Erik McGregor is a New York City based artist, photographer and activist. Erik is a member of the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street and co-writer of the Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. As a published freelance photographer, he has documented activist groups actions in NYC since 2011.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Hundreds of volunteers and gun violence survivors participated on the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Bridge March for Gun Sense, as Part of the “Wear Orange” Campaign
NEW YORK - On June 3, 2017; in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety and the Wear Orange coalition, hosted the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Bridge March for Gun Sense to honor national gun violence awareness day. Hundreds of volunteers and gun violence survivors marched across the bridge, culminating in a rally at Foley Square led by the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action and featuring Julianne Moore, chair of the Everytown Creative Council.
Wear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, whose friends decided to honor her life by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. This year on June 2, more than 400 influencers, corporations, mayors, partner organizations and a series of iconic landmarks across the country will participate in the Wear Orange campaign.
More than 250 Wear Orange events will take place across the country the weekend of June 2. Additional Wear Orange events are happening in New York in Buffalo, White Plains, Saratoga Springs, Poughkeepsie and Rochester.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a proclamation in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Month. New York public officials including joined the more than 100 mayors nationwide participating in the Wear Orange campaign this year. A full list of elected leaders joining the campaign can be found here.
“It’s truly incredible to watch this movement grow year after year - it has morphed from a moment my friends and I dreamed up to honor Hadiya to a national movement, with events in every state,” said Nza-Ari Khepra, founder of Project Orange Tree and co-creator of Wear Orange. “I’m so grateful to the thousands of Americans who will turn out to turn their communities orange this weekend. Their passion for saving lives from gun violence inspires me to keep going and demanding change.”
Last year more than 300 noteworthy individuals and organizations, including President Obama, Julianne Moore, Kim Kardashian West, Vogue and Viacom answered the call, making their support for the movement loud and clear. And across the country, nearly 250,000 people took action online and in person at events.