Mayor Jim Kenney today joined the Wear Orange campaign (www.WearOrange.org) by declaring June 2 to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the City of Philadelphia to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and to declare that we as a country must do more to reduce gun violence. The proclamation encourages all citizens to support their local communities’ efforts to prevent the tragic effects of gun violence and to honor and value human lives.
“While the lack of federal action on gun control is beyond frustrating, cities cannot afford to sit on their hands,” said Mayor Kenney. “The moving testimonies this spring in City Council’s Committee on Public Safety have forced all Philadelphians to confront the horrific consequences of gun violence. I applaud the Council President for his recent bill to require safe, secure firearm storage in homes with young children, and I am confident that the City’s investment in both community schools and our community infrastructure will make all of our neighborhoods safer.”
“Mayors across the U.S. fight to keep their communities safe every day – so it’s no surprise they’re stepping up once again for National Gun Violence Awareness Day,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety and board member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. “We’re grateful to all the mayors who’ve declared they’ll #WearOrange on June 2nd, and we look forward to even more Americans sharing the message of gun safety and responsibility along with us.”
More than 100 mayors in 31 states will join the more than 300 influencers, corporations, partner organizations and a series of iconic landmarks across the country that will be participating in the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2.
Full details on Wear Orange 2016 available here.
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.