Madison: “Wear Orange” Rally Unites Community in Fight against Gun Violence
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~ On Friday, June 2, Public Health Madison & Dane County is hosting a Wear Orange rally to raise awareness about the urgent need to end gun violence. The rally is part of a campaign supporting Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization dedicated to ending gun violence.

Public Health is hosting the rally in partnership with Moms Demand Action, Focused Interruption, and Dane County Human Services. Aurielle Smith, Public Health Director of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation said "It's vital that we come together to make a collective push for change. This rally gives an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together to show support as we work toward a future where our neighborhoods are safer for everyone."

Lindsey Buscher, State Chapter Lead for Moms Demand Action added "No one should live in constant fear of being the next victim of gun violence. This is a national public health crisis, but it can be tackled at the local level, even as local as individual neighborhoods. By hosting this event, we are starting the conversation, an essential first step toward change."

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The nationwide movement grew from one family's tragedy in 2013 when a Chicago man shot and killed Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor roll student. Friends and loved ones decided to honor her memory by wearing orange - symbolizing the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. Smith said "We're asking folks to come out wearing their orange - a symbol representing the value of human life and the need to address gun violence."

Participants will gather at Meadowood Park (5810 Thrush Lane, Madison) at 5:00pm on Friday June 2nd for food, music, speeches from community leaders and activities for kids. There will also be resources available and information about gun violence prevention in Dane County.

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