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EXCERPT FROM THE Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism Blog on May 27, 2021

Everyday more than 100 Americans are killed by guns and over 300 more people are injured. Friday, June 4 is Wear Orange Day, a national day of awareness about the scourge of gun violence in the United States.

Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013. Since then, orange has been the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement.

We wear orange to call attention to the epidemic of gun violence facing our country, and to fight for a future free from gun violence. Here are a few ways you and your community can raise awareness and make an impact in your community and nationwide:

  1. Check out for more information and resources, and tell Congress to require universal background checks on all gun sales at

  2. Read Crossing Lines by award winning author Melanie Weiss and use the RAC Reads discussion guide, compiled by RAC youth leaders, to spark engaging and challenging discussion on the topic of gun violence prevention.

  3. Join us on June 4 to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence and commit to fighting for a future that is free from gun violence.

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