The Border Quilt/La Colcha Fronteriza
The Border Quilt is a 3-week long project from border communities in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to express to the nation the need for revitalization and memorialize the loss due to militarization in the border region.
The theme of loss includes loss of family unity, loss of privacy, loss of civil rights, loss of humanity, loss of personal safety, loss of economic potential, and loss of human life.
The objective is to gain national media attention for SBCC’s Revitalize Not Militarize campaign by telling individual border community stories through a border-wall style quilt that will hang in Washington D.C.
The quilt itself represents the community’s longing for revitalization and therefore must memorialize the suffering that the community has endured as a product of militarization. The crucial aspect that will draw media attention is the focus of the quilt as a physical memorial to those who are suffering.
Families and local groups will tell their own personal stories and hopes for revitalization by individualizing panels based on state/region with photographs, mementos, art, writing, articles of the lost, separated, and deceased, etc. The Revitalize Not Militarize slogan and logo will be consistently repeated throughout the quilt
- 2’ wide by 4’ tall cloth panel.
- Cotton material – such as lightweight bed sheets.
- White in color: conveys peace and reverence.
Each panel should contain at least 1 name of a victim of militarization (such as someone who died in the desert, someone brutalized by border agents, someone deported and separated from their family and community) and artifacts/mementos/personal belongings to memorialize them such as articles of clothing, photos, bones or ashes of the deceased, etc.
The items must be glued with fabric glue, sewed together or pinned with safety pins and the completed panel must be able to be folded or rolled for shipping.
Families may customize panels to illustrate the hopes for revitalization and may be community-specific or state-specific, e.g., include the name or outline of their state, town seal, etc
Families, groups, or individuals may design one or all of the following:
- Option 1 – Memorials to the lost, deceased, separated, or victim, with a brief caption about the person. For example: Anastasio Hernandez Rojas - Father of 5, long-time San Diego resident, brutally beaten to death by Customs and Border Protection agents.
- Option 2 – Visually tells the story of the person and the injustice that took place through painting, sewing, gluing fabric, clothing or other materials onto the cloth. The more detailed and personal the materials used, the better.
- Option 3 – “Revitalize Not Militarize” panel with the message or a representation of the solution for this specific story.
The quilt will be hung by punching holes through the top of each cotton panel and stringing wire that will be attached to stands through the holes.
Each panel will be connected by velcro and adorned with SBCC’s symbol the orange Gerber daisy.
A second wire may be strung through the bottom of the panels to secure the wall.
Panels will be raised 2’ from the ground. SBCC will incorporate intermittently throughout the quilt a standard REVITALIZE NOT MILITARIZE panel that includes the logo.
Social Media Component:
Panel construction and Border Wall Quilt events must be well documented with photos and videos for social media and for the final press release in Washington D.C. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter will be the centralized location for depositing social media and may also be emailed to email@example.com.
- Instagram: @RevitalizeNotMilitarize
- Twitter: #RevitalizeNotMilitarize, @SoBoCoCoalition
- Facebook: Revitalize Not Militarize
For questions call Ricardo (760) 659-3620, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.RevitalizeNotMilitarize.org
Calendar of Events:
- October 29: Launch to tie in with Day of the Dead activities: Press action held in San Diego with the option of other press actions taking place with SBCC anchors along the border.
- November 13: Quilt pieces completed and delivered to designated anchor locations in four border states. Contact us for a location near you or send yours directly to Washington D.C. at 1121 14th St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20005. c/o Michelle Silva.
- November 15: Mailed quilt panels MUST ARRIVE to Washington D.C. Check UPS for delivery schedule ahead of time.
- November 20: Unveiling of Quilt, Revitalize Not Militarize Rally, and Media Event.