On June 2nd, VH1 is taking a stand against gun violence as part of the national Wear Orange campaign, and will continue to raise awareness throughout the month of June as part of Gun Violence Awareness Month in New York.
You can raise your voice against gun violence by wearing orange today and sharing a photo using #WearOrange. Check out wearorange.org for more ways to get involved.
On an average day, more than 90 Americans are shot and killed by guns. There is no single solution that will end gun violence so we have to work together to create a safer future for everyone.
Last Wednesday night, a shooting injured three during a concert at Irving Plaza in New York where T.I. was scheduled to perform. Tragically, one man, Ronald McPhatter, lost his life. Ronald’s family has set up a gofundme.com campaign to help defray funeral expenses and travel costs to ensure his family can be together during this time.
Ronald’s brother, Shanduke McPhatter, is the founder of Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes (G-MACC), an organization dedicated to providing tools and resources to enact positive change in communities hit hard by gun violence. Before the shooting that claimed the life of his brother, Shanduke was spearheading Gun Violence Awareness Month, which was created in an effort to raise awareness surrounding the issue of senseless gun violence in New York’s communities. We stand with people like Shanduke who are making a difference during Gun Violence Awareness Month and all year.
Here are some celebrities and VH1 talent taking a stand against gun violence by joining #WearOrange:
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh