Burns Bridge lit to raise awareness about gun violence

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By Ilyse Levine-Kanji, Contributing Writer

Kenneth Burns Memorial Bridge June 5
Photo/Cheryl Arsenault

Shrewsbury/Worcester – On June 5 the Kenneth Burns Memorial Bridge joined landmarks across the United States in being lit orange to raise awareness about gun violence.  Why orange?  Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendelton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 – just one week after performing in President Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013.

In Massachusetts the largest Wear Orange event will take place virtually this year.  Wear Orange/Summer Jam is a collaborative effort between the Lena Park Community Development Corp. in Dorchester and the Massachusetts Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  Summer Jam will include Lena Park youth, Massachusetts politicians, musicians, Moms volunteers and community members, who will come together to “survive, strive, and thrive in this time of virus and gun epidemics.”  Tune into Lena Park and Moms’ social media platforms on Saturday, June 6 at noon to take part!

If you’re interested in learning more about Moms Demand Action, please contact Jo MacGugan,  the Central Massachusetts Group Lead, at jomacgugan.ma@gmail.com or myself, the Survivor Lead, at ilyselevinekanji@gmail.com  To learn more about Summer Jam or Wear Orange, visit: https://www.wearorangesummerjam.com or https://wearorange.org,