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Posted on: March 18, 2021

Portland Mayor & Council Denounce Recent Hate Incident


Mayor Kate Snyder and the Portland City Council are denouncing a hate incident committed against an Asian American woman and her family on Monday, thanking the Portland Police Department for its swift work in apprehending the individual responsible, offering support for the Asian American community in Portland, and reminding citizens that hate has no home here.   

The Portland community stands united against racism,” said Mayor Kate Snyder. Unfortunately, hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. But together, we must call it out and stop it. Acts of cowardice, intent on causing fear and division, cannot be tolerated by any one of us. In light of other horrific events that have happened across the country, we need to be vigilant in not tolerating any form of hate crime, and offering our support for all who call our community home.”


“Today, I stand in solidarity with our Asian and Asian American communities locally and nationally who are experiencing a surge in unprovoked and violent attacks for the past year, fueled by racist rhetoric at the national level,” said Councilor Pious Ali, At-Large. “Our city is welcoming and an attack on any group in our community is not going to be tolerated. We will continue to work to make Portland a city that welcomes everyone and creates a secured community with a sense of belonging and inclusiveness for all and we stand united against hate.” 


“Our community is working hard to create greater equity, recognize and celebrate diversity, and increase opportunity for all,” said Councilor April Fournier, At-Large. “It is incredibly frustrating and disappointing to hear about the verbal assault made against one of our community members, simply because of her race. Standing with our Asian American Pacific Islander community members is not enough. We know that words matter, but actions speak louder than words. We must push ourselves to create space in every conversation about bias, privilege, racism, and how we perpetuate these problems (intentionally or unintentionally) in our city. I look forward to more community conversations on navigating this critical work so that incidents like this become a thing of the past.”


“Portland is and always has been a welcoming city, and we will not tolerate these unacceptable acts,” said Councilor Nick Mavodones, At-Large. “I’m thankful this racist act was reported and that our police department was able to take swift action. I’m proud of the work my colleagues and I have done to make Portland a safe and inclusive community, and we will continue to prioritize these efforts.” 


“The continued rise of violent racist behavior towards communities of color is unacceptable and not welcome in Portland,” said City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, District 2. “I join my colleagues in speaking out against these violent attacks on the Asian American community. Hate has no place in Portland.”


“As an Asian American, I am deeply saddened by the murders in Atlanta, Georgia and my heart goes out to the victims of those families,” said Councilor Tae Chong, District 3. “Hate crimes against Asian Americans have been alarmingly on the rise nationally and the incident that took place in Portland with one of our own community members is unsettling, but I commend the community and the Portland Police for the quick investigation. Our community is only as good as how safe everyone feels. Hate has no place in our community where we all call Portland home.” 

“We have seen a sharp increase in racially motivated attacks on the Asian American community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Councilor Andrew Zarro, District 4. “These racist hate crimes are despicable and deeply damaging to our communities. No-one should ever have to face such vitriol or violence, especially based on their race. We must step up not only to condemn these acts of hate, but also acknowledge and educate the public on the anti-Asian racist history in this country. We must continue to amplify AAPI voices, create spaces that are safe and inclusive and reject all manner of hate, including micro-aggressions. To our AAPI community, we love you and will fight for you.”


“I commend the swift investigation of this incident by the police and the willingness of citizens to step forward to identify the suspect responsible for this violence,” said Councilor Mark Dion, District 5. “Justice for the victim must acknowledge the impact this act of racism is having on our Asian friends, families and neighbors. For too long, the presence of our Asian community has been invisible in the broader discussion of social equity. We must reject not only the poison of hate violence, but the social harm of racial invisibility as we move forward to build a true bridge of inclusion in Portland.”


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