It seems almost every day we see the news of another mass shooting– Atlanta, Stone, Indianapolis– followed rapidly by “ideas and prayers “messages from chosen authorities, many of
whom take cash from the NRA. 2 new efforts by separate groups of creatives are taking on those who express sadness in public yet not do anything to help gun control or safety efforts, and both are using NFTs to raise money for organizations that works to end weapon violence.
The project, “NFT&P– Non-Fungible Thoughts & Prayers,” auctions off NFTs of tweets that pro-gun political leaders like Lauren Boebert, Ted Cruz and Jim Jordan have actually sent after mass shootings over the last few years. Cash raised will be given to Moms Demand Action for Weapon Sense in America.
The effort is the creation of firm copywriter Mohamed Chamsseddine Abdelhafidh, though it is not part of his agency work. In 2018 he had an idea to do something for gun control, and he wished to include cryptocurrency. When he became aware of NFTs he figured he could make his dream a reality.
“I had been wishing to work on gun security and work with crypto … to turn something that some individuals see as useless (NFTs) into genuine worth and political action,” Abdelhafidh told AgencySpy.
He recruited three other agency and freelance associates: animator Jin Park, web designer Greg Skriloff, and art director Matthew So. They designed static images for all the tweets, after vetting that those political leaders protested weapon reform. Then they designed a website to house the tweets and their goals, and went live on cryptocurrency platform Ocean blue to put the now 23 tweets on auction. The website has actually been up less than a week so no auctions have been completed yet.
The website NFT&P raises money for gun reform. The group intends to raise money for Mothers Demand Action, an organization they picked since they saw how much groundwork it does for the cause. Abdelhafidh notes that they are not directly partnering with them but want to offer the organization the crypto wallet if they desire it.
Abdelhafidh mentions NFT&P as a continuous effort, however states that a person day he hopes it won’t need to be used any longer.
“We actually believe that one day, gun laws will alter in the U.S. and, like the majority of cases with other old political problems, NRA-funded politicians’ views will end up being outdated,” said Abdelhafidh. “When that takes place, these political leaders will all scramble to erase their tweets and act like they have actually always been on the ideal side of gun reform. This project makes their present views, and cowardice actually permanently connected to the blockchain due to the fact that the blockchain can’t be deleted.”
A 2nd campaign, by designer Natasha Candelaria, copywriter Trevor Joplin and art director Eleanor Rask, turns “ideas and prayers” into NFTs with a ‘Ideas and Prayers’ NFT Store.
The group is offering 10 unique NFTs and contributing all the sales straight to Everytown for Gun Security, an organization that is helping avoid future weapon violence, with an objective is to raise $100,000.
‘Thoughts and Prayers ‘NFT. “NFTs are all the rage right now. Half the world believes they’re totally useless, and the other half believes they’re very important. Funny enough, the exact same can be stated about ‘thoughts and prayers,” Joplin stated in a statement.
A 2018 effort to call out “ideas and prayers” messages saw a group of creatives introduce a project assigning a “nothing” value to those hollow beliefs in the type of expenses.