Lift Every Voice Oregon: Promoting policies prohibiting the Sale of Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines
We continue to build our grassroots organization, run primarily by volunteers as we continue to advocate for safer schools, houses of worship and communities. We now number in the thousands from all over the state in our shared commitment to challenge the status quo as we prepare to accomplish this important goal. Our voice has been heard by people throughout the state as we continue to push to reduce gun violence in Oregon and the nation.
Any day now we should get the numbers for our two bills in the state legislature: the first to ban the sale of assault weapons and the second to ban the sale of large capacity magazines.
TODAY, February 14, is the one-year remembrance of the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That day caused student voices in Parkland and around the nation to rise up with great courage in the midst of their pain to boldly proclaim: Enough is enough! It was in partnership with those voices of our young leaders that Lift Every Voice Oregon became a reality, so that we might swiftly reach our common goals. Each day they are becoming more possible.
To honor the students whose lives were lost and those who were injured physically and emotionally, we’re asking everyone in the Lift Every Voice Oregon coalition to contact our state senators and representatives TODAY, February 14, by phone or email or in person, calling for them to stand with us as sponsors or cosponsors of our two bills. Find your state representatives here. If all 3,000+ of us in every part of Oregon will spend a half hour TODAY making positive contacts with a common message for legislators to support and cosponsor the two Lift Every Voice Oregon bills, we will have a profound impact on the outcome.
As we lift our voices together TODAY, February 14, calling for action and saying Never Again, we will move closer to our shared goal of ending gun violence.
Encourage your friends and neighbors to join with us. Send them this link so that they can join this growing movement.
Give as you are able and encourage others to do so. We need to raise several thousand dollars in the coming months to keep the campaign moving forward. DONATE
There is more to come and much to do. Together we can see a new day in Oregon and this nation. Check back on this page for updates!
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Lift Every Voice and Sing
Lift every voice and sing
till earth and heaven ring,
ring with the harmonies
Let our rejoicing rise
high as the listening skies,
let it resound
loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith
that the dark past has taught us;
sing a song full of the hope
that the present has brought us:
facing the rising sun of the new day begun,
let us march on till victory is won.
James Weldon Johnson 1871-1938
Six Principles for Non-Violent Direct Action
Fundamental tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence described in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. The six principles include:
Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.
It is aggressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation.
The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community.
Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
Nonviolence recognizes that evildoers are also victims and are not evil people.
The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people.
Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation.
Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and
Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit as well as the body.
Nonviolent love is spontaneous, unmotivated, unselfish and creative.
Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.
Nonviolence believes that God is a God of justice.