Mayor Hales invites public to March of Hope on Tuesday

The march is scheduled at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22

Mayor Charlie Hales helped announce the opening of a new temporary downtown homeless shelter last month after plans for the one he supported at Terminal 1 fell through. November 17, 2016, (Portland Tribune: Jonathan House)
Mayor Charlie Hales helped announce the opening of a new temporary downtown homeless shelter last month after plans for the one he supported at Terminal 1 fell through. November 17, 2016, (Portland Tribune: Jonathan House)

PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — Two weeks after the election of Donald Trump as President, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is inviting the public to join civic, community and faith leaders for a “March of Hope” in Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

The march is scheduled at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from the Salmon Street Springs Fountain to the Steel Bridge.

According to Hales’ office, as the city and nation work to move forward after the election, the most important thing that we can do is to come together and reach out to each other and stand against hate. Among those Hales says we need to reach out to are immigrants and refugees, women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, those with disabilities, and “everyone who needs reassurance in their everyday lives that their civil liberties will remain protected.”

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After the election, Hales called the election results “a bad day for our country, a sad day, in which the values of love and tolerance have been repudiated by the voters. The most important thing that we can all say is that this is a time when we, as Portlanders, must come together and reach out to each other,”

Then, following the violence and vandalism associated with an anti-Trimp protest, Hales said, “Riots and violence in our streets are completely unacceptable. I hope that all Portlanders will help our local small businesses recover. I know in Portland we are a community that believes love conquers hate — let’s be that example for the nation. We are all hurting and need to come together as a community to heal — as Portlanders and as Americans.”