“The Law Needs Legitimacy” T-Shirt Project

To raise money for our social justice and media projects, a t-shirt crowd-sourcing campaign

The Law Needs Legitimacy T-Shirt

“The Law Needs Legitimacy” T-shirts will be:
  • Grown in the USA with organic cotton
  • Made in North Carolina
  • Transparent supply chain
  • Water-based inks
Below are some of the projects that we are working on. Click on the images to learn more information.

I Could Be... A documentary
Seven Magazine
Gigabit Farm Aid - Madison Square Garden
The Genius Factory

Across the U. S., an astonishing number of black men have spent some time in prison, yet corporate crime inflicts far more damage on society than all street crime combined.

malesinc
Ed Burns

It’s not a war on drugs. Don’t ever think it’s a war on drugs. It’s a war on the Blacks. It started as a war on the Blacks, it’s now spread to Hispanics and poor Whites. But initially it was a war on Blacks. And it was designed basically to take that energy that was coming out of the Civil Rights Movement and destroy it.
~ Ed Burns
Co-creator of “The Wire”
The Law Needs Legitimacy

Killed by police

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.
A man walks past a burning police vehicle

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

The concept of government, law enforcement, and legitimacy is discussed further in an earlier blog entry: Terrance Jackson for Congress.
“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.
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 Law Needs Legitimacy” t-shirt using as many high-quality local inputs as possible.

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.
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.

Killed by police

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