AfroPunk Introduces Us to the Activist Who’s Using a Whistle for Change in the Congo
After Marcus Price heard from a close friend about how children in the Democratic of Congo are being affected by one of our world’s deadliest wars, he knew that they needed to create some positive change. The story that really affected Marcus, as told by his friend Sean, was that during the war, children who are too small to carry a gun are sent to the front line guarded only with a whistle to protect themselves.
In 2008, Marcus and Sean went on a mission to create a non-profit, Falling Whistles, to help rehabilitate children who have been left homeless and without hope for their future because of their unstable country.
With no office space and only $5 to start up the project, in one year, Marcus and Sean partnered with community leaders in the Congo, launched an advocacy office in Washington, D.C., and promoted an extensive video campaign on the internet.
Their symbol, a whistle, is being sold with their logo (FW) inscribed for people to wear around their neck, and all proceeds go towards their relief efforts campaign.
So far, Marcus and his team have helped to rehabilitate more than 250 children in the Congo by fueling money to therapy, job training, education, and creative expression.
Their whistle has also been launched in 50 premier boutiques, including Steven Alan and Fred Segal.
Marcus, who’s also a musician (formerly of Hussle Club), now lives in California as a Graphic Designer and is continuing his work to spread the word about the children in the Congo.
At 27-years-old, Marcus plans to continue being an advocate for social change and encourages you to step up and do the same.
A Campaign for Peace in the Congo
A Chance to Win the Falling Whistle
Partnering with AfroPunk, Marcus and the Falling Whistle’s team would like to present a whistle to an Afro-punk whistle blower who is doing their part to create positive change in their community or around the world.
Go to afropunk.com and post a comment about what you are doing to create change and Marcus will award the best post with an official FW whistle. You may also post projects and organizations who are making positive changes that we should know about.
Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 16th.