#wearorange on June 2nd

#wearorange on June 2nd

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

On June 2 2017, people across our nation, including in our state, will join together in the third annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Gun owners, community activists, sportsmen, media leaders, lawmakers, faith leaders, teachers, students, and will all wear orange to bring attention to the issue of gun violence and the lives cut short. Numerous cities and towns plan to light key buildings in orange. This non-partisan,unifying action will show that these victims of gun violence are not forgotten and that wecan do more to come together to make our communities safer.

I encourage you to join me in wearing orange on June 2nd to support the 3rd Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day and then show your support by using#wearorange on your social media sites.

For more information, please go to www.wearorange.org To find out more ways to engage, please send your contact information to orangepartners@everytown.org

National Gun Violence Prevention Day was inspired by a group of Chicago teens who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of their slain friend, Hadiya Pendleton, by wearing orange. They chose the color because hunters wear orange to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods. Their friend – a 15 year old highschool student marched in President Barack Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade and was tragically shot and killed back in Chicago just a week later. This June 2nd would have been Hadiya’s 20th birthday. Please join me and others in our state to remember the lives cut short by gun violence.


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