To raise awareness of gun violence, which has impacted youth in Providence and around the United States, students at E-Cubed Academy wore orange on June 2 for Gun Violence Awareness Day.
They joined the pledge, “I’m one of the millions of Americans who believe we must do more to end gun violence in our country. I pledge to wear orange on June 2.”
Gun violence is an epidemic in the United States, with 88 people killed by guns every day. One powerful way to create change is to help make clear to lawmakers and the media that a majority of Americans want an end to gun violence.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety encouraged participation in the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2. On that day, those who believe we must do more to end gun violence in our country wore orange to be seen and heard in every community across America.
Hunters wear orange for gun safety as a way to protect their own lives and the lives of others. It’s a symbol for the value of human life. Wearing orange is a visual affirmation of the right of every American to live a life free from gun violence. Gun violence touches every corner of America. In one recent weekend, 33 people were shot in Chicago alone.
Wear Orange and National Gun Violence Awareness Day were inspired by teens who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of a slain friend — Hadiya Pendleton — by wearing orange. Hadiya marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013 and was shot and killed a week later in a park near her home in Chicago. June 2 would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday.
Article submitted by E-Cubed Academy.