About

This Project

Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) is a community initiated partnership of community based organizations, neighborhood associations, concerned communities and the City of Portland.

Together, we are building a rapid response system that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and providing the support and protection our communities need in this uncertain era.

We seek to combine our resources, assets and relationships to create an inclusive city that protects, embraces, and celebrates its diverse communities.

What is a Hate/Bias Incident?

Concerned communities define and experience hate as any incident that targets an individual/group based on their age, color, religion, disability (physical or mental), race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and so on. That can be intolerance, discrimination, hostility, harassment, hate, mistreatment, prejudice, bigotry, injustice, favoritism, homophobia, xenophobia, racism, tendency, ageism, privilege, marginalization, retaliation, bullying, incivility, stereotyping, and microaggressions. The perpetrator of the incident can be an individual, organization, government agency etc.

Examples of incidents include: -

  • A person is verbally harassed for being presumed to be from another country.
  • A poster is displayed that singles out a racial or ethnic group to intimidate.
  • A person shouts an offensive name at you while you’re walking down the street.
  • A teacher intentionally ridicules another person for the pronouns that person uses.
  • A wall is de-faced with anti-Semitic messaging.

Please note that this list is not all encompassing. If you believe you have experienced or witnessed a hate/bias incident you can report it here.

Why WE track it

The very communities most likely to be targets of hate violence are also the least likely to report their experiences to law enforcement. Undercounting of hate crimes can therefore create the impression that all is well. Communities experience hate motivated violence in a variety of ways and there’s a need for a documentation process that enables those most impacted to be able to track hate incidents in a trusted manner.

Reporting hate/bias incidents allows us as a community to:

  • Raise awareness to general public about what going on with hate in Portland.
  • Raise awareness among communities affected by hate to report and get support.
  • Advocate for legislation around hate violence.
  • Advocate for policies that dismantle racism and white supremacy the targets the roots of hate, gang prevention, mental health, policing alternatives.
  • Advocate with systems and institutions that can use this policy to change their practices such as schools, mental health services, law enforcement.
  • Advocate for additional policies or actions that indirectly affect hate actions in our communities.