All Portland-Metro residents have the right to live in communities free from the fear of physical and mental harm. Portland-Metro area safety policies will prioritize decriminalization, harm reduction, prevention and care, rather than punishment, exclusion, profiling, threats and retaliation.
POLICY #1A: DECRIMINALIZE HOUSELESSNESS. The Right to Rest Ordinance prohibits discrimination in public spaces based on housing status. This ordinance protects unhoused people's right to protect themselves from the elements. Criminalizing necessary life-sustaining activities like sitting, lying, resting or eating in public when someone has nowhere else to do these things further entrenches people in houselessness. Ending the criminalization of houseless people is an essential component of ending houselessness in our communities.
POLICY #1B: SANCTUARY CITY. The city of Portland will establish an Office of Immigrant Support Services, including a universal immigrant legal defense fund ensuring legal support to all immigrants, including legal support in all interactions with ICE/DHS. Additionally, the Portland Police will not collaborate with ICE and there will be Rapid Response to all ICE raids/interactions. As a Sanctuary City, Portland residents have a right to live in a safe community. The City will protect "sensitive locations" (schools at all grades--from preschool through colleges, child care facilities, health facilities, religious locations, civic and religious ceremonies such as funerals, weddings, courthouses, public spaces such as parks, parades, demonstrations, and rallies). The City will ensure residents' safety in these spaces and will challenge any actions of any of the branches of the Dept. of Homeland Security if actions occur in any of these sensitive locations. Portland residents have the right to be safe at their places of employment. The City will facilitate "Know Your Rights" trainings for employers to protect all employees’ identities and sensitive information.
POLICY #1C: POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY. When officers use deadly force against civilians, an independent investigator will immediately take charge of investigating, not the Police Department. This change will be incorporated into the city’s 2020 contract with the Portland Police Association, and bargaining between the city and the PBA will be open to the public (as was the case in 2013 and 2015).
POLICY #1D: SHIFT RESOURCES FROM POLICING. In the name of "public safety," the city turns over more and more money to surveillance and incarceration. Punitive measures do not yield safe communities. Targeted cuts to the police budget should be made with funds re-allocated to invest in mental health services.