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Bonamici Invites Oregon Student Leader for Gun Violence Prevention to 2019 State of the Union

February 4, 2019
Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC [02/04/19] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) announced that a student advocate for gun violence prevention will be joining her at the State of the Union on Tuesday.


Alexandria Goddard, Bonamici’s guest, was an organizer for the Portland March for Our Lives and is currently a student at Portland State University. Taking action on gun violence prevention is a top priority for Bonamici and the House Democratic Caucus.


“Thoughts and prayers are not enough; Congress must take action to address gun violence,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “In the wake of tragic school shootings, students like Alexandria stepped up to lead overdue conversations about policies to protect our students and communities from senseless violence. I have been inspired by Alexandria’s leadership and am honored to have her join me at the State of the Union. Together, we will highlight the need to take immediate action on legislation to prevent gun violence. I’ve met with countless Oregonians who have rightfully demanded that Congress act quickly to prevent further loss of life. I will do all I can to make that happen.”


Goddard helped organize the Portland March for Our Lives in 2018 while attending Beaverton’s Sunset High School. She is currently a student at Portland State University’s Honors College and has continued her advocacy work through an organization she created, The Agora Theory, to engage young and underrepresented groups in politics. The Agora Theory registered nearly 1,000 students in the Beaverton School District to vote over the past two years with its “Back to School, Back to the Ballot” campaign.


“I am honored and excited to partner with the Congresswoman in the fight to end gun violence and getting young people involved,” said Alexandria Goddard. “Young people have fresh perspectives and passion beyond measure, but above all else, they make up a massive portion of this country. Our votes need to be counted and our voices need to be heard. Even young adults who cannot yet vote need to get involved. A good democracy depends on the involvement of all members of a society, even the young ones. The Congresswoman recognizes this and has been a valuable ally for us in Oregon and we're so excited to work together.”


Goddard’s trip for the State of the Union will be her first visit to Washington, D.C.


Bonamici has long been an advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention laws. She is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would require background checks for all firearms sales and transfers. A hearing on the issue is scheduled for Wednesday.