Immigration Protest and Self-Expression Go Hand-In-Hand In New Form Of Social Protest

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Freedom of Self-Expression Results in 40,000-plus Immigration Related T-Shirts and Bumper Stickers

As immigration remains a hot subject in American news and we witnessed protestors hit the streets to spread their message, many people are finding a new outlet for expression through designing t-shirts and bumper stickers that they make available for others to buy.

Through online retailer, everyone has the opportunity to design and sell merchandise that expresses their opinions on immigration, or any important topic they feel passionate about. A search for the word “immigration” on CafePress reveals over 40,000 user-designed products expressing every side of the current immigration debate. CafePress has seen a 30% increase in available immigration related merchandise over the past two weeks, and immigration currently ranks as their number one issue related searched topic.

With a community of over 2.9 million users worldwide, and a catalog consisting entirely of user created designs, CafePress often represents an accurate cross-section of public opinion on current topics. The merchandise related to the immigration debate offers a prime example of this phenomenon by representing virtually every side of this current debate. Immigration related designs and merchandise created by the CafePress community can be viewed at

“We always have the best pulse of American opinion on T-Shirts and Bumper stickers are America’s favorite medium for self-expression, and when a hot topic like immigration comes up, our community has every angle covered,” explains CafePress CEO and co-founder Fred Durham. “Immigration built America for over 200 years, and has been a cause of social pressure and controversy over that same 200 years. What’s special about America is that we as a people can dialog on these tough topics. For or against, we can take a stand and make our opinions public, known, and heard. This is definitely the best part of being an American! I’m happy CafePress can be a vibrant part of this American dialog.”

About CafePress is the leading online marketplace that offers sellers complete e-commerce services to independently create and sell a wide variety of products, and offers buyers unique merchandise across virtually every topic. Launched in 1999, has empowered individuals, organizations and businesses to create buy and sell customized merchandise online using the company's unique print-on-demand and e-commerce services. Today, is a growing network of over 2.9 million members who have unleashed their creativity to transform their artwork and ideas into unique gifts and new revenue streams.


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