ELIZABETH, NJ – Victim family members of gun violence, activists, clergy, elected officials and residents will gather at the corner of Madison Avenue and Lafayette Street today, June 1, from 5:30 to 6:30p.m., to kickoff National Gun Violence Awareness Month.

The event, a part of a nationwide effort to bring attention and a solution to gun violence, will take place on the corner where Michael Eargle, an Elizabeth High School and college football player, was shot dead in April.

Participants are encouraged to wear orange after the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in Chicago in January 2013. She was an honor student who became a symbol of innocent victims in Chicago.

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“We will hand out orange ribbons as a symbol and a call to action,” said Salaam Ismial, director of National United Youth Council, Inc. and the event’s organizer. “I met Hadiya’s mom and dad, Cleopatra and Nathaniel, and understand their pain because I, too, lost loved ones to gun violence.

For more information, call Salaam Ismial at 917-673-0563.