Lift Every Voice Oregon (LEVO)
Lift Every Voice Oregon is a coalition of faith-based groups that have organized to reduce gun violence in Oregon (CLICK HERE for the LEVO website to find out more about this organization). They have filed two state-wide initiative petitions for Oregon’s November 2022 ballot to reduce gun violence in Oregon. Now 140,000 signatures are needed by July 1 to place the two measures on the ballot
- The first initiative petition, IP17 seeks to ban large capacity magazines and enhance gun safety training requirements
- The second initiative petition, IP18 seeks to ban the sale of assault weapons in Oregon
The FCC church board voted to endorse the campaign to reduce gun violence through these initiatives. Gun violence can affect anyone, but particularly impacts low income communities in our state and around the country. There have been 18 mass shootings in Oregon in the past 7 years. There was a mass shooting at the WOW hall this year in Eugene. In the first six weeks of 2022 in Oregon, 30 people have been shot with a gun.
How can you get involved? Church members will be collecting signatures after church for the next three Sundays. You can also volunteer to collect signatures from friends, family and neighbors. Email the Social Justice and Witness committee at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you too can help with this effort!