As we approach the second annual Gun Violence Awareness Day in the United States, NFTY is again “Wearing Orange” on June 2nd. On January 29th, 2013, just a week after marching in President Obama’s second inaugural parade, 15 year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot at a park near her school in Chicago. To commemorate her life, her classmates wore orange: the color that symbolizes the value of human life, that hunters wear so no one accidentally shoots them.
This year in NFTY, we’ve witnessed tremendous accomplishments in our goal to raise awareness about and prevent gun violence. In the spirit of all we have done in our campaign against gun violence, this year’s June 2nd theme for our movement is Action. NFTY is partnering with Metro IAF’s Do Not Stand Idly By campaign and the Religious Action Center (RAC) as teens across the country take direct action in their local communities through mayoral advocacy, congregational engagement, and local action. Read more about what's happening on the NFTY blog, and hear from NFTY-TOR's Maddie Newman about why she's wearing orange on June 2.
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Don’t see your city? There are a number of ways that you can take action and advocate for gun violence prevention around June 2nd...
- On the RAC blog: Five Ways to Participate in National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2016
- On the RAC website: Gun Violence Prevention Resources
- NFTY's resources on Gun Violence Prevention
- Learn more about the Do Not Stand Idly By Campaign
- Resolution to Clarify and Affirm NFTY's Stance on Gun Violence Prevention (Passed February 2016)
- NFTY Gun Violence Prevention Rewind: The Year in Review 2015
- NFTY participation in Wear Orange 2015