Today is Gun Violence Awareness Day – Wear Orange

first_imgMore than 250 Wear Orange events will take place across the country the weekend of June 2. All events are searchable via an online map and easy to track by following the #WearOrange hashtag.Nza-Ari Khepra, founder of Project Orange Tree and co-creator of Wear OrangeThese events will bring communities together to showcase the full creativity of Wear Orange supporters from concerts to picnics in the park to orange walks to meeting at local landmarks as they turn orange. Wear Orange events are happening starting Friday through the weekend in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness in Florida in, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami Beach, Naples, Orlando, Pensacola, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, and Tampa. Specific event details noted below:“It’s truly incredible to watch this movement grow year after year – it has morphed from a moment my friends and I dreamed up to honor Hadiya to a national movement, with events in every state,” said Nza-Ari Khepra, founder of Project Orange Tree and co-creator of Wear Orange. “I’m so grateful to the thousands of Americans who will turn out to turn their communities orange this weekend. Their passion for saving lives from gun violence inspires me to keep going and demanding change.”Hadiya PendletonWear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. That idea spread quickly and now every year on June 2 – which was Hadiya’s birthday and is now National Gun Violence Awareness Day – Americans across the country Wear Orange and stand united against gun violence.Last year more than 300 noteworthy individuals and organizations, including President Obama, Julianne Moore, Kim Kardashian West, Vogue and Viacom answered the call, making their support for the movement loud and clear. And across the country, nearly 250,000 people took action online and in person at events. This year promises to reach much, much further—the skyline is the limit. Landmarks across the country – including the Empire State Building and Niagara Falls – will go orange in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Today, Friday, June 2, is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and more than 400influencers, corporations, mayors, partner organizations and a series of iconic landmarks across the country will participate in the Wear Orange campaign.Wear Orange campaign elements—including events in 12 cities—in Florida are listed below:Skylines and key buildings nationwide began turning orange on June 1 – the start of Gun Violence Awareness Month – including the Empire State Building.  Key landmarks in Florida turning orange include in Fort Lauderdale, the Bank of America Plaza, in Miami, The Intercontinental Hotel and Miami Tower; in Orlando, The Amway Center, Lake Eola and the See Art Exhibits; in Pensacola, the Graffiti Bridge will be painted orange; in Tallahassee, the Historic State Capitol, and in Tampa. Florida mayors and including Mayor Susan Hainey (Boca Raton), Mayor Greg Ross (Cooper City) and Mayor Derrick Henry (Daytona Beach), Mayor Jack Seiler (Fort Lauderdale), Mayor Lauren Poe (Gainesville), Mayor Peter Bober (Hollywood), Mayor Bill Barnett (Naples), Mayor Jack Brady (North Lauderdale), Mayor Buddy Dyer (Orlando), Mayor Frank C. Ortis (Pembroke Pines), Mayor Joseph Corradino (Pinecrest), Mayor Dianne Bendekovic (Plantation), Mayor Lemar Fisher (Pampano Beach), Mayor Gregory Oravec (Port St. Lucie), Mayor Phillip K Stoddard (South Miami), Mayor Rick Kriseman (St. Petersburg), Mayor Andrew Gillum (Tallahassee), Mayor Bob Buckhorn (Tampa) and Mayor Jerri Muoio (West Palm Beach) joined the more than 100 mayors nationwide participating in the Wear Orange campaign this year.last_img read more

Mark Hughes convinced Saido Berahino will start scoring for Stoke City soon

first_img1 Stoke boss Mark Hughes has emphasised his confidence that Saido Berahino will soon be scoring goals for the club.Berahino’s wait for his first goal for the Potters, who he joined from West Brom in January, extended to a 10th appearance with Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Hull.The 23-year-old forward made his sixth straight start in the game and was substituted by Hughes in the 58th minute, shortly after the visitors had equalised.The decision to withdraw Berahino was booed by some Stoke fans, but the call was subsequently vindicated as his replacement Peter Crouch put the hosts 2-1 up by heading home a cross from Jonathan Walters, who had also come on just before the hour mark.Asked about that at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Swansea, Hughes said: “My interpretation is that a number of people didn’t agree with my decision to take him off.“I just felt we needed to change our approach.“My view was that Jon and Peter would give the opposition a different problem. You want your subs to have an impact and you have to say they did.“It wasn’t a reflection on how Saido was playing – far from it, because I thought he had one of his more effective games.“But I just thought we had got to a point in the game where we needed to change things around.”Berahino arrived at Stoke having not played first-team football since September, a spell out of action at West Brom that included an eight-week Football Association ban after he tested positive for a recreational drug.Hughes added on Friday: “I think everybody can see he is getting stronger. He needs a goal, which is what all strikers need, just to settle into a club.“He’s been close in recent weeks and it’s only a matter of time.“He will score goals before the end of the season, we are convinced of that – and even if he doesn’t he is going to be in great shape for next year.“We were always of the view that next season would be when he could really hit the ground running, with a full pre-season behind him.“But we’ve been really pleased with what he has produced up to this point and he is continuing to progress.“He will probably be disappointed when the season ends, because he’s only just starting to get going.”Hughes is hopeful of having two midfielders back available for this weekend’s contest in his native Wales, in compatriot Joe Allen – a former Swansea player – and Glenn Whelan.The pair have trained this week after missing the Hull match due to a hamstring problem and virus respectively.Goalkeeper Jack Butland was an unused substitute against the Tigers, returning to the matchday squad for the first time since fracturing his ankle just over a year ago.And Hughes said regarding the goalkeeper’s chances of playing on Saturday: “There is a possibility.“He will get game time at some point before the end of the season – we’ll see how he goes today.”Saturday’s match is a second in a row for 11th-placed Stoke against an outfit battling for their Premier League lives, with Swansea currently lying 18th, two points adrift of 17th-placed Hull, with five games left to play. Saido Berahino is yet to score for Stoke City last_img read more