Annual Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week

The Annual National Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week takes place during the third full week in October

October is National Domestic and Family Violence Awareness/Prevention Month and National Bullying Prevention Month

The purpose of an Annual Proclamation for Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week is to bring about community awareness while providing opportunities to come together in unity, for all of our schools, families, and communities to take to heart
the 14 Word Purple Hands Pledge®

Not just for this week For a Lifetime!

Let’s get All of our Public Officials on board! 
You can request Official Proclamations from your Governor, School Board & Superintendent, and Local Public Officials.  
Contact Us to learn how!

24th Annual National Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week Proclamations
Our Official Annual Proclamations 💜 Granted from 1998 to Present Day
2021 Official Oregon Governor Proclamation
2021 Proclamation – Salem-Kezier Public Schools Salem, Oregon
2021 Marion County Oregon Proclamation


Oregon Governor Kate Brown has publicly shown her support for the Purple Hands Pledge® since 2003 when elected Majority Leader of the Oregon Senate.  

I want to thank all of the principals, teachers, counselors, and staff representing all grade levels here in Salem/Keizer who put this simple idea into action in our schools 24 years ago. From those 20 pioneers, we began a movement from Oregon to all 50 states and 25 foreign countries!”
– Ann S. Kelly, Founder/Director

The Board of Directors of Salem-Keizer Public Schools proclaims October 17-23, 2021, to be the 24th Annual National Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week in the Salem-Keizer School District. The Proclamation has been translated into Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chuukese, Marshallese, and Swahili. 


Watch: Marion County Commissioners Present the 24th Annual Proclamation
Marion County Oregon Commissioners Kevin Cameron, Danielle Bethell, and Colm Willis present the 24th Annual Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week Proclamation to Daytona Lewis, Purple Hands Pledge Ambassador & Bear Mascot, and Ann S. Kelly, Founder/Director. 

Official Yamhill County, Oregon Proclamations
2021 Official Dayton, Oregon City Council Proclamation
Official Klamath County, Oregon Proclamation’s