Newark Mayor Cory Booker Turns Guns Into Jewelry

by Yesha Callahan

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Last week on Rachel Maddow’s show, Newark Mayor Cory Booker promoted his jewelry line, “The Caliber Collection.” The bracelets, with prices ranging from $175-375, are made from the metal of 250 guns and bullet casings seized by the Newark Police Department.

Booker teamed up with jewelry designer Jessica Mindich to repurpose guns secured from Newark’s buy-back program. The bracelets are made from metal from 250 guns and bullet casings seized by the Newark Police Department.

Booker told Maddow that “a large percentage of the proceeds go to more gun buy-backs in Newark.” Each bracelet has the serial number of a seized gun, as well as the word “NEWARK,” etched on its side. The jewelry line program, Booker said on Maddow, transforms weapons into “an instrument of peace.”

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“We spent a lot of time talking about specifics,” Mindich told the New York Daily News. “He was very clear about not wanting to see negative imagery, not wanting to see handcuffs, guns, angry imagery.” Each piece is handmade and no two pieces are exactly alike, according to Caliber’s website.

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While he knows the program isn’t a cure-all, Booker told Maddow he believes the jewelry is a small step toward mending the city’s issues with gun violence.

“Everybody has the power to do something little,” he said. “Something small and to make a difference.”

Do you think Mayor Booker’s program is a good idea?

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    The more I read about Booker the more I like him, and I am already a fan. This is brilliant especially if it funds the buy back program , even if it doesn’t make a profit the message it sends is positive. Not to mention it shows Booker to be an out the box thinker, innovative, and a leader. He has a bright future.

  • ChaCha1

    I like that idea a lot. I wonder if any of the proceeds go toward a good cause.

  • Selena P.

    I have been following him since I saw the film “Street Fight”, in his 1st attempt to run for Mayor in Newark, NJ. His work is in the community continues to be inspiring.

  • http://sownbrooklyn.wordpress.com nettie

    I agree!
    And that’s one of my fave pics of Mr. Holder in your profile!

  • ChaCha1

    I agree…

  • Apple

    I’d like a ring stack like it

  • Treece

    Reduce, reuse, recycle…..good idea.

  • kc

    This is mad cheesy, but I’m a big Booker fan. Kudos to him. With this and Waywire, he seems to be building a group of for-profit, benevolent businesses.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    That is some expensive azz jewelry. I don’t know how a bracelet that says Newark on it becomes an “instrument of peace” either.

    I do like Mayor Booker though. My favorite quote from that documentary about him is when that little girl says, “He smells like….THE FUTURE.”

  • LA

    Reading Comprehension: “Booker told Maddow that ‘a large percentage of the proceeds go to more gun buy-backs in Newark.’”

  • Chelley5483

    This man has something. All that I’ve read about him, upon first hearing of him in 2008, has been remarkable. Makes me excited to see what he’ll be up too in the next decade. Dude is capable of some serious influence…

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  • Chains

    There is an overwhelming irony in weapons siezed by a government being turned into chains that the populace willfully lays upon their wrists.

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