As I share information about Moms Demand Action’s upcoming Wear Orange picnic, I want to note that this post was planned well before the tragic school shooting in Texas last week. I’m noting this to stress that my post — and more importantly, this event — isn’t a reaction to a single incident. It’s a response to a multitude of them and a culture of gun violence that is becoming all too pervasive in our society and in our children’s lives.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a national grassroots organization that advocates for common sense gun legislation on every level of political engagement. Among their efforts, and one of their biggest campaigns, is Wear Orange Day. This gun violence prevention awareness campaign was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student killed by gunfire in 2012. They decided to honor her life by wearing orange on her birthday — it’s the color worn by hunters in the woods to protect themselves and others from gunfire. For the 4th year, Moms Demand Action will commemorate gun violence victims by hosting Wear Orange events all over the country.
The DC Chapter is hosting a picnic at Anacostia Park on Saturday, June 2, from 11am – 1pm. The community is invited and encouraged to join the free event that include survivor speakers along with food, games, and friendship. RSVP here to let them know you’ll be going!
And for more about the Moms Demand Action and how to get involved, read this post about my first chapter meeting.