"Man Up, Pull Your Pants Up" Campaign Launches In Montgomery


By Heather VacLav

The new campaign, “Man Up, Pull Your Pants Up,” created by the Montgomery Rescue Mission, is being backed by Montgomery’s City Council to bring an end young people wearing saggy pants in the Capitol City.

While the “Man Up” campaign hopes to spread the word by educating and using positive peer pressure, state legislators are working to pass a law to fine people for wearing saggy pants in public. The proposed bill, introduced by State Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery), passed in the State House in February, but has yet to be voted on in the Senate.

Thursday, Montgomery City Councilman Tracy Larkin said he does not agree with legislators’ push to amend the state’s constitution. “Instead of passing a law that’s not going to be enforceable, that will be declared unconstitutional… why don't we just make a statement?” Larkin said.

Montgomery Rescue Mission Public Relation Representative Michelle Browder, a local youth leader came up with the idea in late 2011.

“It’s more important that we uplift people versus tearing them down and fining them,” Browder said.

Browder says “Man Up” is not an effort to punish kids for having saggy pants, but rather a way to guide them and change their behavior.

“I thought I am more than the worst thing that I have ever done,” Browder said. “But it goes a step further, I am more than a statistic, I am more than saggy pants, I am more than slanted eyes, [or] whatever derogatory thing anybody has ever said about me.”

The campaign hopes to influence children to feel like they are more than what society thinks of them.

“It’s going to take them to tell their peers,” Browder said about the students. “[Adults] can say it all day long, but if a pretty girl says you need to man up and pull your pants up, it might just start to ring a bell with them.”

“I'm not going to talk to a boy who has saggy pants, its not a good look,” said Sydney Foster, a junior student at Brewbaker Tech, and also an actor in the “Man Up” PSA.

Other students from Lee High School and Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School are working alongside the Rescue Mission on the campaign, hoping others will be inspired.

“If just a normal teenager at Brew Tech overall to the whole entire community, then I know I can make a difference,” said Foster.

The “Man Up” campaign will be putting up posters across the city and expects to debut their full PSA commercial on local TV in the coming week.

As for the proposed “Saggy Pants” bill, if passed, violators could face a fine of up to $100 for juveniles and $150 for adults.

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