In a welding shop in Detroit, sits this amazing old car. It is a powerful reminder of the great legacy of Detroit auto manufacturing, a time when jobs were abundant, quality was king and there was pride in America.
Members of our team were there to witness the destruction of illegal guns for the Raise The Caliber™ initiative for Detroit. Among the hundreds of guns, was a rifle with a bayonet attached to its muzzle. This kind of knife on a rifle is used to stab someone in close combat in wartime. However, the illegal guns that we were destroying were premise guns; guns removed from crime scenes and home raids by the Detroit Police.
The great dichotomy of that beautiful car and this violent weapon in the same place speaks volumes of just how deep the challenges are to raise the caliber of America’s poorest and most violent cities today.
We are so very proud to join forces with the Detroit Police Department and Rock Ventures, LLC to help their tireless and innovative efforts to bring Detroit back to greatness.
Below is a picture of the internationally renown artist, Michael Kalish, kneeling on top of approximately 2000 lbs of shredded illegal guns I proudly bought off the streets by funding voluntary Gun Buyback and Amnesty Programs with proceeds from one of my retail jewelry lines called, The Caliber Collection™. This picture was taken the day the gun shreds arrived at his studio in L.A. and he emptied the barrels of pieces onto his floor. His reaction is haunting. He was so innocent before this moment. I remember when I felt like that.
Michael is using them to fabricate Raise The Caliber™, a 30′ high Monument that will be unveiled this summer, for the first time in Hartford, CT. The Sculpture is powerful, strong, hopeful and inspiring. It is dedicated to the victims of illegal gun violence in America. It is our hope that the learning and healing that can be achieved using this monument as a catalyst will be incorporated into conversations among family members in homes, within communities and in the school curriculum in various ways.
The pieces that make up Raise The Caliber™ by Michael Kalish are pieces of illegal guns, Destroyed. Never To Destroy Again.
In the beginning, there was Jewelry for a Cause –a company devoted to the idea that purchasing jewelry could indeed be guilt-free, even an act of philanthropy. In 2008, Jessica Mindich, a former lawyer and mother of two, came up with a simple concept for a one-of-a-kind company. She would design inexpensive and wearable pieces for schools and charities to sell at a profit for their own fundraising purposes. As the business developed, consumers became increasingly interested in Jessica’s eye-catching designs and begun purchasing them for themselves or as gifts–in these cases, Jessica made a commitment to donate 20 percent of the proceeds from many of her jewelry lines to the charities of her clients’ choice. Continue reading →