Saturday, June 2, is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Some might remember this as the day every year when thousands of people around the country wore orange and rallied in front of city halls, marched down roads, and across bridges. This year, Hoboken’s chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is kicking off the event on June 1 at 4 p.m., in front of City Hall, where Mayor Bhalla will issue a proclamation honoring our efforts.
This annual event started five years ago, after Hadiya Pendleton was taken by gun violence. Hadiya was a high schooler, an advocate against gun violence, and just a few days prior to her death, one of the performers at President Obama’s inauguration. And so, her friends decided to take on the struggle for justice in America by starting National Gun Violence Awareness Day, so that Hadiya, and all innocent victims of gun violence, would not have died in vain. They chose to wear orange because it was the universal signal amongst responsible gun owners that they were people, not targets.
So, we invite everyone who would like to join us, Mayor Bhalla, Governor Murphy, Hadiya’s dedicated friends, the student activists from Parkland, Fla., and tens of thousands of others around the country in our fight for gun violence prevention, to come to Hoboken City Hall on June 1 at 4 p.m. wearing orange. For a future free from gun violence, we must use our voices and turn awareness into action. And when this many people come together, no one won’t hear our voices, and no one won’t see our actions.
Emily Ball Jabbour
Team Leader for Hudson County Chapter, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Eytan Stern Weber
Communications Co-Lead for Moms Demand Action of New Jersey