Around 150 people listened to speakers and participated in activities at a National Gun Violence Awareness Day rally held Friday afternoon, June 1, 2018, outside the Monroe County Courthouse. Photo by Rodney Margison

Editor’s note: The following is a press release from the City of Bloomington. Bloom has republished it here with edits for style and clarity.

The City of Bloomington invites the community to observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday, June 4, and to join in events raising awareness about gun violence during Wear Orange weekend, June 4-6.

The Wear Orange event originated on June 2, 2015, on what would have been the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old who was shot and killed in Chicago just one week after performing at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013. Gun sense activists around the country now wear orange on the first Friday of June and the following weekend each year to raise awareness.

“In Bloomington, we refuse to grow accustomed to the horror of gun violence, even as it continues as everyday news,” says Mayor John Hamilton, who is one of 1,000 Mayors Against Illegal Guns who have pledged to work toward reducing gun violence. “By joining with cities across the country, we can make progress and hopefully bring an end to the devastation of under-regulated guns. Community members have an important role to play too by raising our voices–one symbolic step is by wearing orange on June 4.”

On Saturday, June 5, starting at noon under the marquee of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater (114 E. Kirkwood), Moms Demand Action will host live music, information tables, and a photo station where participants can create a #wearorange portrait to share on social media to show support for ending gun violence in America. Volunteers will also be distributing orange floating sky lanterns for residents to light later that evening (and post at #wearorange) in honor of those who have died from gun violence.

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