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Pro-family. Pro-breastfeeding.

Pro-Breastfeeding-Anywhere-Anytime-Meadowlark-Button-MockupWhen we say we’re a family business, we don’t mean we’re the kind of “family business” where three generations get stock options. We mean we’re pressing buttons while little kids run around the kitchen table. We run with the professionalism of a bigger shop because we have lots of support to help us keep family and customers happy.

That’s why when we heard one of our favorite businesses here in Kansas shamed a mom for breastfeeding her baby, telling her she had to wear a cover on a 90 degree day, in violation of Kansas law, we just couldn’t let it slide.

We whipped up a big batch of these to give away at a local nurse-in and they were a huge hit! Check out the newspaper article about the event, featuring a photo of yours truly dishing out the goods. We have had a ton of requests for them so we’re now offering them in our Etsy shop.

Pro-union. Pro-family. Pro-breastfeeding.

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Bread and Roses!

Check out our pinback button honoring the “Bread and Roses” textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912. The strike was led by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and involved more than twenty thousand workers from more than forty nationalities. The slogan has become a symbol of worker demands for necessities and quality of life.

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You can buy one of these in our Etsy store. For large quantities, contact us for pricing.

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Happy Made in the USA Day!

July 2 is Made the the USA Day, what an awesome holiday! We have a brand new pin to help you celebrate. Of course, this button, and all our buttons, are printed and pressed in Topeka, Kansas with parts and presses exclusively made right here in the states. Enjoy a hot dog and slice of apple pie today!

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You can buy one of these in our Etsy store. For large quantities, contact us for pricing.

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Meadowlark Flies to Etsy

Have you ever seen us post a new button and wondered how to get your hands on it?  Have you stopped by our booth at an event but didn’t have your wallet?  Have you been awake at night thinking about how you need to expand your button collection but don’t know where to look?  We are ready to solve those problems by opening an Etsy shop!  We are excited to be able to offer our most popular union-made button designs for sale year round!

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Simply follow this link to our hip, new, online store Meadowlark Graphics Etsy Store!

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From Our Collection: “The Pedestal is the Pits” Vintage Button

“The men are able to run the government and take care of the women. Do women have to vote in order to receive the protection of man? Why, men have gone to war, endured every privation and death itself in defense of woman. To man, woman is the dearest creature on earth, and there is no extreme to which he would not go for his mother or sister. By keeping woman in her exalted position man can be induced to do more for her than he could by having her mix up in affairs that will cause him to lose respect and regard for her. Woman does not have to vote to secure her rights. Man will go to any extreme to protect and elevate her now. As long as woman is woman and keeps her place she will get more protection and more consideration than man gets. When she abdicates her throne she throws down the scepter of her power and loses her influence.” – Senator J. B. Sanford, Argument Against Women’s Suffrage, 1911

Enter second wave feminism:

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“The Pedestal Is The Pits” vintage button from our personal collection

 

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Huge Announcement: We’re Union!

Meadowlark Graphics is proud to announce that we are now members of Communication Workers of America (CWA), Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector (PPMWS), local 6401. This means that we now produce union-label products, including buttons featuring the union bug. This makes us the only union button-producer in the state of Kansas.

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We’re union members because we believe in unions and have benefited from their advocacy. Matt is fourth generation union and third generation CWA. His great-grandfather was a union railroad worker and his grandfather was American Postal Workers Union (APWU). Both his grandmother and father are CWA retirees. Matt and Laura’s mothers were both KNEA members.

Each generation has an obligation to improve working conditions for their sons and daughters. We are proud to continue the tradition.

“We are extremely excited to have Meadowlark Graphics join CWA Local 6401. It is imperative in this economy that we have small businesses that put out quality Union made products in this country.” said Jason Burns, President, CWA Local 6401

A little more about Communication Workers of America (CWA), Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector (PPMWS) from http://www.cwa-union.org:

“CWA was founded in 1938 at meetings in Chicago and New Orleans. First known as the National Federation of Telephone Workers, the union became the Communications Workers of America in 1947. CWA got its start in the telephone industry, but today it represents workers in all areas of communications, as well as in health care and public service, customer service and many other fields.”

“PPMWS represents over 8,000 workers in a diverse range of occupations in daily newspapers, commercial printing and mailing operations, graphic design, specialty manufacturing, publishing and distribution as well as the U. S. Government Printing Office. Our union combines the proud heritage of the International Typographical Union-the oldest continuously operating union in America-with the dynamic vision of the Communications Workers of America.”

Many thanks to our local 6401 CWA leadership, especially Anita Vawter, for working with us on this process and welcoming us to CWA!

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We Must Not Lose Kansas Now

I attended a fabulous presentation from a few ladies of the Topeka-Shawnee County League of Women Voters this morning, who distributed an account of women’s suffrage in Kansas including this brilliant quote from Susan B. Anthony

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Yeah, so I needed to make that a button ASAP. Kansas was a key battleground for women’s suffrage. In 1867, advocates including Susan B. Anthony trekked across the state stumping in favor of a constitutional amendment allowing women and black men to vote in Kansas. Anthony wrote in a letter to her friend:

“Mrs. Stanton and I start for Kansas Wednesday evening, stopping at Rochester just to look at my mother and my dear sister, sick so long, and I devoting scarce an hour to her the whole year.  How will the gods make up my record on home affections?”

“You see our little trust fund—­$1,800—­of Jackson money is wrenched from us.  The Hovey Committee gave us our last dollar in May, to balance last year’s work, and I am responsible for stereotyping and printing the tracts, for the New York office expenses, and for Mrs. Stanton and myself in Kansas, in all not less than $2,000.  Not one of the friends wants the Kansas work to go undone, and to do it, both tracts and lecturers must be sent out.  We need money as never before.  I have to take from my lean hundreds, that never dreamed of reaching thousands, to pay our travelling expenses.  It takes $50 each for bare railroad tickets.  We are advertised to speak every day—­Sundays not excepted—­from September 2, one week from today, to November 6.  What an awful undertaking it looks to me, for I know Kansas possibilities in fare, lodging and travelling.  I never was so nearly driven to desperation—­so much waiting to be done, and not a penny but in hope and trust.  Oh, if somebody else could go and I stay here, I could raise the money; but there is no one and I must go.  We must not lose Kansas now, at least not from lack of work done according to our best ability.”

– Passage from The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony 

They lost Kansas. That time. They did not give up.  On November 5, 1912, Kansas voters finally approved the Equal Suffrage Amendment to the state constitution, ensuring full suffrage for all Kansans.

Later civil rights advocate Martin Luther King Jr. explained it well: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

 

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Buttons with Taglines

Matt is still busy at the press tonight to finish an order of buttons for Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the YWCA, coming up in April.

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These buttons make use of a tagline, text that runs along the back of the button, to share the program name and 24-hour hotline. It allows each button to carry resources in addition to the message of support on the front.

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If you have survived sexual violence, it’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to not know exactly what kind of help you need. There are people who want to support you. If you are near Topeka, Kansas, call the YWCA at 1-888-822-2983. If you’re somewhere else, contact RAINN at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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