The Maplewood Township Committee unanimously passed a joint resolution on Wednesday declaring Friday, June 7 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day (“Wear Orange”) to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence, and to declare that the country must do more to reduce gun violence.
The South Orange Board of Trustees will vote on the resolution Monday, June 10.
Malia Rulon Herman of the Essex County Group of Moms Demand Action, which hosts the annual event, thanked
Maplewood Mayor Victor De Luca and township committee members Nancy Adams, Greg Lembrich, Frank McGehee and Dean Dafis.
Organizers explained that orange has become the color or gun violence awareness because hunters wear it in the woods to protect themselves and others from gunfire. When 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed in Chicago in 2013, her friends decided to wear orange in her honor; since then it has been the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement.