Community Discussion - ASK ME WHY I WEAR ORANGE PSA Project
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About The Event
Join Conversations that Matter at the next Community Discussion as we create PSAs promoting WEAR ORANGE DAY and discuss upcoming firearm safety initiatives.
WEAR ORANGE DAY is observed in early June throughout the country, with thousands of people wearing the color orange and turning community landmarks orange to bring attention to the epidemic of gun violence. This is the third year for the WEAR ORANGE observance in Lexington and the second in conjunction with the VIP Peace Walk. Long-time activist Anita Franklin started the peace walks in April 2015, a year after her son Antonio Franklin Jr. was shot and killed in Duncan Park. He was an innocent victim of the gun violence epidemic that threatens our country. We will join activists with Moms Demand Action as co-sponsors of the event to be held on June 8, 2019.
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. Whether its worn by hunters in the woods, activists in New York City, or Hadiya's loved ones in Chicago, orange honors the 96 lives lives cut short and hundreds more wounded by gun violence every day.
Our movement gains momentum when gun sense activists come together to fight for a future free from gun violence. Wear Orange Weekend is an opportunity for us to show the country just how powerful we are.