Is a t-shirt really a way to take action?
Yes. A t-shirt is a powerful, moving billboard. By wearing the shirt, you will spread a message far and wide and promote conversation, awareness and change.
It's a way to move a message and go viral in the most personal way. In this age of “fake news” we need to spread positivity and hope. As Michelle Obama said recently, “Now we know what not having hope feels like.” We need to have small channels of action, a way for people to come together and feel like they’re doing something together, for the good of humanity. We are worn down by the media’s constant focus on the negative, and the incessant reporting on hate and violence. We need to promote the right kind of message and keep on repeating it, and our t-shirts are a way to do that.
In the words of George Michael: “If you’re gonna do it, do it right.”
Our T-shirt is a collective pronouncement for peace.
End Violence Now’s logo is a call-to-action for peace. It’s a stand-alone message that conveys harmony. Like Bill Moyer’s suggests in his recent article, we all need to“maintain a running count of hate crimes and violence triggered around the country by Trump’s election and rhetoric — perhaps in conjunction with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which regularly reports on hate crimes, bigotry and bullying directed at immigrants, African-Americans, Muslims, Jews, gays and lesbians, the disabled and others.” We are equal and we are all in this together, and this t-shirt shows our solidarity in this fight for humanity.
In the words of Prince: “We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.”
Our t-shirt is a simple way to create change.
Many people are asking “what can we do?” It feels overwhelming the task at hand. We asked ourselves that this past summer, and that’s how the idea of End Violence Now T-Shirts was born. What you can do is buy a $25 shirt, wear it proudly, and spread the word and message to friends and family. We contribute 50% of net proceeds to amazing grassroots organizations doing the important work of ending violence on a local and national level. Together, we can speak out to end this new era of violence we seem to be moving toward. So far, there has been nothing to suggest inclusion or unity with the incoming administration. As peaceful citizens, we need to start taking back America in 2017. If you don’t agree, then this t-shirt movement isn’t for you. To our staunch supporters and customers, we welcome your feedback next year to make our movement to end violence now louder and stronger than ever!
In the words of David Bowie: “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”
Finally, all of us at End Violence Now want to thank you for making our first few months possible and for your belief that we can end violence one t-shirt at a time. We couldn't do what we do without you. And a special shout-out to our partners: States United to Prevent Gun Violence, Not In Our Town and National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs for being at the forefront of ending violence in the United States.
In the words of Princess Leia/Carrie Fisher: “May the force be with you.”