Rally for Change: Locals gather to protest gun violence and pay tribute to recent victims at Wear Orange event

Community members from across the North Shore came out in force at Wear Orange, an anti-gun violence 5K and event on Sunday, June 5 at Indian Hill Park in Winnetka.

The family event was organized by Moms Demand Action NorthShore with the Students Demand Action factions of New Trier High School and Northwestern University.

Student Demand Action representatives Lyla Kelber (left) and Annabel Miller pose for a photo.

The event began with a 5k walk or run along the Green Bay Trail, for which participants received small backpacks containing an orange ribbon and a piece of paper with the name of a recent victim of gun violence, either from the tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, or a shooting in Chicagoland.

“(The event) is really a call to end gun violence,” said Erinn Martin, co-lead of Moms Demand Action NorthShore. “It’s a chance for survivors and people who have been caught up in gun violence to remember.”

Phil Andrew, a survivor of the 1988 Laurie Dann shooting in Winnetka, addresses the crowd.

Wear Orange is an annual, national initiative created in 2015 to honor Hadiya Pendleton, a teenage girl killed in Chicago who was shot in the back in 2015 while standing in a public park. Orange is a nod to the color hunters wear to avoid getting shot.

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