National Gun Violence Awareness Day – June 2, 2016
NCJW is a strong supporter of responsible gun laws and gun safety. We are supporting “Wear Orange,“ an event in Dallas on June 2, which has been organized by Moms Demand Action to bring awareness to the issue of senseless gun violence in our society (more details below). To participate, please sign up at https://act.everytown.org/event/2016-wear-orange-events/2822/signup/.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Be the Bridge to a World Without
Senseless Gun Violence!
June 2, 6-8 p.m. Continental Ave Pedestrian Bridge (Directions)
Meet on the west side of bridge at the intersection of Singleton Blvd and Gluden Lane.
On January 21, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton – a majorette and high school honors student on the south side of Chicago – marched in President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade. One week later, after finishing final exams, she was killed by gunfire in a schoolyard a mile from Obama’s Hyde Park home. Soon after this tragedy, Hadiya’s childhood friends asked their classmates to commemorate Hadiya’s life – and the lives of hundreds claimed by gun violence each year – by wearing orange, the color hunters wear to protect themselves and others. On June 2, 2015, what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday, over 200 organizations and influencers asked people nationwide to join them by wearing orange, and the WEAR ORANGE movement reached an incredible 220 million people in just one day.
This June 2nd Moms Demand Action will commemorate the 2nd Annual Gun Violence Awareness Day, asking people and communities nationwide to honor Hadiya’s life, her friends’ call to action, and the over 90 Americans killed and hundreds more injured every day by gun violence. By wearing orange, attending Wear Orange events, and sharing your participation on social media, you can be a bridge to ending senseless gun violence.