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Coalition Against Hate Crimes

    Stop Hate The Coalition Against Hate Crimes (CAHC) was started by the American Jewish Committee in Portland, Oregon. It held its first meeting in early October 1997. It's members are representatives from a wide variety of community and government organizations.

    You can contact the CAHC via. Dr. Randy Blazak at Portland State University (


    To use the moral authority of the Coalition and its members to give expression to the community conscience as spelled out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its covenants.

    Click here to read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights




    Have you been a victim of a hate crime or a bias incident?

    The Coalition Against Hate Crimes is collecting information about hate activity in the state of Oregon for an annual state-wide report. Have you been a victim of any off the following while in Oregon?

    1) Hate Crime: Oregon law defines hate crime as illegal acts committed by a person or persons against another “because of the actor's perception of that person's race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.” (For example, an assault motivated by a bias toward the victim’s race). Oregon hate crime law also prohibits offensive physical contact motivated by the above biases. (For example, physical harassment motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation). Finally, Oregon law prohibits the desecration of religious objects and places of worship. (For example, the vandalism of a church).

    2) Bias incident: A bias incident is defined as conduct, speech, or expression that is motivated by bias or prejudice towards a group of people. A bias incident does not involve any actual crime and often may not involve a clear violation of state or federal law. Bias incidents are typically behavior protected by the First Amendment. Bias incidents can include neo-nazi rallies, racist fliers distributed in lawns, and hateful speech.

    3) Civil Rights Violation: Civil rights violations include any attempt made to prevent individuals from exercising their Constitutional rights based on their race, religion, or national origin. This includes the right to vote, travel, engage in commerce, and live in a residence. An example would be housing discrimination based on a person’s race.

    Whether or not you reported this incident to authorities, we would like to include it in our database. If you are not sure if the event fits the definitions above, please report it and we will try to determine whether or not it qualifies. We can also help you connect to resources that can help you if you would like to further pursue the case.

    Please include the approximate date, location and a brief description of what happened. All reports will be kept confidential by the CAHC.

    You can report you case(s):


    By email:

    By telephone: (503) 725-8502 (CAHC), 911 (local police) or (503) 224-4181 (FBI)

    By mail: CAHC c/o Dr. Randy Blazak, Dept. of Sociology, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 97207

    Please be sure to let us know if you need help or information.


Coalition Against Hate Crimes

c/o Dr. Randy Blazak, Portland State University
(503) 725-8502

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