Sisters raise money for ACLU
After waking up to the news in early February of Mitch McConnell silencing Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor as she attempted to read Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter, one woman was inspired. “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” McConnell explained at the time. Whitney Parker Scully sketched out his last three words—an unintentional mantra—and posted it on her personal Facebook page. Within 24 hours, it was shared more often than she knew, adopted as profile pictures and even animated. It spread to Senator Warren and multiple political action boards, as t-shirt and even tattoo requests started to appear.
In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Scully’s sister, Alison Leigh, seized the moment. She contacted LVAC (Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations, www.xlvacx.com), an independent screen printing company, and they agreed to prioritize the project.
On social media, the sisters announced their online t-shirt shop (http://shepersisted.limitedrun.com) on February 9. There was one shirt option, emblazoned with that quick sketch, and proceeds would benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (https://www.aclu.org/).
The popularity grew as social media shares reached across the nation and even to international orders. Scully and Leigh added additional styles and children’s options, and the orders piled up. Less than one week later, they’ve sold approximately 350 items, and the donation to the ACLU topped $3,200.
Scully is a freelance writer, editor and graphic designer, living in Worthington, Ohio, with her husband and sons. Leigh owns her own independent salon, Hair By Eskandalo, in South Bethlehem.