The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
On June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, people around the country will Wear Orange to bring attention to the epidemic of gun violence that kills 90 Americans each day. One of those lives lost was Hadiya Pendleton. On January 21, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton – a majorette and high school student from the South Side of Chicago – marched in President Obama’s Second Inaugural Parade. One week later, after finishing final exams, Hadiya was shot and killed in a park near her school, at the age of 15. In the wake of this tragedy, her friends and family wore orange to honor her life. They chose orange to symbolize the value of human life, as hunters wear orange in the woods to protect themselves and others, and to make a noticeable statement with a bold color. This call to action from Hadiya’s classmates has grown into a national movement, with orange becoming a symbol of gun safety and gun violence prevention. Jewish scripture encourages peaceful pursuit of our mutual welfare, proclaiming the people of the earth “beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:4). We are inspired to take action to achieve a safer future, free of gun violence.
As in years past, the RAC and NFTY have partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety and dozens of other organizations to take action to prevent gun violence. On June 2, wear a piece (or more!) of orange clothing to show your support for gun violence prevention. Take a picture of yourself, share it on social media using #WearOrange, and tell us why you are participating in the day. Be sure to tag us in your post (@theRAC, @NFTY)!
Here are resources to get involved this year:
Religious Action Center
Everytown for Gun Safety