On Friday, June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, the Activist Lab, Dean Galea, and members of our BUSPH community gathered on the Talbot Green for a group photo wearing orange as part of a national campaign to raise awareness about gun violence.
On January 21, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student from the south side of Chicago, marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. One week later, Hadiya was shot and killed on a playground back in Chicago. Soon after, Hadiya’s childhood friends commemorated her life by wearing orange. They chose the color because hunters wear orange in the woods to protect themselves and others.
On June 2, 2015—what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday—a broad-based coalition asked people nationwide to join in what Hadiya’s friends started, honoring her life, the lives of the more than 90 Americans killed by gun violence plus the hundreds more who are injured every day, by wearing orange.
Demand to be seen and demand to see change. The Gun Violence Collaborative is the Activist Lab’s newly-minted initiative designed to bring together academic researchers and community partners to address the epidemic of gun violence in America. In support of the Activist Lab commitment to Educate, Innovate, and Advocate, the Gun Violence Coalition supports and publicizes research insights into prevention strategies and public discourse; convenes public health researchers and experts to advance an agenda of gun violence prevention; and provides a platform that gives voice to the many individuals impacted by gun violence in our community. If you are interested in learning more and getting involved, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.