Philadelphia, June 2, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement regarding National Gun Violence Awareness day:
“In the United States, gun violence results in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries every year. To combat this alarming increase in violence, I am proud to stand with a broad coalition of organizations and activists including Amnesty International USA, Everytown for Gun Safety, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Generation Progress. This coalition, which has unveiled a new national campaign ‘Wear Orange’, has designated June 2, 2015 as the first annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. I am proudly wearing orange today so our children can grow up in a violence-free world.”
The idea for Wear Orange grew from the efforts of Chicago teenagers who wanted to commemorate the life of a friend, 15-year old high school student Hadiya Pendleton. Ms. Pendleton marched in President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade and was shot and killed upon her return to Chicago, just a week later. June 2nd would have been her 18th birthday.
Mayor Nutter issued an official City of Philadelphia proclamation declaring that Tuesday, June 2, 2015 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the city.