#WearOrange: National Gun Violence Awareness Day

TODAY is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and MomsRising joins the gun safety community in #WearingOrange to remember the countless lives lost and communities devastated by gun violence. Why orange? Because it’s the color of safety.[1]

#WearOrange 2017 comes at a particularly fraught moment in our nation’s history, a time when gun violence is killing more than 90 people a day and injuring hundreds more; and a time of rising hate crimes combined with easy access to firearms in a society already saturated with enough guns [2] to privately arm every man, woman, and child.

That’s why, this year on National Gun Violence Prevention Day, MomsRising pledges to continue fighting for solutions to reduce gun violence in all forms —and also to stand against the hate, racism, and biases behind too much of it.

***Will you pledge too?

A new President occupies the White House, who has promised to build walls and institute bans against targeted immigrant and faith communities,[3] thereby giving his supporters (many of them armed) permission to gratify and normalize their worst and darkest prejudices. This is a President who has signaled his full support for the gun lobby [4] to dismantle every protection against gun violence in order to increase the presence of even more guns in our streets and neighborhoods. This is a President who has given armed authorities, including police and immigration officers, virtual carte blanche [5][6] to draw their firearms as they exercise their awesome powers and act on their biases.

For instance, so far in 2017, here in America, a white man entered a bar in Olathe, Kansas, and shot two Garmin engineers from India, shouting “Go back to your country.” [7] A white man in San Diego shot seven Black guests at a pool party, killing one. [8] An ICE agent shot an unarmed immigrant for no apparent reason as the man answered the door at his Chicago home. [9] And in three separate incidents, three 15-year-old boys were shot to death by police for nothing more than being young and Black.[10] And these are just some of the stories that made it into the news.

Minority communities are often bearing the brunt of this new era of armed aggression, with hate crimes up 20% after Trump took office, proving the point that his hateful rhetoric is emboldening people to act out in horrible ways. [11]

For #WearOrange 2017, pledge to continue fighting for solutions to reduce gun violence in all forms. Also join MomsRising in standing against the hate, racism, and biases too often behind it.  

In America, the threat of gun violence and racism should not be nonstop, ongoing worries for families and communities. Combined, they make for a particularly toxic combination, which diminishes us as a free and democratic people. We can and must do better.

Together, we are a strong voice for a safer and more just America.

— Gloria, Kristin, Monifa, Nadia and the rest of the MomsRising

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Tell us why you wear orange, then tag your photo with #wearorange or upload your own below!

Gun violence kills more than 90 Americans a day and injures hundreds more. That’s why this June 2nd on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Americans across the country will Wear Orange—a color that demands to be seen—to send the powerful message that there is more we can do to end gun violence. Join the #WearOrange movement—find an event near you!

Why We Wear Orange

Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, they asked us to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence.

We wear orange for Hadiya and to honor the more than 90 lives cut short and the hundreds more injured by gun violence every day — and to demand action. Orange is what hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others from harm. Orange is a bright, bold color that demands to be seen. Orange expresses our collective hope as a nation — a hope for a future free from gun violence.

We are not headlines or statistics. We are mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, and friends. We are teachers, dancers, athletes and activists. We are here and we are united. We demand to be seen and we demand to see change. There’s no more important time to get involved than this year, this summer, this day. Our country is at a turning point, and now more than ever, we have to fight for what we believe in.

June 2nd is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Americans across the country will be wearing orange. It may seem like a simple statement — but when we all act together, we can’t be ignored. Our social networks, television screens, and communities will light up orange, standing together for a future free from gun violence.

We’re inviting you to not only Wear Orange, but to take action. Share your support on social media. Call your legislators and ask them to Wear Orange. Send a letter to your local businesses about gun safety. Host or attend an awareness event.

Join us on June 2nd, demand to be seen, demand to see change. Help us turn America orange.

[1] #WearOrange

[2] “There are now more guns than people in the United States,” The Washington Post, Oct. 5, 2015.

[3] “Donald Trump to order construction of Mexican wall and a temporary ban on refugees from seven Muslim countries,” The Telegraph, Jan. 25, 2017.

[4] “‘Trump Tells N.R.A. Convention, ‘I Am Going to Come Through for You,’” The New York Times, Apr. 28, 2017.

[5] “The Trump administration is giving cops unprecedented power,” Salon, Feb. 17, 2017.

[6] “Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump,” The New York Times, Feb. 25, 2017.

[7] “Hate Crime Is Feared as 2 Indian Engineers Are Shot in Kansas,” The New York Times, Feb. 24, 2017.

[8] “Gunman Killed After Mass Shooting at San Diego Pool Party,“The New York Times, May 1, 2017.

[9] “ICE agent shoots armed man in Chicago while attempting to arrest someone else, officials say,” The Washington Post, Mar. 27, 2017.

[10] “KING: Three unarmed 15 year-old-boys killed by U.S. cops in one month — but only one case saw much-needed coverage,” Daily News, May 31, 2017.

[11] “U.S. Hate Crimes Up 20 Percent in 2016, Fueled by Election Campaign: Report,” Reuters, Mar. 14, 2017.


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