“The Police Need Legitimacy” T-Shirt Project Supporting I-CAMP

A man walks past a burning police vehicle

A man walks past a burning police vehicle in Baltimore on Monday. Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

Yes, there was violence in Baltimore but Black Westchester makes the point of where was the coverage of the peaceful protest.

Peaceful protest in Baltimore

Source: Black Westchester

Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath:

[L]egitimacy is based on three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to fell like they have a voice—that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can’t treat one group differently from another….

[W]hen the law is applied in the absence of legitimacy, it does not produce obedience. It produces the opposite. It leads to backlash.

The concept of law enforcement and legitimacy is discuss further in an earlier blog entry: NYPD Needs Legitimacy.
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What is currently happening in Baltimore is reminiscence of that famous Yogi Berra saying “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
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“The stories in the news today reminded me of the sentiments of almost fifty years ago when many young Black people felt that policing for them was unfair.”

New York Times op-doc:
“It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
Nick Mosby, a member of the Baltimore City Council:

This is bigger than Freddie Gray. This is about the social economics of poor urban America. These young guys are frustrated, they’re upset and unfortunately they’re displaying it in a very destructive manner. When folks are undereducated, unfortunately they don’t have the same intellectual voice to express it the way other people do, and that’s what we see through the violence today.

As stated by Councilmember Mosby, the problems are lack of education and lack of opportunities.
To address these problems, we are developing a crowd-sourcing campaign to sell t-shirts to support a new non-profit called I-CAMP
The Police Need Legitimacy t-shirt
“The Police Need Legitimacy” t-shirts will be:
  • Grown in the USA with organic cotton
  • Made in North Carolina
  • Transparent supply chain
  • Water-based inks

The t-shirts will help support I-CAMP. I-CAMP is a non-profit that focuses on education reform and tech diversity by teaching children computer programmingmachine learning, robotics, chessfarming, and about having a creative mindset. I-CAMP stands for Intrinsic, Community, Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose, which are fundamental elements for building health and wealth.

I-CAMP

It is important that we teach our children that we are all capable of doing work that matters and that our call is to step beyond our limits into an new understanding of what it means to be human.

Most of us believe that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is with external rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, Daniel H. Pink says in, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, his provocative and persuasive new book. The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

[Y]ou [cannot] understand why someone [is] healthy [or wealthy] if all you [do is] think about their individual choices or actions in isolation. You [have] to look beyond the individual. You [have] to understand what culture they were a part of, and who their friends and families were, and what town… their family came from. You [have] to appreciate the idea that community — the values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with — has a profound effect on who we are. ~ Malcolm Gladwell

When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operating system–which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators–doesn’t work and often does harm. We need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements: 1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives. 2. Mastery— the urge to get better and better at something that matters. 3. Purpose — the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. ~ Daniel Pink

I-CAMP will help host the Women’s Government Contracting Forum that will take place on May 16th, 2pm at Larchmont Public Library. This forum will focus on proving healthy food to local school districts. As a follow-up, we are organizing a group to attend the June 13th and 14th From the Ground Up! Workshops. These workshops are given by Will Allen‘s Growing Power organization.

One long-term goal is to build a vertical farm based on the Growing Power design. As a financing model we are studying Aerofarms which announce a $30 million project in Newark, NJ using New Market Tax Credits (NMTC).

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In May 2013 NPR’s Planet Money started a Kickstarter campaign to make a t-shirt and tell the story of how it was made.

Planet Money T-Shirt Kickstarter campaign

They used Kickstarter because it helped them answer a very important question: How many t-shirts should they make? And, for that matter, were there even enough people who wanted a Planet Money t-shirt to make the project viable?

Using labor from places such as Bangladesh and Columbia each t-shirt costed about $12.42.

T-Shirt costs

We will be making our own “The Police Need Legitimacy” t-shirt using as many high-quality local inputs as possible to demonstrate the Economic Impact Rating.

One of the major problems that keeps garment manufacturing overseas and out of the United States is “fast fashion.” An explain in a video on Online MBA:

‘Fast Fashion’ refers to clothing and accessories that are designed to reflect current industry trends, yet produced using less expensive materials to ensure a low price tag. For the last two decades, clothing retailers like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21 have popularized Fast Fashion among everyday consumers….

The Fast Fashion trend has also led to environmental concerns. Every year, the clothing industry produces 2 million tons of waste, emits 2.1 million tons of carbon dioxide, and uses 70 million tons of water; these figures have significantly risen in the years since Fast Fashion became a retailing standard.

Fast Fashion is also toxic; a Greenpeace Detox campaign report found residues of a variety of hazardous chemicals in clothing made by 20 global fashion brands.

In another article on Zady, Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashionis quoted as saying:

We are buying new consumer products based on rapid changes in fashion that are engineered by corporations. This requires being dissatisfied with things we just bought and being seduced by the idea of instant gratification and novelty. It’s like we’re turning into children.

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