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Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Council Proclaim June 2nd as National Gun Violence Awareness Day

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At the Fanwood Borough Council Meeting, Mayor Colleen Mahr, right, and a member of Moms Demand Action, left, spoke about the June 2 Wear Orange event. Credits: John Mooney
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In December, 250 people attended a Fanwood event to commemorate the victims of mass shootings in cities throughout the country. Participants lit orange candles.
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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Borough Council proclaimed June 2nd as National Gun Violence Awareness Day at the May Borough Council Meeting on Monday, May 16. Members of Moms Demand Action Union County, a non-partisan coalition of moms and families advocating for stronger gun laws, showed their support at the meeting by wearing orange ribbons.

"I am so grateful that these smart people are working so hard on this issue, I've loved working with them. 90 people die each day in America due to gun violence. It's our responsibility to try to change this sad fact and bring some common sense to the issue,” said Mayor Mahr.

In observance of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Moms Demand Action Union County will hold a "Wear Orange" event on Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Fanwood Borough Hall Lawn at 75 N Martine Ave. Mayor Mahr will co-host the event, which will also include Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls of First Unitarian Society of Plainfield. Similar events will take place across the country. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Forest Road Park Building in Fanwood.

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The event is best suited ages 15+. Attendees are encouraged to wear orange. For more information about National Gun Violence Awareness Day, visit wearorange.org

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