From a Friday email:
Last week, 10 students and staff members were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. 13 more people were injured, and a community — and country — were left grieving. Time and again, we’re learning that gun violence affects us all, myself included.
Before I became a director — before Empire, The Butler, and Monster’s Ball, I became a survivor of gun violence when my father was shot and killed. I joined this movement because I know all too well what gun violence does to a person, to a family, and to a community. And when more than 90 people are shot and killed by gun violence every day, and hundreds more injured, I know that our country is suffering from a gun violence epidemic.
So on June 1st — National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the start of Wear Orange Weekend — I’m joining the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are honoring the lives of victims and survivors of gun violence at hundreds of events across the country. From rallies to BBQs, and everything in between, we’re raising gun violence awareness coast to coast. And I want you there with me: support gun violence prevention at a local Wear Orange event near you.
Orange is a color that is bold, that stands out, and that demands to be seen. It is the color of gun violence prevention because the millions of Americans fighting tirelessly for a country that’s free from gun violence, demand to be seen and demand to see change. Wear Orange is a way for our elected leaders to see our power, but it can only succeed when we all come together. That’s why we need YOU with us.
Thanks for being an important part of Wear Orange Weekend.
Everytown Creative Council