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    Awesome Louisiana Commissioner Protests In Pajamas

    You know how we feel about anyone attempting to ban pajama wearing in public. (If not, check out this blog post on the topic: A Message From Ellie In Response To Bans On Pajamas In Public) Yesterday, we learned how the other commissioners in the Louisiana parish where Commissioner Michael Williams proposed a ban felt about the topic. 

    On Tuesday Commissioner Williams attempted to bring his ordinance, which would place a ban on wearing pajamas in public, to the agenda. But, he was shot down by his fellow commissioners, who voted 8-4 against putting the ordinance on the agenda for the day. 

    Not only that, but one of the commissioners, Joyce Bowman, protested the ordinance by wearing her pajamas to the meeting. 

    She explained her objection to the ordinance to the ShreveportTimes.com

    "I can wear what I want to wear, when I want to wear, where I want to wear without the government interfering in my life telling me what I can and I can’t buy with my money," Bowman said. "What they need to do, the sheriff and the police, is be catching these folks shooting all over the city. Go find those folks and leave people alone and let them wear what they want to wear."

    Joyce Bowman is now officially The Pajama Company’s favorite Louisiana commissioner.

    — 2 years ago
    #pajama ban  #louisiana  #shreveport  #pajamas  #pajamas in public  #government  #cado parish  #shreveport 
    Pajama Ban On Agenda In Shreveport

    A Louisiana Commissioner is getting serious about a public ban on pajamas today. Commissioner Michael Williams, of the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, plans to introduce the ordinance during his commission’s agenda today, according to shreveporttimes.com.

    "It’s similar to the City of Shreveport’s that includes the sagging and baggy pants and also addresses the pajamas," Williams told the paper. "I put a lot of work into this project and at the end of the day, it’s not about me. I’m trying to restore the American values."

    Here at The Pajama Company, we have a different view of American values. Read our view on why wearing pajamas in public is an American right: A Message From Ellie In Response To Bans On Pajamas In Public.  


    — 2 years ago
    #shreveport  #pajamas in public  #pajama ban  #louisiana 
    Why Pajamas Should Never Be Banned

    By Ellie Badanes, Founder and President of ThePajamaCompany.com.

    When the headline first appeared in my Google Alerts that a parish in Louisiana was attempting to enforce a ban on wearing pajamas in public, I barely gave it a second glance. Unfortunately, that is a sign of the times when I hear about another school banning its students, or even parents, from wearing pajamas on its premisses nearly every week.

    But as I read more about Louisiana’s Caddo Parish District 3 Commissioner Michael Williams’ attempt to push through an ordinance that would prohibit anyone from appearing in public wearing “a garment sold in the sleepwear section of department stores,” I realized this was emblematic of a more concerning trend in our country.

    Now, I’m not just saying this because I happen to own an online store which sells only sleepwear apparel. I am saying this because I believe clothing is one of the greatest forms of personal expression in our modern world. And personal expression is something that must not be limited in a successful democracy.

    I founded The Pajama Company eight years ago because after a career in the fashion industry in New York and traveling the world working for an international women’s NGO, I realized pajamas were my favorite type of clothing. After two decades of wearing power suits and ball gowns, I found pajamas were what I wore to feel my most creative, to feel my most comfortable and to express myself most fully.

    That kind of power should never be taken away from the people.

    Read the rest of Ellie’s blog on the attempted pajama ban in Louisiana at thepajamacompany.com/blog

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #pajama ban  #pajamas in publics  #cado parish  #louisiana  #michael williams  #sleepwear