Make Your Voice Heard!

Amid the ongoing protests in Portland and around the country, one demand is universal: Police reform. Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has long been a vocal advocate for police reform and is taking steps to make it happen. Commissioner Hardesty has proposed a measure that would create an independent commission to oversee investigations into misconduct by Portland police officers. If approved by the City Council, the measure would appear on the ballot in the November election and would amend the city charter to add the new oversight commission. The commission would operate outside of official city government and be driven by community involvement. Board members would be appointed – with City Council having final approval – with priority given to residents who have experienced systemic racism.

But, before citizens can vote on whether to create this oversight commission, City Council must agree to refer the ballot measure to voters. This vote is set to take place this Wednesday, July 29th at 3:30 pm. You can read the resolution in its entirety here.

As citizens of Portland you have the right to weigh in on this important decision. Let the Mayor and City Council know whether you support this ballot measure. There are three ways you can make your voice heard:

  1. Call or email the Mayor or City Commissioners at their contact information below
  2. Provide written testimony by emailing the Council Clerk at cctestimony@portlandoregon.gov
  3. Sign up to provide public testimony here. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, July 28th at 4:00 pm. In order to register you must include your name, email address, zip code, and phone number, and also provide the agenda item on which you want to testify (in this case #633).

Mayor Ted Wheeler
503-823-4120
mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty
503-823-4151
joann@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner Amanda Fritz
503-823-3008
amanda@portlandoregon.gov

Chloe Eudaly
503-823-4682
chloe@portlandoregon.gov



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