Justice For All
We all want and deserve a community where everyone feels safe. Recent news in Portland has focused on business owners and the houseless, but we must not lose sight of the deeply embedded institutionalized racism and discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community within our criminal justice system. The U.S. imprisons people of color at a rate so disproportionate, that we should call into question the legitimacy of the criminal justice system.
Locally, the rampant and unchecked militarization of Portland Police reinforces their role as combatants, alienating officers from the communities where they operate. We need a holistic, public health approach to crisis, which must include more unarmed first responders and deployment of mental health providers.
Portland is supposedly a sanctuary city, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continue to target, terrorize, and deport both documented and undocumented people from our community. Local law enforcement and City Hall must actively pursue a policy of total non-cooperation with federal programs that target our community’s most vulnerable. To that end, we must immediately and permanently withdraw from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
“We need a holistic, public health approach to crisis, which must include more unarmed first responders and deployment of mental health providers.”
— Julia DeGraw
Bring an end to Broken Windows policing that unfairly targets black and brown members of our community.
Cops who murder unarmed people cannot hide behind a faulty police contract and tax-payer funded lawsuits. Instead, we need robust citizen oversight of the Police Bureau that has real authority to fire problem officers — and neo-Nazi police officers should have no role in the Police Bureau.
We should require the best mental health, de-escalation, and anti-racism training for Portland Police officers and reverse the Bureau’s integration of battlefield technology, gear, and tactics. We need a holistic, public health approach to crisis, which must include more unarmed first responders and deployment of mental health providers.
Portland is a Sanctuary City. We must do a better job to ensure that members of our community remain with their families, regardless of documentation status.
City Hall got it right the first time when we left the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in 2005. After a 2011 reversal, our continued participation puts our Muslim neighbors at risk and doesn’t increase security for our community.
People have had their lives shattered for something that is now legal. Let’s end this ongoing injustice.