Valentine’s Day Candlelight Vigil for One-Year Anniversary of H.S. Shooting

On Valentine’s Day (Thurs., Feb. 14), a Candlelight Vigil will be held at Ann and Don Davis Park (840 W. Olive St., Newport) Gazebo from 5:30 to 6:30 to remember the lives lost at school shootings across America.

This date marks the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy in Florida.

Sponsored by Central Coast Ceasefire-Oregon –

Get ready for Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) this legislative session!

Dear Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon members,

The US House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Preventing Gun Violence: A Call to Action” on Wednesday, February 7, at 7 am PST.

** BOOKMAR  for contact information, including weblinks to all federal, state and local elected leaders.
** BOOKMARK Ceasefire Oregon’s website for updates on both national and Oregon state legislation.

Nationally, 47 bills have been introduced, of which 37 support gun violence prevention. Senators Wyden and Merkley either co-sponsor or support all 37. Let Congressman Kurt Schrader know you support any and all gun violence prevention legislation. In Oregon, 17 bills have been introduced, of which 10 support gun violence prevention.

Please share widely.
Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon Steering Committee

March for Our Lives – Sat. Mar. 24th – Newport City Hall

Hi everybody! On Sat. March 24th, we will gather about 11:45 am at City Hall and march at noon. Our route will be to cross Hwy 101 at Angle Street with the blinking light. Stay on the sidewalk, cross only with the lights, and use the crosswalk. We will march as far as the bridge. You may want to carpool and leave your car anywhere before the bridge or the state park at the bridge. Bring your own sign.

This is a national march initiated by the kids who survived the mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018. They are going to march on Washington DC 3/24/2018. There are over 500 marches in other cities. Please forward this to all your friends on any/all social media. Make posters! Take them to stores and post. Please help share the event. Thank you! Let’s do this!

Here’s a link to the national page:

“Blood on Their Hands” Rally – Tonight (2/15) at 5 p.m. in Newport

This is TONIGHT!!! 5 pm in Newport (corner of Hwy 101 & Hwy 20). Please participate if you can!  Bring a sign!

Dear Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon members,

Please join us to voice our (fear, frustration, anger, hope) with a BROKEN federal political process that has once again failed to protect our children from gun violence in our schools.
Yesterday’s shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkdale, Florida was the 18th school shooting in 2018. (It was the 29th mass shooting in 2018). Since January 1, our Nation is now averaging one school shooting every 60 hours (2.5 days).
Enough with the GOP’s idle musings about the mental health of the shooter or the GOP’s pleas for students to report “unusual” stuff to authorities. It is the responsibility of us adults, not the kids, to safeguard our school children just as our parents safeguarded us.
You want to talk about mental health? Let’s talk about the lifelong impact on the mental health of the 3,000 students who lived through yesterday’s terror and the families of those who did not.
Too many guns and too few balls. Time for the GOP to “man up” against the NRA. 
Share with your Listserves.
Monica Kirk, Steering Committee Member
Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon

Mass Shooting at South Florida High School

Please write your legislators ( and ) in support of HB 4145 (removes the “boyfriend loophole”), and urging them to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, etc.


The bloody massacre in a Florida high school today has left us devastated and angry. It’s difficult to put into words our outrage and grief.

Tonight we mourn and try to comprehend the complete lack of human decency shown by gun lobby-funded legislators both in Salem and Washington, D.C.

Tomorrow, we will share our plan of action.

In the meantime, hug your family. Call someone you miss. And, for the love of our kids, make a commitment to call your legislator to demand strong, effective gun laws.

If you live in Oregon, tell your legislators you support HB 4145 and they should as well.

And wherever you live, call your legislators. Tell them to:

  • ban assault rifles,
  • high capacity magazines, and
  • ban products like bump stocks that effectively turn an semi-automatic gun. (Bump stocks were used in the Las Vegas shooting.)

You can find your legislator here.

It doesn’t take long to make the calls but they can help enact legislation that will last a lifetime.

Our deepest sympathies to the families and community.

Penny Okamoto
Ceasefire Oregon

Make a difference today

Your support enables Ceasefire Oregon to continue working toward a stronger, safer Oregon for all of us.

Ceasefire Oregon
PO Box 91155, Portland, Oregon 97291 
(503) 451-3630

Protect your family; protect SB 719

Protect your family; protect SB 719

On January 1, 2018, Oregon families will finally have the right to protect their loved ones and themselves when a family member is in crisis. Shockingly, two Oregon politicians and the gun lobby who financially supports them, think that you should not have the right to take action to prevent a tragedy in your own family.

This summer, the Oregon legislature passed SB 719, Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO).  ERPOs allow families and law enforcement to prevent tragedies by asking a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms. This action can only be taken if there is documented evidence that a person is threatening harm to self or others. The law ensures all parties receive due process.

Two Oregon politicians think they know your family better than you do.

Oregon politicians Bill Post and Mike Nearman, along with a local gun lobby, are trying to undermine your right to prevent a firearm tragedy. They are working to gather more than 58,000 signatures by October 5, 2017, in an attempt to repeal SB 719 on the November 2018 ballot.

SB 719 is a bipartisan effort by Oregon state senators Brian Boquist [R-12] and Ginny Burdick [D-18] to reduce Oregon’s high rate of firearm suicide and the horrifying domestic violence in Oregon. Senator Boquist personally understands the terrible loss of suicide; his stepson, a U.S. military veteran, committed suicide with a firearm.

Oregon families have a right to protect their loved ones when help is needed.

What you can do to protect SB 719 and your family:

  • Learn the warning signs of suicide or other violence.
  • Do NOT sign a petition to repeal SB 719 or to put SB 719 on a ballot.
  • Share the facts about SB 719 and ERPO with your family and friends.
  • Write a letter to the editor supporting SB 719. Feel free to use talking points from Ceasefire Oregon’s website.
  • Share this message with your friends.

Time and again, family members have been afraid that a loved one would commit an act of violence but were unable to take action. The Isla Vista, Cafe RacerJewish Federation,Tuscon, and the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooters all gave significant warnings of their intentions to kill. Their family members were not permitted to act. ERPOs give families a way to protect their loved ones before a tragedy occurs.

Families often see the warning signs of violence before anyone else does. Let’s make sure they have the ability to make the necessary decisions to protect their loved ones and themselves.

Learn more about firearm-suicide here. For more information about SB 719, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, visit our website.

Families know first. ERPOs save lives.

Make a difference today

Your support enables Ceasefire Oregon to continue working toward a stronger, safer Oregon for all of us.

Ceasefire Oregon
PO Box 91155, Portland, Oregon 97291 
(503) 451-3630