Lift Every Voice Oregon: Promoting policies prohibiting the Sale of Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines
To our Lift Every Voice Oregon supporters that now number in the thousands all around the state of Oregon:
Lift Every Voice Oregon continues to be a strong, vital voice against the senseless mass shootings taking place every week in our land.
In just over three months we have assembled a grass-roots volunteer organization that political experts and pundits are saying has never been seen before in Oregon.
We were organized statewide and ready to make history. This effort began because the voices of our young leaders in this nation were saying enough is enough.
As you know, on Wednesday, June 27, the Oregon Supreme Court sent the Ballot Title back to the Attorney General’s Office for further clarification, denying us the ability to gather the required signature before the deadline.
However, this is just a timeout at the beginning of the contest. The work for our children’s future without the fear of gun violence has just begun.
We are building capacity every day, no one is deterred and the muscle for change is growing every day in the Lift Every Voice Campaign. So recruit your friends; give of your time, talents and treasures; and let’s keep building this movement that will not only change Oregon but will transform this nation. Let's all work for the day when gun violence will be a distant memory.
Let’s Lift Every Voice and be courageous and bold for our children’s sake.
God’s blessings and peace,
Rev. W. J. Mark Knutson, Chief Petitioner
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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.