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Listen up, True Believer. Here’s how YOU can be a real life superhero! Join me in inspiring RESPECT FOR ALL! I’ve designed this RESPECT PIN! Two hand clasped together under the word “RESPECT,” signifying unity. Isn’t that what America’s all about? With every pin ordered you’ll get one FREE to give to a friend, to help spread our vital message.Nowhere on the website is there any specific indication as to where your ten dollars goes.
HandsOfRespect is partnering with multiple non profit organizations to bridge the gap between law enforcement and communityI responded:
Link to names of those "orgs"? And what % of the $ goes to these orgs? Kids are giving you their money — be transparent.Several hours later this response came in:
Thank you for challenging important questions. The website anticipates reconstruction which will provide full transparency.I followed up by retweeting a photo of some kids holding up Hands of Respect pins and asking the question:
Kids like these have given you money. Can you name at least one of the "multiple non profit orgs" who you've given it to?It took awhile until they responded, but they finally gave a name:
The initiative is still in infancy, and is continually building partnerships one is L.E.A.D (Law Enforcement Against Drugs).I contacted L.E.A.D. asking how much money they're received (if any) from the Hands of Respect Initiative. I'll update when/if I receive a reply.
The Concord has not and will not receive any funds from the sales of the hands of Respect lapel pins.I tried getting in touch with Law Enforcement Against Drugs again today — they're the organization that Hands of Respect claimed to be giving Respect pin funds to... in a Tweet that they later deleted. This time I contacted L.E.A.D. through their Facebook page, and to their credit they responded quickly, saying that they "just signed the contract" with Hands of Respect. Hands of Respect has been collecting money from people since at least July.