Thank you to all of the people who've been contacting me through Katherine Bell's Book Quilting For Peace! Go Katherine! Your book ROCKS! Personally, I want to try to do every project in the book!
Yesterday I was honored to be on a guest speaker's panel for youth interested in Social Justice. I got to share the panel with two other amazing activists (and friends): Mark Allston-Follansbee who is the E.D. of the Somerville Homeless Coaltion, and Laura Openshaw who is a Harvard Law student who advocates for victims of domestic violence and also speaks about the importance of Fair Trade. I got to speak about Love146 and about the Beloved Quilts Project and how we're making quilts for people displaced by violence or poverty and for children being rescued from the sex trade. Afterwards, I got to be in a discussion group with some of the students, and I was so touched by their vulnerability, hope, and willingness to be the change. Go SOCIAL JUSTICE YOUTH!!
One of the kids asked me what I thought the root of all of the problems were. It took me a moment, and some processing, but what I narrowed it down to was this:
1. poverty. 2. Seeing people as "the other" and not seeing all other human beings as ourselves (which might be part of the reasons for #1, and 3. A lack of forgiveness in the world.
Now to the schedule:
Saturday, February 6th, 2010 10:30am-5:30pm
Saturday, March 13th 12:00-4:30 Sew-In with 10:00-12:00 for a Girls Group from Belmont to Make Center Squares
Saturday, April 10th, 12-4:30 Sew-In with 10:00-12:00 for a Women's Artists Group from Belmont to make Center Squares
We're hoping to gather more fleece and other materials for backing the quilts. If you have some, please bring it along with you to back a quilt!
Looking forward to seeing you at the sew-ins!