Gun Violence Awareness Month - June 2017


Help Reduce Gun Violence

Mayor Lovely A. Warren has proclaimed the month of June as Gun Violence Awareness Month in the city of Rochester to begin a month-long community conversation on destruction of gun violence.

The Proclamation was issued in conjunction with Gun Violence Awareness Day, which is being proclaimed in communities across the nation to honor the birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago girl who was shot and killed a week after marching in President Obama’s second inaugural parade.

“In an effort to extend the impact of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, the city of Rochester is designating June as Gun Violence Awareness Month with the Mayor calling on all citizens to not only Wear Orange, but to also clasp hands and join a movement—a wellspring — to change the culture of violence — to ensure that Hadiya, as well as all those who are injured or become victims from gun violence each year, do not die or suffer in vain. A call is made for all Rochesterians to help reduce gun violence, pledge to keep firearms out of the wrong hands and encourage responsible gun ownership in order to keep our families safe,” Mayor Warren stated in the Proclamation, which was delivered on the steps of City Hall.

The Mayor’s Office is working with the faith community and human-service agencies to develop a series of events during June that will serve as “conversation starters” on the topic of gun violence.
In addition, Mayor Warren is inviting city property owners and residents to shine an orange light during the first full week of Gun Violence Awareness Month. Orange is the symbolic color of the national movement because orange is the color hunters wear to prevent themselves from being shot. It is the color that represents the value of human life.

City Hall, the Rundel Memorial Library and the High Falls will be lit orange from June 2 through 11. Several Downtown high rises will also be lit orange during the month.

Gun Violence Awareness Month Events

Mayoral Proclamation
Mayor Warren will join members of the faith community and human-service agencies to proclaim the Month of June as Gun Violence Awareness Month
3 p.m. Friday, June 2
City Hall steps
30 Church St.

Victims of Gun Violence Memorial Service
7 p.m. Thursday, June 22
Highland Park

Community Input Session
6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27
Baber AME Church
550 Meigs St.

Action for a Better Community - Save our Youth

Action for a Better Community's Save our Youth organization will host a series of events in Northeast Rochester for Gun Violence Awareness Month.

Save Our Youth “Healing Communities One Street at a Time”
920 Portland Ave
Rochester, NY 14621
585-576-7629 920 Portland Ave
Rochester, NY 14621

6.2.17 – Community Memorial to Remember Those We’ve Lost and Reach Those We Want to Save
El Camino Park
7-8 PM

6.10.17 – Community Canvas with Save Our Youth Staff
920 Portland Ave
5-9 PM

6.14.17 – Pop Up Movie Night “The Interrupters”
8:30-10:30 PM
(Joseph Ave. and Wilkins St.)

6.24.17 – Community Ice Cream Social
5-9 PM
(Hudson, Joseph, Clinton, and Cokney Ave.)

6.30.17 – Pop Up BBQ
6-8 PM
(Wilkins and Hudson)

Save Our Youth “Healing Communities One Street at a Time”
920 Portland Ave
Rochester, NY 14621