I have been fortunate enough in my life to meet a wide variety of people, from all walks of life and practically all corners of the globe. When I say meet, I don’t even necessarily mean meet in person. I have a whole network of people online that I have never met, yet I know about their kids and their grandkids, and I know about their sorrows and their triumphs. This network is one of the most supportive and inspirational groups of people I have come to virtually know, and the common thread is that we have all been touched by substance use disorders in one way or another. Many in the group have lost loved ones to overdose (like my brother), others are living one day at a time to stay sober. Regardless of how we’ve become eligible to join the group, the bottom line is everyone wants to make sure that others are educated and that hopefully we can help prevent overdose deaths from increasing, along with the amount of members in the group. A key characteristic to this network of people, is that they are all WARRIORS! Some have become lobbyists, others have been trained to train others in overdose prevention, and all have taken up the fight to educate and inform. This is where today’s WARRIOR WEDNESDAY comes in. A member of this group, who I have only communicated with online, came across a horrifying shirt being sold at a popular clothing store called Jimmy Jazz. I actually hate to give them publicity, but I’m doing it because they need to be called out, and called up (1-877-307-JAZZ(5299)), to remove this clothing from their stores! That’s a customer service number but the more calls and complaints, the better!
Here’s a picture of the shirt:
The manufacturer of this shirt is called Smith & Graham. Researching and trying to find this companies contact info has led me to a dead end, but by all means take a shot!! Even the lawyer listed on the trademark is hard to find. Anyway, this WARRIOR network noticed that Nike shoes were on this mannequin, and had the brilliant idea of reaching out to them, to let them know their product was being associated with something so horrible. I don’t blame Nike because they were unaware, but they need to be told and then make a stand, so feel free to let them know that you will hold them accountable as well if they don’t demand Jimmy Jazz to stop carrying this shirt! Here’s a number for Nike: 503-671-6453. We all have to be WARRIORS in this fight, because too many people die, and more are at risk, especially if we send the message to kids that wearing a shirt like this is “cool”. I want you to align yourself with this incredible network of people, because in all honesty I don’t want you to ever have to join the network. There is now a change.org petition, it’s as simple as filling in your name and zip code, to make some noise about this clothing line. I plead with you to find your inner WARRIOR and take two minutes to sign. Even a local news channel has done a story on this offensive clothing.
Won’t you be a WARRIOR WEDNESDAY?