Nearly 100 government leaders decry racism, violence
Mid-day on Friday, city, county, regional and state leaders from throughout the metropolitan area released a statement in opposition to systemic racism and decrying violence on Portland city streets.
"Black Lives Matter," the statement begins. "Violence has no place in civic engagement and protest."
Co-signers on the letter include members of the Oregon House and Senate; elected officials from the cities of Beaverton, Cornelius, Durham, Estacada, King City, Lake Owego, Milwaukie, Fairview, Forest Grove, Gladstone, Gresham, Hillsboro, North Plains, Portland, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville and Wood Village; elected officials with Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties; and officials with the Metro regional government and Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District.
More than 90 government officials signed the document.
"Today we are unified in calling on residents and visitors to our respective communities to refrain from violence in the exercise of our First Amendment rights to free speech and to peaceably assemble," the letter reads.
The full statement is as follows:
"Black Lives Matter.
"Violence has no place in civic engagement and protest.
"Throughout 2020, and in too many years prior, we have born witness to instances of racial injustice, police brutality and the rise of white supremacist rhetoric throughout our country, and right here at home. Even now we are experiencing unhelpful and inflammatory comments and acts, from many quarters, including the highest office in the land. The overwhelming majority of our community who have risen to protest for social justice and against racial inequities have done so peacefully, in keeping with public health guidelines and within the bounds protected by our state and federal constitutions.
"Unfortunately, there are some individuals who have chosen violence over peaceful protest, violence towards other protestors, violence towards police officers and even an instance of deadly violence experienced recently in downtown Portland. While we recognize the outrage toward racial injustice is the foundation for the past 100+ days of protest, we call on everyone in our community seeking to confront racial injustice and to demand police accountability to forgo the path of violence.
"We invite every member of our respective communities to continue to engage with our governments, to hold us accountable and to contribute to and facilitate a transformation away from racist systems and towards a more equitable, just community.
"Similarly, we ask those who may want to demonstrate to do so peacefully and safely. The challenging work of our law enforcement agencies is only made more so when protests turn violent. We must speak up against violence, all violence.
"We have zero tolerance for outside provocateurs bringing hate into our communities.
"We acknowledge Oregon's long and difficult history with racism. And we commit to continuing to do the work to dismantle these systems. Our communities have a proud history of supporting the right to free expression, of recognizing a wide array of political viewpoints and of understanding the role dissent and debate play in our democracy.
"What we ask now is that each of us fully embrace non-violence in the pursuit of these principles. Thank you."
Sens. Chuck Riley, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Ginny Burdick, Kathleen Taylor, Laurie Monnes Anderson, Michael Dembrow, Alissa Keny-Guyer
Reps. Andrea Salinas, Anna Williams, Brad Witt, Chris Gorsek, Diego Hernandez, Janeen Sollman, Jeff Reardon, Margaret Doherty, Maxine Dexter, Rachel Prusak, Rob Nosse, Sheri Schouten, Susan McLain, Tawna Sanchez, Tiffiny Mitchell
City of Beaverton
Denny Doyle, Mayor; Cate Arnold, Lacey Beaty, and Marc San Soucie, councilors
City of Cornelius
Jeffrey Dalin, Mayor
Dave Schamp, Luis Hernandez, councilors
City of Durham
Gery Schirado, Mayor
City of Estacada
Kimberlee Ables, councilor
Kathryn Harrington, Chair; Dick Schouten, Pam Treece, Jerry Willey, Roy Rogers, commissioners
Jim Bernard, Chair; Martha Schrader, Paul Savas, Sonya Fischer, commissioners
Deborah Kafoury, Chair; Lori Stegmann, Jessica Vega Pederson, commissioners
Lynn Peterson, Council President; Shirley Craddick, Christine Lewis, Craig Dirksen, Juan Carlos González, Sam Chase, Bob Stacey, councilors
Ken Gibson, Mayor
City of Lake Oswego
Kent Studebaker, Mayor ;Theresa Kohlhoff, Councilor
City of Milwaukie
Mark Gamba, Mayor; Kathy Hyzy, Wilda Park, councilors
City of Fairview
Darren Riordan, Keith A Kudrna, councilors
City of Forest Grove
Pete Truax, Mayor; Timothy A. Rippe, Val Valfre Jr., councilors
City of Gladstone
Matt Tracy, Council President ;Thomas Mersereau, Neal Reisner, councilors
City of Gresham
Karylinn Echols, Mayor; Eddy Morales, Vince Jones-Dixon, Mario Palmero, councilors
City of Hillsboro
Steve Callaway, Mayor; Beach Pace, Kyle Allen, Olivia Alcaire, Anthony Martin, Fred Nachtigal, Rick Van Beveren, councilors
Tualatin Hills Parks & Rec Dept
Heidi Edwards, Board Director; Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg, Board President
City of North Plains
Teri Lenahan, Mayor
City of Portland
Ted Wheeler, Mayor; Amanda Fritz, Commissioner
City of Sherwood
Renee Brouse, Sean Garland, councilors
City of Tigard
Jason B. Snider, Mayor; Heidi Lueb, Councilor
City of Tualatin
Frank Bubenik, Mayor; Nancy Grimes, Paul Morrison, Robert Kellogg, Valerie Pratt, councilors
City of West Linn
Russell Axelrod, Mayor
City of Wilsonville
Tim Knapp, Mayor; Kristin Akervall, Councilor
City of Wood Village
Scott Harden, Mayor; John C. Miner, Councilor
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