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The March for Our Lives is taking place this weekend, and there's one symbol you're likely to see over and over, and that's the evil eye.
In the same way that pink pussy hats became iconic at the Women's March (opens in new tab), evil eye gloves are set to become the symbol used at March for Our Lives (opens in new tab). Participants are already taking to social media to share their "evil eye" gloves, and for a very important reason.
Ready for #MarchForOurLivesdc w/ my #evileyeglove to let our elected officials know WE ARE WATCHING y'all! Info @ https://t.co/gP92KySZQa pic.twitter.com/2CFUPGOYCUMarch 20, 2018
Created by Krista Suh (opens in new tab), who was also behind the pink pussy hats, the campaigner revealed how she thought up the idea. Writing about the new symbol on her blog (via CNN (opens in new tab)), Suh said, "It came to me in a dream, just minutes before waking up—I had a dream of a protest, a huge peaceful crowd with their hands outstretched toward the sky—each palm had a huge EYE drawn on it. It was a Sea of Eyes."
As for why the eyes are so important, Suh revealed, "Congress needs to know that the people are watching."
According to CNN (opens in new tab), more than a thousand pairs of gloves have been donated to the cause by crafters from all over the world, with many marchers making their own in preparation for the event.
Speaking to USA Today (opens in new tab) about the movement, Suh explained that the "evil eyes" also serve as a warning: "We have our eyes on politicians who take money from the NRA... We are watching, and you need to serve the people, not lobbyists."
Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.
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