Today is a historic milestone for Portland Street Response.
As of today, Portland Street Response (PSR) will have no geographic boundaries in the City of Portland. We are now operating citywide, and that is reason to celebrate. @PDXStResponse
"Five years ago today, a horrific attack shook the city and our transit agency to the core. It was a devastating moment in Portland history and showcased both the worst in humanity and the best. Heroes stepped up in the face of a hate-filled rant.
Five years ago today, a white supremacist terrorized our community when he murdered and injured multiple people on the MAX train. My heart was heavy as I dropped a wreath at the mural made to honor the victims, survivors, and their families.
It was 1989, when Mulugeta Seraw was murdered by white supremacists. In 2017, a day before the MAX stabbing, a Black woman riding the train was harassed by the same white supremacist who attacked and murdered community members the following day.
If we want Portland to truly be a welcoming and accepting place for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religious beliefs, we need to confront our past so that we can create our future.
To the families of Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky Best, to Micah Fletcher, and those on board who survived the physical and emotional trauma you are in my heart and on my mind throughout all this work.
It is not just today that we center, honor, and uplift the work of anti-racists in our community, but every day. The work being done will be done to ensure that as a community, we reject white supremacy in all its forms.
Two years ago today, the world witnessed the murder of George Floyd. In response to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the community demanded a ban on chokeholds and an end to no knock warrants.
I’ve gotten to know George Floyd’s family over the years and I promised them that his name will not just become a hashtag. Today, I signed an Executive Order to deliver on that promise and enact the most significant police reform in decades.
Here’s what it will do:
Biden's EO is just the start of ensuring fair policing practices. His Order incentivizes local police departments to implement these policies, but they're not required to do so. Implementation of this order in local jurisdictions will need the support of dedicated advocates.
In the past two weeks we have seen two young men carry out mass shootings. We must not stand on the sidelines and continue to offer "thoughts and prayers" without doing our due diligence as public servants.
We need to work with our Federal and State Representatives to enact laws to reduce mass violence. We need proactive approaches in mentorship, counseling, and therapy to address why young men in our communities are violently attacking others.