Gun Safety and Bodily Autonomy: Rural Oregon Takes Action!

In the past few weeks we have witnessed horrible acts of gun violence including against Black grocery store shoppers in Buffalo, NY4th graders and teachers in Uvalde, TXTaiwanese worshipers in Laguna Woods, CA; and families at both an outdoor festival and a hospital in Tulsa, OK. In the midst of grief, rage, fear, and frustration, people are organizing all across the country to call for a USA where people feel safe going about daily life and where, like in many other countries, mass shootings are historyRead on for a round-up of upcoming actions.

Many are also drawing connections between safety from gun violence and full access to reproductive health care, asking why those in power are limiting people’s freedom to make decisions about their own bodies more harshly than they are regulating deadly weapons. Just a few weeks ago, thousands of Oregonians participated in dozens of actions across the state to demand reproductive justice in response to the leaked draft opinion from the US Supreme Court that, if finalized, will overturn Roe v. Wade. We were part of a larger day of action that took place across the country, and as folks prepare for actions on June 11th, we wanted to share powerful photos from some of the Bans Off Our Bodies events. Here is a sneak peek at the amazing images from May 14:

Photo of two people holding signs, one that says
Two protestors hold up signs at a rally. PC: Kaitlin Moore.

We received so many incredible photos, so we are posting many more to our Facebook and Instagram pages – check them out! Did you attend an event that we missed? Send us photos and let us know how it went by emailing!

Now, people are demanding policy and action to stop the mass shootings that are happening with alarming frequency. One creative and highly publicized example was Jason Selvig from the group Good Liars taking the mic at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention to sarcastically praise NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre for all of his “thoughts and prayers.” Closer to home, organizers are collecting petition signatures for a gun safety ballot initiative, Initiative Petition 17 with Lift Every Voice Oregon. Many others have organized vigils, or are planning protests as part of the March for Our Lives day of action on June 11th. 

Take Action for Safe and Welcoming Communities Today!

  1. Check out the list below to find a protest near you! Don’t see your event on the list or want support in putting an action together? Send us an email at, we would love to connect!
  2. Sign Initiative Petition 17 with Lift Every Voice Oregon to put gun safety on the ballot this November.
  3. Call your representatives in DC to demand action against gun violence. 
  4. Donate to support Uvalde families, and support Buffalo with a financial contribution to grassroots and community-based groups: Black Love Resists in the Rust, VOICE Buffalo, and African Heritage Food Cooperative. We’re on the lookout for ways to support folks in Tulsa, so if you know of anything please send it our way to
  5. Register for the Rural Caucus & Strategy Session on Saturday, June 25th in Redmond. Join community leaders, organizers, and activists from across the state to strategize about how we can grow the movement for human dignity, democracy, and justice at the annual Caucus. You can register online here. Please note that scholarships, gas and travel funds, childcare, interpretation, carpool coordination, community housing, and more are available, so please let us know how we can support you and your group coming to the Caucus. Read about our COVID-19 safety precautions and more at

Find an Upcoming Gun Safety Action Near You:

Coos County:

Saturday, June 11, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PT at the Coos Bay Boardwalk, Coos Bay, OR 97420

Benton County:

Saturday, June 11, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT starting at the Benton County Courthouse moving to the Riverfront, Corvallis, OR

Deschutes County:

Saturday, June 11, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM PT at Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd, Bend, OR 97703

Thoughts and Prayers Policy and Action March to Demand More: Saturday, June 11th, 1:00 PM at Peace Corner (the corner of NW Wall St and NW Newport Ave).

Flyer for March to Demand More

Hood River County:

Saturday, June 11, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT at the Salmon Fountain, 2nd & State St, Hood River, OR 97031

Josephine County:

Saturday, June 11, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT at the Josephine County Courthouse, 500 NW 6th Street Grants Pass, OR 97526

Lane County:

Florence Indivisible March for Our Lives Rally: Saturday, June 11, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT at 1670 OR-126, Florence, OR 97439

Eugene: Saturday, June 11, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT at the Eugene Municipal Court, 1102 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401

Lincoln County

Saturday, June 4, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT at the “D” River Wayside, D River & Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

Linn County:

March For Our Lives Calapooia, OR: Saturday, June 11, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT at the Linn County Court House, Albany, OR 97321

Marion County:

Saturday, June 11, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PT at the Oregon State Capitol, Salem, OR 97304

Multnomah County:

Saturday, June 11, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PT at the Portland State Park Blocks outside Smith Center, 1805 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Saturday, June 11, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT from Portland City Hall to Peace Memorial Park, Portland, OR

Washington County:

Beaverton: Saturday, June 11, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PT at Beaverton City Hall, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97005

Sherwood: Saturday, June 11, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT at Sherwood Cannery Square, 22622 SW Pine St, Sherwood, OR 97140

Just Outside of Oregon:

Southwest Washington: Saturday, June 11, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PT at the Civic Circle, Longview, WA 98632

Southeast Washington: Saturday, June 11, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT at Howard Amon Park, Howard Amon Park Dr, Richland, WA 99354

Boise, ID: Saturday, June 11, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM MT at the Idaho Capitol, Boise, ID

Don’t see your event on the list? Want support in planning an action in your community? Don’t hesitate to reach out! We would love to add your community to the map and support you in organizing something where you live. Email us at to let us know!