June 1 is Amy Schumer’s birthday.
In lieu of cards or well-wishes, however, the comedian is asking her fans for a more sobering gift: for each one of them to devote a damn about America’s gun violence crisis.
In an Instagram post shared with her nearly 7 million followers, Schumer encouraged everyone to wear orange on June 1.
“Hi! Tomorrow is my bday, ” the starring, who turns 37 this year, began her caption. “If you want to say happy birthday to me please do it by joining me for #wearorangeday tomorrow as a sign to objective firearm violence. Everytown.org can help! “
Since two women were shot and killed at a Louisiana screening of her 2015 comedy, “Trainwreck, ” Schumer’s been a vocal advocate for gun reform on “the member states national” stage.
“These shootings have got to stop, ” she said during a press conference calling for action alongside her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer. “I don’t know how else to say it.”
The Wear Orange Day Schumer’s promoting — organized by Everytown for Gun Safety — has been turning misfortune into real change.
The day’s historical significance dates back to 2013, when Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed just days after having performed at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade.
She was 15 years old.
In the aftermath of her death, Pendleton’s friends wore orange to honor her memory, and Everytown took component. Wear Orange grew from there, becoming a national day of remembrance for all victims of firearm violence and a plea to change the status quo.
This year’s Wear Orange Day, however, comes at an especially pivotal moment.
With the horrific shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, still fresh in many of our intellects, Americans are especially hungry for smarter, sensical firearm laws to help keep their communities safe.
With the November midterms six months away, Everytown believes that hunger can save lives.
“Our movement gains momentum when handgun sense activists are working together to fight for a future free from handgun violence, ” Wear Orange’s website reads. “Wear Orange Weekend is an opportunity for us to depict the country just how powerful we are.”
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