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Portland businesses post inclusion messages: 'You are safe here'

All inclusion signs posted at some Portland businesses (KATU News photo)

Local, state and national law enforcement agencies are seeing an increase of hate crimes being reported during the past week, following the election of Donald Trump.

Portlanders have spent several days protesting on the streets, and more than a 100 people were arrested.

Now, local business owners are using "safe spaces for all" posters to show their support for people who may feel marginalized or have been targeted.

The signs, which were created by Lisa Mangum and Jason Leivian and painted by hand at Independent Publishing Resource Center, have been distributed to dozens of shop owners. After their message spread online, the couple reports they're getting requests from east coast businesses as well.

"Initially I was just happy knowing that some of the other businesses in Portland would have them up in their windows, 'Oh it'll be nice to see these around town.' So if it spreads further than that, that's nice too," Leivian said.

They read: "WE WELCOME: ALL RACES, ALL RELIGIONS, ALL COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN, ALL SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS, ALL GENDERS. We stand with you. You are safe here."

"Absolutely, words and actions both matter," Mayor Charlie Hales said. "So having merchants say everyone is welcome here. Having people draw hearts on the plywood and broken windows of businesses in the Pearl District... that touches my heart."

If you'd like to pick one up for your business, they're available at:

  • Oko, 811 E Burnside Street
  • Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch Street
  • IPRC, 1001 SE Division Street


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