The Town of Chapel Hill recognized Gun Violence Awareness Day with a rally at the Peace and Justice Plaza on June 2. The event was organized by members of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Carrboro Town Council, Moms Demand Action and North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.
Linda Green, a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at UNC, was one of many that attended the kick-off to the community’s recognition of Wear Orange Weekend. Friday was the first of three days recognized annually to bring awareness to the impact of gun violence across the nation.
“I feel angry that gun violence is something I have to worry about,” she said.
She said that she believes having to know what to do in the case of gun violence is a part of her job that she didn’t sign up for.
“I want to avert the future in which I die trying to protect my students from an active shooter,” she said.
This year, Gun Violence Prevention Day — which is also known as Wear Orange Day — falls on June 2, a day that would have been the 26th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a young girl who died from gun violence in 2013 in a park in Chicago.
After her death, Pendleton’s friends began wearing orange in remembrance of her. Orange is the color typically worn in recognition of the gun violence prevention movement.
Speakers at the event included representatives of Moms Demand Action, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and an introduction by Mayor Pro Tempore of the Town of Chapel Hill, Karen Stegman.
Renuka Soll, a member of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, spoke at the event. North Carolinians Against Gun Violence is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing gun death and injury.