Mayor Lovely Warren has declared the month of June as Gun Violence Awareness Month in the City of Rochester.
The proclamation begins a month-long conversation on the destruction gun violence has on the community. Mayor Warren calls on citizens to join in a movement to change the entire culture of violence.
“Working with community partners and people that are here, clergy as well as our citizens, to not just talk about, but really be proactive with calling the police department with giving us information,” said Mayor Warren. “That’s the way we’re going to combat gun violence in our community.”
The announcement was issued Friday in conjunction with Gun Violence Awareness Day, which is being proclaimed in communities across the nation to honor the birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago girl who was shot and killed a week after marching in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade.
City Hall, the Rundel Memorial Library, and the High Falls will be lit orange from June 2 through June 1 in observance of Gun Violence Awareness Month.
Orange is the symbolic color of the national movement because orange is the color hunters wear to protect themselves from being shot. It is also the color that represents the value of human life.
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