I just received the following article from Rural Organizing Project. The group makes the claim that Coos County is experiencing an uptick in crimes against minorities.
Would you agree with that assessment? Is Coos County experiencing an increase in these types of crimes?
Here is the statement in the article that I refer to:
Through these conversations, two things became clear:
First, Kari’s experience was not unique. Like so many communities across Oregon, Coos County has seen a rise in violence and harassment targeting immigrants and people perceived to be immigrants, low-income and unhoused community members, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ people. Some of these incidents have been reported on by the local paper, including the post-election bullying of Latinx youth in the North Bend School District, but there are other stories of harassment, discrimination and bias crimes that have happened with little reporting or community conversation. Those most impacted and their closest friends and allies, including faith leaders, activists, and crisis workers, have been carrying these stories with them, working hard to survive and show up for their neighbors in a time of increasing crises and decreasing resources for rural communities.
Could you please give me a statement I can post publicly?
Rob: Thanks for reaching out. I don’ t think I agree with that assessment. Our stats do not support that. We may have gotten better at tracking such cases but I have not seen an increase. With the enhanced ability to track such information, a normal uptake occurs due to the ability to better track the info.
I try to keep a channel open to the local groups and none have approached or even mentioned an increase. Cz
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