The Use Your Power – Voting Pack, designed by my Studio Number One team and me, is available now on Obey Clothing! This pack is dedicated to the voting process, encouraging people to use their rights and make a difference at the polls. Voting allows the ability to speak your mind and elect officials you feel are most beneficial to the country’s growth and direction, regardless of party affiliation or beliefs. As the ACLU says, “Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest.”
The “American Rage” image is a celebration of protest as a form of civic participation in democracy. I don’t ever condone violence or looting, but I understand why things can reach a boiling point, resulting in riots, when people feel that the American system has failed them over and over. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” King also condemned politicians who “are more devoted to order than justice.” I urge people not to conflate peaceful protest with “criminal agitation” or “inciting a riot.” When the system fails the people, it is nothing short of patriotic for the people to protest for a solution.
Use Your Power will fall under Obey Clothing‘s OBEY Awareness program. Profits will be split between the ACLU and reinvestment of funds into producing and distributing materials leading up to the November election. You can purchase this collection and support here.
It is extremely important to vote because democracy only works when we participate.