thank you for wearing orange!

From coast to coast, thousands of Americans showed up in orange on June 3-5, 2022 to honor survivors and build community with others working to end gun violence.

A collage of Wear Orange photos, including a woman wearing a We can end gun violence t-shirt and signs on a wall for Wear Orange

why orange?

On January 21, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. One week later, Hadiya was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago. Soon after this tragedy, Hadiya’s friends commemorated her life by wearing orange, the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. Wear Orange is now observed every June. Thousands of people wear the color orange to honor Hadiya and the more than 40,000 people who are killed with guns and approximately 85,000 who are shot and wounded every year.

Hadiya Pendelton

our partners

Wear Orange isn’t possible without collaboration. In addition to thousands of people participating across the country, partners amplify gun violence awareness to new audiences.

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we wear orange for a future free from gun violence

This year, we once again unite in our call to end gun violence as we come together for Wear Orange. We honor the communities shattered by gun violence alongside the more than 110 people who are shot and killed, and hundreds more who are wounded, every day in our country. Together, we call for meaningful action to save lives.

We should not have to live in fear that gunfire can ring out at any moment, whether it’s at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, while grocery shopping at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, a party in San Bernardino, or graduations across the country. We deserve more. Raise awareness by participating in Wear Orange online and in your community.

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