Youth Over Guns march across Brooklyn Bridge
NEW YORK, NY - Youth Over Guns, a gun violence prevention organization in New York City, led a march from the Korean War Veterans Plaza and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to Foley Square on June 2, 2018, to call for youth empowerment and investment in urban communities to end gun violence. The students with the organization were joined by a broad coalition of local gun violence prevention organizations, gun violence survivors, advocates, community leaders to call for an end to daily gun violence.

To honor the lives of LGBTQ people lost to Gun Violence in America, members of Gays Against Guns staged the NRA Sashay Away Runway before the march.

Members of Sing Out, Louise share their songs at the Youth Over Guns/Moms Demand Action March over the Brooklyn Bridge.

All around the country, people are coming together this June to spread a simple message: there's more we can do to end gun violence.

On June 1, we'll honor all lives taken and injured by gun violence as part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Then, on June 2, we'll turn out in New York, bringing together all members of our community to show solidarity as we stand together to prevent gun violence.

Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor after she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, her friends asked us to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence.

The color orange has a long and proud history in the gun violence prevention movement. Whether it’s worn by hunters in the woods of Pennsylvania, activists in East Brooklyn, New York, or Hadiya’s loved ones in Chicago, orange honors the more than 90 lives cut short and the hundreds more wounded by gun violence everyday -- and demands action. Orange expresses our collective hope as a nation — a hope for a future free from gun violence.

Orange is a bright, bold color that demands to be seen. We demand to be seen, and this march will show communities throughout New York that we stand united to end gun violence.

Gun violence in the United States is deeply tied to racial inequities and disproportionately impacts Black and Latino Americans. Research finds:

* Black children are ten times more likely to be victims of gun homicides than white children.

* Gun homicide is the leading cause of death for young Black men aged 15-24:

* Black men are 13 times more likely to be victims of gun homicides than white men are.

* Black men are 16 times more likely to be shot and injured in assaults involving firearms than white men are.

* Black men are three times more likely to be shot and killed by police than white men are.

* Black women are at least two times more likely to be shot and killed by an intimate partner.

* Every year, 3,200 Hispanic Americans die by gun violence. Nearly 9 out of 10 of these deaths are male.

* Homicide is the second leading cause of death for Hispanic adolescents and young adults, of which 82 percent are with a firearm.

* More than 1 in 3 Hispanic women have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

* 61 percent of Hispanic female homicides were committed by intimate partners and firearms were used in nearly half of all Hispanic female homicides.

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