In support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the start of Wear Orange Weekend, The Alabama NAACP will join forces with Lee Daniels’ Everytown Creative Council and people across the nation to stop the gun violence. On June 1, 2018 as a bold symbol to stand against gun lobbyists and to call on the President of the United States and Congress to act, the NAACP will participate in the wear orange campaign to say that we are tired of turning on the tv to hear "Breaking News" that there has been another shooting at an elementary, middle or high school or college.

There will be 3 joint press conferences statewide on Friday, June 1, 2018 in support of this effort in Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville addressing our strong support for legislators to pass laws that protect our children, instead of making it easier to purchase guns.

The latest school shooting happened in Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana on May 25th where a student and teacher were shot and two weeks ago, in Santa Fe, Texas where 10 students and staff members were killed at a high school. 13 more people were injured, and another community was left with grief, loss of life and no answers from our government leaders. “America will remain a deadly nation for our children, its schools caught in the crossfire, unless we insist politicians and the NRA curb their lobbyist efforts and allow the creation of policy that acts in the best interests of public safety,” said Derrick Johnson, National NAACP president and CEO.

“We would be remiss if we overlooked the senseless shootings of young black males by law enforcement. All gun violence needs to end. It is time to make sure ALL of our children are safe,” said Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama NAACP.

All Press Conferences will be Friday June 1st, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.: Locations are listed:

- State Capital 600 Dexter Ave, Montgomery, AL 36131 at 10:00 a.m.

- Madison County Court House 100 North Side Square, Huntsville, AL 35801 at 10:00 am

- Bham Civil Rights Activists Committee Headquarters at 1707 4th Ave North, Birmingham, Al 35203.

For additional information, please contact Patricia Mokolo, Alabama NAACP Communications Chair at 205-632-0580.

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