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June 1, 2016
Event is June 2, 2016


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Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science to Observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Leaders Curbing Gun Violence in Los Angeles to Join in the Conversation



WHAT:  On Thursday, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) will honor the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day with an on-campus conversation between leaders working to reduce violence in Los Angeles County. The event is one of many “Wear Orange” events across that country that include influencers, corporations, mayors, and community organizations.  


  • Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Dean, College of Medicine, CDU
    • Dr Prothrow-Stith is an internationally recognized public health leader, known for her pioneering work addressing violence as a public health issue. She developed and wrote The Violence Prevention Curriculum for Adolescents, a forerunner of violence prevention curricula for schools and communities. She is also the author of Deadly Consequences, the first book to present the public health perspective on violence to a mass audience.
  • Avis Ridley-Thomas, Co-Director, Institute for Non-Violence in Los Angeles
  • Adrienne Lamar Snider, Executive Director, Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles

Thursday June 2, 2016, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Keck Auditorium at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science 1731 E. 120th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059

BACKGROUND: In 2013, a small group of teens at a South Side Chicago high school asked their classmates to honor the life of their murdered friend Hadiya Pendleton by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others and a color that reflects the value of human life. They inspired the Wear Orange campaign (, a coalition of more than 200 non-profits, cultural influencers and elected officials working to reduce gun violence in America. Spearheaded by Everytown for Gun Safety, the campaign asks Americans who believe we can do more to save lives from gun violence to do one simple thing on June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day: Wear Orange. Those who wear orange pledge to honor the lives of Americans stolen by gun violence, to help keep firearms out of dangerous hands and to protect our children from gun violence. 

In 2009 and 2010, 1,141 people were gunned to death in the Los Angeles metropolitan area according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2000-2009, a total of 11,212 Los Angeles County residents lost their lives due to firearm-related injuries. During 2011, the hospitalization rate due to non-fatal firearm related injuries for black male residents of L.A. County between the ages of 10 to 44 was 15 times higher than the rate for their white counterparts. Hispanic male residents of L.A. County of the same age group were 3.5 times more likely to be hospitalized for non-fatal gunshot wounds than their white counterparts. One child or teen dies from a gun every 3 hours and 28 minutes. Gun violence is the second leading cause of death for children and teens ages 1-19.


ABOUT CHARLES R. DREW UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 575 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 615 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU is a private non-profit student centered University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement.

For more information, visit, and follow CDU on FacebookTwitter (@cdrewu), and Instagram (@charlesrdrewu).



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