Anyone that’s been following the many movements leading the fight to end the epidemic of police brutality plaguing the black community and the country, should surely have heard about The Dream Defenders.
A leading force in the support of black lives, the organization has been around since 2012 with the goal of delivering a message of activism and cultural awareness to the masses. To end 2016, which has been a year full of turmoil and great debate, they’ve decided to reach people through fashion. Earlier this week, they launched Rebel Threads, a clothing line targeted directly at younger folks of color who seek to share activism through fashion.
“After this election, what the future holds is up to us,” Dream Defenders Communications And Culture Director Steven Pargett said in a statement. “This is a perfect time for us to create something new to share our messages with the world, but that will also give our supporters an exciting new way to be involved with us and with the movement for freedom and equity for people of color.”
So far, the line consists of a limited edition FREE t-shirt, which pays homage to the legacy of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense on their 50th anniversary.
“T-shirts have always been a part of Dream Defenders culture that we really love,” Pargett said. “We wanted to create something that would help our organization be more sustainable so that we can better support our communities.”
Each item purchased from Rebel Threads contributes to funding Dream Defenders community organizing work. If you’re interested in purchasing the first Rebel Threads shirt to hit production ($35), you can do so here.