Families wear orange to honor gun violence victims and commit to the fight for reform

Families wear orange to honor gun violence victims and commit to the fight for reform

MADISON, WIS – June 1 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. This weekend is dedicated to honoring the lives of those lost to gun violence. The Wear Orange movement began years ago when the family of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old shot and killed in Chicago, wanted to commemorate her by wearing her favorite color. Orange now represents all victims of gun violence. "When bad things happen, a lot of times people don’t want to look at it or they don’t know how to engage with it," said Jennifer Rosen Heinz with Moms Demand Action Madison. "This is a way to say we see you, we honor you and we’re keeping your spirit and the spirit of your loved ones as we fight for change." She said orange is a perfect color for the movement because it is the same color hunters wear to show they’re not a target. Wear Orange events are happening across the country this weekend. Last year, nearly 250,000 people took action online and in person with #WearOrange. In Madison, families came together on Saturday to hang colored ribbons representing domestic violence, a commitment to contacting lawmakers about gun reform, safe gun storage, and suicide as well as gun violence. "(Moms Demand Action) has seen a huge increase in people who are interested and who have said enough, especially after the Parkland shooting," said Rosen Heinz. Local mother Connie Ludy volunteered at the event. She lost her daughter, Emily Sonneman, to gun violence in 2016. "Every […]

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