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“Wear Orange” Rally Raises Awareness, Helps Community Grieve

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Each T-shirt symbolizes a Harrisburg resident who lost their life to gun violence.

Members of bcmPEACE youth leadership development program Agape-Satyagraha gathered together in an “Orange-Out” celebration at the State Capitol building on June 2. Along with our youth, representatives from the Harrisburg Chapter of Heeding God’s Call, Mom’s Demand Action, and members of Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren and other local faith communities, also joined in. The Capitol Building lit up in orange for the event.

The rally was organized as part of the national Mom’s Demand Action’s “Wear Orange Thursday,” where supporters of gun violent prevention reform gathered in communities across the country to protest gaps in gun violence prevention laws, stand up against gun violence, and show support for families of gun violence victims.

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Teenagers from bcmPEACE;s Agape-Satyagraha peacemaking program showed their support.

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Sonya Rivers Turns Grief into Hope and Healing

Sonya Rivers is now mentoring youth to learn healthy ways to resolve conflicts and de-escalate violence. Her brother was killed last year by gun violence. She worships at Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren, and is finding ways through her personal grief to create a positive future for herself and her community.

Thanks to Patriot News/Penn Live’s support, the Agape-Satyagraha peacemaking initiative is gaining notoriety in the greater Harrisburg area.

In Fall 2015, they sent a crew to meet the youth participants and adult mentors of the program. Follow the link above to hear what these peacemakers desire to see in their community, and in what ways they are making peace happen at home, at school, and on the streets.2015 Grad Shot