JUNE IS NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Every day, more than 300 people are directly impacted by gun violence in the United States. Gun Violence Awareness Month was created to draw attention to this tragic reality and demand life-saving change.
We Wear Orange in honor of Hadiya Pendleton and all those impacted by gun violence.
Hadiya Pendleton was 15 years old when she was shot and killed in Chicago in 2013. Just one week earlier, Hadiya had performed with her high school majorette squad at President Obama's second inaugural parade. In response to her death, Hadiya's friends asked others to wear orange to raise awareness about gun violence.
Gun violence prevention advocates and organizations nationwide have taken up the color orange as the color of gun violence awareness and the first Friday in June is now considered National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
SIX WAYS YOU CAN TAKE ACTION DURING GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
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Continue your advocacy by recognizing Wear Orange Month on Social Media
- #WearOrange was started by the friends of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who in 2013 was shot and killed outside her high school. We honor Hadiya — and the 100 people who are killed by gun violence every day — by taking action to end this epidemic.
- Why do we #WearOrange? For the 42,000+ people killed every year. For the 117 lives stolen each day. For the 23 children and teens shot each day. And for the countless lives impacted by these senseless tragedies. #EndGunViolence @bradybuzz
- Enough is Enough. This National Gun Violence Awareness Month, I'm joining @bradybuzz and @team_enough in calling for action to end the country's gun violence epidemic. Join me at bradyunited.org/wearorange. #WearOrange