3rd Annual Gun Violence Awareness Day
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7 pm
First Congregational UCC, Phoenix
1407 N Second Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
From First Congregational UCC, Phoenix:
Please join AZ Moms Demand Action, Arizonans for Gun Safety, and Indivisible Phoenix for an interfaith remembrance service for those taken by gun violence. We will hear from local and state leaders, enjoy refreshments with some music, and participate in some collaborative art. We are going to light up the evening to show solidarity and commitment to ending gun violence in our communities.
Wear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. On June 2, 2015, what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday, more than 200 organizations and influencers asked people nationwide to join them by wearing orange to honor her life, the lives of the more than 90 Americans killed by gun violence and the hundreds more who are injured every day.
We will be turning the church steeple "orange" with lighting, have luminaria representing the 93 people in the U.S. killed every day by gun violence, do a beautiful collaborative art project (scrolls of orange paper with names of gun violence victims and pledges to do something specific to lessen gun violence overlaid on a map of Arizona, we will "Turn AZ Orange!) that we hope to display prominently somewhere in Phoenix and have music, a food truck and home-made orange creamsicles!