Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Could Expire Soon


Violence Against Women Act Could Expire Soon - Chicago Tribune

The Violence Against Women Act is a CRUCIAL piece of legislation that protects victims of domestic violence.

But Republicans in Congress REFUSE to renew it — leaving the lives of thousands of women and survivors hanging in the balance.

We shouldn’t even need to ask for this. This is common-sense — protecting women is a MUST.

So we’re launching a 10,000 signature petition to demand Congress renew this critical protection for women!

This is a no-brainer. Sign your name to demand Congress pass the Violence Against Women Act >>

Republicans have tried to get rid of this bill EVERY year since its signing in 1994 — and this time, they could actually succeed! NO!!

They’ve shown time and time again that they don’t stand with survivors.

They elected a self-declared serial sexual abuser to be president, and appointed an accused sexual abuser to the Supreme Court! This is just par for the the course.

So we really need your help to send a message to Congress and demand action.

Do your part to protect women today. Sign on to demand Congress reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act:


We’re TIRED of women and survivors not being taken seriously. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue.

And letting the Violence Against Women Act expire is a slap in the face to thousands of women.

We’re demanding Republicans STOP playing politics with the health and safety of women. Sign your name to do the same today:

Thanks for your help,

Elect Democratic Women


Elect Democratic Women




Silent Witness Stand event – October 8, 11am-3pm

My Sisters Place is organizing a Silent Witness Stand event, honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The event will be held on October 8 from 11 to 3 on the corner of Hwy 101 & Hwy 20, by JC Market.
We will have a purple pop-up tent with tabling information and stuff to make signs.
NOW members are invited to participate.

Thank you for your efforts in supporting us!


When Men’s Worry Is More Important Than Women’s Safety

Why are men closing ranks around Brett Kavanaugh and others accused of sexual misconduct? It’s about self-preservation.

Source: When Men’s Worry Is More Important Than Women’s Safety | HuffPost

NOW announces #EnoughIsEnough Campaign To Dismantle the Culture of Violence Against Women

The National Organization for Women (NOW) announces today the #EnoughIsEnough campaign, led by NOW and coalition partners including Feminist Majority, National

Source: NOW announces #EnoughIsEnough Campaign To Dismantle the Culture of Violence Against Women | National Organization for Women

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