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RELEASE: For Wear Orange Day, Generation Progress Launches Interactive Website to Feature Voices of Young Artists Impacted by Gun Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 2, 2016

CONTACT: Kyle Epstein, 202-481-8137

kepstein@americanprogress.org

Washington, D.C.—Today, as gun violence prevention advocates nationwide sport orange in observance of the annual Wear Orange Day for gun violence prevention, Generation Progress launched a new interactive website to uplift the stories, voices, and art of young people impacted by gun violence. The new site, officially launched today, explores the lived experiences of those whose lives have been touched by the threat of gun violence. Some of the young artists featured have been killed because of the gun violence that Wear Orange Day seeks to prevent, and their words serve as a reminder of lives senselessly taken too soon.

“From yesterday’s UCLA tragedy to the everyday gun violence that many young people must confront, the gun violence epidemic is hurting young people in America.  Art is an incredibly powerful medium for telling those stories,” said Layla Zaidane, managing director for Generation Progress. “Wear Orange Day is about raising awareness, but it’s also about remembering. Too often, stories like the ones featured on the website go unheard, or are forgotten entirely. If we hope to change the culture around guns and gun violence prevention, we need to make sure we are listening to the voices of those experiencing it every day.”

The national Wear Orange campaign began when 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed, and her friends sought to remember her life. Those friends chose to wear orange, the color worn by hunters in the woods to protect and identify themselves, in a nod to the brutality of gun violence that claims the lives of 89 Americans every day.

Through artistic expression, the Wear Orange website seeks to illuminate a different side of the movement, uplifting the powerful young voices of those living the violence and not accepting it as a fact of modern life in America.

To check out the website, click here.

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Kyle Epstein at kepstein@americanprogress.org or 202.481.8137

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