If you believe we must do more to end gun violence,
join us in wearing orange on June 2.
I am proud to participate in “Wear Orange” (WearOrange.org), a campaign to reduce gun violence in America. The campaign honors the 88 Americans whose lives are cut short by gun violence every day — and the countless survivors whose lives are forever altered by shootings each year – by designating June 2, 2015 as the first annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. I'm asking you to do one simple thing: Wear Orange on June 2nd. The group of Chicago teens behind the Wear Orange campaign chose the color because hunters wear orange to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods. But they were also thinking of their friend Hadiya Pendleton, a 15 year old high school student who marched in President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2012 and was tragically shot and killed back in Chicago just a week later. This June 2nd would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday; First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at what would have been Hadiya’s graduation ceremony on June 9th. To stand with this campaign, visit WearOrange.org and use the site’s pledge tool to change your social media profile picture or share why you’ll be #WearingOrange on June 2nd.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…