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City, spiritual leader speak out against racism, Islamophobia

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

City leaders in Portland said that they are battling racism and Islamophobia.

At a news conference Wednesday, a diverse group including government officials and spiritual leaders offered a show of support and expressed a welcoming message, "All are welcome here."

The group pointed to the recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, as well as the suggestion of banning Muslims from coming to the U.S. being championed in presidential primaries.

One speaker noted he did not want to see injustices that occurred during World War II, like Japanese-Americans being forced into internment camps, be repeated with new generations of refugees.

Rabbi Joey Wolf said the residents of Portland need to remember that refugees are running from the "extremists" in their own country.

“We want to make every effort to welcome refugees fleeing extremist violence as we should always be ready to in this wonderful country,” he said. “We want to embrace a vision of this world in which we all can live freely with justice. We all know the prosperity we know when people are hospitable to one another and live in peace. May we all know what it means to feel at home with one another.”

The City Council met following the news conference, and unanimously passed a resolution declaring “support for the city’s Muslim community,” noting that they want to ensure that all immigrants and refugees are welcome in the city.

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