Today we pass on a message from Lift Every Voice Oregon, an advocacy group promoting the safe use of and storage of guns in order to reduce if not eliminate gun violence.
From Lift Every Voice Oregon:
We thank all who were able to make contacts in support of HB 3223 and HB 3265. Your voice is truly making a difference. We will keep the pressure on.
Today, however, we have the opportunity to Lift Every Voice in favor of two very important bills that are moving through the legislature that will have a significant impact on gun safety and public health. They are SB 978-5 and HB 2013. A brief description of each follows:
Both of these bills will make a real difference in Oregon and we encourage you to e-mail, write or call your legislative leaders as well as the leadership of the House and Senate.
You can find a full roster of the legislature HERE. When you make your contacts, let them know you are part of the Lift Every Voice Oregon [and OR UU Voices for Justice] movement, as well as any other associations you may have.
This year there have been a record number of bills brought to the legislative session related to gun safety and public health. Your voice and all who are part of Lift Every Voice Oregon are truly making a difference. Let's all continue this vital work for the well being of our children and youth and all Oregonians and encourage others to join the campaign with their time and gifts.
Rev. W. J. Mark Knutson, Chair, Lift Every Voice Oregon
This spring, right after the terrible school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, an interfaith group of religious leaders and young people gathered at Augusta Lutheran Church in Portland. They decided it was time to do something. It is from this meeting that Measure 43, a ballot measure to limit the sale and ownership of assault weapons, was born.
The coalition, Lift Every Voice, proposes two steps to make Oregon a safer place for all residents. The first step is to ensure that semiautomatic weapons and large capacity magazines are registered by responsible gun owners. The second step is to prohibit the future sale of these weapons and magazines in Oregon
This campaign was started out of a passionate conviction, and the timeline for getting signatures gathered to make it on the ballot is tight. Everything is ALMOST ready to begin gathering signatures.
The push for the 88,184 signatures needed will not begin until court challenges to the Ballot Title have been cleared. After that there will only be a few days or weeks to gather signatures before the July 6th deadline.
Lift Every Voice is asking that people who want to gather signatures get trained before the ballot title is cleared. That way signature gathers can be ready to start gathering signatures ASAP!
Action of the Week - Mark your calendars to attend a short training on petition gathering for Measure 43.
Lift Every Voice says "These trainings will be less than one hour in length and are open to all who want to support this effort by learning how to effectively gather signatures to put this measure on the November 6, 2018 ballot."
Monday, June 11 in Portland (emphasis on youth involvement) at 7pm at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th Ave.
Wednesday, June 13 in Salem at 7pm at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St N.E.
Thursday, June 14 in Eugene at 7pm at First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St.
Tuesday, June 19 in Portland at 7pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave.
Wednesday, June 20 in Bend at 7pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall St.
You can check out Lift Every Voice's website and sign up as a volunteer here if you want to know more.
In Love and Faith,
Rev. Katie Larsell
June 5th, Truthful Tuesday live-stream, National Poor People’s Campaign,The Right to a Healthy Planet, from 4:30 – 7:00 pm, First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland.
June 12th Truthful Tuesday live-stream, National Poor People’s Campaign, Everybody's Got the Right to Live, from 4:30 – 7:00 pm, First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland.
June 19th Truthful Tuesday live-stream, National Poor People’s Campaign, A New and Unsettling Force, from 4:30 – 7:00 pm, First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland.
Sept 15 -- Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice Annual Social Justice Conference. Mark your Calendar
Printable PDFs of
Action of the Week here.