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. On June 2, 2015, what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday, more than 200 organizations and influencers asked people nationwide to join them by wearing orange to honor her life, the lives of the more than 90 Americans killed by gun violence and the hundreds more who are injured every day.
This year congregations, gun violence prevention groups, and survivors are hosting events to honor those who have been killed or injured by gun violence. Family and friends are invited to bring small pictures of loved ones.
We are asking congregations to include the attached notice in your bulletins, ask members to wear orange on either May 28 or June 4 to raise awareness of the 321 Americans shot every day, 90 who are killed, and the 231 who injured by guns.
Please remember all those who have been impacted by gun violence in your services on during Gun Violence Awareness Sunday.
Click here to download a sample notice for your bulletin and information about a Wear Orange event in your area.
Chair, Gun Violence Awareness Task Force
Desert Southwest Conference
The United Methodist Church