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National Gun Violence Awareness Day


#wearorangeJune 2, 2015 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, a national campaign organized by the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. They have asked Americans to wear the color orange today to honor victims of gun violence. The Wear Orange campaign organizers say they “hope to turn the color into a symbol for the value of human life everywhere.”

In May, #OrangeJumpsuit also used “wear orange” to show solidarity with Christians persecuted and martyred by ISIS. It is proper that the actions of extremists should be denounced and it would also have been appropriate if the terms Islamists and ISIS were not conflated as one, as a show of solidarity for all who espouse non-violence.

Meanwhile, last evening there was a gathering of 700+ people of all faiths in a mosque in Phoenix, AZ for a “love not hate” event, in solidarity with all supporting peace, inclusiveness and non-violence. David Ice, who was at the gathering, posted on Facebook “Restoring my faith in humanity. I’m at the all-faith rally to support the Muslim mosque that was picketed on Friday [May 29, 2015] by all the haters who all brought guns. It’s standing room only here with people of ALL faiths. And I am surrounded by many friends from all over the valley…”