central City Concern - spending taxpayers' money wisely
Report on Central City Concern's program effectiveness
Tree removal and construction on I-5 in SW
2010 Regional Graffiti All-Stars
Tibet Proclamation
Neighborhoods in the News, Summer/Fall 2009
Dirty Duck Demolition Permit remarks
Human Rights Commission statement on Aaron Campbell shooting
Questions and Comments on Bull Run Land Exchange and new Bull Run Code
US Postal Service letter on schedule for changing address from 39th Avenue to Cesar E Chavez Boulevard
Water Bureau Fulton/Willamette Park Pump Station
Independent Police Review Dec 2009 Quarterly report
Status of the Columbia River Crossing Bridge
Willamette Week article on Riverfest 2009
Potential Health Impacts of Wireless Facilities
Report on Prostitution Advisory Committee on 82nd Avenue (pdf)
Winter shelters information
Sharing Public Spaces Report
Visit with Gateway Area Business Association
Comments on Bull Run water treatment options, 7/27/09
Community Discussion on Sharing Public Spaces, 7/21/09
Community Discussion on Sharing Public Spaces, 7/18/09
Comments on Proposed Stadium in Lents Park
Statement of Concerns on Major League Soccer
Hayden Island Plan
My first 100 days
Report on the Office of Healthy Working Rivers
City Auditor Report on the City Government's Financial Condition
Office of Healthy Working Rivers organizational meetings
The Great Soccer Debate
"Made In Oregon" sign
Progress on defeating Graffiti
Radon Awareness Month