Mayors unite to combat hate, extremism and bigotry

September 7, 2017

The Metropolitan Mayors' Consortium (MMC), a coalition of Portland metropolitan mayors, joined a new nationwide initiative to fight extremism and bigotry. The Mayors' Compact, formed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, concentrates on ten action-items that promote the fundamental principles of justice and equality that define America.

"As mayors, we interact with our neighbors every single day, be it at the grocery store, the high school football game, or while we are grabbing lunch in our downtowns. That closeness to the people we represent goes a long way to combat hate and intolerance, and holds our collective social contracts together," said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis, the 2017 MMC Chair. "The collective force of the Region's mayors coming together is a clear demonstration of our values for the people we represent."

Key principles of the compact include:

  • Expressly rejecting extremism, white supremacy, and all forms of bigotry.
  • Denouncing all acts of hate wherever they occur.
  • Ensuring public safety while protecting free speech and other basic constitutional rights. 
  • Calling for fully-resourced law enforcement and civil rights investigations of domestic terrorism and hate crimes. 
  • Elevating and prioritizing anti-bias and anti-hate programs in our nation's schools.
  • Supporting targeted communities and bringing together civic and community leaders to build trust.

"This Compact clearly demonstrates that the mayors of this region are standing strong together to let it be known that hate of any kind will not be tolerated in our communities," said King City Mayor Ken Gibson.

Read more about the compact, including all ten principles, at mayorscompact.org.

More than 300 mayors from 45 states have signed onto the Compact.

The MMC consists of 25 mayors from throughout the Portland metropolitan area who advocate for collective local government priorities at the state and regional level.