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2019 – The Year in Hate and Resistance in Oregon — February 4, 2020

2019 – The Year in Hate and Resistance in Oregon

February 4, 2020

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2019 saw an alarming number of hate crimes across the state, but also some incredible efforts to fight hate in Oregon. The year began with KKK graffiti appearing in Cave Junction and ended with a racially motivated stabbing in Ontario. There is some evidence that, despite violent attacks that include several assaults on LGBT people, there might be a leveling off of the spike that followed the 2016 election. In November, the FBI released its annual hate crime report, finding 139 hate crimes reported in Oregon in 2018 (of which 88 were violent), as compared to 169 (86 violent) in 2017, a 17% reduction in reported hate crimes. However, the national trends are a little less comforting, including a fairly dramatic increase in anti-Semitic incidents over the last year.

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While these horrible things were happening across the state, some important progress was being made. In July, Governor Brown signed a bill that added Holocaust education to the state’s school curriculum. The state also enacted a new bias crime law, SB 577, that expanded protections, mandated the better collecting of data, and, perhaps most importantly, created a network of resources for survivors of bias crimes. The CAHC was present at the Governor’s signing of the bill on July 15 and has participated in the steering committee charged with implementing the law. The law was the result of intense work by a partnership of community groups and the Oregon Attorney General’s office that included a series of listening sessions across the state in January.

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The year also saw several hate crime cases moving through the court system, including an increasing number that have been charged under SB 577. The trial of Jeremy Christian, who has been held in a Multnomah County jail since the 2017 stabbing attack on a Portland Max train, was delayed until January, 2020.  In March, a jury found Russell Courtier guilty of the racially motivated 2016 murder of Larnell Bruce, Jr. in Gresham. The family of Bruce was present for the signing of Oregon’s new bias crime law in July.

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The year also the witnessed menacing presence of the Proud Boys, accused of violent attacks, a large alt-right rally in Portland on August 17, and Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson indicted for inciting a riot. In response to the August 17 rally, Portland hosted an Our City, Our Home Anti-Hate Rally in Pioneer Square on August 14. On February 7, the city council had passed a resolution condemning white supremacy and the alt right.

The new year (and new decade) will see the implementation of the state’s new bias crime law and the creation of a hotline for Oregonian’s to report both bias crime and non-criminal bias incidents (1-844-924-BIAS).

The chronology below is divided into two categories. The first are hate crimes and incidents that were reported in 2019 via the CAHC Facebook page. The second category are examples of how the state has responded to the issue of hate, from both an institutional and community level. It is certainly not a complete tally of all incidents, but highlights both the normality of hate as well as the incredible resistance that occurs in our state.

2019 – The Year in Hate in Oregon

January

Jan. 11 – Holocaust deniers crash Attorney General’s session, Medford.

Jan. 12 – KKK grafitti, Cave Junction.

Jan. 18 – White supremacist Andrew Oswalt re-enrolls in OSU, Corvallis.

Jan. 18 – KKK flyers posted, Astoria.

Jan. 22 – Portland mayor threatened by member of Proud Boys.

Jan. 23 – Parkrose High athletes called racial slurs at St. Helens High game.

February

Feb. 10 – Transgender woman attacked, Portland.

Feb. 17 – Flyers for racist YouTuber posted in Hollywood neighborhood, Portland.

Feb. 19 – Report of anti-gay harassment on Trimet bus (#72), Portland.

Feb. 22 – Jeremy Christian to use a mental health defense in Max stabbing case.

Feb. 23 – Report of racist/anti-gay harassment, SE 86th & Division, Portland.

Feb. 23 – “Radical Agenda” pro-Holocaust flyers found in Abernathy neighborhood, Oregon City.

Feb. 26 – Report of anti-gay harassment, SE 65th & Foster, Portland.

March

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Mar. 3 – Reports of white supremacists and anti-gay harassment, Portland.

Mar. 4 – White man arrested for racial harassment, Portland.

Mar. 6 – Teacher tells student to “Go back to Mexico,” Salem.

Mar. 12 – Proud Boy arrested, Patriot Prayer member indicted, Portland.

Mar. 20 – Swastika carved in Russian restaurant, SE Portland.

Mar. 21 – White Supremacist Andrew Oswalt charged with hate crime, Corvallis.

April

Apr. 22 – Oregon anti-government activist arrested in New Mexico for detaining migrants.

Apr. 22 – Noose found at Cleveland High School, Portland.

Apr. 23 – Racist harassment, Springfield.

Apr. 25 – Racial slur, lockdown at Wilson High School, Portland.

Apr. 26 – Blackface cake at Cleveland High School, Portland.

May

May 1 – Patriot Prayer street fight and riot at Cider Riot bar, Portland.

May 5 – America First rally, Springfield.

May 11 – Gresham man arrested for making racial threats.

May 28 – Homeless woman arrested for racial harassment, Portland.

June

June 4 – Bar accused of discriminating against trans patrons, Portland.

June 12 – Racist and swastika graffiti reported, Eugene.

June 29 – Racist assault in NE Alberta neighborhood, Portland.

July

July 16 – Milwaukee HS student seen stealing equality sign, ripping pride flag.

July 16 – Report that Oregon had 6th highest hate crime increase, 2013-17, in nation.

July 18 – Pride signs stolen from homes, Milwaukie.

July 27 – Home graffitied with homophobic slurs, Salem.

August

Aug. 2 – Swastika’s spray painted on local businesses, Eugene,

Aug. 7  – Armed man arrested outside El Paso immigrant center with plans to come to Portland.

Aug. 10 – Man arrested for bias crime outside CC Slaughter’s , Portland.

Aug. 13 – Lesbian couple has molotov cocktail thrown at house, SE Portland.

Aug. 17 – Proud Boy/alt right march, Portland.

Aug. 20 – Racist assault, Salem.

Aug. 24 – Anti-trans attack, Newport.

September

Sept. 17 – Anti-trans attack reported, Portland.

Sept. 27 – Racist harassment of neighbor, Gresham.

October

Oct. 1 – Anti-trans attack in the Pearl District, Portland.

Oct. 24 – Noose found at Chapman Elementary, Portland.

Oct. 29 – White teens wear blackface at high school event, Lebanon.

Oct. 29 – University of Oregon accused of not reporting anti-Semitic hate crimes, Eugene.

November

Nov. 11 – Noose found hanging at OHSU, Portland.

December

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Dec. 18 – Lawsuit claims black teen was racially harassed before suicide, Bend.

Dec. 23 – Racial stabbing at truck stop, Ontario.

 

 

2019 – The Year in Responding to Hate in Oregon

January

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Jan. 7 – Attorney General’s session on hate crime, Portland.

Jan. 9 – Attorney General’s session on hate crime, Eugene.

Jan. 11 – Attorney General’s session on hate crime, Medford.

Jan. 15 – Andrew Ramsey charged in anti-Sikh assault, Salem.

Jan. 19 – Senate Bill 577 is introduced, Salem.

Jan. 28 – Portland prepares anti-hate resolution.

Jan. 31 – 6 Gypsy Joker gang-members arrested, Portland.

February

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Feb. 7 – Portland City Council passes resolution on white supremacy.

Feb. 12 – Eugene man who threatened shooting spree at Catholic church pleads guilty to federal hate crime.

Feb. 24 – Q Center Town Hall, Portland.

March

Mar. 1 – Lakeridge HS student pushes bill to require Holocaust and genocide education at Oregon public schools.

Mar. 2 – Our Streets! Community Safety Day, PICA, Portland.

Mar. 12 – Oregon Senate approves Holocaust education curriculum, Salem.

Mar. 12 – SB 577 moves out of committee, Salem.

Mar. 15 – Community support rally for Christchurch shooting victims, MET, Tigard.

Mar. 19 – Russell Courtier found guilty on all counts for Bruce murder, Portland.

Mar. 25 – Andrew Oswalt arraigned on new bias-motivated offense, Corvallis.

April

Apr. 1 – Understanding Oppression workshop, YWCA, Portland.

Apr. 2 – Man convicted of hate crime for threatening to kill gay man, Portland.

Apr. 4 – Oregon SB 577 moved out of judiciary committee, Salem.

Apr. 9 – Jeremy Christian trial to stay in Multnomah County.

Apr 16 – Judge gives Russell Courtier life sentence for Bruce murder, Portland.

Apr. 23 – Racist harasser in McMinville gets 30 days in jail.

May

May 3 – Jeremey Christian trial moved to January 2020, Portland.

May 4 – Civil suit filed against Patriot Prayer by owner of Cider Riot, Portland.

May 4-  PUAH hosts training on Trauma-Informed Hate Response, Portland.

May 6 – AG Rosenblum community meeting on hate crime, Portland.

May 11 – PUAH Disrupting Hate: A Mental Health Providers Guide, Lewis & Clark.

May 15 – Report of 42% decrease in hate crimes in Eugene.

May 24 – Salem man sentenced to jail after grabbing a Sikh man’s turban.

May 25 – Portland City Hall meeting on white supremacy training.

May 28 – Wilson High students walk out over racism, Portland.

May 28 – Oregon lawmakers add Holocaust education to school curriculum.

May 28 – “Islamophobia and White Nationalism in Oregon and the World” at Oregon Historical Society, Portland.

May 30 – Transforming Hate: Mulugeta Seraw’s Legacy, Portland.

May 31 – Divided States: The Max Attack screening, Portland.

May 31 – Man gets probation for anti-Sikh attack, Salem.

June

June 10 – SPLC benefit, Salem Cinema, Salem.

June 14 – Oregon Senate passes SB 577, Salem.

June 20 – SB 577 unanimously passes House, Salem.

July

July 9 – White Supremacy in Oregon classes begin at First Unitarian, Portland.

July 15 – Gov. Brown signs SB 577 into law, Salem.

July 15 – Gov. Brown signs Holocaust education bill, Salem.

July 18 – Michael Amatullo convicted of Intim 2 for racial harassment, Portland.

July 23 – Eugene adopts resolution condemning white supremacy.

August

Aug. 5 – Woman convicted of hate crime for kicking black mother’s stroller, Portland.

Aug. 6 – Interfaith Vigil against Gun Violence and White Supremacy, Augusta Lutheran, Portland.

Aug. 14 – Arrest in the anti-gay Molotov cocktail case, Portland.

Aug. 14 – Oregonian surveys Oregon congressional leaders on hate crime.

Aug. 14 – Our City, Our Home Anti-Hate Rally, Portland.

Aug. 15 – Joey Gibson charged with felony rioting, Portland.

Aug. 15 – CAHC issues statement ahead of alt-right march, Portland.

Aug. 29 – Anti-Trans hate crime indictment, Lincoln City.

Aug. 30 – Vet has guns removed after threatening antifa demonstrators, Portland.

Aug. 30 – Larnell Bruce Jr. Foundation launched, Portland.

‘Aug. 31 – FBI takes guns of right-wing activist who threatened to kill antifa, Portland.

September

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Sept. 8 – Man sentenced for racist assault on black youth, Portland.

Sept. 11 – Trump & White Supremacy discussion, Chit Chat Cafe, Portland.

Sept. 16 – SB 577 public signing ceremony, Salem.

Sept. 16 – Security guard sentenced for racist attack, Portland.

October

Oct. 1 – Portland Public Schools announces Racial Equity Plan.

Oct. 1 – First Steering Committee meeting for the implementation of SB 577, Portland.

Oct. 21 – Anti-gay attacker first person convicted under SB 577, Portland.

Oct. 24 – Building Bridges: Confronting Hate symposium, Tigard.

Oct. 31 – Prosecutors not seeking the death penalty in the Jeremy Christian case.

November

Nov. 11 – Concert to remember Mulugeta Seraw, Portland

Nov. 12 – FBI releases 2018 hate crime data.

December

Dec. 17 – Man arrested for murder of Vancouver trans teen.

Dec. 24 – Woman indicted for racist assault, Portland.

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The September 5, 2019 CAHC meeting, hosted by the Muslim Educational Trust in Tigard, (Pictured: Matthew Kahl (ADL), Patt Bekken (PFLAG Portland), Adrian Brown (US Attorney’s Office), Wajdi Said (MET), Randy Blazak (CAHC chair), Allan Lazo (Fair Housing Council of Oregon), photo by Rich Iwasaki (Portland JACL), not pictured: Dawn Holt (PFLAG Portland))

 

2018 – The Year in Hate (and Resistance to Hate) — January 1, 2019

2018 – The Year in Hate (and Resistance to Hate)

January 1, 2019

The state of Oregon saw an elevated level of hate activity and criminality in 2018. This follows an upward trend following the 2016 elections. Last November, the FBI released its annual hate crime report and found a 15.2% increase in the national number of hate crimes reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (8,437 offenses in 2017 and 7,321 offenses in 2016) which was dwarfed by the 40.4% increase in Oregon’s data (146 incidents in 2017 and 104 in 2016). Half of these 2017 offenses occurred in Eugene, reflecting their innovative work to improve hate crime reporting. A 2005 Bureau of Justice Statistics found that only 1 in 15 hate crimes are reported to authorities. In addition, not all police agencies submit data to the FBI. In Oregon, only 29 of 214 participating agencies submitted reports. The FBI data for reported hate crimes for 2018 won’t be available until November, 2019.

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It is important to point out that the wide variety of hate activity causes trauma to the victims and communities that are targeted. This includes federal civil rights offenses, crimes that violate Oregon’s intimidation statutes, as well hate incidents, like the posting of racist flyers, that do not rise to the level of criminal offense but are still harmful to the community. Oregon experienced all of the above. Much of the disruption was related to the regular marches by Joey Gibson’s Patriot Prayer that attracted supporters from hate groups, like the Proud Boys and Identity Evropa. In addition, elementary, middle, and high schools across the state saw a rash of swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti.

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However, the state also saw an increase in the amount of anti-hate activity. This included the CAHC/DOJ hate crime forum in Eugene on March 10, the events surrounding the one-year-anniversary of the Portland Hollywood Max attack in May, and the conference to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of the murder of Mulugeta Seraw on November 12. On May 23, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced the formation of a state task force on hate crimes. In addition, the new bias incident/crime reporting system was launched by Portland United Against Hate this past fall. Community trainings and presentations occurred across the state. The airing of Divided States: Portland, Oregon on A&E on March 3 reminded us of how deep the divisions are in Oregon. The good work of individuals and organizations, like the YWCA, Rural Organizing Project, the Urban League of Portland, PUAH, and Unite Oregon, did the heavy lifting to build resilience to hate.

2019 promises more divisiveness. Oregon will see the murder trial of Jeremy Christian but also recommendations of the attorney general’s task force. We are planning a third CAHC/DOJ hate crime forum in Medford this spring. We encourage residents to be vigilant, report all hate activity through the the best channel (which might not be the police) and stay safe.

What follows is a list of hate activity that was reported directly (through our Facebook page) or indirectly to the CAHC in 2018. It is not a comprehensive list by any means. After that is a list of some of the anti-hate activity that occurred in the state last year.

Oregon Hate Activity in 2018

January

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11 – Identity Evropa recruitment poster found on Portland State campus, Portland.

20 – Convicted hate criminal Jacob Laskey arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and criminal trespassing, Creswell.

21 – Neo-Nazi Kynan Dutton waves Nazi flag in front of Oregon capital, Salem.

24 – White nationalist student rep at OSU faces recall, Corvallis.

26 – Racist note given to African-American boy at Lake Oswego Junior High, Lake Oswego.

30 – Reward offered to catch people posting anti-Semitic materials at PCC Cascade Campus, Portland.

31 – OSU grad student Andrew Oswalt charged with Intim 1 after posting racist stickers on campus, Corvallis.

February

1 – A balloon with a swastika drawn on it found in a yard in North Portland.

2 – White supremacist invades home in White City.

4 – “KKK,” racist, and anti-Semitic phrases chalked on sidewalk in Portland park.

March

6 – Whit man intentionally rams his car into an Afghani immigrant, Lincoln City,

29 – Identity Evropa flies found in Portland and Gladstone.

30 – Noose found hanging from a tree in Sellwood.

April

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12 – Neo-Nazi fliers found in SE Portland.

25 – Skinhead punches gay person in Eugene.

25 – Neo-Nazi graffiti in East Moreland Park, Eugene.

27 – Hammerskins post ‘Hunting Guides’ Targeting Northwest Communities” online.

29 – Neo-Nazi flier was posted on the wall of Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland.

May

8 – KKK flyers posted, East Medford.

June

3 – Patriot Prayer rally with Proud Boys, Identity Europa, Portland.

9 – Assault by Proud Boys on NE Broadway, Portland.

17 – Anti-gay assault on NW 21st Avenue, Portland.

22 – Linn County DMV Worker posts “Shoot Them All at the Border” on Facebook.

23 – Stormer Book Club flyers, Oregon City.

30 – Proud Boys involved in Patriot Prayer riot, Portland.

July

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11 – Racist threatener arrested, Beaverton.

16 – Anti-lesbian rant investigated, SE Portland.

17 – Oregonians for Immigration Reform gets Measure 105 on November ballot.

19 – Northwest Front flyers posted, Corvallis.

20 – Deputy placed on leave for wearing Proud Boys gear, Clark Co. WA.

22 – Man arrested on intimidation charges, Lents, Portland.

August

2 – Racist harassment at Beach Elementary School Park, Portland.

4 – Patriot Prayer/Proud Boys rally, Portland.

10 – Racist attack on Willamette River dock, Portland.

September

4 – Anti-immigrant (and Yes on 105) literature handed out at Oregon State Fair, Salem.

12 – Racial slur etched, paint smeared on woman’s car, NE Portland.

October

6 – PSU Pita Pit employee arrested for racist menacing, Portland.

13 -Patriot Prayer rally, Portland.

19 – Nazi flyers blaming Jews for Kavanaugh protests, Portland.

22 – “OK to be white” stickers found in Vancouver, WA.

26 – Hate criminal James Acrement dies at Oregon State Prison, Salem.

28 – Favorable Oregonian story about Joey Gibson, Portland.

November

20 – Anti-Semitic graffiti at Lewis Elementary School, Portland.

December

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8 – Oregon skinheads arrested in anti-black attack in Lynnwood, Washington.

12 – Anti-Semitic graffiti found at Cleveland High School, Portland.

18 – Neo-Nazi Jimmy Marr hospitalized after class with anti-racist activist, Corvallis.

20 – Portland man arrested after threatening two African-American boys with a butcher knife.

23 – Police called on black guest at Double Tree Hilton for calling his mother, Portland.

24 – White women harasses African-America couple with knife, arrested, McMinnville.

 

Responding to Hate in 2018

January

16 – Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces, First Unitarian Church (PDX NAACP).

27 – Holocaust Remembrance Day.

February

1 – TriMet Advisory Committee announces artist for Hollywood Max Station tribute mural, Sarah Farahat.

27 – Peace March held by students of Faubian Elementary School, Portland.

March

5 – Divided States: Portland airs on A&E, forum held at Portland Community College – Cascade.

10 – CAHC/DOJ Hate Crime Forum at UO School of Law, Eugene.

13 – The Beloved Community: Living the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Race Talks, Portland.

16 – Racial Equity Exploration: A Theatrical, Interactive Experience, Portland.

April

8 – Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces, YWCA, Portland.

9 – From Charlottesville to Eugene: White Nationalism’s Resurgence, Immigration, & The Lawyer’s Voice in the Debate, UO School of Law, Eugene.

10 – Hate Under Law: Free Speech, Bigotry and Oregon forum, West Linn.

May

1 – White Supremacy in Oregon: History and Current Issues, NOW Portland.

23 – AG Rosenblum announces task force on hate crime.

25 – Q Center vigil, Portland.

26 – One year anniversary of Portland Max Attack, dedication of the mural at the Hollywood Max Station.

June

16 – Trans Unity Pride Celebration, Portland.

16 – PUAH Managing Compassion Fatigue workshop, Lewis & Clark College.

20 – Jeremy Christian profile page removed from Facebook.

20 – Mourn, Pray, Love and Take Action! Rally, Unite Oregon, Portland.

21 – Cultural Empathy program, YWCA, Portland.

21-23 – Good in the Hood Festival, Portland.

August

7 – Community rally against hate in Normandale Park, Portland.

10 – CAHC at Anti-Hate Teach In – Washington, DC.

15 – Supporting Native Survivors, YWCA, Gresham.

19 – Walk with Refugees and Immigrants, Gateway Discovery Park, Portland.

25 – Portland Somali Festival, Lents Park, Portland

October

9 – Tragedy on the Max: One Year Later, Race Talks, Portland.

11 – Harvey Milk Street Celebration, Portland.

17 –  CAHC presentation on community engagement and extremism, NYC.

17 – Interrupting Hate in Schools, Resolutions NW, Portland.

18 – Building Bridges Summit , Muslim Educational Trust, Tigard.

24 – Eli Saslow (Rising out of Hatred) presentation at Alberta Rose Theater, Portland.

25 – Judge considers death penalty in Max attack case, Portland.

28 – Community gathering in response to Pittsburgh hate crime, Portland.

November

2 – Man arrested in for Aug. 10 racist bias crime, Portland.

6 – Oregon voters defeat Measure 105.

13 – Seraw Commemoration Conference, Portland State.

14 – Seraw street topping ceremony, SE 31st and Pine, Portland.

28 – Andrew Oswalt found guilty, Corvallis.

December

13 – Andrew Oswalt sentenced to 40 days in jail, 3 yers probation, Corvallis.

14 – CAHC attends ADL Consortium on Extremism, Washington DC.

16 – SE Uplift Book Study – A Hundred Little Hitlers, Portland.

 

CAHC reconnects with Lane County — November 13, 2017

CAHC reconnects with Lane County

November 13, 2017

The Coalition Against Hate Crime is a state-wide organization with partners across Oregon. We’ve pledged to strengthen our ties with groups outside our Portland base. After a rise in hate crimes and activity in the Lane County, we decided to hold our November meeting in Eugene.

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There was great attendance at the November 9 meeting at the Health and Human Services Building. Attendees included representatives from the University of Oregon Police Department, UO-ASU, FBI, US Attorney’s Office (Eugene), Eugene Police Department, City of Eugene Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement, Trans*Ponder,  Lane County Human Rights, The No Hate Zone,  Emily’s Fund, The Jewish Federation, Lane County Administration, and the Department of Justice Community Relations Services.

Among the topics discussed were the effectiveness Eugene’s very thoughtful protocol for responding to hate crimes and incidents. There are also now plans to organize a hate crime forum in Lane County in early 2018, similar to our Portland forum on August 12. The DOJ/CRS will again be facilitating the event.

We greatly appreciate the commitment of our partners across the state. This spring we will be looking to host a meeting in the Ashland/Medford area.

In the wake of Trump-related hate crimes and incidents in Oregon — November 20, 2016

In the wake of Trump-related hate crimes and incidents in Oregon

November 19, 2016

The media has been full of dramatic stories of hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump. There have also been numerous hate incidents reported, including in Oregon schools. What we do know is the number of hate crimes nationwide increased last year by 7 percent (and anti-Muslim crimes increased by 67%), according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

What we don’t know for 100% certain is that these crimes are a result of the rhetoric, campaign, or election of Donald Trump. There may be other factors leading to the increase or more people just might be reporting hate crimes to authorities.

BUT we do know, at least anecdotally, that many of these crimes and incidents have been committed by Trump supporters or people using Trump-related slogans, like “Build a wall” and “Make America great again.” This includes a racial assault of a woman in Hillsboro by men naming Trump and racist graffiti at Reed College referencing Trump. (below)

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On Friday, I appeared on OPB’s Think Out Loud to discuss the current climate and how to best respond to these tensions that are likely to follow us past Inauguration Day. I want to make two important points.

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First and foremost, people need to feel safe in their communities. A wave of fear has struck numerous minority communities this fall. This includes immigrants, Muslims, women, Latinx residents, and sexual minority groups. It important for us to defend our fellow citizens from harassment and attack, even if we are not members of those groups. The CAHC has long taken a “Not in our town” approach to hate crimes, where we stand, visibly and vocally, with those who are the targets of hate and against the agents of hate. Now is the time to be mindful of our neighbors who may feel fearful and vulnerable in this current divided climate.

Secondly, those who are the agents of hatred, including racism, sexism, Islamophobia and other bigotries, are often victims of ignorance and misinformation. This is something that can be solved with outreach, education, and calm conversation. America is at a crossroads. Will it become Trump supporters versus the rest of the country or will we use this crisis as a moment to come together? Hating the hater does not bring us forward, but helping the hater might.

As Oregon moves forward into the “Trump years,” the role of the Coalition Against Hate Crimes may be more important than ever. The CAHC has been active since 1997 but for the last two years we have existed primarily as a Facebook page and an email contact list. I would like to see the CAHC become again a more public presence in our state and work to make sure all the members of our many communities feel safe and heard. I encourage your suggestions for next steps.

Dr. Randy Blazak, CAHC chair