So we opened a new Etsy shop this week. One of the main reasons was so we could offer full-size, indoor/outdoor bumper stickers. We have a lot of ideas for bumper stickers and we've wanted to offer them for a long time. We finally found a company that makes them 'print on demand' so we set up shop and started rolling out the new designs. They were a big hit on the first day and the orders started flowing in.
Then we discovered exactly what it costs us to have them listed on Etsy, produced by the printing company and shipped by the same company. It turns out 'print on demand' and and shipping prices have gone up just like everything else. By the time everyone got their cut we were left with very little. At the price we were offering the stickers and the associated shipping price it wouldn't have been worth it to continue offing them. It would have just been extra bookkeeping for us with little or nothing to show for it.
We have a ministry to run. We offer things like shirts and bumper stickers to help finance the ministry's activities online and around the nation at social justice hotspots. With all of that said we had to increase the price of the stickers and the shipping cost. As far as the shipping cost goes we only charge what we have to pay the company that produces and ships the stickers. We don't mark up shipping.
In the end we make couple bucks per sticker. It seems that inflation has hit the 'print on demand' and shipping business just like it's hit every other sector of the economy.
We hope that makes things more clear. We promise we're not gouging you. We hope you still buy bumper stickers you like. We'd like to keep designing them and offering them to you. The final cost isn't really so bad when you factor in that you're supporting a cause you care about. A ministry for Christian progressives has been needed for a long time. Before we launched our effort there wasn't much out there. We looked. Back in 2009 we were disappointed by what we found, which was almost nothing. After some careful consideration we decided we would 'be the change we wanted to see,' and we dedicated our lives to The Christian Left. Pick up some bumper stickers and help us keep it going.
Clicking on any of the following stickers will take you to the sticker in our Etsy shop.
We have a new shop on Etsy! We've added several new bumper stickers so far. Our newest is directly below. "Say Gay" is our response to Ron DeSantis and his "Don't Say Gay" laws in Florida.
We have a new shop on Etsy! We've added three new bumper stickers so far. Our newest is directly below. "Equality Hurts No One"
We have a new shop on Etsy! We've added two new bumper stickers so far. Our newest is directly below. "This Christian Rejects Trumpism"
We have a new shop on Etsy! Our first product is a bumper sticker! "Trumpism = Idolatry"
If you have requests for other bumper sticker ideas please let us know in comments on our Facebook page.
Make no mistake about it. We're going to have to fight this fight all over again. We're all going to have to make our voices heard yet again. We're going to have to tell them once again that they don't get to make laws about a woman's private medical choices. They don't get to legislate a woman's body.
We're doing our part to provide you with the fodder you'll need to take to the streets. Here's what we've come up with so far. Each of the sentiments can be selected for a variety of applications, whether it's on a canvas, as a sticker, or on a shirt or hoodie sweatshirt. Take your pick. The links to each are provided below the graphic. Just scroll down inside each link to view all the available items.
Let's get to it!
01) Women's Rights: https://bit.ly/tcl-womens-rights
02) Pro-Women, Pro Family: https://bit.ly/pro-women-pro-family
03) Pro-Women, Pro-Choice: https://bit.ly/tcl-pro-women
04) Pro Roe: https://bit.ly/tcl-pro-roe
05) My Body, My Choice: https://bit.ly/tcl-my-body
06) Women's Bodies: https://bit.ly/women-s-bodies-more
07) Bans Off: https://bit.ly/tcl-bans-off
08) Mind Your Own: https://bit.ly/your-own-uterus
09) Mind Your Own Two: https://bit.ly/tcl-your-own-uterus
Go out there equipped with knowledge! Being pro-choice is consistent with following Jesus. Being pro-choice respects women and acknowledges their full and complete autonomy as human beings. They alone are endowed with freedom over their own bodies and their own medical and family planning decisions. No one has the right to make laws to the contrary.
These two articles provide a rich history to back up the actions we take together.
- The Real Origins of the Religious Right (Politico)
- The Surprising Role of Clergy in the Abortion Fight Before Roe v. Wade (TIME)
We'll see you out there!
-- The Christian Left
Link To Place Orders At The Bottom Of This Blog Post:
We moved our Ukrainian support designs to a new storefront that has more options in available products, colors and sizes. We can now offer items like magnets, posters, art prints, and a greater selection of apparel, such as baseball t-shirts. There's a much greater selection of colors as well. The canvases are a bit spendy. This company charges more to make them, but posters and art prints are available at a reasonable price as well as tapestries.
It makes accounting easier when we have these designs by themselves in their own storefront. We can route funds to artists and our chosen charity in a more efficient manner. The charity we donate proceeds to is the 'Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund,' by Global Giving.
It's a better situation all the way around. As indicated in our individual listings, most of the designs have been purchased from artists living in Ukraine right now. We don't disclose their names for obvious reasons. They're living in the middle of a brutal, bloody war. God only knows what the Russian troops are capable of based on reports we've all heard.
This is what one of the artists said:
"A few weeks ago I started creating a new collection. Now I shudder and hide from explosions, cry for murdered children and pray for Ukraine. My heart is bursting with pain, but I decided that I have no right to give up when my people are fighting! I will use the money you pay to help those who are really in need. By purchasing this design you are supporting UKRAINE. Thank you for your prayers and support. It's very important to us now. May God keep us!"
This is a tragic and heartbreaking situation. We couldn't stand by and not do something to try to help.
This storefront will be up for a limited time only.
You can find all available items on the left column of the storefront.
When you open an individual design you can find all available items for that design by scrolling down.
That's about it in terms of explaining the new storefront. We've added two new designs created by Ukrainian artists. We're really happy to have discovered them. We're happy we were able to get them some cash in what is a tenuous situation to say the least. We hope and pray that all of this ends quickly. The Ukrainian people have been very brave. We hope they drive the Russian dictator out of their country and back to his own.
Here's the link to our new storefront.
-- The Christian Left
Lawrence O'Donnell said it better than anyone we've heard so far this evening on "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell."
"Donald Trump did something that no one-term president has ever done before. He appointed 3 Supreme Court justices. The last president to appoint 3 Supreme Court Justices was Ronald Reagan and it took him 8 years to do it.
Donald Trump, the president least capable in our history of evaluating candidates for the United States Supreme Court got to appoint three of them and all three of them are voting to revoke a constitutional right.
70% of the country is opposed to what the Supreme Court is doing and in a democracy this could never happen, but we do not live in a democracy because of the Electoral College and the United States Senate.
The only way the Alito opinion can get a majority vote in the Supreme Court now is thanks to the Electoral College installing two Republican presidents who came in second with the voters. Al Gore got more votes than George W. Bush but George W. Bush got the presidency thanks to the Electoral College. Donald Trump came in 2nd with the voters by a wide margin but was installed in the presidency by the Electoral College.
Democrats in the United States Senate represent far more people than the Republicans represent but both parties have the same number of seats in the United States Senate because of the profoundly anti-democratic formula that each state gets two senators.
The 44 million people of California get 2 senators and the 1.6 million people of the Dakotas get 4. That is not democracy. That can never be democracy and so 70% of the country is living tonight under the anguish and the weight of minority rule. 70% of the country is losing a constitutional right against their will. 70% of the country has had the constitutional right for their entire lives, but for Samuel Alito that is not deeply rooted in our nation’s history.
There is one president in our history who was impeached twice, and never won a majority vote in a presidential election and he got to appoint the same number of justices as Ronald Reagan, who won 49 states in his reelection campaign. There is one president in our history who provoked serious public discussions of using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office, and he got to appoint 3 Supreme Court justices.
The first public discussion of using the 25th Amendment with Donald Trump that I’m aware of to remove him from office was on this program during the first month of the Trump presidency and we now know that in the last month of the Trump presidency, in the last days of the Trump presidency there were serious discussions about removing Donald Trump using the 25th Amendment and those discussions were taking place among congressional leadership in both parties.
Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the House Republicans participated in discussions about removing Donald Trump using the 25th Amendment after the January 6th attack on the capital. Today the authors of the new titled book, “This Will Not Pass,” released audio tape of Kevin McCarthy in a meeting with House Republican leadership discussing the possible impeachment of Donald Trump and the possibility of removing him from office using the 25th Amendment.
The president they were talking about got to appoint 3 Supreme Court justices after coming in 2nd with the voters and after Mitch McConnell defied the Constitution and refused to bring President Obama’s last Supreme Court nominee to a vote in the Senate so that Donald Trump could choose one of the names on Mitch McConnell’s list to fill the seat on the Supreme Court that the Constitution said should have been filled by President Obama.
Such is the Constitutional treachery of Republican minority rule in the 21st century which is well on its way to being deeply rooted in this country’s history."
[We wanted to get this up as quickly as possible so people can begin considering this information sooner rather than later. We didn't have a second pair of eyes tonight so please email us if you notice any typos. TCL@TheChristianLeft.org We don't read hate mail. We just close it and delete it.]
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Charles Toy is the founding member of The Christian Left. We're sure you will enjoy his passion as well as his wit. Guest bloggers featured often.