We're all in this together

In previous columns, I’ve written about Oregon’s DOJ Bias Response Hotline. Those articles were largely directed to individual community members to increase awareness about reporting incidents and what rises to the level of a reportable event. In this column, I’d like to direct a message to organizational leaders and social media managers. 
The Oregon DOJ recently released its marketing materials for a new campaign called “You Belong.” According to their literature, this is a “culturally and linguistically inclusive, statewide public outreach effort to increase awareness of Oregon’s Bias Response Hotline as a crucial resource in the fight against the continued rise of hate crimes and bias incidents in Oregon.” The group is providing a toolkit for sharing the message with your community members on your own platforms. These include social media copy, graphics, Public Service Announcements (PSA), and more. Over the next few months, you will also start seeing statewide billboards, bus ads, and online ads as the campaign gets underway. The toolkit can be found at doj.state.or.us/oregon-department-of-justice/civil-rights/bias-and-hate/you-belong-toolkit. Below are a couple of examples of the social media posts available in the toolkit to use along with the hashtag #youbelong and others.
It’s important to highlight the importance of reporting bias against others that you witness. Within the Jewish community, we’re fortunate to have a few places to report antisemitic incidents, including through the JFGP website at jewishportland.org/security. Although in Portland, Jewish bias incidents outpace all other religious targeting, bias directed towards Black and LBGTQ+ communities is more than double that of Jewish bias incidents that get reported to the Portland Police. If you witness bias against someone in another marginalized group, the Oregon Bias Hotline is the best place to report it. Even if the victim doesn’t come forward, the more bias is reported, the more resources will be directed to the issue. We’re all in this together. 


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