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Posted on: February 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Vinis: Statement on Hate Messages against Jewish Community

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In the past week, flyers promoting anti-Semitic messages have been distributed to residences across Eugene. The flyers also include references that can be understood as anti-transgender.

These messages are designed to divide our community, and they have no place here. Hateful messages violate everything our City stands for and all that we are working to be – a city that is safe and welcoming for everyone (Resolution 5174, 2016). 


In 2017, our City Council adopted Resolution 5190 declaring our opposition to Anti-Semitic Hate and Bias Crimes. We understand the negative impacts of such messages in the targeted communities. Nevertheless, we must ask community members to continue reporting any potential criminal activity to Eugene Police by calling 541-682-5111 or dialing 911 in an emergency. Hate speech and other acts of discrimination can be reported online at  www.eugene-or.gov/reporthate or by calling the Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement (HRNI) at 541-682-5177


We thank the community for reporting acts of hate to Eugene Police and to HRNI. We take these reports seriously. If the spread of hate speech rises to the level of criminal activity, they will be fully investigated by Eugene Police. The City of Eugene rejects these hateful acts and will direct city resources to stop them.


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