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Launch Week: #EndGunViolence Summer 2020!

From: Monday 1st of June 2020 EDT
Until: Friday 5th of June 2020
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Gun violence is a human rights crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic is making it even worse. Our government must take action to address this public health and human rights crisis. You can help by joining a week of action leading up to #NationalGunViolenceAwarenessDay!

Take these 5 actions to end gun violence in the United States:

  1. Monday, June 1st

    A powerful live discussion with Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, Hadiya Pendleton’s mother and advocate. Hadiya was shot and killed while in the park with her friends after school, one week after performing at President Obama’s inauguration. Her murder sparked the #WearOrange movement, now an annual national event. Amnesty experts will join Ms. Pendleton as we discuss how to build a human rights movement to end gun violence.

    Register here to receive information on how to access this virtual platform.

  2. Tuesday, June 2:

    Call your Representative and ask them to support the Break the Cycle of Violence Act! This Act will commit at least $150 million annually for 10 years to community gun violence prevention programs and help create a national strategy to address the disproportionate impact on communities of color.

    Click here to be connected to your Representatives’ office.

  3. Wednesday, June 3: Wear Orange Selfie Solidarity Action!

    Let’s flood the Dropbox with Orange!  Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor. This is the color we wear to raise awareness about gun violence.

    Take a photo of you and/or your loved ones wearing orange or supporting #EndGunViolence and drop it here in the Dropbox.

    Images will be used for a big social media push on Friday, June 5th!

  4. Thursday, June 4: Letter-writing Action

    Write to your members of Congress asking them to support the Break the Cycle of Violence Act. Click here to find your Senators’ and Representative’s addresses.

    But don’t stop there! Once you submit your own email or letter, please recruit people you know to send letters to their Congressional leaders.

    Letter Writing Tip: Click here for a sample letter and make sure you include why you care about this issue, and share how this affects you personally, your community, your state, your country.

  5. FRIDAY, JUNE 5: Wear Orange Day & National Gun Violence Awareness Day Photo Action Contest!

    This is the day to show your orange. Get creative and decorate your front door, your car, your bicycle, design your own poster, a piece of art, chalk your sidewalk orange – show solidarity and be creative.

    Take a photo of how you show orange, upload it to Dropbox and share your photo on social media. Don’t forget to tag @amnestyusa and your members of Congress. Use #WearOrange, #EndGunViolence and #RightsNow.

    Four photos will be selected to win a $50.00 gift card!