NEW YORK, June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Empire State Building lit orange on Wednesday in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which is June 2. Across the country today, Americans will #WearOrange to honor the more than 90 Americans killed every day by gun violence and the hundreds more injured and to elevate gun violence prevention efforts nationwide. Wear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange—the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. Today, on June 2—what would have been Hadiya's 19th birthday—more than 500 influencers, corporations, mayors, partner organizations and a series of iconic landmarks across the country will participate in the Wear Orange Campaign (www.WearOrange.org). In addition, nearly 200 events will take place in states across the country to elevate the Wear Orange message. Events range from concerts to picnics in the park to Orange Walks to meeting at local landmarks as they turn orange. All Wear Orange events are searchable via an online map (available here) and easy to track on June 2 by following the #WearOrange hashtag.
About Wear Orange
In 2013, a small group of teens at a South Side Chicago high school asked their classmates to honor the life of their murdered friend Hadiya Pendleton by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others and a color that reflects the value of human life. They inspired the Wear Orange campaign (wearorange.org), a coalition of more than 200 non-profits, cultural influencers and elected officials working to reduce gun violence in America. Spearheaded by Everytown for Gun Safety, the campaign asks Americans who believe we can do more to save lives from gun violence to do one simple thing on June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day: Wear Orange. Those who wear orange pledge to honor the lives of Americans stolen by gun violence, to help keep firearms out of dangerous hands and to protect our children from gun violence. Wear Orange has already reached more than 220 million people worldwide and is fast becoming the symbol of the gun violence prevention movement.
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