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Connecticut Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) Coalition to Turn Newtown Orange to Recognize National Gun Violence Awareness Day

For Immediate Release: Media Advisory
June 1, 2016

Connecticut Against Gun Violence: Ron Pinciaro 203-955-1009 (Office); 203-895-0651 (Mobile)

Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence/The Brady Campaign Southwestern CT Chapter: Jonathan Perloe, 203-249-7027

Moms Demand Action, CT Chapter: Kara Fitzgerald 203-733-6506

Newtown Action Alliance: John Kelley 917-679-6475

Sandy Hook Promise: Dini von Mueffling Communications Stephanie Morris 646-650-5005

Under The Gun: Lionsgate Kathryn Clarkson

Connecticut Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) Coalition to Turn Newtown Orange to Recognize National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2 with Newtown Orange Walk, Rally and Screening of Under the Gun Documentary Film

More than 200 Connecticut Gun Violence Victims’ Family Members, GVP Advocates and Community Leaders Will Join More Than 300 #WearOrange Partners, Influencers, Landmarks and Elected Officials Across the Country to Support an America Free from Gun Violence

Newtown, CT- Governor Dannel P. Malloy joins the “Wear Orange” campaign ( and proclaims June 2, 2016, Gun Violence Awareness Day in the State of Connecticut. First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra also proclaims June 2, 2016, Gun Violence Awareness Day in the Town of Newtown, Connecticut. “Wear Orange” campaign and National Gun Violence Awareness Day was inspired by Chicago teens who refused to be silent in the face of daily gun violence.

What: On the 2nd Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Newtown Action Alliance, Sandy Hook Promise, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, and the Brady Campaign Southwestern CT Chapter will be joining the national #WearOrange campaign by turning Newtown Orange to honor and remember all victims of gun violence. Over 150 events are being held nationwide.

When/Where: Thursday, June 2, 2016 6:00 P.M. Orange Walk from Fairfield Hills to Edmond Town Hall, Keating Farms Avenue, Newtown, CT 6:45 P.M. Orange Rally at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St, Newtown, CT 8:00 P.M. Epix Original Documentary, Under the Gun Documentary Screening at Danbury AMC Loews Theater 61 Eagle Rd, Danbury, CT 06810

Who: 200 family members of gun violence, gun violence prevention advocates and community leaders will be wearing orange and participating in the Orange Walk, Rally and Under the Gun Documentary Screening

The following speakers are lined up for the Orange Rally to be held at Edmond Town Hall: Pat Llodra, First Selectwoman of Newtown Ron Pinciaro, Executive Director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence Abbey Clements, Survivor Engagement Lead, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, CT Chapter Po Murray, Chairman of Newtown Action Alliance Nicole Hockley, Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise Tom Campbell, Family of Victim of Gun Violence Reverend Matt Crebbin from the Newtown Congregational Church

Registration for the Orange Walk and Rally:

Registration for the screening

Simultaneously, at the Connecticut Democrats Progress Dinner, advocates will offer orange ribbons and copies of the Governor’s proclamation to each of the more than 1,000 guests attending the dinner.


CT Against Gun Violence is a statewide gun violence prevention group whose mission is to reduce gun violence through education and legislative advocacy.

The Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence is a local grassroots organization of concerned residents from Greenwich, CT. Our mission is to join hands with others to work for common-sense state and federal regulation of firearms to help reduce gun violence.

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America--Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than three million members and more than 100,000 donors. For more information or to get involved visit Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at @MomsDemand

The Newtown Action Alliance ( is a grassroots organization formed after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It works to make America’s children, families, and all citizens safer through legislative and cultural change that will reduce gun violence.

About Sandy Hook Promise - Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at

About Under The Gun: From award winning journalist / bestselling author Katie Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig comes, UNDER THE GUN, a critically acclaimed, stirring and insightful film about America’s love-hate affair with guns. Couric and Soechtig—the team responsible for Fed Up, which looked at the food industry and the alarming spread of childhood obesity—examine why, despite the increase in deaths at the hands of guns and the outpouring of shock and outrage that comes with it, our nation has failed to respond with meaningful action. The Epix Original Documentary, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a limited theatrical release, will be available on Digital HD and On Demand on May 31 from Lionsgate. Learn more at

About Wear Orange--In 2013, a small group of teens at a South Side Chicago high school asked their classmates to honor the life of their murdered friend Hadiya Pendleton by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others and a color that reflects the value of human life. They inspired the Wear Orange campaign (, a coalition of more than 200 non-profits, cultural influencers and elected officials working to reduce gun violence in America. Spearheaded by Everytown for Gun Safety, the campaign asks Americans who believe we can do more to save lives from gun violence to do one simple thing on June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day: Wear Orange. Those who wear orange pledge to honor the lives of Americans stolen by gun violence, to help keep firearms out of dangerous hands and to protect our children from gun violence. Wear Orange has already reached more than 220 million people worldwide and is fast becoming the symbol of the gun violence prevention movement.

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