December 12, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Portland, OR – The Oregon AFL-CIO is planning to start a hotline to help its members report hate crimes and incidents of racial harassment, the federation announced Dec. 5.
The move is part of a strategy it is developing to deal with an increase in such incidents, President Tom Chamberlain said in a statement. “The labor movement was built on a simple but powerful idea: When one person is wronged, we are all wronged,” he said. “We are hearing reports of hate incidents and crimes happening more frequently in the workplace.” A Nov. 29 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, documenting 867 incidents in the 10 days after the presidential election that ranged from a store customer telling a black cashier, “Now that Trump has won, you can all go back to Africa!” to swastikas spray-painted on a lesbian couple’s door, found that 33 had occurred in Oregon. The Willamette Week newspaper calculated that was the highest per-capita rate in the country. Read more