Million Hoodies Announce #HoodieBanBill Campaign to Oppose Proposed Oklahoma Legislation Banning Hooded Sweatshirts

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Press Contact: Pete Haviland-Eduah                518-368-5576                peter@hoodiesnetwork.org
 

Million Hoodies Announce #HoodieBanBill Campaign to Oppose Proposed Oklahoma Legislation Banning Hooded Sweatshirts

With Birthday of Trayvon Martin Approaching, Campaign Aims to Stop Legislation that Limits Civil Liberties with Racist Undertones from Becoming a Law

Today, the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice announce the #HoodieBanBill campaign in response to SB 13 in the Oklahoma State Legislature, a bill, would effectively ban hooded sweatshirts and give law enforcement officials the right to enforce a dress code at their own discretion. The campaign will focus on the greater implications of such legislation and its infringement on civil liberties while highlight the racial undertones of the proposed bill through strategic communications, mobilization of the people and non-violent direct action on the ground.

“This is a campaign to raise awareness around the country that there is no place for legislation like this here in America,” said Million Hoodies National Policy Coordinator, Pete Haviland-Eduah. “Empowering law enforcement officials to enforce what will effectively be a dress code will have far reaching and long lasting negative consequences for the people in Oklahoma and across the country. As Americans, we have to make strides towards coming together as a unified people if we are going to make progress towards racial equality and this legislation holds the power to polarize and divide us further as a nation and we must take a stand against such divisiveness.” 

With the birthday of Trayvon Martin around the corner, it is important to remember that Trayvon’s hoodie has become a unifying symbol in the civil rights movement. The proposed legislation, which carries strong racial undertones, would effectively restrict and individuals right to express themselves and could subject “offenders” to a $500 fine.

For more information on the campaign, click here and sign the petition.