Join us as we Wear Orange, raise awareness about the gun violence in our communities, and call for legislative action. Together, we collectively say, “Enough is enough!”
Why do we wear orange?
In 2013, 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton was shot killed in a case of mistaken identity – a week after she performed at one of the events surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration. Her friends picked the color orange to honor her, and to call for gun reform. Orange is the color hunters wear in the woods in order to be seen, and to protect themselves and others from harm. We, too, demand to be seen- and to be protected from the threat of gun violence.
The event will begin with a rally inside the 2nd Baptist Church of Media, with speakers, music, and more. From there, we will walk up State Street, and end with a rousing closing rally at the Media Courthouse. All are welcome.
This event is free of charge.
On the evening of Wednesday, May 8th, a crowd of 80 supporters gathered at Widener University’s Lathem Hall to hear a panel discussion focused on the issue of gun violence prevention.
The panel consisted of:
- Thaddeus Kirkland, Mayor of Chester City
- Otis Blair, Chester Police Commissioner
- Mike Felker, US Navy Hospital Corpsman and Combat Medic in Vietnam, Member of Veterans for Peace
- Dr. Mary Francis, Nurse Practitioner at Cooper Hospital’s Trauma Unit, Faculty Member at the Widener School of Nursing
- Lisa Dennis, Chester City Community Liaison
- Michael Chitwood, Superintendent of the Upper Darby Police Department
- Deb Ciamacca, Former Marine Corps Officer, Social Studies Teacher at Conestoga High School
- Brenda Kucirka, Asst. Professor at the Widener School of Nursing
All of the panelists came from vastly different walks of life, and all felt the effects of gun violence on an almost daily basis. While not everyone agreed on every single piece of gun legislation that can help us to move forward, they came together in a consensus on issues like background checks, suicide prevention, and trauma-informed education.
The more discussions we have like this, the easier it will be to find a clear path forward in the fight to end gun violence, and to keep our communities safe.
Join us as we engage a panel of concerned citizens who, although come from different walks of life, agree that sensible gun legislation is necessary. The evening’s panel will include military veterans, members of the law enforcement community, teachers, and more. We will discuss the impact that gun violence has on each of these communities, and how we can come together and put a stop to this epidemic.
This event is free and open to the public.
-Mike Felker, US Navy Hospital Corpsman and Combat Medic in Vietnam, Member of Veterans for Peace
-Dr. Mary Francis, Nurse Practitioner at Cooper Hospital’s Trauma Unit, Faculty Member at the Widener School of Nursing
-Deb Ciamacca, Former Marine Corps Officer, Social Studies Teacher at Conestoga High School
-Brenda Kucirka, Asst. Professor at the Widener School of Nursing
*this list will continue to be updated, as more panelists are confirmed.
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