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Oregon groups will meet this weekend to protest gun violence, advocate for reforms

By: - June 10, 2022 2:28 pm

A March for Our Lives event in Eugene in 2018. (David Geitgey Sierralupe/Flickr)

Marches against gun violence and to advocate for gun control legislation will occur Saturday and Sunday in four Oregon cities. 

Community groups in Sherwood, Beaverton, Portland and Salem are organizing the events as part of the nationwide March for Our Lives movement. That movement started in 2018 as a youth-led response to ending gun violence after the killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

Saturday’s events come in response to the killing of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. 

Across the country, 300 marches will take place as part of the March for Our Lives movement, with the central event happening in Washington, D.C. Organizers anticipate tens of thousands of people nationwide will participate in marches. 

The group is advocating for stricter gun control laws such as universal background checks, and has been successful in changing laws in Florida, where former Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, signed legislation to raise the age for purchasing a gun to 21, imposed a waiting period on purchases, banned bump stocks and gave police the power to use court orders to seize guns from people deemed a threat. 

The event in Beaverton will be organized by the Hawaiian Civic Club of Oregon and Southwest Washington, the event in Sherwood by Sherwood Together and in Salem, the march at the Capitol is being organized by students in the Salem-Keizer Public School District, according to the group’s Instagram. 

The Oregon Education Association, the state’s largest teacher’s union, will join the March for Our Lives events this weekend. 

In a statement said, “Educators in Oregon, and throughout the nation, are participating in the June 11 March for Our Lives because there isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t spent an evening worried sick about what we could and would do to keep our students safe if an active shooter entered our building,” president Reed Scott Schwalbach said in a statement. “We’re marching to tell elected officials that after Thurston, after Columbine, after Virginia Tech, after Sandy Hook, after Reynolds HS, Umpqua Community College, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and now Robb Elementary that the status quo is not only failing our students and educators – it’s costing them their lives.”

Marches this weekend

Sherwood, OR

June 11, 2022 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT

Sherwood Cannery Square, 22622 SW Pine St, Sherwood, OR 97140

Beaverton, OR

June 11, 2022 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PT

Beaverton City Hall, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97005

Portland, OR

June 11, 2022 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PT

Portland State Urban Plaza, Portland, OR

Salem, OR

June 12, 2022 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PT

Salem Oregon, Oregon State Capitol, Salem, OR 97304

Vancouver, WA

June 11, 2022 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PT

Waterfront, 695 Waterfront Way, Vancouver, WA 98660

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Alex Baumhardt
Alex Baumhardt

Alex Baumhardt has been a national radio producer focusing on education for American Public Media since 2017. She has reported from the Arctic to the Antarctic for national and international media, and from Minnesota and Oregon for The Washington Post. She previously worked in Iceland and Qatar and was a Fulbright scholar in Spain where she earned a master's degree in digital media. She's been a kayaking guide in Alaska, farmed on four continents and worked the night shift at several bakeries to support her reporting along the way.