The following statement was made by the Central Eastside Industrial Council on June 2, 2020.
The CEIC is deeply saddened by the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many other innocent Black lives. We stand in solidarity with communities seeking justice. We remain committed to incorporating anti-racist practices into our work, ensuring that everyone has a voice at the table and that meaningful change is affected. Right now, we are focusing on learning and listening. We know we must do better as a district and organization, and we ask businesses to join us in this process. Together we can make the Central Eastside a place that is welcome to all.
We encourage you to visit Mercatus to find a directory of Black owned businesses to support. We also encourage businesses to join Portland Means Progress, Prosper Portland’s program for businesses to integrate practices that build a more equitable city.
Many Portlanders have taken to the streets to demonstrate. Our Central Eastside Together teams have been working overtime to support everyone in our district during this time, as always through the lens of trauma-informed care.
As our district has been hit heavily with graffiti, our graffiti abatement team is working overtime to quickly address all occurrences of hate graffiti as defined by Portland United Against Hate (PUAH). These are also the same guidelines used by the City of Portland. Please report hate graffiti immediately and these will be prioritized. Additionally the City of Portland is working to estimate the damages to businesses with this survey.