The Coalition Against Hate Crimes (CAHC) was started by the American Jewish Committee
in Portland, Oregon.
It held its first meeting in early October 1997. Its members are
representatives from a wide variety of comm
and government organizations. The Coalition and its members support
non-violent solutions to the problem of hate and hate crimes in Oregon.
You must be a member of Facebook to join the group.
Corvalis Mosque Target of Arson
November 28, 2010 - Corvalis, Ore. - The Corvallis Fire Department tells
us that a fire was set shortly after midnight at the mosque where
Portland's alleged Christmas-tree bomber attended in Corvallis. After
completing a cause and origin investigation, fire prevention officer
Carla Pusateri tells us "it appears the fire was intentionally set."
3 pm to 5 pm
Ashland Library - Large Meeting Room
"Backyard Terrorism: Confronting Hate Crimes in our Community"
with Randy Blazak, CAHC
Thursday, October 21
7 pm to 8:30 pm
Hillsboro Civic Center
150 E. Main St.
with representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office, F.B.I., Washington
County District Attorney's Office, Hillsboro Police, Washington County
Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crimes.
Oregon Attorney General Hate Crimes Press Conference
Portland mayor and police chief to enhance patrols, victim services in wake of recent bias crimes
June 15, 2010 - Portland, Ore. - -Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike
Reese today announced enhanced patrols, further training for Central
Precinct officers and the creation of a citizen foot patrol in the
downtown entertainment district in response to several recent bias
crimes impacting members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
May 5, 2010 - Vancouver, Wa. - Local members of Volksfront, a Portland
based white-supremacy and neo-Nazi organization, have found an ambitious
leader in Jeffery (an alias). Jeffery is a 32-year-old, recently
unemployed construction worker and native Vancouver resident. He
describes himself as being a serious contender in the current fight to
become Volksfront’s next undisputed führer.
Eugene police investigate racist graffiti at elementary school
November 30, 2009 - Eugene, Ore. - Police are looking for the vandal or
vandals responsible for racist graffiti on the outside walls
of a Eugene elementary school.
Police say the bias crime occurred at Spring Creek Elementary School,
560 Irvington Drive, between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning.
According to Eugene Police, racially offensive and biased graffiti was
applied to the exterior walls of the school. Police say a
breeze-way area and nearby ball wall were also vandalized.
Investigators are looking for leads on this incident or similar
incidents in the nearby area. If you have any information, you are
asked to contact Eugene Police at 682-8888.
Portland man arrested for mailing noose to NAACP leader
October 8, 2009 - Portland, Ore. - A Portland man was arrested Wednesday
and accused of civil rights and mail violations for sending a noose in
February 2008 to a regional director of the NAACP in Cleveland.
Daniel Lee Jones, 33, is alleged to have used the Postal Service to send
a noose to the home of Jason Upthegrove.
The FBI said Jones sent hate literature to residents of Lima, Ohio,
where an African American woman was recently shot by a police officer.
During that time, Upthegrove was speaking out in the community against
the mailings and for equal police service for African Americans.
A noose is an unmistakable symbol of hatred and violence in our
nation, conjuring up images of a despicable period in our history.
Mailing a noose to an individual who advocates for racial equality
sends a clear threat of violence, said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant
Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.
If guilty of mailing threatening communications, Jones faces a maximum
of five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. If guilty of interfering
with federally protected activities, he faces up to a year in prison and
$100,000 in fines.
September 12-13, 2009 - Vancouver, WA - Two well known Oregon Neo-Nazis
held a "racialist BBQ and camp out" near Vancover, Washington. Dylan
Marchand and Daniel Jones hosted the small group that included a speaker
from the American Nazi Party. The two promoted the Northwest
Imperative, which dreams of a white only homeland in the Norwestern
corner of the United States.
Hate crime indictments for suspect in NW Portland shooting
September 9, 2009 - Portland, Ore. -- A 43-year-old man has been
arrested and charged with intimidation, criminal mischief and reckless
endangerment in an alleged hate crime, according to the Multnomah County
Vadim Ignatov was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday for allegedly
endangering his victim through intimidation and illegal use of a
firearm, Lt. Mary Lindstrand said.
Deputies also confiscated more than $200,000 in U.S. and foreign
currencies, gold and platinum discovered in Ignatovs vehicle,
The investigation began Aug. 29 after gunshots were fired into a family
residence on NW 81st St. Detectives later learned the victims home had
been shot at on other occasions when children and adults were present,
sheriffs deputies said.
"We were really shocked. We were shocked because we don't know him. I
don't even see his face. It's like why is he doing this?" Suzanne Hachem
Hachem and her son Mohammed stand in their living room, still trying to
believe the damage is real. What started with an angry neighbor
spraying a garden hose at them, quickly escalated to bullets flying into
Community organizes "Speak Out" after reported hate crime in Beaumont neighborhood
August 6, 2009 - Portland, Ore. - Neighbors and city officials are
organizing a "Community Speak Out" Friday night following a reported
hate crime Sunday morning in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood.
Bao Vuong, a 22-year-old Portland State University student, says he was
headed home from a friend's house, stopped at a traffic light at
Northeast Fremont Street and 41st Avenue, about 6:30 a.m. when four
young men waiting at a bus stop started shouting racial and sexual slurs
The verbal abuse turned to an assault, Vuong said, when the men threw
bagels and cream cheese at his car, and one punched the passenger-side
door of his vehicle.
Vuong said he tried to ignore the four men, when they started calling
him a "faggot." But then they continued with ethnic epithets.
"For me'' Vuong said, "it felt like the longest light ever. I felt like a
Police question two men about threats to Jewish community
July 2, 2009 - Law enforcement authorities reportedly have identified a
21-year-old Vancouver man as the individual who made two threatening
telephone calls to Congregation Beth Israel on the night of June 16.
Jewish Federation of Greater Portland Community Relations Director
Robert Horenstein said the suspect, whose name was not made public,
admitted making the calls and the FBI is now working with the U.S.
Attorneys office to determine if a crime has been committed.
The alleged caller, whom authorities described to Horenstein as having
low intelligence and no means to carry out any threats, reportedly
said over the phone, The Nazis are coming to get you; there will be
another Holocaust and You killed my Lord. You will pay.
June 28, 2009 - Pendleton, Ore. - Pendleton's downtown weiner dog race
turned ugly Friday evening when a young man allegedly assaulted one of
According to a Pendleton police report, witnesses saw a man in his 20s
head-butt race judge Daniel Mitzimberg shortly after the end of the
races. The report said the man had a shaved head and was wearing a black
T-shirt and black pants.
A friend of Mitzimberg's, James Harsin, said he did not see the
incident, but talked with Mitzimberg shortly after it happened.
"He (the young man) walked up and said something like, 'stinkin' Jew' -
something racial - and he just slammed his head into him (Mitzimberg),"
Harsin said the assault happened very fast, and the young man quickly
disappeared. Mitzimberg did not call the police right away, but after a
knot rose on his forehead and the pain did not go away, he decided to
report the assault.
"It was definitely a racial deal," Harsin said.
Pendleton Police Sgt. Bill Caldera said the police department is looking
for the man, who will most likely be charged with harassment or
disorderly conduct. The police report mentioned the young man had a mole
on the back of his head.
June 24, 2009 - Portland, Ore. - Portland police have arrested a
23-year-old man, accused of kicking a teenager in the head and causing
her a concussion after having asked her about her sexual orientation in
downtown Portland last month.
Portland police Detective Kevin Warren, who investigates bias crimes,
charged Eduardo Herrerafarias with second-degree intimidation and
The assault, described in an article that ran in The Oregonian on June
13, described an attack on Ms. Junior Gay Pride Caitlin Bernardi. It
occurred about 3:30 a.m. on May 17 outside the Benson Hotel on Southwest
Broadway, near Oak Street.
June 19, 2009 -NEAR SUTHERLIN, Ore. - A religiously-motivated billboard
along Interstate 5 is grabbing a lot of attention.
The sign posted along I-5 just south of Sutherlin shows four pictures,
each one in transition from a man to a monkey. The advertiser claims the
intent of the billboard is to raise awareness about possible
misrepresentations of the theory of evolution, naturalism, and
However, someone climbed up onto the billboard platform and
spray-painted Obama's name right under the face of the monkey.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is now looking into this very
visible case of vandalism.
It's unclear when or if the sign will come down.
Teens get plea deal for racist vandalism spree in Troutdale
June 17, 2009 - Troutdale, Ore. - Two 18-year-old men who went on a
rampage in Troutdale -- spray-painting swastikas, KKKs and racial slurs
on two churches, tombstones in the Jewish section of a cemetery and
parked cars -- were sentenced to jail terms of 30 and 90 days Tuesday.
Both Timothy Charles Feininger and Brendan Scott Mackey pleaded guilty
in Multnomah County Circuit Court to first-degree intimidation, criminal
mischief and burglary. Mackey also pleaded guilty to recklessly
endangering another person because he threw rocks at passing cars.
June 15, 2009 - Eugene, Ore. - Two men who burned a cross and the
letters "KKK" on the lawn of a black man in Medford, Ore., were
sentenced to federal prison Tuesday.
Judge Ann Aiken sentenced Gary Moss, 37, to serve 41 months in federal
prison for conspiring to deprive individuals of their civil rights.
Co-conspirator Devan Klausegger, 30, was sentenced to serve 51 months
for the same charge.
Both defendants were ordered to serve three years of supervised release
and ordered to pay restitution to the victims in the amount of
Both defendants admitted that on May 26, 2008, Moss, who is white,
poured a flammable liquid in the shape of a cross and the letters KKK
on the front lawn of a residence leased by a black man and his family.
US Attorney's Office Makes Civil Rights Enforcement Easier
May 28, 2009 - Adrian Brown of the U.S. Attorney's office announced at the May CAHC meeting that it will now be easier
to civil rights violations to federal authorities. The department's webistie has been revised to include
descriptions of federal laws that can be used to prosecute civl rights vioations. The website is:
The website includes a link to the Civil Rights Unit Complaint Form.
Citizens and residents are encouraged to submit this form if they believe their civil rights have been violated.
Hate Crime Charges Possible in Oregon Cross Burning Case
May 16, 2009 - ALSEA, Ore. A prosecutor says he's not
ruling out the possibility of hate crime charges if authorities can
collar whoever burned a cross in the yard of a Benton County woman.
District Attorney John Haroldson says his office takes hate crimes
"very, very seriously," and he would review the case to determine if
such charges are warranted.
Last weekend, Summer MacLean of Alsea found a 5-foot cross charred in
her lawn. She is the white mother of a 13-year-old adopted
The cross was described as constructed of two-by-fours and covered with a
sheet. Investigating officers say they initially classified the
incident as reckless burning because investigators hadn't turned up
evidence of threats or prejudice.
May 4, 2009 - Grants Pass, Or. - Grants Pass police arrested 10 people,
including six juveniles as young as 12, in a downtown brawl they say may
have had white supremacist and neo-Nazi overtones.
Lt. Bill Landis said the Saturday night fight involved up to 20 people,
and broke out when someone yelled at three people riding by on bicycles.
The fight eventually spread over a couple blocks, though no property
damage was reported.
Landis said some people were yelling racial slurs and giving the Nazi
salute, which allowed for hate crime charges to be brought against some
of those arrested. He added that all seven police officers on duty, plus
a few more, were needed to break things up.
The Daily Courier newspaper reported police charged four young adults
with riot and disorderly conduct.
April 22 - Medford, Or. - A Rogue Valley man recently released from
prison after being convicted in a string of racially motivated assaults
in 2003 now leads a statewide neo-Nazi group based in Phoenix.
Andrew Lee Patterson identifies himself as the state leader of the
National Socialist Movement, Oregon Unit, and said he has been a "storm
trooper, first class" with the movement for about six months. Other unit
leaders from around the state selected him as leader based on his
active involvement, he said.
The 29-year-old with a shaved head said he and his staff in Phoenix
coordinate activity around the state, while a local unit focuses on
recruiting and Southern Oregon issues especially illegal immigration
and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Patterson would not disclose
membership numbers, either locally or statewide.
In recent weeks they have distributed fliers across the Rogue Valley and
Klamath Falls calling for white pride and unity, denying the Holocaust
happened and demanding that illegal immigrants return to Mexico so the
white race doesn't become extinct.
Police across Southern Oregon have been watching the group for several
months and have seen an uptick in activity in the past two to three
weeks, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.
Two Hate Crime Attacks Reported ot Goose Hollow Max Station
April 2, 2009 - Portland, Oregon. The local media has reported thwo seperate bias-motivated attacks on the
Goose Hollow MAX platform on March 26th. We will update the information as the incidents become clearer.
Washington men fall victim to Spring Break hate crime in Oregon
March 23, 2009 - Seaside, Or. - A spring break trip to the Oregon coast
was short cut by a vicious gay bashing for two nursing students from
The two men, Sam, 22, and Kevin, 23, said they left a campfire to walk
along the beach during what was supposed to be a stress-free getaway.
But the walk itself was anything but stress free -- the two were beaten
unconscious late Saturday night.
When Sam and Kevin finally came to, the two nursing students knew just
how serious their injuries were.
"The whole event -- I really don't remember a lot, because I sustained a
lot of head trauma," said Sam.
"I've never had a face trauma like this or anything like that. It's
pretty bad," Kevin said.
Thinking back to the attack, the two men said they believe it was their
sexual orientation that made them a target.
"All of the sudden, someone asked if were gay, called us 'fags,' then
started punching us," said Sam.
The victims said three or four young men dressed in black attacked them,
letting loose punch after punch.
The attack left the two men severely injured and bruised. Kevin's right
eye is so badly damaged he plans to see a plastic surgeon on Wednesday.
Detectives want to speak to the individuals who were present at the
campfire prior to the attack. Anyone with information on these
individuals' identities is urged to call the Seaside Police Department
at (503) 738-6311.
Feb. 17, 2009 - Troutdale, Or. - A Troutdale church burglarized several
times in recent weeks has now been vandalized.
Troutdale police Sgt. Steve Bevens said Monday night that officers
discovered graffiti on the walls at Cherry Park Presbyterian Church,
including swastikas, gang tags, the letters KKK and expletives targeted
Officers were also called to the Douglass Pioneer Cemetery,
south of the church, where graffiti was spray-painted on several
buildings and a monument stone that marks the entrance to the Jewish
cemetery within Douglass Pioneer.
No arrests have been made, but Bevens says a witness reported seeing a
teenager writing on a cemetery building earlier Monday.
Crews arrived Tuesday morning to clean up the spray paint.
Feb. 18, 2009 - Troutdale, Or. - Detectives have arrested two suspects
in a rash of Troutdale hate crimes involving a pair of churches, a
cemetery and more than 30 other open graffiti- and vandalism-related
cases. The two Troutdale residents admitted to applying graffiti in at
least 50 locations in a month, according to police officials.
With assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Troutdale
Police detectives arrested Troutdale resident Brendan Mackey, 18, at 2
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, as he left a tutoring session at a Stark Street
restaurant, said Troutdale Police Sgt. Steve Bevens. An expelled
Reynolds High School student, Mackey receives tutoring through Multnomah
County-funded social services, Bevens explained.
The next day, at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, officers arrested Timothy
Charles Feininger, 18, also of Troutdale, on a tip that he would be
meeting with a Reynolds High School student that morning. Officers
spotted Feininger, also a former Reynolds student, near the school.
After a brief chase on foot, Feininger was apprehended near the
Imagination Station playground.
Columbia County Latinos lead Procession for Respect and Dignity
On Wednesday, February 18th, members of the Columbia County Latino
community and their allies will join together for a community walk,
entitled Procession for Respect and Dignity.
The walk is organized by the new group Latinos Unidos para un
Futuro Mejor (LUFM, or Latinos United for a Better Future), and is a
public demonstration of the faces of Columbia Countys Latino Community
that has been under attack for the last eighteen months by ballot
measures 5-190 and 5-191. The Procession for Respect and Dignity will
bring our neighbors and ourselves out of the shadows and show honest,
responsible community members that work hard to support families and
contribute to the local economy.
At a recent organizing meeting, community members brainstormed
reasons that they felt the procession would be an important gesture. We
want to show the community that we are the same, we are human beings.
We are respectful and contribute towards our community, and we deserve
to be treated with dignity, said Yesenia Sanchez, LUFM president.
It is important to be organized and united in these difficult
economic times in order to support the entire community, added LUFM
vice-president Martha Olmstead.
Latinos Unidos para un Futuro Mejor was formed in response to
the passage of county ballot measure 5-190, yet to be implemented, which
if enacted would fine local employers $10,000 for hiring undocumented
workers. Since November, Columbia County has attracted wide attention
for dramatic job loss as businesses close shop or move to other parts of
the state. Lionila Jimenez, LUFM secretary commented, "I have the legal
right to work in this country, but the measure has still affected me.
My hours have been cut from five days a week to two or three. This
measure is affecting the entire community."
Gary Liao, a local business owner and plaintiff in the court
challenge to the measure said, "Measure 5-190, in addition to containing
errors, omissions, and mixing jurisdictions, would create a climate of
suspicion adversely affecting innocent employers and innocent people."
With measure 5-190 and its high-profile court challenge, the
previously invisible Latino community has been thrust into the
spotlight. In the Procession for Respect and Dignity, the community will
speak with a united voice for the first time, and show that we are your
neighbors: honest, working people who deserve respect and dignity.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 18, 2009. 4pm 6pm
WHERE: In St. Helens, Oregon. Starting at the St. Frederic Catholic Church at 175 S 13th, and ending at the County Courthouse.
WHO: New community organization Latinos Unidos para un Futuro Mejor
(LUFM), in collaboration with Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity
(CCCHD), and with support from the Rural Organizing Project, and CAUSA:
Oregons Immigrants Rights Coalition.
January 19 - March 29, 2009 - Portland Oregon: The Oregon Jewish Museum is hosting a unique exhibit about the history of discrinination in Oregon.
Looking back through the 150 years since Oregon became part of the
United States reveals an imperfect legacyplenty of occasions for
Oregonians to feel proud of their state, but also darker chapters,
discrimination among them. Oregons first constitution, written in 1857,
denied African-Americans the right to live in the state.
Did you know that before the Fair Housing Act was amended in 1988, more
than 60% of the states rental units were off-limits to families with
children? Many astonishing facts, perspectives, and images on the
history of discrimination in Oregon can be experienced in two
coordinated exhibitions, Anywhere But Here: A History of Housing
Discrimination in Oregon, on loan from the Fair Housing Council of
Oregon,and No Easy Road: Unlearning Discrimination in Oregon, on loan
from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee. Additional stories
collected by the Oregon Jewish Museum examine the experience of Oregons
The Oregon Jewish Museums offers special tours and school programs in
conjunction with Yes We Can! Unlearning Discrimination in Oregon.
Please contact Leah Faw at email@example.com for more information.
The Westboro Baptist Church, famous for its Anti-Gay protests is planning on being in
Portland on Monday, November 24th, to stage various protests, including one at Portland
State University. The WBC operates a website called "God hates fags" and has staged protests at the funeral
of Matthew Shepard and American soldiers and has blamed the 9/11 attacks on America's tolerance of diverisity.
The PSU community is working on a response.
The WBC planned rallies:
11/24/2008 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Portland State Univeristy (SW Market St & SW 13th Ave)
11/24/2008 08:45 AM - 09:15 AM Sweden Consulate (SW 5th Ave & W Burnside St)
11/24/2008 09:30 AM - 10:00 AM German Consulate (3rd Ave & SW Market St)
11/24/2008 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Silverton, OR (306 S Water Street)
11/24/2008 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Finland Consulate(10220 SW Greenburg Rd Tigard, OR)
Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Vigil and Speak Out Against Hate Crimes
Thursday, November 20th, 2008 - Portland State University: Transgender
Day of Remembrance. Featuring Scott Turner Shofield, a man who was once a
women, a lesbian turned straight guy (who is mostly read as a gay man)
has created theater about gender and sexuality in the Deep South. Not
suprisingly, his work centers on contradicitions and comedy. His FREE
performance will take place between 8pm-9pm in the Portland State
University Smith Memorial Center Ballroom 355). This performance follows
a candlelight vigil in the PSU Park Blocks (SW Park & Montgomery)
from 6:30pm-7:30pm, featuring speeches by trans therapist and author
Reid Vanderburg, "Spirit of Pride" award winner Laura Calvo, and Jenn
Burleton, Executive Director of TransActive.
November 14, 2008 - Aloha, Oregon - On Tuesday, November 11, a
20-year-old woman was walking on Southwest 174th Avenue in Aloha when
she was attacked by a white male. The man initially asked her for a
cigarette, but became angry when he learned her sexual orientation. The
man threw her to the ground and struck her several times with a rock.
The woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Portland marks 20th anniversary of brutal hate murder
On Wednesday, November 12th Mayor Potter presented a Proclamation
honoring the life of Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian national and student
of PCC who was brutally murdered in SE Portland 20 years ago by
Norm Costa, Randy Blazak, and Emily Gottfried (via written statement) of
the CAHC testified before the City Council with regard to the efforts
by the city, the CAHC, and the new Human Rights Commission to reduce
On Thursday, November 13 at 4:30 pm The United States District Court of Oregon
Historical Society presented "Berhanu v. Metzger: the 1988 murder of Mulegata Seraw by followers of
Tom Metzger and his White Aryan Resistance organization. Twenty Years Later" at the U.S. Courthouse
Speakers were the Honorable Ancer L. Haggerty, District of Oregon Chief Judge
(the presiding trial judge), and Attorney Elden Rosenthal (co-counsel for the plaintiff).
October 08, 2008 - Beaverton, Or. - Jesuit High School officials said
Tuesday that the racial harassment of a student and the defacement of a
Sen. Barack Obama poster, both with racial overtones, are not related.
Administrators are investigating three incidents during a four-day
period, including notes found by an African American girl at her home
Sunday and in her school locker Oct. 2.
In separate incidents, three teenagers appeared on campus Sept. 29
behaving in a "threatening and aggressive manner" toward students,
asking where to find Obama posters, school officials said.
September 29, 2008 - Gresham, Or. - Federal authorities will investigate
a second incident in the metro area involving the defacement of
presidential candidate Barack Obama's likeness, with racial overtones.
Campaigners at Obama's Gresham office arrived Sept. 17 to find a racial
epithet and a swastika drawn on window glass in front of a poster of the
candidate. Gresham police responded but developed no leads. Now, the
FBI will review the incident, said Beth Anne Steele, a spokeswoman for
the FBI office in Portland.
The FBI also is looking into an incident Sept. 23 at George Fox
University in Newberg, where a cardboard cutout of Sen. Obama was found
hanging from a tree. A sign there criticized a scholarship program for
minority and low-income students.
Steele said she couldn't speculate if the two incidents are related and
said it will take additional investigation to determine if possible
motives included intimidation based on race.
October 1, 2008 - Newberg, Or. - Four students at George Fox University
in Newberg confessed to hanging an effigy of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama from
a tree on campus and were suspended for up to a year, the university
president announced Tuesday.
September 5, 2008 - Longview, Wa. - Police arrested an 18-year-old
transient accused of assaulting an interracial teen couple in Longview.
Det. Terry Reece says tips led to Thursday's arrest of Shawn Mooney.
He's held for investigation of malicious harassment, a hate crime, with
bail set at $200,000.
He's accused of breaking a 14-year-old boy's jaw and throwing a
13-year-old girl to the ground. Racist language was used during the Aug.
21 attack and the suspect wore a black cap with a swastika.
Reece says Mooney also is suspected of spray painting swastikas at the
home of a black family in Longview.
May 9: Hate graffiti found at Spencers Butte Middle School
May 28: Hate graffiti found at Cesar Chavez Elementary School
June 9: 59-year-old black man savagely beaten in NW Eugene
June 9: Holocaust denier David Irving at Pacifica Forum
June 19: Anti-Semitic graffiti found on Jewish familys house in NW Eugene
June 21: Object with racist messages attached thrown through window of a business owned by a black man
June 23: Anti-Semitic graffiti found on DeFazio footbridge
June 24: White separatist Tomislav Sunic at Pacifica Forum
Woman attacked on MAX train by gang of youths shouting racial slurs
June 12, 2008 - Portland, Or. - A 28-year-old white woman was beaten and robbed by a group of 5
African-American youths who shouted racist threats at her after she intervened to protect an older woman from the group.
Four teens, ages 14-15, were arrested, while a fifth teen escaped with the woman's purse.
Story and video at: KATU.com
UPDATE: All five teens have been arrested and face hate crime charges. Video at: KATU.com
Police: Attack on 59-year-old Eugene man may be hate crime
June 11, 2008 - Eugene, Or. - Eugene police say three young white men
attacked a 59-year-old black man who was using his homemade cane to get
home about 1 a.m., and it may be a hate crime.
Police have ruled out robbery because nothing was taken. Detective Jeff
Donaca says investigators now consider race a plausible explanation.
He says the victim told officers the three men asked for a cigarette Monday and then beat him with a baseball bat.
Donaca says the victim recalls little else -- and doesn't recall anything said about race.
The victim is expected to survive but will need reconstructive surgeries for severe head and face injuries.
Two Medford men arrested in Southern Oregon hate crime
June 2, 2008 - Medford, Or. - Two men have been accused of burning a
cross and the letters KKK into the yard of a Medford couple. Police say
37-year-old David Moss and 28-year-old Devin Klausseger are charged with
arson, intimidation and possession of a destructive device.
Jonathan and Sol Whyte were the target of the crime. Jonathan Whyte came
from Jamaica in 2000, and the couple has two daughters, ages 2 and 4.
They have been living in the house since January, but they say they're
The burning was last Monday. Officers collecting evidence from the yard
found an explosive device made from a bottle and fireworks. An Oregon
State Police bomb squad disposed of it.
On Friday, an Oregon State Police detective, an FBI agent and Medford
officers searched a home in southwest Medford and said they had
Investigators said they are trying to determine whether the two men are
linked to other crimes, including an incident Thursday in which someone
used gasoline to spell an obscenity and "KKK" on the pavement near the
Whytes' house but fled before igniting it.
A neighbor banged on her door about 10:30 p.m. Thursday to report that a
man was pouring gasoline in the street, Sol Whyte said. She said
relatives who came to stay with her after the Monday burning chased him,
but the man leaped a fence and escaped.
After Monday, she said, community members visited to drop off cards and
letters of support, flowers and encouragement.
That made her feel better, but after the incident Thursday changed her
mind. She said the family would stay with relatives.
"If what they want is for me to move, then I will move," she told the
Medford Mail Tribune. "I have to keep my kids safe."
Source: The Oregonian
Additional story at: The Mail-Tribune.com
Officials find graffiti, swastika on school walls
May 28, 2008 - West Linn, Or. - West Linn police and school officials
are investigating what they believe started as a student prank but
degenerated into a hate crime.
Intruders broke into West Linn High School early Tuesday and used
marking pens to leave graffiti including a Nazi swastika on the walls.
They also left a derogatory message on a copy of the Book of Mormon. The
school librarian is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of
May 27, 2008 - Medford, Or. - Residents near Medford's Union Park found
the letters "KKK" burned into their front lawn late Monday, police say.
Officers who responded also found a small, improvised explosive device,
which did not detonate, Medford police said in a press release today.
Witnesses told officers they saw people running toward Union Park after
the letters were found.
Police say they do not know the motive for the vandalism, but resident
Sol White told police her husband is from Jamaica.
An investigation is continuing.
Hundreds gather to voice their support for Oregon's domestic partnership law
January 30, 2008 - Portland, Or. - Hundreds of Oregonians from all over
the state showed up in the freezing rain to make a stand for equal
The demonstration called for a end of out-of-state groups, like Restore
America, disrupting the legistlative process that would extend a variety
of rights to domestic partners. The law, which has been held up by
anti-gay activists, will be reviewed on Feb. 1.
Notorious Oregon skinhead rearrested after prison release
December 20, 2007 - Portland, Or. - One of the most well-known figures
in the Northwest skinhead movement was rearrested in Oregon.
Kyle Brewster, 38, was one of three neo-Nazis who killed an Ethiopian
immigrant back in 1988. He out of prison in 2002, but officers say he
violated parole by contacting a white supremacist group and went back in
Longview and Kelso community make stand against hate group
December 9, 2007 - Longview, Wa. - Approximiately 500 community members
attended a diversity rally
in opposition to a meeting by the racist group, the Church of Jesus
The racist group, which is linked to Aryan Nations and various Neo-Nazi
groups, had about 50 members in attendence and has tried to start a
regular church in the area.
November 19, 2007 - Associated Press
Hate crime incidents were up slightly in Oregon in 2006, according to
new data from the FBI. There were 141 such incidents in Oregon in 2006,
up from 137 in 2005, according to the FBI's data, which was released
Race was the motivation for 66 of the attacks, the FBI says, followed by
religion, which was behind 27 of the incidents. Twenty-five of the hate
crimes have been linked to sexual orientation, and 23 have been
connected to ethnicity.
The FBI says that more than half of the hate crimes were connected to violent offenses, including assaults and intimidation.
November 9, 2007 - Longview, Wa. - An argument broke out among Longview
City Council members Thursday over whether to allow a white-supremacist
church to hold an organizational meeting at the McClelland Arts Center.
The Church of Jesus Christ -- Christian has asked to rent the city-owned
building Dec. 9 for the purpose of organizing a new church in Longview,
Mayor Dennis Weber told the council. The group chose McClelland Arts
Center, he said, because it's adjacent to Victoria Freeman Park.
Freeman was pioneer in the black community best known for integrating
Longview's public schools in 1924. In past years, racist fliers and
graffiti have appeared in the park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and
Juneteenth, a celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United
Police Chief Alex Perez said the Church of Jesus Christ -- Christian has
ties to the Aryan Nations, a international white supremacist, Neo-Nazi
group that advocates racial purity, among other things. Longview Police
are investigating the group, Perez said
Full story by Amy M.E. Fisher at: The Daily News Online
Sherwood Elks leader says his lodge was duped by skinhead group
October 7, 2007 - Sherwood, Or. - The leader of the Sherwood Robin Hood
Elks said Sunday that his group was duped into hosting a neo-Nazi group
at its lodge on Saturday.
"We just got completely hoodwinked on this one," said Tony Baker of
Beaverton, exalted ruler of the lodge off Oregon 99W in Sherwood. "They
just used us to put on their event."
Lodge members were told they were renting to a group of rock musicians
getting together for a reunion, not 100 or so suspected skinheads who
are part of Hammerskin Nation, Baker said.
In fact, they never saw any banners, signs, literature or other
indications of neo-Nazi activity, he said.
The Hammerskin Nation, one of the nation's best-organized skinhead
groups, came to Portland this weekend for its annual convention. The
group refused to say where the three-day event would be held.
The Elks got suspicious when they began getting nonstop phone calls,
most of them anonymous, accusing them of supporting a racist group.
Those were followed by calls from the media and Sherwood police.
Finally, Elks members confronted group members and asked them to leave,
Baker said. The group left, never admitting that they were anything
other than who they said they were.
Hammerskins are one of the oldest national racist skinhead groups in the
country. Based in Texas, they are holding the celebration of 20 years
of promoting racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, and homophobia by holding an
event in Portland, October 5-7. They have been invited by Volksfront,
the local racist skinhead group. There will be racist skinheads flying
in and driving in from all over the country. Hammerfest 2007 will
feature six white power bands, and speakers, like Billy Roper, the creator of the white revolution website.
Portlanders should be aware that there are both potentially violent
racist skinheads in the city (especially in Southeast Portland), as well
as potentially violent anti-racist activist who wish to attack the
racists (including anti-racist skinheads). The Portland Police are
monitoring the situation, but the HCRN phone line will be open if there
is any activity you wish to report (503-725-8502).
There is also a community gathering and rally against racism being held
to show that Portland is a place of inclusion, not exclusion.
Saturday, October 6th, 1 pm
Lents Park (corner of SE 92nd and SE Holgate)
Be safe! Portland is strong because it is diverse!
National white supremacy group planning festival in PDX
Sept. 27, 2007 - Portland, Ore. (KGW) - One of the nation's largest
white supremacy groups is descending on Portland. The Hammerskin Nation
is planning to hold it's annual Hammerfest music festival somewhere in
Portland October 5-7.
The event comes in conjunction with the Hammerskin Nation's 20th
anniversary. So far the Hammerskin Nation has not announced where their
event will be held.
Senate Passage of Hate Crimes Bill Moves Bill Closer Than Ever To Becoming Law
Sept. 27, 2007 - Washington DC - In an historic step toward equality for
GLBT Americans, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Matthew Shepard Act,
which updates and expands the federal hate crimes laws to include bias
motivated violence based on a victims sexual orientation, gender
identity, gender, and disability, and provides new resources and tools
to assist local law enforcement in prosecuting vicious crimes.
Sept. 18, 2007 - BUTTE FALLS, Ore. (AP) - The quiet Jackson County town
of Butte Falls is combating outbreaks of racism by white supremacists
and others, evident by swastikas carved in benches and fights between
whites and Hispanics.
By June it had reached the high school. Someone burned a swastika symbol
in the carpet of a history classroom.
"That was the first time I saw the problem really invade the school,"
known as a haven for children from troubled families, said history
teacher Kevin Keating.
So when Tim Sweeney became district superintendent in July, he vowed to
Staff members were uncertain how to handle the issue and how much
district support they would have, he said.
Last year 10th-graders Derrick Cisneros and Harley Casillas heard about
classmates using slurs referring to their Hispanic heritage behind their
Some of the racist remarks came from football teammates, Casillas said.
They saw swastikas on bathroom walls.
Cisneros avoided the city park where alleged skinheads stared him down.
Sept. 27, 2007 - Salem, Ore. - Referendum - Opponents of two laws are
not sure if they have enough signatures to force a vote in 2008
Groups hoping to overturn two Oregon gay-rights laws delivered nine
boxes filled with petitions to the secretary of state late Wednesday.
But those petitions may not contain enough valid signatures to win a
spot on the November 2008 ballot.
Opponents need 55,179 signatures from registered voters to force a
referendum on each law. They delivered nearly 63,000 signatures on each.
HATE GROUP MEETING IN PORTLAND TO OPPOSE EQUALITY IN OREGON
RESTORE AMERICA has been orgainizing to repeal the recent legislation
banning discrimination based on sexual
orientation and allowing civil unions. They will be hosting a "truth"
symposium on August 23rd at 6:30PM at Newmark Theatre, in the Portland
Center for the Performing Arts,
which is on 1111 SW Broadway in downtown Portland.
WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?
On Saturday, July 7th, Thymos will present a screening of Christine Choy
and Renee Tajima-Penas award winning documentary Who Killed Vincent
Chin, followed by a townhall type panel discussion regarding hate
crimes against Asian-Pacific Americans. The documentary recounts the
true story of a young Chinese American man named Vincent Chin who was
beaten to death by two unemployed white auto workers during the early
1980s. According to court papers, the motive for the beating arose
from racial tensions sparked by Japans dominance in the automobile
industry, and the murder, along with the subsequent light punishments of
the perpetrators, outraged Asian Americans across the country. For
Asian American activists, Vincent Chin became symbolic of the racism
that Asian Americans face in everyday life and the historic failure of
the American courts to enforce justice for victims of anti-Asian
violence. Thymos will present this screening in conjunction with Asian
Pacific Americans for Progress's National Townhall on Hate Crimes in
observance of the 25th anniversary of Vincent Chins death. The
townhall meeting will be recorded for possible broadcast through Asian
Pacific Americans for Progress.
Date: July 7, 2007
Time: 3:00 pm 6:00 pm
Place: OHSU Doernbecher Childrens Hospital, 11th Floor Auditorium
Ms. Tracey Lam (Producer, KATU News)
Mr. John Kodachi, JD (Lawyer; President of Japanese American Citizens League)
Dr. Patti Sakurai, PhD (Professor of Ethnic Studies, Oregon State University)
Mr. William Chin, J.D., M.S. (Professor of Legal Analysis and Writing, Lewis and Clark Law School)
Korean American Citizens League
Japanese American Citizens League
Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
For more information, please contact Byron Wong at 503.318.3642 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
STAND TOGETHER AGAINST HATE CRIMES
Wagon Wheel Park Incident Update (June 29, 2007)
A vigil was held on on Sunday, June 3rd at Canegie Center Park in Oregon City to show
community opposition to the recent anti-Latino attack in Clackamas Counthy
This vigil was sponsored by:
Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition
Coalition Against Hate Crimes
Rural Organizing Project
Atkinson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist
Prince of Life Lutheran Church
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
St. Stephens Lutheran Church
Oregon Farmworkers Ministry
Detective Jim Strovink of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Department has told the CAHC that the
investigation of this case is a top priority for the county and that there should be more news soon.
Two Latino men from Salem attacked at Oregon park
May 27, 2007 Mulino, Ore. - MULINO A score of white teenagers attacked
two Salem men at a park south of Portland, chanting Go back to Mexico
as they delivered the beating, police said.
The violence erupted Thursday night at Wagon Wheel Park in Mulino, a
town about 25 miles south of Portland. Edwin Gonzales, 27, and Alex
Guzman, 26, were drinking beer and talking with two girls who were at
the park with a large group of male teens.
At one point, Guzman, Gonzales and the girls went for more beer. When
they returned, more than 20 male teens jumped Gonzales and Guzman,
These poor souls were terrified, said Detective Jim Strovink,
spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office. They were minding
their own business, and they were attacked with absolutely no
Austin Wright Greenwood, 18, of Oregon City was identified by the
victims as the ringleader. He was charged with assault and criminal
mischief and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.
Former Leader of Aryan Prison Gang Now Speaking to Youth
As the founder of the whites-only European Kindred prison gang, David
Patrick Kennedy has a reputation as a violent racist who commands
respect from fellow criminals. But Monday afternoon, Kennedy told more
than 100 Madison High School students that he is not proud of his life
and that no one should look up to him.
April 03, 2007 Springfield, Ore - A Springfield man was sentenced
Tuesday to 11 years, 3 months in federal prison for his role in a series
of hate crimes, including a 2002 attack on Eugene's Temple Beth Israel
In a plea arrangement with the government last summer, Jacob Albert
Laskey, 26, acknowledged that he was guilty of conspiracy to violate
civil rights, damaging religious property, soliciting murder,
obstruction of justice, soliciting a bomb threat against Eugene's
federal courthouse and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the government, Laskey and four other white supremacists
drove to the synagogue on Oct. 25, 2002, and threw rocks etched with
swastikas through stained-glass windows as 80 congregants worshiped
As part of his plea, Laskey admitted that he later attempted to
intimidate co-conspirator Jesse Baker into withholding information from
FBI investigators. Laskey also admitted that he solicited Baker to kill
potential witnesses and call in a bomb threat to the Eugene courthouse,
where a grand jury was looking into his crimes
National gay and lesbian group targets George Fox University
April 04, 2007 Newberg, Ore. - A national group that advocates gay and
lesbian rights is targeting George Fox University for using religion to
discriminate against homosexuals. The group,Soulforce will spend Friday
on the campus of the Quaker university in Newberg. The stop - the only
one in Oregon - is part of a tour of 32 Christian colleges and
universities across the country.
Brandon Kneefel, a 20-year-old Penn State University student and
Soulforce spokesman, said the group's mission is to "spark a dialogue"
about what it means to be Christian and gay or transexual. He said about
two dozen young people will visit the school to tell administrators
"how these policies are harmful and causing pain on these campuses."
Brad Lau, vice president for student life at George Fox, said while
school leaders "clearly disagree" with Soulforce, the group's members
are welcome to visit. Lau said the school would participate in a "day of
dialogue," including a breakfast meeting between Soulforce members and
"We see this as an opportunity to model to students and our community
how to be Christ in the world, including civil discourse with people
with whom we disagree," Lau said. Lau said incoming George Fox students
agree to honor the school's view on sexual expression. He said sex
within marriage between a man and woman is God's plan for sexual
fulfillment, and that anything outside of that, including homosexuality,
adultery and promiscuity, is not acceptable. "We certainly have
students and others who may struggle with same-sex attraction but they
agree to live by" the school's "lifestyle commitment," he said.
We are collecting letters on Steven's behalf so the judge in his case can make a decision that
considers Steven's contribution to the community. If Steven Stroud has spoken to your group, or his
work helping young people get out of the hate movement has impacted you (even if you just saw him
on Oprah), please consider writing a letter. If his work monitoring hate groups in Oregon or speaking
to young people about the dangers of hate, please consider writing a letter. For now, you can send letters to:
Dr. Randy Blazak
Dept. of Sociology, PSU
Portland, Oregon 97207
Or email it to: email@example.com
Thanks, Steven could really use the support.
Some of you may have heard the Steven Stroud was arrested yesterday for a series of robberies
in the area. I want members of the CAHC to know the circumstances that
have lead this great member of our community to such a low point. For
the past several years Steven has been battling lymphoma. As one of the
millions of Americans without health insurance he has tried to find the
best cancer treatment available to someone of his means. Unfortunately,
that treatment was never adequate and Steven found refuge from the pain
in heroin. He was horribly embarrassed that he had become addicted to
the drug and entered several drug treatment programs. Unfortunately, the
drug was stronger than he was.
Over the past ten years Steven has done incredible work fighting hate
crime in the community. With the Oregon Spotlight, the CAHC, and on his
own he has reached out to members of the racist subculture to show them a
better way. He has talked to countless students about his life as a
former racist skinhead. His monitoring work has provided an invaluable
source of information to law enforcement, the media, and academics. He
routinely risked his life for this cause. There were fewer hate crimes
in Oregon because of his efforts.
Steven will come out of this crisis with great insight to share with the world, but for now he could use our prayers.
Police report case of racial intimidation
January 24, 2007 Medford, Ore. - An African-American couple were the
target of racial intimidation Tuesday morning after a large rock with a
threatening letter attached was thrown through their window, Medford
Twenty-year-old Weseley Adams, who lives in the apartment on West
Eleventh Street has no clue who may be trying to scare him out of his
home, Medford police Lt. Tim George said.
Adams' girlfriend, age and name unknown, was at home when at around 8
a.m. a large chunk on concrete smashed through her living room window.
She soon found a note was attached by a rubber band. It read, "Go home,
George said there have been no reported problems with racial
intimidation in the area. Medford police have not had a similar case
anywhere in the city in quite some time, he said.
"It's disturbing to say the least," George said. "We are going to be
following up on this case (today)."
He added that the suspects may have left physical evidence on the rock
and note. Detectives will check them today.
Anyone with information is asked to call Medford police at 774-2250.
4 Teen Girls Arrested in an Assault on a Fifth
January 14, 2007 Portland, Ore. (Oregonian) Four teenage girls have
been arrested on accusations of assaulting and robbing a 16-year-old
girl at a MAX light-rail stop Thursday afternoon (Jan. 11), Portland
Police said. Evidence indicates the teenagers targeted the victim partly
because of her race, police said.
The four girls, all African-Americans ranging from 13 to 16 years old,
first confronted the victim, who is white, and her friend at the Rose
Quarter MAX stop. About 4 p.m., they assaulted and robbed the girl at
the Lloyd Center MAX stop, police said. All four were arrested on
accusations of robbery, intimidation, and assault.
Officer Catherine Kent, a police spokeswoman, said detectives concluded
after interviews with witnesses, the victim and the suspects that the
girls had singled out a white victim. Black-on-white bias crimes are
rare, Kent said. Police ask anyone who saw the incidents to call
detective Heidi Housley at 503-823-1080.
Scott Learn The Oregonian.
Hate Graffiti found across south Eugene
November 20, 2006Eugene, Ore. (Oregonian) - Eugene police are
seeking leads on hate graffiti discovered Sunday morning on buildings,
play structures and at numerous parks along the 2700 block of Amazon
Parkway. Investigators suspect the graffiti was done Saturday night. It
was found in a softball/ baseball park, at the Amazon Community Center,
Amazon Park, South Eugene High School and a skate bowl near the Amazon
dog park, Eugene police said. Police are seeking the publics help in
solving these crimes. Anyone with information about the case or who
spots any similar cases is urged to call 541-682-5111.
Vandals target lesbian couple in Albany
November 10, 2006 ALBANY, Ore. (AP) - Jane Tillman and Patti
Larsen have plenty of experience with vandals. A year ago, the gas tank
in Tillman's vehicle was filled with corn syrup. One month ago, the
locks on their house door were clogged with super glue. Larsen and
Tillman say they have also had hoses cut, the house egged, their outside
lights disabled, the water turned on in the front yard and the air let
out of car tires.
But this week, as Larsen was backing out of the garage on her way to
work, she found the word "lesbos" spray painted on the garage door. The
partners of 22 years say it's the first time that any of the vandalism
has made reference to their sexual orientation, and the big red letters
made them feel like the victims of a hate crime.
The couple has lived at their home for about eight years, but it's only
in the last three or four years that the vandalism has been happening,
Though police have no suspects, Tillman said it must be someone who
knows them. "Someone who knows us, but when I say 'know us,' they don't
really know us at all," Tillman said. The couple said they abstain from
public displays of affection and their relationship is an "unspoken
Though their house isn't the only one in the neighborhood to be targeted
for minor vandalism, such as an egging, the women, who moved to the
mid-Willamette Valley in the 1990s, said the spray paint feels like a
physical threat, and they are considering installing a surveillance
system. The incident was reported to Albany police, and an officer
interviewed the women and took pictures of the garage door. Detectives
also reviewed the case, Police Chief Ed Boyd said. But there are no
suspects, and Boyd said the department typically allocates resources to
cases where there are suspects, leads and opportunity for follow
up.(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Story at: KATU.com
Vandals paint swastikas on Longview church
October 2, 2006 LONGVIEW, Wash. -- Cleanup was underway at the
House of Prayer Church in Longview, after vandals spray-painted
swastikas on the front doors. The pastor said he believes the church is a
target because it's a place for people of any race to worship. This was
the second time someone left the hate symbol marking on the building.
It will cost several hundred dollars to remove the graffiti, an
especially difficult task since the congregation only has 35 members and
not a great deal of extra spending money in the budget.
September 29, 2006: PORTLAND - A gay bar in North Portland has
been targeted by vandals. Its owners calls it a "hate crime". Police are
investigating it as such. The latest incident happened when vandals
threw a tire at the bar's marquee. It read "Gay Marriage - God for
Oregon." The entire marquee board is damaged, and the owner says it will
have to be replaced. He also says this week's incident is not the first
time his bar, named "The Urge", has been vandalized.
The bar does have security cameras, and police are looking through the
surveillance tapes. "The Urge" has only been open since May.
Everyone is invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Washington County
WALK FOR UNITY to celebrate the wonderful diversity of our community.
The 3 mile walk and community celebration will feature music by Wood
Vibrations Marimba Band, food booths, a community fair featuring tables
from non-profit community service organizations, special projects for
kids, and much more!
2006 Walk for Unity - It's FREE! Anyone can participate!
When: Sunday, September 10, 2006 2:00 PM
Where: Beaverton City Park - 4950 SW Watson Ave. Beaverton, OR
Sponsored by: Providence Health System Presented by: Committee, Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Council, City of Beaverton,
Hands On Washington County, Inter-Religious Action Network of Washington County, Islamic Society of Greater Portland,
Vision Action Network and Washington County
Want to become more involved? Volunteer on the day of the event!
Please call the Vision Action Network at 503-846-5792 or go to www.visionactionnetwork.org for more information.
Supremacists plead guilty in attack on synagogue
August 17, 2006 Eugene, Or. Two white supremacist brothers
pleaded guilty to throwing rocks engraved with swastikas at a synagogue
during a religious service. The stones shattered stained-glass windows
but injured none of the 80 people inside.
Jacob Laskey, 25, and Gabriel Laskey, 21, face a maximum sentence of 10
years in prison for conspiring to deprive people of their civil rights
and 20 more years for damaging religious property in the Oct. 25, 2002,
attack against Temple Beth Israel in Eugene.
Jacob Laskey also pleaded guilty to soliciting the murder of a witness,
soliciting a bomb threat against the federal courthouse in Eugene to
interrupt grand jury proceedings and unlawful possession of a firearm
and ammunition by a convicted felon.
June 7, 2006 Portland, Or. Three men were assaulted early
Saturday at Southwest Stark Street and 10th Avenue in what police
suspect was a hate crime.
At least one of the victims was walking along Stark toward 10th when at
least two men in their 20s ran towards him and attacked him, shouting
anti-gay slurs. Others intervened and were assaulted.
When police arrived about 2:15 a.m., 25 to 30 people were standing near
the northeast corner of the intersection and one man was lying in the
street with a bloody nose, said Officer Cathe Kent, a Portland police
Police said the man in the street, a 39-year-old Gresham man, was
conscious but confused. Witnesses said he was punched in the face
several times and kicked in the head or upper torso.
An ambulance was called to the intersection, and at least three victims
received medical attention at the scene, police said.
The other two victims were a 24-year-old man from Southeast Portland and
a 21-year-old man whose hometown was unknown, police said.
The case is being forwarded to Bias Crime Detective Molly Daul for
investigation. No arrests had been made.
Police said many of those gathered at the scene had spilled out of area
bars. The suspects were described as two men in their 20s, about - 5
feet 10 and 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighing 175 to 185 pounds.
-- Maxine Bernstein The Oregonian
Brewster Arrested For Violating Parole
May 19, 2006 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Court officials say a man convicted
in the killing of an Ethiopian immigrant by white supremacists has been
arrested for a parole violation.
Thirty-seven-year-old Kyle Brewster was sentenced to 15 years for
manslaughter in the 1988 beating death of Mulugeta Seraw in Portland.
Brewster was released in November 2002 and was scheduled to complete his parole in 2008.
But parole officials say they found evidence that Brewster had been in
contact with members of the white supremacist group Volksfront and that
violated parole provisions that prohibit him from being involved in gang
Seraw, an airport shuttle bus driver, was killed with a baseball bat
outside his apartment when confronted by Brewster, Kenneth Mieske and
Mieske, who wielded the bat, pleaded guilty to murder while Strasser pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
HATE CONFERENCE A GREAT SUCCESS!
WHAT: 2006 Oregon Hate Crimes Conference: Uniting to
Confront Bias and Hate in My Community with Sherman Alexie and Dolores
The Coalition Against Hate Crimes, Portland
Community College, American Jewish Committee, City of Portland, Fair
Housing Council of Oregon, FBI, Oregon State University, Portland Police
Bureau, Sexual Minorities Roundtable and Southeast Uplift Center
Police arrest four in racial confrontation
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - GRESHAM -- It was late Sunday when Kamau
Herndon walked from his house in Gresham to his neighborhood 7-Eleven to
pick up a six-pack of beer.
One of the white men pulled a machete from the front seat of a Chevrolet
Suburban, said Officer Grant McCormick, a Gresham Police Department
spokesman. Herndon said the man began waving the machete while the three
people with him continued to taunt Herndon. When Massey and Miller came
out to help Herndon, the man began waving the machete in Massey's face,
according to police reports. "He was twirling the machete, and his
friends were yelling, 'White Power!' -- slapping their chests and giving
the Nazi salute," Massey said. "You could see where they had written
swastikas on the side of the 7-Eleven."
The store clerk came out and said he had just called 9-1-1, and the
police were on their way. McCormick said the group got into the Suburban
and, after trying to run the three men down, headed east on Division
Street. Police caught the SUV about nine blocks away. The driver,
William P. Henry, 29, of Southeast Portland, was arrested inside the
vehicle. Three other suspects -- 22-year-old Christian L. Coats,
25-year-old Dennis L. Mothersbaugh and 22-year-old Ariane E. Celis, all
Gresham residents -- were caught nearby.
A SPECIAL EVENT SPONSORED BY THE JEWISH STUDENT UNION AT LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE
Holocaust survivor Renée Firestone - Lecture and film screening to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
Firestone, 81, is an Auschwitz survivor and the founding lecturer for
the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Education Outreach Program in Los Angeles.
She is a trainer and interviewer with Steven Spielberg's Survivors of
the Shoah Visual History Foundation. Her story is included in the
Academy Award-winning documentary "The Last Days."
Film: "The Last Days"
Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Miller Center for the Humanities, Room 105
Lecture: "Where Have All These Faces Gone: A Holocaust Survivor's Perspective on Racism, Resistance, and Tolerance"
Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Agnes Flanagan Chapel
Lewis & Clark College (0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road)
INFORMATION: Both events are free and open to the public. For more
information, contact the Jewish Student Union at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Anti-Civil Rights Forces Rally in Salem
February 23, 2005 From Basic Rights Oregon:
The Oregon Family Council, the notoriously anti-gay group which helped
to launch the "Defense of Marriage Coalition," has--for the first
time--hired a lobbyist to advance its anti-gay agenda in the Oregon
Legislature. In addition, a bill was introduced Monday, February 21 that
is designed to permanently deny any current or future relationship
rights for same-sex couples. Senate bill 799, which is sponsored by
Senator George and Representative Sumner, would create Oregon law that
bans not only same-sex marriage, but also civil unions, domestic
partnerships and any "marriage substitute" that provides benefits and
protections generally afforded through marriage. It would also prevent
the state from recognizing any same-sex marriage or partnership entered
into outside of the State of Oregon.
City Benefits From Unity Rally
Tualatin Valley Skinheads Bring Portland Allies Together!
The Coalition Against Hate Crimes was a sponsor of the Southwest Unity
Rally on January 8. The event was put together to celebrate diversity
and denounce hate, as a response to a planned racist flier distribution
by the Tualatin Valley Skins, a local racist group who had also
publicized a gathering in Gabriel Park in Southwest Portland.
The Unity Rally, held at the Multnomah Center, had standing room only,
with over 1,000 people filling the auditorium, the gym, the courtyard,
and the hallways of the Center. Emily Gottfried, Oregon Area Jewish
Committee Executive Director and CAHC Steering Committee member, was the
emcee for the program, which included Mayor Tom Potter, State Senator
Ginny Burdick, Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield of Congregation P'nai Or ,
Shahriar Ahmed of the Bilal Mosque, County Commissioner Maria Rojo de
Steffy, Rev. David Knapp of St. Luke Lutheran, and many others. Over 30
diverse groups co-sponsored the event.
Earlier in January, both the Portland City Commissioners and the
Multnomah County Commissioners passed resolutions to denounce acts of
hate. At the end of the rally, Mayor Potter said, "The mayor of the city
needs to stand up on these issues and support people doing the right
thing. I'm so glad I can do it."
Emily Gottfried said she had expected the huge crowd, judging from the
response she had from e-mails and talking to people. "I would have been
surprised if we were not filled to the rafters," she said. "People
really wanted to be here."
And after all the attention, the skinheads did not distribute one flier
and did not gather at Gabriel Park. The only confrontation of the day
was between two men yelling "white power," and a group of anti-racists
gathered outside the Southwest Community Center.
Emily Georges Gottfried, AJC
Basic Rights Oregon files a lawsuit to preserve marriage freedom
Basic Rights Oregon attorneys filed a lawsuit Monday, January 31
challenging the constitutionality of Measure 36, a constitutional ban on
same-sex marriage approved by Oregon voters on November 2, 2004.
Measure 36 reads, ³It is the policy of Oregon, and its political
subdivisions, that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall
be valid or legally recognized as a marriage.
January 29, 2005 SALEM -- Rabbi Gary Schoenberg of Portland said he was
so angry over two adopt-a-road signs recognizing the American Nazi Party
that he was tempted to drive to Marion County and pluck them from the
ground himself.But someone beat him to it.
Sometime early Friday afternoon, the sign closest to the Salem city
limits on Sunnyview Road disappeared. Earlier in the week, someone
damaged an identical sign about 3 miles down Sunnyview and county public
works crews removed it. The county signs -- among more than 100 in
Marion County that mark volunteer efforts to clean up roadsides -- were
particularly hard to see during the same week as the 60th anniversary of
the liberation of the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, Schoenberg said.
January 9, 2005 - On a day when Skinheads failed to appear, an estimated
1,000 Southwest Portlanders turned out Saturday at two nearby events to
encourage diversity and hate prevention. Mayor Tom Potter and a
constellation of political, religious and neighborhood leaders addressed
an overflow "unity rally" at the Multnomah Center, while another 300
people at Gabriel Park protested against hate.
The demonstrators mobilized after a local Skinhead group announced
plans to gather Saturday afternoon at Gabriel Park to distribute
anti-Jewish literature in Southwest Portland neighborhoods. But no
Skinheads showed up.
Two men charged with hate crime involving Jewish cemetery
WASHINGTON (October 27, 2004 ) - The Justice Department today announced
the indictment of two Oregon men who are accused of desecrating a
Jewish cemetery in Portland. Sean Andrew Sigley and SHS have been both
charged with the hate crime. The two allegedly vandalize the
Congregation Shaarie Torah Cemetery on May 24th, 2003, painting
swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti in the Jewish sanctuary. According
to the indictment, their actions were meant to frighten and intimidate
Jewish residents. If convicted of the crime, they each face a maximum
sentence of eleven years behind bars.
(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Racist fliers found in Hillsboro linked to hate group
Tuesday, October 19, 2004 HILLSBORO -- Police say incidents of bags
with racist fliers being thrown onto people's yards in predominantly
white neighborhoods last weekend are part of a pattern spreading across
the Portland area.
"Hillsboro is just the latest," said Lt. Chris Skinner, Hillsboro Police
Department spokesman.Skinner said bags containing rocks and two-page
fliers of racist jokes targeting Latinos and containing a threat of
deportation by "Homeland Security" were thrown into at least 10
Hillsboro yards. "It looks like this was mostly in the northwest area of
town," Skinner said. "The majority of our Hispanic population is in the
southwest part of town."It's almost as if they were intentionally going
into white neighborhoods to recruit."
The fliers include the Web address for the Tualatin Valley Skins group.
The group's site on Monday included a prominent headline, "The
Hillsburito Hate Crew Had Fun Last Night."
September 5, 2004 VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The Clark County Sheriff's
Office has arrested 10 teenagers who are believed to have taken part in
what authorities are calling a racially motivated attack on two black
teens this summer. Most of those arrested are current or former
Evergreen High School students in Vancouver.
OREGON HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DEDICATION CEREMONY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 29
The formal dedication ceremony for the Oregon Holocaust Memorial will
be Sunday, August 29 at 2:00 PM near the Memorial site in Washington
Park. The public is invited to the ceremony that will feature Mayor Vera
Katz and other civic and religious leaders, as well as music from a
large interfaith choir and local performer Amy Shapiro.
After the ceremony, the Memorial will be open to all. Trained docents
from the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center will be stationed at the site
from 3:00 PM on.
Parking is limited near the Memorial, so attendees are encouraged to
park at the Portland First United Methodist Church (SW 18th and
Jefferson) and to take the shuttle buses from there provided by the
dedication organizers. The shuttles will run from 12:00 noon until 2:00
PM and again from 3:00 5:00 PM. Public transportation is also an
option Tri-Met bus# 63 runs directly to the Memorial.
A special pre-dedication tour will be held for members of the media on
Friday, August 27 from 1:30 3:00 PM. Because construction is ongoing,
this is the only time that the media are invited to preview the
Memorial. Please call (503) 295-6761 for information.
200 protest in Tigard against hate fliers
May 28, 2004 - About 200 residents, officials and students gathered in a
local park Thursday to rally against a recent onslaught of racist
literature and CDs tied to a white supremacist group's recruitment
efforts. City officials and experts said the rally, the first of its
kind in Portland's suburbs, was necessary to make the group feel
unwanted and to thwart its efforts to gain members among area residents
and high school students.