Wear Orange For Gun Violence Prevention

Notice an abundance of people wearing orange yesterday?

Yesterday, June 2nd, was National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The Wear Orange movement aims to spread the message of gun violence by encouraging people to wear orange. It was established in honor of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15 year-old Chicago high school student who was shot and killed in 2013. Hadiya’s friends chose the color orange in remembrance of their friend because it represents the color that hunters wear to protect themselves from being shot. Hadiya’s parents say that orange is a loud color that cannot be ignored, similar to how gun violence can no longer be ignored.

staff wear orange

Cities around the country participated in support of Wear Orange’s mission. The Empire State Building was lit up orange, rallies were held, and thousands of pictures were shared on social media. The Every Child Matters staff participated in Wear Orange to raise awareness for the 91 Americans that are killed from gun violence every day and to show solidarity with families who have lost a loved one.

Did you wear orange?

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To learn more visit: http://wearorange.org/