Join the Camden County Board of Commissioners and members of our community to WEAR ORANGE WEEKEND on June 3 to 5 as we honor survivors of gun violence on this National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
8th Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day
June 3, 2022 – 6 p.m.
McLaughlin Norcross Dell Memorial
1214 South Park Avenue, Haddon Heights
The Camden County Board of Commissioners and South Jersey Moms Demand Action are proud to recognize National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2022 and honor survivors of gun violence in our communities.
Join us for this family event to raise awareness and help bring change to the epidemic of gun violence. Every day more than 110 Americans are killed with guns. #WearOrangeCC
Event to present:
Family fun activities
Refreshments including hot dogs, soft pretzels and Mr. Softee
U.S. Representative Donald Norcross
Camden County Commissioner’s Director Louis Cappelli, Jr.
Camden County Commissioner Melinda Kane
Shani Nuckols, New Jersey State Chapter Co-Chair, Moms Demand Action
Carla Reyes-Miller, gun violence survivor
Check back as more speakers are added
Musical performances: music, the ultimate healer
Music to be determined
Wear an orange call to action
Camden Strong – Clean Camden
June 4, 2022 – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Farnham Park, Park & Baird Blvd., Camden, NJ 08103
Also, join us on Saturday, June 4and for Camden Strong – Clean Camden Campaign Clean Up. We’re going to clean up around the Parkside area in Farnham Park. Clean up our community while raising awareness of gun violence. Orange Camden County t-shirts will be provided.
Orange is the color Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago aged 15, just a week after she walked in President Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Parade in 2013 After his death, they asked us to stand up, speak out and wear orange to raise awareness about gun violence.
Since then, orange has been the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. Erica Ford, a gun violence prevention advocate in New York City, has made orange the color of peace through her work with her organization, Life Camp, Inc. Whether worn by students in Montana, activists in New York or Hadiya’s loved ones in Chicago, the color orange pays tribute to the more than 100 lives cut short and the hundreds more injured by gun violence every day.
Our movement gains momentum when gun sense activists come together to fight for a future without gun violence. Wear Orange was born on June 2, 2015, which would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday. Now it is observed nationwide on the first Friday in June and the following weekend each year. This year, National Gun Violence Awareness Day will take place on June 4, 2021.
Wear Orange Weekend is an opportunity for us to show the country how powerful we are. But the work does not stop there. Everytown and our partner organizations continue to do life-saving work so we can get closer to realizing a future free of gun violence. We wear orange to be seen and demand to be heard.
Other Camden County Events
From June 3 to June 5
All buildings and bridges in Camden City will be lit orange.
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- Create an orange image
- Print a poster and display it at home
- SHARE ON SOCIAL NETWORKS. Use #WearOrangeCC
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Learn the facts
Suicide Prevention: There has been a 56% increase in firearm suicides among youth over the past decade. Learn more.
Red Flag Act/Extreme Risks Laws: In a recent poll of 2,500 likely voters, 85% of those polled were in favor of Congress passing an Extreme Risks Act, along with 78 % of gun owners. Learn more.
AAPI Commitment: Police departments in the 16 largest cities in the United States reported an almost 150% increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans in 2020. Learn more.
African American: Every 11 minutes, a black American is shot and wounded. Learn more.
COVID-19: About 2.1 million searches for gun readiness were performed between March 8 and April 11, or 158% (95% CI 73-270) more than expected one would expect without COVID-19. Learn more.
Domestic violence: 4.5 million women reported being threatened with a gun by an intimate partner. Learn more.
The Camden County Office of Mental Health and Addictions offers a number of programs and services for residents who need support. If you or a family member needs support, please https://www.camdencounty.com/service/mental-health-and-addiction/