Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence: Wear Orange

On Tuesday, June 2, we have a simple request: Wear Orange.

June 2 is the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day and by #wearingorange you can join millions of Americans who are pledging to:

• Honor the lives of the 30,000 Americans killed every year by guns

• Advocate for common-sense laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands

• Promote responsible gun ownership to keep children safe from unintentional shootings

Wear Orange was inspired by a group of Chicago teens to commemorate the life of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old high school student who marched in President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade and was then tragically shot and killed in Chicago just a week later. This June 2 would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday.

Hadiya’s friends chose the color orange because hunters wear it to announce their presence to other hunters to protect themselves and others from unintentional shootings. The color orange has a long tradition of gun safety among gun owners—the same level of safety all Americans should enjoy.

It’s no coincidence that orange was chosen as the primary color of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence. Orange is associated with activity and social movements, as well as being the color of safety.

With your participation, the Wear Orange movement will attract national attention to the cause of gun safety. In just a few weeks, Wear Orange has already attracted a diverse coalition of gun violence prevention, mental health prevention, faith-based and progressive organizations all dedicated to protecting life.

Celebrities Julianne Moore, Sarah Silverman and Michael Stipe will be calling on their supporters, and Congressional leaders on gun safety including the Greenwich delegation of Sen. Blumenthal, Sen. Murphy and Rep. Himes are among the first members of Congress to join the campaign.

Please show the country the strength of our movement by wearing orange on June 2. Learn how you can spread the word on social media at

This is going to be big; don’t miss out!

P.S. In addition to #wearingorange on June 2, you can further spread the word with social media action tips at

The Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence


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