Oregonians are demanding change to dismantle racist systems and address racial inequities in our region and throughout our country. For far too long, communities of color have been unheard. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr. “A riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? …it has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. …And so in a real sense our nation’s summer of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay.”
Our venues are located in areas with deep legacies of racial injustices and we support peaceful demonstrations to stand together to dismantle systemic racism and hatred. The Oregon Convention Center spires will be shining in yellow as a beacon of hope for our suffering and silenced communities of color for the next week.
Metro Council President Peterson issued a public statement of support for those who marched for the voiceless. View here