Portland mayor on Saturday gathering of far-right: 'They are not welcome'

Mayor Ted Wheeler, left, at an Aug. 30 press conference at City Hall with Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.

Portland, along with the rest of the nation, is grappling with the hard and necessary work to bring racial justice to our communities. The tragic and unnecessary deaths of unarmed Black Americans, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and far too many others, launched a racial justice reckoning that is long overdue. The Black Lives Matter movement is important and inspiring and is challenging us to push for changes our city and our nation need.

There is much work to do, and city leaders are acting. In February of 2019, (Portland City) Council passed a resolution condemning white supremacy and alt-right hate groups, acknowledging Oregon's history of racism, and committing to training about the history and impact of white supremacy and how to identify and fight it.