Ceasefire Oregon and the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation work to reduce gun violence. Penny Okamoto, Ceasefire Oregon Executive Director, will be speaking at the Tuesday, January 27, 2015 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 pm at the Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport. The public is invited to join us for a discussion about the current state of gun laws and gun-related deaths in Oregon, and to share ideas to reduce gun violence.
Penny Okamoto has been working to reduce gun violence since she joined the Million Mom March in 2000. She joined the Ceasefire Oregon Board of Directors in 2000 and has been the Executive Director since 2010. Penny’s work with Ceasefire Oregon includes policy decision and research. Okamoto holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and has worked in the past as a research biologist.
Central Oregon Coast NOW is a member, along with Ceasefire Oregon, of the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence. While gun violence prevention groups are often urged to find common ground with the gun lobby, the truth is that these groups already have a great deal of common ground with the vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, which many of our members are. Among the areas where there is much agreement are background checks for all gun sales, safe storage and better mental health options. These are some of the simple yet effective steps to reduce gun violence that will be discussed at the January 27 meeting.
Donations of feminine hygiene products will be collected at the meeting to donate to My Sisters Place domestic violence shelter.