I have been thinking a lot about what do I stand for? Who am I if I am not speaking my truth and speaking up for those who are unable to speak up for themselves?
My strength to speak up comes and goes depending on how I am feeling each day. Some days I can shout it from the roof tops (or post it on Facebook) and other days I would be happy to stay silent in fetal position under the covers. Though more and more I am struck by how hard it is for people to find the strength to speak their truth. This Elie Wiesel quote is always with me and has inspired our latest collection that is coming out in a few weeks– aptly named the ‘Speak Your Truth’ collection. I hope that by wearing our truths around our necks we will find the strength to speak up more often.
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.” –Elie Wiesel
What do you stand for? We would love to know! Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
xoxo jen p.