Across the country, hateful attacks have been happening, most recently in Bloomington, Minnesota and Charlottesville, Virginia. Racist, hateful, and violent assaults have also occurred in our city – both before and after the murders on MAX. Our community members and City staff have been victims of continuing and recent acts of hate and discrimination.
We must not allow hateful words or acts to pass without action. We must all come together, as Portlanders, to support one another during this tumultuous time.
As your City Commissioner, I want to be very clear: this is not just about tolerance. This is about embracing and welcoming all human beings. This is about rejoicing in the richness that Portlanders new to our community bring, as well as valuing and honoring longtime residents. This is about the true spirit of Portland.
We stand for justice. We stand for compassion. We stand for inclusion. We stand for love.
Are you wondering what you can do to show your support for these values? Parks for New Portlanders, in partnership with Sunday Parkways and refugee and immigrant organizations, is organizing a Walk with Refugees and Immigrants this Sunday August 20th, at 11 am. Of course, people using mobility devices, children in strollers, and others using alternative transportation are welcome, too. We will gather at the East Portland Neighborhood Office (1017 NE 117th Ave, Portland) and walk together with refugee and immigrant neighbors. We will learn some neighbors’ stories. We will enjoy music, food, and other family activities. We will have a chance to create new friendships.
I invite you to participate, joining an act of love against hate.