Mr. Phillip H. Knight
Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer
Nike International Ltd
1 SW Bowerman Dr
Beaverton, or 97005
not be surprised if you never heard of the NoGraf Network, Inc.
It’s a relatively new 501(C)3 non-profit
which links individuals, worldwide, who are involved in a contemporary facet of
urban warfare. Although our members
have various specialties, including law enforcement, education, prosecution,
community-based organizations, and abatement., they are linked together because
of their common involvement in combating graffiti.
It’s a battle wherein communities look for allies, including corporate
giants like Nike.
Nike embraces a noble, community-support ethic. You describe your co-founder, Bill Bowerman, not merely as
“a guy who founded Nike,” but mention that he was a teacher, husband,
father, and mentor, going on to state “Through his eyes we see the future.”
It appears that your corporate vision, through Bowerman’s eyes, is
precisely what the public yearns for, in the wake of
the Enron and Worldcom scandals.
ethic, in this regard, was further refined at the April 29, 2002 ceremony
wherein Nike presented $50,000 in grants to community organizations in Portland.
Mr. Lee Weinstein, Nike’s Director of US Communications, stated,
“Giving back to the community isn't part of what we do – it's part of who we
But if giving back to the
community is part of who you are, our members have difficulty understanding
Nike’s portrayal of graffiti as something “cool”. Your web site shows the graffiti artist “Nerv1” putting
graffiti on a wall and observing that “Most people are phony” and “Blank
walls need love, too.” But
here’s some things that Nerv1should say, to present a complete and
sure you get my point, Mr. Knight: Graffiti
is not cool! Further, if
Nike must dabble with graffiti or its images, your message should be
unambiguous, that this vandalism is not cool!
That truly would be looking to the future, and the future of the youth to
whom you appeal, through the eyes of Mr. Bowerman.
for your time and consideration. I
hope you will reconsider the message you are conveying at your web site.
The Nograf Network Inc.
P.O. Box 305
Yreka, California 96097