James T. Green is a conceptual artist, radio producer, writer, and educator from Chicago, Illinois, and now in Brooklyn, New York.

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This current run will benefit: Black Lives Matter's BLCK Store

 

Myself, like many others, were hurt when the news broke of the St. Louis County grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

I spent the next day hurt, confused, and troubled on what to do to help. On Twitter, I read many voices, especially those in the black art/design/tech community, express their hurt. Where did I fit in, what could I do? I spent the night walking around the city, just leaving my mind open to what it is that could be done.

I decided, in addition to being vocal and physically protesting, I can design a shirt to raise money. I scrambled to the nearest cafe and created the design.

The shirt's design is a nod to the art/design/tech community while (always and forever) reminding folks that "Black Lives Matter", the movement originated by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

So far, the shirt has raised funds for the following organizations:

• Ferguson Public Library

• This Week In Blackness Media

• Baltimore United for Change.

With 284 shirts sold to date.

While the project got a fair share of criticism (either from direct harassment on Twitter/Facebook and angry white dudes on comment sections throughout the internet), receiving a personalized thank you from the Ferguson Library and support from all over the country made this project worth it.