Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Politics

White House to be lit orange for gun violence awareness

The White House’s north facade will be bathed in orange light from Friday at sunset until 1:30 a.m. ET Saturday.

Several other government buildings — including California’s Capitol dome and City Hall in New York City — will also be lit up in orange over the weekend.

The eighth annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day comes as people in the US are reeling from a spate of mass shootings in the last month, including at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, a supermarket in the heart of a Black community in Buffalo, New York and a medical facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
President Joe Biden on Thursday issued an appeal for stricter gun laws, including a ban on assault weapons, tougher background check laws and a higher minimum age of purchase.
The first annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day was in June 2015 on what would have been the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teenager who was mistakenly shot and killed two years prior. Hadiya was killed a week after she performed at one of the events surrounding former President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

Project Orange Tree, an organization started by Pendleton’s friends after a youth panel discussion about her death, began the movement to wear orange to raise awareness and honor her.

Orange was chosen to symbolize the value of human life and is worn as a signal that wearers do not want to be the next victim of gun violence, Nza-Ari Khepra, a co-founder of Project Orange Tree and Wear Orange Campaign, had told CNN in 2015. The idea comes from hunters who wear the color to alert fellow hunters to their presence.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Politics

On Friday, Willow’s crate was spotted being carried by a staff member from the White House residence to Marine One, the presidential helicopter that...

Politics

“As a teacher, I’ve imagined that scene in my own classroom, again and again,” said Biden during remarks at the National Parent Teachers Association’s...

Politics

Navarro is charged with contempt of Congress after failing to appear for testimony or turn over documents in the House select committee’s investigation. While...

Politics

The hearing, which had been scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed until next week, would feature former top Trump administration legal officials who stood...

Politics

Paladino, then a Buffalo school board member, was defending himself against allegations that previous comments he made were racist and said he cared about...

Politics

But there was a striking change from pre-2020 briefings: It touched on violent threats to election officials that stem from conspiracy theories about the...

Politics

But inside the Treasury Department, teams of sanctions experts view that resilience as a mirage. In exclusive interviews with CNN, top Treasury Department officials...

Politics

The presidential election controversy is roiling the Supreme Court again, as the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, US Capitol attack continues...