The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have joined forces to launch their campaign “Fashion for ACLU” in September’s New York Fashion Week. In February, CFDA indicated its close relationship with Planned Parenthood which provides reproductive health as a nonprofit origination via pink pins. Come September, CFDA sides with ACLU with a similar pursuit.
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An outspoken opponent of President Trump’s immigration policies, ACLU doubles down on its stance, stating in a blog post, “We must live up to the principles of liberty and justice for all by removing monuments and shrines to white supremacy and rooting out racial injustice throughout the land.”
Anthony D. Romero, CEO of ACLU, declared, “We are grateful that the CFDA is willing to use its reach and influence to stand up and protect our civil liberties at this unprecedented time in history.” Romero continued, “I’ve no doubt that the individual and collective voices of the fashion industry proclaiming ‘We the People’ will resonate far beyond the runway this September.”
Steven Kolb, president and CEO of CFDA has said, “We want to be on the front line, not the sidelines, to boldly fight to protect our precious rights and freedoms, which has taken on a renewed urgency after the heart-wrenching events of Charlottesville.”
In this politically-sensitive time, CFDA is encouraging more fashion designers to speak out on individual freedom, liberty and civil rights through their work, fighting against bigotry, racism and hatred. Kolb stated “Our goal is to actively support concrete work that will move our country meaningfully forward. The ACLU is doing that critical work.”
CFDA encourages its members to use the hashtags “#FashionforACLU” and “#StandwithACLU” to share their support. They will also distribute a special NYFW blue label ribbon to promote ACLU. Currently, more than 50 designers will participate in this initiative in a demonstration of their support and to deliver a clear message to the public. Designers who have joined with ACLU include Opening Ceremony, Public School, Diane Von Furstenberg, Derek Lam, Adam Selman, Alice+Olivia, Everlane, Monse, Narciso Rodriguez, Prabal Gurung, and Tracy Reese.
The ride-hailing service provider Lyft has also announced plans to donate $5 per NYFW-associated ride when riders use the promo code “FASHIONSTANDS.” The current donation total is up to $10,000.
NYFW runs from September 6 through 13.
For CFDA’s official announcement on their decision to join with the ACLU this September, please go here.
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