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Wear Orange to Demand Change

Common Sense Kids Action supports commonsense solutions that create safer communities and protect all kids from gun violence.

Seven. That's how many children and teens lose their lives to gun violence every day in our country. Among kids and teens, gun violence is the second leading cause of death.

At Common Sense, where we're dedicated to making kids America's top priority, we believe everyone can agree we cannot let this be the status quo. In honor of all lives lost to gun violence every day in this country, and in solidarity with the youth voices calling for change, we are proud to join the Wear Orange campaign for National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

The Wear Orange campaign was inspired by a call to action by a group of young people in Chicago in the wake of their friend's tragic death in 2013. Only one week after she performed in President Obama's second inaugural parade, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed while standing with friends in a park after taking her final exams. In response, a group of Hadiya's friends embarked on a structural violence-awareness campaign to ask all of us to join them in standing up, speaking out, and wearing orange to raise awareness about gun violence.

Now Wear Orange is a national movement. We join hundreds of leaders -- including more than 90 mayors from 28 states -- corporations, partner organizations, and a series of iconic landmarks including Coit Tower in San Francisco and the Empire State Building in participating in the third annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2, what would have been Hadiya's 19th birthday. Look up tonight and you may see your skyline turning orange.

Common Sense continues our commitment to improving the lives of kids and putting our nation's children at the center of everything we do. Along with supporting efforts to reduce violence in communities, we continue to evaluate violence in the media as a core concern for families.

The young people whose lives are cut short by gun violence are not only statistics; they are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, cousins, grandchildren, and friends. We join this movement to demand change and to demand that they be seen.

If you're interested in learning more about the Wear Orange campaign and how to support commonsense solutions that will create safer communities and protect all our children from gun violence, please visit:

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Teresa Machado
Teresa Machado is Common Sense Kids Action’s Policy Associate for California. She joined Kids Action in 2016 from Early Edge California in Oakland, CA, where she worked to advance policy to improve early education access and quality. Previously, she worked as a district representative for California State Assemblymember Das Williams and began her career in policy as an intern with the California State Assembly Committee on Education.