Tomorrow is the national school walkout. Students and teachers throughout America will leave classes at 10am local time and stay out for 17-minutes to honor the 17-lives lost at the Stoneman Douglas High School. The walkout, that’s being organized by the youth branch of the Women’s March organization, is also a protest to show solidarity among the people in this country who want to ban assault weapons, require universal background checks before gun sales and pass a gun violence restraining order that would allow courts to disarm people who display signs of violent behavior. The event is one of many the Parkland shooting and astonishing students from Stoneman Douglas have inspired.
Jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher was moved to rapidly create a capsule collection after that horrific day. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales of the pink, yellow and white gold Stop sign shaped pendants and silver key chain, that range in price from $250 to $800, benefit Everytown For Gun Safety, the non-profit organization working for gun control.
“I decided to do the capsule after a very real conversation with my children,” explains Jennifer. “We were watching the news and having to discuss what happened in Parkland. As a parent, it is very scary and something that hits very close to home for me. I felt the need to do something.”
The message of the octagon motif in the STOP collection is clear. “It was one geometric shape that we actually hadn’t covered yet in our line,” explains Jennifer. “It made perfect sense as the universal sign to stop and something that can easily be added to our collection. People can customize it and add it to their existing charm bracelets, charm necklaces, or wear it alone.” Jennifer also introduced a key ring alongside the jewels.
Since Jennifer launched the collection, less than a week ago, some celebrities who believe in the urgent need for gun control including Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts and Debra Messing have posted shots on Instagram wearing the STOP collection (seen at top). The jewels would be the perfect thing to sport at the March 24, March For Our Lives event in Washington D. C. spearheaded by the students from Stoneman Douglas and supported by several national organizations including Everytown. According to the official website, “On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence in our schools and communities.”