“Free Danny” T-shirts: supporters of jailed journalist fight for his release

The T-shirt design by Robbie Biederman. (Robbie Biederman) Along with the t-shirt, another way to spread is through Danny Fenster artwork shared on social media using #BringDannyHome. In an outreach effort to help free inmate


The T-shirt design by Robbie Biederman. (Robbie Biederman)

Along with the t-shirt, another way to spread is through Danny Fenster artwork shared on social media using #BringDannyHome.

In an outreach effort to help free inmate journalist Danny Fenster, a professionally designed website on bringdannyhome.com offers $ 20 t-shirts with the proceeds going to a charity of Fenster’s choice after his back home.

Fenster, editor-in-chief of Burma border, was arrested on May 24 at Yangon International Airport shortly before boarding a flight home to see family and friends. Fenster, currently held at Insein Prison, is one of many journalists detained, jailed or expelled from the country since a military coup took control of the Myanmar government in February.

Robbie biederman
Robbie biederman

The shirts are designed by Robbie Biederman, a Huntington Woods resident who is Creative Director at StockX, an e-commerce startup from Detroit.

Biederman, a longtime friend of Danny Fenster’s brother Bryan, has offered to help Danny’s cause. Bryan suggested that he use his graphic design skills to design a t-shirt to raise awareness. Biederman was on board immediately.

“Bryan and I worked together to get it out quickly; it was probably the second or third day, ”Biederman said. “It was very early and he wanted to help spread the word. I just wanted to help in any way I could.

Biederman, with input from Bryan, wanted the shirt design to have the patriotic feel of an old vintage campaign pin, specifically modeling it after President John F. Kennedy in 1960.

Along with the t-shirt, another way to spread is through Fenster artwork shared on social media using #BringDannyHome. Some of the illustrations are also displayed on the bringdannyhome.com website.

The gallery of illustrations is coordinated by New Yorker designer Amy Kurzweil, a 34-year-old cousin of the captive who lives in California. She and several other New York cartoonists have sketches on the site. The gallery also includes contributions from California, Connecticut, Texas, Illinois, and Canada.

Biederman participated with his own illustration (see below) and enjoys seeing the range of styles and skills for a good cause.

Biederman's illustration, which is included in the gallery.
Biederman’s illustration, which is included in the gallery. Robbie biederman

“It’s for the greatest cause to get the word out, and I think the greatest thing we can do in a situation where we ultimately feel helpless is just to make sure this story doesn’t fade away and remains important, ”Biederman said.

“Anything that is clickable on social media that is of interest is going to help this cause, so every day as more and more people contribute to art there is more to look at; and it’s just going to generate more interest and keep this story from fading because the most dangerous thing that can happen is for this story to slip away from the news cycle, which is an uphill battle.

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