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.