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The member businesses of the Main Street Alliance and our fellow small business owners throughout the country are deeply disturbed by the inhumane treatment of immigrant families. The hateful rhetoric and violence aimed at refugees fleeing violence, at immigrants, at our Muslim and Arab community members, at women and at people of color in our communities is unconscionable and must end immediately. This swell of hate and fear permeating our national dialogue is dangerous. We believe it must be met head-on with clear statements of principle from local business owners because we are leaders in our communities. 

America must be a place where people from all nations, races, genders, and creeds seeking freedom and opportunity feel welcome and can build safe, prosperous lives for themselves and their families. When politicians and pundits target people in our communities for political gain, when they fan the flames of hatred and fear, when they attack our neighbors, friends, family members, fellow business owners, employees, and customers, we must stand up and make our voices and our values heard loud and clear: 

We stand united against hate and violence. We stand with refugees and immigrants in our community and our Latinx, Muslim and African American community members. We respect women and we value Black lives. We welcome everyone. There is no place for hate in our businesses, our homes, or in our country.

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    Oregon is struggling with hate. Recent rallies for Black lives matter and Equality have drawn counter-protesters of all types. The most concerning of these show up armed and intoxicated, some openly drinking in front of police while carrying. I have been present when police have made the “ok” sign to counter-protesters in Salem, Oregon including Proud Boys, Boogaloo and III%ers. I have been assaulted at a rally by a man wearing a red Trump shirt in Dallas, Oregon. I have been tear gassed, pepper balled, chased, maced, and shot in the chest over several days in Portland, Oregon by federal agents(?) without cause. All of these things are nothing compared to the hate and violence Black, Indigenous and people of color face in this country. Thank you for allying to create better communities!
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    Lots of slightly veiled condemnation of minorities and immigrant communities. Blaming of Covid 19 on Asian Americans, Chinese ethnic persons.
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