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School Board Joins in Denouncing Racism, Bigotry

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School Board Joins in Denouncing Racism, Bigotry
Posted on 05/07/2015

In light of some recent racially motivated incidents that occurred over the last few weeks in Portland, Mayor Brennan, members of the Portland City Council, Portland Board of Public Education, and Portland Legislative Delegation came together May 7 for a press conference at City Hall to denounce these behaviors and send a strong reminder to citizens that there is no place for racism, bigotry, hatred, and intimidation in Portland.

“We are disappointed and distressed by these incidents as there is no place for these types of actions in Portland,” said Mayor Michael Brennan. “When situations like these occur, we need to stand up as a community and say that this is not acceptable behavior.”

“In this city, all are welcome—regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other superficial characteristic. Racist outbursts, violence, and intimidating or disparaging graffiti are unacceptable,” said City Councilor Justin Costa. “When they happen, the city of Portland and its elected leaders denounce them. Without qualification. Without caveats. Completely and unambiguously.”

The following elected officials were on hand for the press conference:

Mayor Michael Brennan; City Councilors Justin Costa, David Brenerman, Jill Duson, David Marshall, Ed Suslovic, and Jon Hinck; School Board Member Pious Ali.

Unable to attend, other officials and the following school board members expressed their support for the sentiment expressed at the press conference: Sarah Thompson, John Eder, Anna Trevorrow, Jenna Vendil, Holly Seeliger, Laurie Davis, Stephanie Hatzenbuehler, and Marnie Morrione.

Read a Portland Press Herald story about the press conference here.