Official Twitter account for Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty. linktr.ee/commissionerhardes…

Portland, OR
Joined December 2018
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
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Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty retweeted
"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.
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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.
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It wasn't until 1926, that Oregon removed the exclusionary clause in our State Constitution that barred Black people from entering the State but other racist language was not removed until 2002.
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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.
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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.
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As we continue to process recent hate crimes nationally and locally, we must not let hate win.
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Here is what I am working on in regard to hate crimes: 1) A white supremacy training for City of Portland employees in collaboration with the Office Equity and Human Rights.
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2) Working with Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) to advocate for more educational resources and to increase capacity to investigate and prosecute hate crimes.
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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.
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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.
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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:
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I want to thank President Biden for this Executive Order on police reform, and for his commitment to passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which will end qualified immunity.
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In order for the George Floyd Act to pass through Congress it will need continued advocacy from the community and local public servants.
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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.
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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.
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I encourage everyone to use your voice, get involved with an organization that is working on issues you care about, and reach out to all of your elected officials.
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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.
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We need to address how young men are being radicalized in white supremacist online spaces and hold them accountable before irreparable harm is done.
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I encourage everyone to use your voice, get involved with an organization that is working on issues you care about, and reach out to all of your elected officials.
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Today we mourn with the families and loved ones of those taken from us too soon. Tomorrow we roll up our sleeves and get to work.
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