by Kevin Allman
This piece of jewelry is the talk of Facebook and Twitter today ...
Created by New Orleans designer Mignon Faget, sales of the "Stop the Shooting" pin benefits NOLA FOR LIFE, the ambitious program outlined last night at the Joy Theater by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and film director Spike Lee. The two have teamed up for a program called "Flip the Script," aimed at street violence in New Orleans, primarily black-on-black violence committed by the city's young men. Chevron announced a $1 million donation to the program last night, but there were local entrepreneurial tie-ins as well:
Highlighting the importance of public-private partnerships and the significance of leveraging City resources with private funds, grants, and other funding opportunities, the Landrieu Administration also announced commitments from a number of local entrepreneurs to the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund.
New Orleans artist and jewelry designer Mignon Faget has designed a provocative collection to benefit the Fund and raise awareness to stop gun violence in the City. The collection includes a gun pin designed to be worn on a black ribbon in the tradition of mourning jewelry and a graphic gun motif scarf that proclaims “Stop the Shooting.” The collection is available in Mignon Faget stores and online at www.mignonfaget.com.
“My collection is bold, powerful and to the point. It acknowledges New Orleans’ epidemic while supporting and encouraging the widespread efforts to curb the violence,” Faget said.
Faget frequently designs jewelry to highlight a particular cause; her recent pin commemorating the demise of the daily Times-Picayune was a big seller, and in 2010 she created an entire line of jewelry inspired by the Gulf oil disaster, which benefited the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.
The "Stop the Shooting" pewter pin, which retails for $25, is designed to be "provocative and encourage conversations," Faget says.
Judging from social media reaction, it's done just that.
What do you think of the pin?