June 28, 2018

To our Lift Every Voice Oregon IP 43 supporters that now number in the thousands all around the state of Oregon:

In just over three months we have assembled a grass roots volunteer organization that political experts and pundits are saying has never been done like this before in Oregon. Many said our effort was impossible. Now they are saying our movement will change the landscape of Oregon for the common good in ways no one could imagine.

Two days ago, we were poised to collect 120,000 signatures by next week to place IP 43 on the November 6 General Election Ballot, to ban the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines. 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 after numerous challenges by the opposition. The new title could have taken up to July 5 to be released, which makes it impossible for us to move forward with signature gathering to submit 88,184 valid signatures by July 6.

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. Now the movement for the safety and well-being of our children and youth moves into high gear. We will be refueling for 2020 to put pressure on the 2019 Legislature to be bold and courageous and to get it done in 2019. It doesn’t matter who does it, just that we do it now.

We are building capacity every day and 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 and our students can learn and our teachers can teach.

Let’s Lift Every Voice and make this happen now.

Let’s lift Every Voice and be courageous and bold for our children’s sake.

Let’s Lift Every Voice and march on ‘til victory is won!

God’s blessings and peace,

Rev. W. J. Mark Knutson

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