By the time you read this article, our formal Jeans for Justice Day, April 29th 2011, will have passed, but there are ongoing ways that you can participate:
Make a donation: A 5$ donation can really make a difference. You can donate any time.
If you like to wear jeans to work, help set up a Jeans for Justice Day at your workplace anytime: A speaker from S.A.F.E. can come to your office and discuss how sexual assault and domestic violence impact the lives of those in the workplace. You will be provided with a poster, sexual assault awareness pins, and an opportunity to learn about and openly discuss a difficult topic.
Create a work of art: The painted “Jeans for Justice” were the idea of a group of students that wanted to participate, but always wore jeans and said they had no money to make a donation. The first “jeans” were done as drawings on paper, and the project expanded to using paint and decorations on donated jeans. If you have a message you would like to get out about violence, a victim who you would like to honor, or just want to make something to brighten someone’s day, then create a pair of Jeans for Justice and donate them to S.A.F.E., Inc.
Host a Painting Party: Do you know a group of people who love to get artsy for a good cause? If so, host a painting party! This can happen at any time of the year and can be for adults, teens or children. A speaker from S.A.F.E., Inc. can come to your event and help you paint while answering questions about violence prevention in north Mississippi.
Donate Jeans or Art Supplies: Making art can be expensive, so if you have an extra pair of jeans, a damaged pair of jeans that are not able to be worn, or extra art supplies (paint, brushes, hot glue, appliqués, ribbons, etc.) we could really use them! There is currently a drop box at the Lee county Library.
Visit Jeans for Justice Displays: Jeans for Justice will hang at the Link Centre through the end of May, and is scheduled for the Pontotoc Library in July, the Itawamba County Library in August, and the Belmont Library for October. If you would like to host a display or if you know of a place where you would like to see the jeans let us know!
Get ready for Jeans for Justice 2012: We are currently looking for a ideas and volunteers to help us out with all of our events next April!
Please call our Community Educator, Mary Katherine Spencer, at 841-9138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.