Kansas City 'Wear Orange' Campaign Pushes Back Against Already Violent Summer

A few reminders on local violence we've blogged recently . . . 

- For the past two weekends KCMO has suffered three homicides. 

- This week school let out at East High with a spate of gunfire that scared students back into the building. 

- Yes, homicides are down so far in 2024 but local patterns indicate that rising violence begins around Memorial Day and doesn't let up until the first extended hard freeze that sometimes doesn't arrive until January. 

And yet . . . 

Decent & reasonable people should hope that Kansas City work to prevent violence takes hold despite continued challenges . . . Check one more effort . . .

"The Wear Orange campaign, which began in 2013, was inspired by the friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old who was shot and killed in Chicago just one week after performing at former President Obama's second-inaugural parade. Since then, Wear Orange has grown into a national movement, symbolizing the fight to end gun violence."

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link to Mayor Q's message . . .

Join us on Gun Violence Awareness Day for:

🧡 Remarks & Proclamation by Mayor Lucas
🧡 Walk for Solidarity
🧡 Connections with groups working to prevent gun violence and providing services to those impacted by gun violence
🧡 Music & food trucks
🧡 Wear Orange!

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