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People are asked to wear orange to amplify a bold statement of resilience as we recognize individuals and communities impacted by gun violence.

The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped the gun violence pandemic in America that claims nearly 38,000 lives a year. A broad-based coalition of gun violence organizations will highlight this critical issue Friday, June 5, as National Gun Violence Awareness Day is observed followed by the Wear Orange Weekend, June 6-7. This campaign was born out of tragedy. In 2013, fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago. We wear orange to commemorate her life and honor the hundreds of lives cut short and wounded by gun violence every day.

People are asked to wear orange to amplify a bold statement of resilience as we recognize individuals and communities impacted by gun violence. This nonpartisan national campaign has one goal — to prevent all forms of gun violence. Tragedies resulting from needless gun violence demand action. Please join me and fellow Oregonians and wear orange on June 5-7. During these unprecedented times, let us take a moment to reflect on the impact of gun violence as a public health issue.

Debbie Lindgren

Volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Lake Oswego


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