Statement from the Oregon AFL-CIO on Portland MAX Attack

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain responds to the brutal attack on May 26 in Northeast Portland:

“The unions of the Oregon AFL-CIO offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best, and we hope Micah David-Cole Fletcher has a complete recovery. The actions these three took demonstrates a unique combination of bravery and compassion.  We hope the two young women who endured a hate-fueled verbal assault can process and ultimately heal from what I can only imagine to be a deeply devastating experience.” 

“Incidents of hate and hate crimes have been on the rise in our country and Friday’s violence remind Oregonians that we all must stand together in opposition to those who seek to divide us through fear and violence.  Oregonians are sickened and disturbed by Friday’s events, and I encourage all of us to stand together and continue to take positive actions to protect the rights of us all.  It’s through unity and solidarity that we will heal from this tragic incident.  It’s through standing together against hatred that we can stop events like this from happening again.”