The Event Will Feature U.S. Reps. David Cicilline, Ted Deutch, Robin Kelly; Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts; Community Partners
Americans Will Gather Virtually During Wear Orange Weekend, Uniting Around a Call to Action to End Gun Violence and the Systemic Racism that Often Causes it
NEW YORK — On Friday, as part of Wear Orange Weekend and National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 5, hundreds of Students Demand Action volunteers from across the country, in partnership with the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, will host a virtual Wear Orange Summit to honor the lives of those affected by gun violence and elevate gun violence prevention efforts nationwide.
This year’s Wear Orange campaign is happening against the backdrop of nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd by police. George Floyd is one of several Black people who have died in recent weeks in incidents of racism and violence. For generations, Black and brown people in America have been dying at the hands of all forms of racism and white supremacy, and – for those reasons – have also disproportionately experienced gun violence.
Wear Orange began with teenagers in Chicago, who wanted to honor their friend, Hadiya Pendleton. Orange is the color that Hadiya’s friends wore in her honor after she was shot and killed at the age of 15 — just one week after performing in President Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013. Wear Orange invites everyone who agrees we can do more to save lives from gun violence to do one simple thing: #WearOrange.
A student-led Wear Orange Virtual Summit highlighting the voices of young people who demand an end to gun violence and honoring the lives of those affected by gun violence. The event will feature Reps. David Cicilline, Ted Deutch, and Robin Kelly; Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action; and community partners such as Guitars Over Guns, Teens on Target and OG’s Against Gun Violence.
- U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (RI-01)
- U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
- U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02)
- Race Imboden, a member of the U.S. Olympic fencing team and member of Everytown Athletic Council.
- Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action
- Ryan Pascal, a volunteer leader with California Students Demand Action and a member of the Students Demand Action National Advisory Board.
- Kathy Pisabaj, a volunteer with Chicago Students Demand Action and a member of the Everytown Survivor Network who was shot and wounded in February 2018, in Chicago, IL.
- Destini Philpot, a volunteer leader with Baltimore Students Demand Action and Good Kids Mad City in Baltimore, MD.
- Clifford Ryan, founder of OG’s Against Gun Violence
- Caleb Alcime, Program Associate with Guitars Over Guns.
- Jaymes Fitzpatrick, Gregory Hampton & Terri’nae Williams, Youth Advocates with Teens on Target.
Friday, June 5, 2020
3:00 PM EST // 12:00 PM PST
To attend the Students Demand Action Wear Orange summit virtually or to interview a Students Demand Action volunteer before or after the event, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.