Seattle buildings will light up orange to mark Gun Violence Awareness Day – KIRO 7 News Seattle
SEATTLE — Sites in Seattle will light up orange Friday night in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Buildings that will glow orange include the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, T-Mobile Park, Lumen Field, and Climate Pledge Arena.
The orange lights are a show of support for survivors of gun violence, a way to honor those who have died from gun violence and show the city’s commitment to action and change.
“After yet another tragic mass shooting, Seattle unites on Gun Violence Awareness Day to rise up and demand action and stand with survivors and affected communities. We cannot allow may this tragedy continue to be the norm,” said Mayor Bruce Harrell.
Wear Orange, Gun Violence Awareness Day stems from the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot in a Chicago playground a week after participating in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade. Her friends and neighbors honored her life by wearing orange and telling her story.
Wear Orange, Gun Violence Awareness Day began on June 2, 2015, the day Pendleton would have turned 18.
“Since then, this campaign has spread across the country to raise awareness of gun violence and honor the lives of victims of gun violence,” said a press release from the City of Seattle.
June 3 is also the launch of the Safer Summer initiative for Seattle and King County.
At events in the Central District, Skyway and Kent on Friday, the regional Peacekeepers Collective and Seattle Community Safety Initiative partners will raise awareness, distribute gun safety materials and educate the community.
Safes and trigger locks will be available for the first 100 residents of each location:
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Starbucks parking lot at 306 23rd Avenue South in the central district of Seattle.
Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Grocery Outlet parking lot at Skyway at 11445 69th Place South in King County.
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Kent City Hall Square at 220 Fourth Avenue South in Kent.
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