On this National Gun Violence Awareness Day, more than 300 influencers, corporations, mayors, partner organizations and a series of more than 75 iconic landmarks across the country will participate in the Wear Orange Campaign.
Moms Demand Action Connecticut Survivor Engagement lead Abbey Clements says Wear Orange was inspired by friends of 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago high school student killed by gunfire a week after performing at President Obama's second inauguration.
Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence/The Brady Campaign Southwestern CT Chapter, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Newtown Action Alliance, and Sandy Hook Promise joined the more than 90 partners participating in events today.
Governor Malloy issued a proclamation in recognition of the awareness campaign.
Nearly 150 gun violence prevention advocates, gun violence survivors, and community leaders will be wearing orange and participating an Orange Walk and Rally in Newtown tonight. There will then be a free screening of Katie Couric's documentary, entitled "Under the Gun" at the Danbury AMC Loews Theater.
Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, Sandy Hook Promise founder Nicole Hockley, Newtown Congregational Church Reverend Matt Crebbin, Connecticut Against Gun Violence Executive Director Ron Pinciaro, and Newtown Action Alliance Chairman Po Murray are participating.
The Walk begins at 6pm from the Fairfield Hills Campus and will end at Edmond Town Hall with a program of speakers.