WEAR ORANGE -1st Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day

June 2, 2015 all-day


On January 21st, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton – a majorette and high school student from the south side of Chicago – marched in President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade. One week later, after finishing final exams, Hadiya was shot and killed in a park near her school. Soon after this tragedy, Hadiya’s childhood friends asked their classmates to commemorate Hadiya’s life – and the lives of hundreds claimed by Chicago’s gun violence each year – by wearing orange. Explaining the action, they said, “Orange is used because hunters wear the color to warn other hunters not to shoot. By wearing orange, we are showing others that we are human and wish not be gunned down.”

This June 2nd, on what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday, a broad coalition will ask people nationwide to honor her life, her friends’ call to action and the 88 Americans stolen by gun violence every day.

There are several simple ways for people to participate, including:

  • Pledge – With just one click, raise your hand and pledge to Wear Orange on National Gun Violence Awareness Day
  • Spread – One of the key ways we’ll help spread the word in the build up to June 2nd – and raise the voices of everyday Americans – will be through online dedications. Sample messages could include: “I’m #WearingOrange…”
  • “because I love Detroit – and we deserve better.”
  • “in honor of my beloved son Doug”  
  • “because I’m a hunter, and I know gun safety saves lives”
  • “for my newborn baby girl”
  • Wear – On June 2nd, we hope to get as many Americans – from all walks of life and every corner of the country – to wear something orange, take an Orange selfie and share it online with the hashtag #wearingorange