Former Detroit Lions Linebacker, DeAndre Levy, his wife, Desire Vincent Levy, and popular Detroit-based apparel brand, Detroit Hustles Harder, are proud to announce their partnership for the third edition of the cause-related t-shirt line, Our Issue.
Our Issue is an apparel line that pairs activism and accountability for catalytic change. Created in 2016, the Our Issue initiative was designed out of the idea that a society free of sexual assault and domestic violence is not just a women’s issue, it is our collective issue.
Running September 14th – 22nd in Detroit, this year’s Murals in the Market Festival — named by Smithsonian as one of the top mural festivals in the world — will feature a special edition artist t-shirt of the 2017 Our Issue Mural by Sydney G. James and AskewOne. All proceeds from shirts will benefit Enough SAID, Wayne County SAFE, and the SASHA Center to support the ongoing effort of investigating the backlog of rape kits in Detroit and providing direct services and care to survivors. All proceeds will be matched up to $25,000.
“OUR ISSUE is dedicated to the multitude of women I know and love, and the ones that I don’t know that have the unfortunate experience of sexual violence,” said DeAndre. “As men, and as a society, we owe them more and need to take ownership of the role we play in supporting the culture that makes excuses for rape, harassment, and all forms of violence against women and girls.”
“As a survivor myself, I am thankful to and for the brave Detroit leaders like the SASHA Center, Wayne County SAFE, and Enough SAID that commit their time, energy, and resources to providing services for victims, advocate for policy, and affirm the voices and experiences of survivors everyday,” said Desire. “They are heroes amongst us.”