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U.S. Senate Passes Joint Resolution Honoring MAX Heroes

A joint resolution honoring Rick Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, the two men who died after being attacked on public transportation in Portland, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, who was wounded in the attack after standing up to protect two Muslim women, passed today in the U.S. Senate.

Sponsored by Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, the joint resolution condemns the deadly attack and offers condolences and support to the families and the community and “supports nationwide efforts to overcome hatred, bigotry, and violence.”

The Muslim women were targets of hate speech on the Portland train.

“These three Oregonians stood up courageously against terrorism — and for core American values of tolerance and freedom,“ Wyden said in a statement. “This resolution properly honors their bravery in confronting hate and commits all of us as Americans to fighting hate, violence and terrorism every chance we get.”

The House will now consider the resolution.

A copy of the news release  follows:

 

For Immediate Release: June 8, 2017

 

Wyden, Merkley Resolution Honoring MAX Attack Heroes Passes Senate

Washington, DC  –  U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley praised the Senate’s passage today of their joint resolution to honor Oregon heroes Rick Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher.

Best and Namkai-Meche were fatally stabbed on May 26 defending two young women targeted by threatening anti-Muslim hate speech on the MAX train in Portland. Fletcher was seriously wounded in the attack.

 “These three Oregonians stood up courageously against terrorism -- and for core American values of tolerance and freedom,“ Wyden said. “This resolution properly honors their bravery in confronting hate and commits all of us as Americans to fighting hate, violence and terrorism every chance we get.”

“What happened on that train was a horrific act of hate. But in the days that followed, Oregon came together with a message: While there is evil in this world, there is still far more goodness — the same goodness that Rick, and Taliesin, and Micah bravely exhibited on that train,” Merkley said. “This resolution recognizes that, and I thank my colleagues for joining with me to honor these heroes.”

 

The joint resolution now goes to the House for its consideration. If the House passes the joint resolution, it would go to the president for his signature.