Communities Going Orange This Weekend to Honor Victims of Gun Violence

    It’s Wear Orange Weekend, an extension of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which falls this year on Friday. To mark Wear Orange Weekend, the Maryland chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will host community events across the state to honor the lives of those affected by gun violence.

    Skylines and key buildings will also turn orange beginning on Friday evening, including HarborView Towers Condominium, Anthem House, The Pillar Worship Center, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus Entrance, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Baltimore City Hall in Baltimore; Arundel Center and City Hall in Annapolis; Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia; the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick and Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ in downtown Frederick; and First Presbyterian church in Cumberland.

    Orange is the symbol of the anti-gun violence movement, and the color is worn by activists to honor victims of gun violence.

    Several local elected officials have issued proclamations declaring Friday as the fifth annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

     Hundreds of Wear Orange events will take place across the country on Saturday and Sunday – including several in Maryland on Saturday. Participants and speakers at the Maryland events will include gun violence survivors, community and faith leaders, law enforcement officers, Moms Demand Action volunteers, students and families. Here is a schedule:

    ANNAPOLIS

    Whitmore Urban Park, 37 Clay St., 1-3 p.m.

    BALTIMORE

    Baltimore Youth Summit and Rally, Coppin State University, 2500 W North Ave., noon-3 p.m. Baltimore, MD 21216

    Bridge to Bridge Community Cleanup and Celebration, 301 Font Hill Ave., 3-7 p.m.

    Vigil and Sky Lantern Launch to Honor Baltimore Victims of Gun Violence, St. Katherine’s Park, 2001 Druid Hill Ave., 7:30-9 p.m.

    CAMBRIDGE

    Kite Flying and Tabling, Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn St., 1:30-3:30 p.m.

    COLUMBIA

    Community Resource Fair and Family Fun Day, The Plaza @ Joseph Square, Harpers Choice Village, Harpers Farm Rd & Beaverkill Rd., 2-4 p.m.

    EDGEWOOD

    Neighborhood Cleanup, followed by Community Resource and Family Fun Fair, Edgewater Village Park, 1980 Brookside Dr., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    FREDERICK

    Planting a Wear Orange Flower Garden, Federated Charities, 22 S Market St., 9-11 a.m.

    Sky Stage Community Event, Sky Stage, 59 South Carroll St., 3-5 p.m.

    GREENBELT

    Showing of the film “Newtown,” Old Greenbelt Theater, 129 Centerway, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    SILVER SPRING

    Rally and Unity Walk, followed by a Block Party, Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Plaza, 10 a.m.-noon

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    Josh Kurtz
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