More than 30,000 Americans die every year due to gun violence. That’s an average of 91 Americans every day. This year, VH1 will join the Wear Orange campaign on June 2 for National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Gun Violence Awareness Month to call for an end to gun violence and to honor far too many lives cut short.
Find out how you can participate here.
One of those lives was 15- year old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed in a Chicago park near her high school.
A group of Chicago teens wanted to honor the life of their friend and inspired the Wear Orange campaign. They asked friends and family to wear orange, a color worn by hunters in the woods to protect themselves and others. What started in their high school has grown into a national movement, and on June 2nd – what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday – people nationwide will again come together to show their support for an America free from gun violence.
Last year on June 2, millions of Americans joined Hadiya’s friends and Everytown for Gun Safety, a movement of Americans working to end gun violence, by wearing orange and changing Facebook and Twitter photos to orange.
Celebrities including BJ the Chicago Kid, Julianne Moore, Russell Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Michael Stipe, Aasif Mandvi, and Questlove; sports teams like the New York Mets; and over 70 US mayors joined the Wear Orange campaign in protest of gun violence.
This June 2, stars of VH1–including Sara and Erin Foster, Kimberly Elise, Joseline Hernandez, and Stevie J.–will be participating, and we will be changing the VH1 logo on-air to orange. You can get involved by heading to WearOrange.org and wearing orange on June 2. Watch the PSA below for more information.