The 107 Independent Supporters Trust is now the 46th Portland-based community organization to join the recently formed group, Portland United Against Hate. This decision was supported unanimously by both the Outreach Committee and the 107IST Board of Directors after lengthy discussions at both levels. We feel that this group aligns with our ethos as an organization, helps spread the word about who we are and what we do, and allows us to align with some of the groups that are working directly with populations that we have continually targeted in pursuit of our mission.
Community and City Response to Hate
Portland United Against Hate is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City. Together, we are building a rapid response system that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and providing the support and protection our communities need in this uncertain era. We seek to combine our resources, assets and relationships to create an inclusive city that protects, embraces, and celebrates its diverse communities.
We hear the outcry of our communities. In recent months, many community organizations report increasing incidents of hate crimes and intimidation, including bullying and violence stemming from racism, xenophobia, religious bigotry, islamophobia, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, stigma, and misogyny. This affects every area of our lives, including our workplaces, schools, places of worship, healthcare facilities, the marketplace, and more. We reject this hateful behavior.
We are tackling this toxic environment head on. Our partnership is bound by these common values: we oppose a registry of people based on their faith, culture, ethnicity, and documentation status. We know Black Lives Matter. We will continue advocating reform of our police department and building trust between police and communities of color so everybody feels safe in our neighborhoods. We support Portland’s evolution as an Inclusive City, regardless of the threats made by the Trump administration.
We have come together. This community initiated partnership is combining forces with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), whose charge is to connect and support all Portlanders to work collaboratively with government to build inclusive, safe, and livable neighborhoods and communities. Community organizations look to ONI to collaborate in creating a robust response to the negative forces that undermine our city and community.
Our bold and intentional collaborative efforts are designed to protect communities from hate and proactively, create a strong base of support, provide the tools and resources to combat oppression, prosper economically and thrive collectively. Everyone and every community deserves a safe, prosperous, and peaceful life, a life free from hate and harassment. We recognize and honor our collective resilience and our right to nurture our communities from a place of compassion, security, and belonging.
“With divisiveness and hatred becoming the norm at the national level, and here on the Best Coast, we must find ways to support our neighbors. I sincerely appreciate this statement of community values, being generated by the people, for the people. We believe in dignity and respect for all. That is the Portland way.” Commissioner Amanda Fritz
We invite you to join us. Need help? Please reach out to the organizations below. Someone there will listen to what happened, and help you find a solution. Want to be involved? YOU can volunteer, lend your financial support, get trained on how to combat hate, and come together for community events. YOU can speak up when you hear or see hateful, harassing or intimidating acts. YOU can be part of creating a truly welcoming community. Together, we can all unite against hate.
Portland United Against Hate Member Organizations
APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon)
Coalition of Communities of Color
East Portland Action Plan
East Portland Neighborhood Office
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Iraqi Society of Oregon
IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization)
IRCO Africa House
IRCO Asian Family Center
Jewish Voices of Peace
Kerns Neighborhood Association
Lents Neighborhood Association
Linnton Neighborhood Association
Love Action Coalition
Maplewood Neighborhood Association
Metropolitan Public Defender
Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association
Muslim Community Center of Portland
Muslim Educational Trust
Native American Youth & Family Center
No Hate Zone
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
North Portland Neighborhood Services
Office of Neighborhood Involvement City of Portland (ONI)
Oregon Board of Rabbis
Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crimes
Oregon Coalition for Muslim Values
Oregon Muslim Citizens Alliance
Portland African American Leadership Forum
Portland Japanese American Citizens League
Portland Two-Spirit Society
Sabin Community Association
Sunnyside Neighborhood Association
SW Neighborhoods, Inc.
Urban League of Portland
YWCA of Greater Portland
107 Independent Supporters Trust (107IST)
Here is where the invitation to join PUAH in marching at the 82nd Ave Parade of Roses this weekend was going to go. However, the event was canceled due to threats of violence.
This is the world we live in. We Are the Shining City on the Hill. We’ll keep you posted on how you can be involved in our joint efforts. Let’s do this, Portland.