NEW YORK -- After spending 10 days in London with friends who are outspoken about their disdain for President Bush's policies, Berns Rothchild came home wishing she had a way to show the world she did not vote for him.
''I sort of felt ashamed and didn't really want to be associated with being an American," said Rothchild, who lives in New York City and voted for John F. Kerry.
Her mother had a suggestion: bracelets, inspired by the Lance Armstrong Foundation's popular LIVESTRONG bands, that would signal opposition to Bush.
Thousands of miles away, two women in Idaho had the same idea. So did a woman in Kansas. The result? At least three bracelet ventures targeting left-leaning citizens who want to wear their political affiliation on their wrists.
Rothchild, 35, is selling blue bracelets that say ''COUNT ME BLUE," while Laura Adams of Fairway, Kan., offers blue bracelets that say ''HOPE." The McKnights of Moscow, Idaho, are more direct; their black bracelets proclaim, ''I DID NOT VOTE 4 BUSH."
''It's kind of like saying, 'This is my tribe,' " said Adams, 43.
Rothchild, who is selling the bracelets online in packages of 10 for $20, plans to give part of her profits to UNICEF. Adams has donated money from the sale of her $3 bracelets to Save the Children and Habitat for Humanity. The McKnights are auctioning their bracelets on