"Ribbons Not Walls" Social Justice Project Update

The fabric arts/social justice project that began prior to last year's GA, and was featured at the HUUmanists booth in Louisville, began its second spring tour in April. Two dozen panels on various immigration themes have been shown in seven venues over the winter including three midwest UU fellowships, a minister's study group and and a Democratic party dinner. Recent and upcoming presentations in three humanist groups in Michigan and Kentucky, Regional and District UU Meetings in Bloomington and Vero Beach, and three UU congregations, including a month long show in the gallery of Thomas Jefferson UU Church in Louisville.   

The twenty five panels, made by over 40 humanist and UU artists around the country (ranging in age from 13 to 94) cover a wide spectrum of immigration related issues, and showcase half a dozen styles from traditional quilting to batik.  The newest additions are commemorative panels containing the names of the previously anonymous Braceros who died in the 1948 Los Gatos plane crash, made famous by the Woody Guthrie song, "Deportee."  These plus all of the original pieces will be part of the HUUmanists booth at GA 2014 in Providence, RI.  Included this year will be a parade of all the artwork throughout the convention center, by fifth through eighth grade children participating in the GA camp on identity and oppression.

Please contact Roger Brewin (773 881 4028, 773 551 8540 rabrewin@aol.com) or at the HUU booth at GA if you are 

a)  a congregation or group with an interest in immigration reform who wish to arrange a future showing of or programs about the art work, 

b) an artist who works in fabric media who wishes to submit an idea for additional panels;

c) an individual or group wishing to sponsor a panel. 



About Roger Brewin

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Roger Brewin became a UU minister in 1977 and is currently retired from active ministry, after serving nine UU congregations. He is Minister Emeritus of First Unitarian Church of Hobart, IN. Roger is a long-time board member of HUUmanists and is editor of our journal, "Religious Humanism". He also performs one-man shows as a historical impersonator of Darwin, Dickens and Clarence Darrow.