I needed a way to channel my rage in response to the sideshow act that this country has become. Enter Resistance Hats.
The basic idea is that I make and sell really basic knit and crochet hats. People pay $20 apiece, and at the end of each month I take all the profits and split them between progressive charities. I’ve given people the option to choose a general color (exact shade is determined by what yarn I have on hand, since I didn’t want to spend unnecessarily on supplies) and shape (pussy hat or not), but ultimately, it’s a simple hat.
Here’s the description from the Etsy listing:
FIGHT THE TRUMP AGENDA!
Say no to racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, and all other forms of hatefulness.
For $20, you get a hat, and I’ll donate the proceeds (all $ minus cost of shipping) to the following charities: ACLU, Planned Parenthood, CAIR, Trans Lifeline, SPJ Legal Defense, and Immigrant Defense Project. I will split the total money earned between them evenly, once a month.
As for the hats themselves, you can choose an approximate color (I’m using yarn I already have to keep costs down, so the actual shade may vary) or let me surprise you.
Your order will be for an adult sized, basic knit or crochet, beanie-style hat. I’m not able to honor any customization requests, except for the one mentioned below.
**If you have any fiber-related needs (wool allergy, or if you’re vegan and want non-animal fibers, for example) please let me know in the comments section on your order.**
I’m not writing this to sell hats, per se, though if you decide to order one, that’s great because that means more dollars for excellent causes. What I’m writing this for is to express my frustrations and my need to do something about the state of this country.
I’m tired and I’m angry. I can’t believe the mess we are in, thanks to a combination of societal factors and some Russian hacking. The idea that people looked at Trump and Clinton and actually thought that bloviating pile of hair was a better choice than a smart, experienced woman who truly cares is mind-boggling. The racism, sexism, and general hatefulness that has to linger in someone’s mind to actually have voted for him is at a level I can’t even comprehend.
I really don’t WANT to comprehend it, other than to fight it.
Going to rallies, contacting elected officials, speaking out, of course I’m already doing all of those things. But I felt like I needed to do something that was very specifically me, something that allowed me to channel what I love to do into something good.
So I did. And it became Resistance Hats.