2021 Was One of the Deadliest Years On Record for Gun Violence the United States; “#WearOrange” Campaign Demands an End to the Crisis
Vermont Moms Demand Action Volunteers are Available for Interviews
Vermont Business Magazine The City of Montpelier has declared the first Friday in June 2022 to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day 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.
“Every year, gun violence claims the lives of 80 Vermonters,” said Mayor Anne Watson. “This inflicts a devastating psychological toll on not only individuals, but entire communities. As municipal leaders, we have a responsibility to act now and not wait for another tragedy to occur.”
Additionally, as part of Wear Orange Weekend and National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 3, volunteers with the Vermont chapter of Moms Demand Action, in partnership with Gun Safety Vermont and the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, will host a Wear Orange table at the Capital City Farmers Market to honor the lives of those affected by gun violence and elevate gun violence prevention efforts nationwide.
"Thoughts and prayers won't bring back a single loved one whose life was taken through gun violence," said GunSense Vermont executive director Conor Casey. "The time for half-measures and hollow words is over - we demand immediate action from our elected leaders. As Mother Jones once said, 'pray for the dead...and fight like hell for the living.'"
Wear Orange originated on June 2, 2015—what would have been Hadiya Pendleton’s 18th birthday. It began with teenagers in Chicago, who wanted to honor their friend, Hadiya, after she was shot and killed. Wear Orange honors Hadiya and the more than 110 Americans shot and killed every day, as well as the hundreds more who are wounded.
“2021 was one of the deadliest years on record for the gun violence epidemic in the United States.” said Allie Breyer, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action Vermont. “Gun violence increased at the same time the COVID-19 pandemic struck and those impacts continue to devastate communities and families across the country. But as gun violence has grown, so too has the movement to stop it.”
Every year, #WearOrange expands, as community partners and gun safety advocates hold events – from gatherings, to community beautification projects, donation drives and Wear Orange walks. This year, advocates will once again participate in every state and DC, and their voices will be louder than ever.
● City of Montpelier Proclamation - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 6:30pm
● Tabling with Gun Sense VT at the Capital City Farmer's Market - Saturday, June 4th
● Merry Kay Shernock, Moms Demand Vermont Volunteer, will be hosting table at Capital City Farmers Market, firstname.lastname@example.org
● Conor Casey, Executive Director, Gun Sense VT, email@example.com
To attend the event or to interview a Vermont Moms Demand Action volunteer or another listed participant, please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Wear Orange
The Wear Orange campaign asks everyone in America who wants to save lives from gun violence to do one simple thing on June 3, National Gun Violence Awareness Day: Wear Orange. The broad-based Wear Orange coalition was inspired by activists in Chicago and New York City. Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 in 2013. After her death, they asked us to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence. Since then, orange has been the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. New York City gun violence prevention advocates declared orange as the color of peace, and orange is the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. Communities across America will Wear Orange on June 3 and participate in events throughout Wear Orange Weekend on June 4 and 5. Those who Wear Orange promise to honor the more than 110 lives cut short and the hundreds more wounded by gun violence every day in America.