In response to recent uptake in verbal harassment, the use of slurs and derogatory language, and disturbing incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes and Confederate flags. violence in various parts of the United States, including the state of Oregon and even Salem, OR, Association for Communal Harmony organized Preventing Communal Violence in Our Communities on July 29, and its Follow up on September 27, 2017. Sixty individuals including Mayor of Keizer, police chiefs of Salem and neighboring community of Keizer, and representative from Marion County Sheriff Department participated in the July 29 event, and 13 individuals, including a former mayor of Salem participated in the September 27 follow-up. Efforts are ongoing to implement ideas generated in the two events.
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