When people buy protest paraphernalia, Camryn Leibowitz says, they tend to wear it to one of two places: bed or other protests.
About two weeks ago, Leibowitz had an idea: “What if someone made T-shirts cute enough to wear outside, to a place like the mall or to parties … that would get the message of the march beyond those who attended?”
Leibowitz, a 19-year-old Georgetown sophomore, worked with seven friends to sell more than 200 shirts on Saturday at $25 to $30 apiece. They plan to donate all the proceeds to the March for Our Lives Action Fund.
Her two styles of T-shirt both list school shootings since Sandy Hook, including the one in Southern Maryland last week. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” one of the shirts says.
Leibowitz said she is very pessimistic that the government will enact gun-control policies, but she thinks American attitudes might shift — and her “trendy” T-shirt business, which she hopes to expand, could be part of that.
“By changing gun culture, laws could one day change,” she said.