Gun Violence Awareness month was created to draw attention to this tragic reality and demand life-saving change. Whether it is headline-grabbing mass shootings or the all too common domestic violence, street crime, suicide or accident, gun violence is a national epidemic and embarrassment.
We Wear Orange in honor of Hadiya Pendleton and all those impacted by gun violence.
Hadiya Pendleton was 15 years-old when she performed with her high school majorette squad at President Obama’s second inaugural parade. Hadiya was shot and killed in Chicago only one week later. Orange was her favorite color and it was the color that her friends wore in her honor. After her death, they asked us to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence.
Wear Orange originated on June 2, 2015 – what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday. Gun violence prevention advocates and organizations nationwide have taken up the color orange as the color of gun violence awareness and the Month of June is observed Gun Violence Awareness month; the first Friday in June is now honored as National Gun Violence Awareness Day and observed for the entire weekend. From San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to our own Niagara Falls, landmarks and iconic images are illuminated in the color orange in solemn tribute.
Gun Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to show the country just how powerful gun violence awareness advocates are. But the work doesn’t end there. The St. Joseph University Parish Social Justice Committee and its partners Gun Sense NY and Stop the Violence Coalition continue to do life-saving work so that we can get closer to a future free from gun violence. We wear orange to be seen, and demand that we be heard.
The University Heights Collaborative
The Collaborative is a community-based group of residents and other interested stakeholders working together to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the University Heights neighborhood. The Collaborative also serves as an umbrella organization for Block Clubs and Neighborhood Watch groups in the community surrounding our parish.
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