My heartfelt gratitude goes to our first responders, health care workers, police, grocery store workers, truck drivers, social service workers, and everyday people who are reaching out to our most vulnerable community members to offer support. I also am grateful to my fellow elected officials and all officials who are working to keep us safe in this pandemic.

This is an unprecedented time in the history of the world. It changes everything. We are doing the best we can to stabilize our communities. I know this will bring back unpleasant memories and re-traumatize some of you in our communities. Please know that help and support is available. Reach out to your neighbors, your community, and faith leaders. Elected officials like myself are also available to help, so please always feel free to call or email if you have any questions or need an explanation about anything. Be safe, follow the orders of your city and state. Thank you.

— Portland City Councilor At-large Pious Ali