Portland Peace Initiative

Building bridges of understanding and healing in Portland.

Giving Portlanders a voice in reimagining what kind of community we want to have.

About the Peace Initiative

The Portland Peace Initiative is a series of community-wide listening sessions moderated by professional, trained moderators.  The sessions are small, safe, facilitated conversations where community members can express how they feel about public safety and how they want to be served by the police.  When all the sessions are complete, the statements, views and data will be anonymized and compiled into a blueprint for the Police Bureau and the City for further action. 


Download ‘The Table’ Interim Report

Published November 30, 2021

Purpose and Mission

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to develop a practical, lasting framework for inclusive community engagement that reimagines public safety in Portland, paying particular attention to communities of color and other historically underrepresented groups. 

Our Misson

Our mission is to tap into the wisdom in the community to find out what kind of community we want to have, to discover what the community wants in terms of public safety and to elevate the response to reducing gun violence. The results of these sessions will be delivered as a report into the hands of the City and Police Bureau.  Outcomes will be measured on an ongoing basis with the hope of measurable improvements in the community feeling seen, heard and valued, and feeling that the City is responsive and interested in community members’ needs.

Why Should I Join?

Join the Peace Initiative to be part of the change.  By participating, you and your group or community gets seen and heard in ways that  become part of the future of public safety in Portland. 

And we’re looking for the people who don’t usually have the opportunity or access, or who don’t show up to public meetings to make their voices heard, especially those who have been directly impacted by issues of personal and community safety.

Check back often to find out details, and view the action steps being taken.  Click below to find out what we’ve been talking about, where meetings will be held and streamed and how we’re doing.  Participating in a listening session and gathering others with lived experience and expertise or others who simply care about our City can make a huge difference for you and your church, your school, your community, your neighborhood for public safety and elevating the response to reducing gun violence.

How It Works

A Community Conversation is an online video conversation to tap into the wisdom in the community to find out what kind of community we want to have.  Those who join will be asked about their experiences, ideas, beliefs and frustrations about community safety and policing in your neighborhood.  These Conversations are moderated by professional moderators with lived experience who guide the group from beginning to end.    Online, the Conversation is a safe space where candor and truth is sought and valued. The identities of those who choose to participate will be honored, respected and not revealed outside of the group.  Afterwards, participants are further asked for opinions and ideas which are anonymized and then included in a report to be given to the City for further action. 

Who Are We?

The Portland Peace Initiative is the creation of recognized problem-solvers from all backgrounds who seek to unite and elevate as many local efforts of individuals, groups, and organizations that want to participate in building bridges of understanding and healing in Portland.  Leading the initiative are Pastor Matt Hennessee, Robert King, Kevin Modica, Deniel Banks, Jan Elfers, and Lisa Broderick of Police2Peace.

The information on this website is being presented for transparency, so that data collected and findings which result are available for anyone who’s interested.

Check back here how we’re doing, what’s our progress, how you can be part of the change and make a difference for you and your church, your school, your community and your neighborhood.


Want a conversation for your community?

Just reach here to schedule a conversation for your community, group, church or club.   Virtual sessions are being convened now, which can be scheduled in as quickly as one week.   Up to 15 people is a good upper limit for participants, as we want to keep the conversations small, intimate and allow everyone time to speak.  Just click here to send an email with your desired date and time, and we will take it from there and reach out within 24 hours.  Once we schedule the session, we will generate an online link which you will be able to share which is unique for your session, which allows people to easily sign up online.  

Click here to reach out and begin a conversation for your community.


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