Q2 2019 A QUILT IS A WAGE: Stitch n Bitch (Gap$) journal

Some Stitch n Bitch Gap$ quilt collaborators gather at Block Gallery (Bronx Museum AIM annex) Tribeca NYC March 5, 2019
Left to Right: Wendy Vogel, Brandon Neubauer, Laura Rugarber, Anh-Thu Nguyen, Shilpa Mankikar, Lianne Sheplar, Rahsaan Gandy, Pamela Beth Grossman, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, Holly Hager

Over a dozen quilters gathered to build financial literacy, close the Wage Gap and pin down sultry skivvies after a wintry mix settled over Tribeca NYC on Tuesday March 5, 2019. Lead by social justice enthusiast and special projects director for Democracy at Work Institute, Anh-Thu Nguyen initiated a conversation about the history, present and future challenges to equal pay for all Americans.

As Director of Special Projects, Anh-Thu leads and supports market development initiatives, innovations, and strategic partnerships for worker cooperative creation, scale and growth. She supports DAWI’s NYC work through the NYC Council-funded Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative, providing consulting, education and technical assistance to emerging worker cooperatives and developers. Her work has encompassed international human rights, social enterprise, and sustainable fashion. She began her career with the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT), and has launched and consulted on several conscious beauty and fashion brands, including being on the founding team of MAKE Beauty. She studied Classics and Government at Georgetown University and received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law. We were honored to have her encyclopedic knowledge and visionary action as a source of inspiration during the skill and knowledge share exercise.

Beginning by snacking and laying out the Underwear Audit palette, participants gathered over a pristine Queen sized bedsheet-cum-tablecloth to examine our collective ideas on pay parity across marginalized groups. Anh-Thu provided insightful breakdowns of equity versus income statististics and ways to make the invisible economic forces that are structurally stacked against us apparent. A document with links including resources for economic development in NYC as well as articles expanding on her talking points is available here.

Breaking down the barriers to economic information, Anh-Thu covered the history of redlining and pinklining from FDR’s HOA and housing policies to current trends in top banks that prevent minorities from getting loans- not to mention period poverty. Predatory lending, Unbanked Americans and de-banking big business into credit unions were discussed. More surprising than the short falls in income disparity is the equity disparity. The historical and structural barriers to entry in owning a home for example, are linked not only to the recent laws passed that allow women to have property in their name in the US, but also women’s proclivity to pay debt and be more financially responsible. This proclivity makes us higher targets to predatory lending, as well as heavier consumers of educational debt which has skyrocketed in our generation. It is no surprise then, that lacking financial independence or pay parity in the workplace; women are slower in achieving the “American Dream” or the Myth of independent homeownership- especially in dense, expensive cities where jobs are more likely to be occupied by women. This despite being the largest representation of domestic workers and care-takers.

Notwithstanding the large scale historical and political challenges of electing women to higher office in order to improve the financial barriers, there has been progress where policies at state and government scale come as a result of a more diverse local government cabinet. This underscores the urgency to vote in local elections- no matter the state’s democratic or republican leaning. Challenges remain, as was intimately felt in preparation for Stitch n Bitch Gap$ when 6 out of 7 invited speakers dropped out. Two had last minute obligations for other engagements, while the remaining 4 were either censored by their compliance officers or self-censored to avoid castigation from their high-powered careers in finance. While self-censorship is a common, understandable tactic in order for women to remain in upwardly mobile positions of financial power, it is most insidious when compliance officers censor these women from sharing basic economic literacy tools with their community. Moreover, it is a chilling illustration of how income disparity is increasing, and access to social services is decreasing for the most vulnerable populations. In 2019 it is more taboo for women in finance to explain the definition of a 401k to her comrades, than a man of the highest power to threaten sexual violence against women on a national stage. The bravery #MeToo women have demonstrated in risking their careers is a vibrant transformation of our culture, but comes at a cost.

Taking stock of their own experiences and tools for improving conditions in their community, the quilters began pitching images across the table that depict the struggle. The quarterly question arose as to whether an image expressing critique or hope should be prioritized. After consolidating ideas into one powerful symbol, the group debated and settled on an image. A man bolstered high by a dollar sign parallels a woman held low by a cent sign, is divided by a red to pink ombre measuring line: representing not only the problem of pay parity, but also historical equity with red and pink-lining. In further detail the group concluded the colors representing clothing for each gender sign would be neutral so as not to exclude other gender identities, and that the man’s head would be a pale skin tone while the woman’s would be a dark brown. The ultimate test of image clarity and power will be judged on the street, by the wider public at an upcoming protest.

Pinning the worn out women’s underwear into the late evening, participants eagerly put finishing touches on the panty portrait. A final shake test revealed white gaps in an otherwise colorful image, which were quickly filled by the remaining supporters. With a last heave and sway of the queen sized bedsheet, the 10th Cunt Quilt was born at 9:30pm March 5, 2019.

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A Quilt is a Wage: Q2 Stitch n Bitch (Gap$) @ Block Gallery NYC March 2019

Tuesday March 5, 2019 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ Block Gallery (Bronx Museum SoHo) 80 White Street 2nd floor New York, NY 10013

Expanding our financial literacy to close pay gaps, and create a protest flag in our intersectional image; we will gather our community of feminists for a Stitch n Bitch at the Bronx Museum’s Block Gallery in SoHo. Tuesday March 5, 2019 5-8:30pm we will collaborate with diaspora leaders in the financial industry. We will build consensus, pin down and stitch up worn out women’s underwear onto stained, Queen sized bed sheets at a cozy craft night. Participants from all genders will make a new Cunt Quilt (the official flag for our Femilia) to be carried at an upcoming protest. We’ll provide experts, snacks and materials while you bring questions about investing your tax return, negotiating a raise, or any other pressing concerns for your community. This event is Free and open to the public. RSVP eventbrite

The quarterly Stitch n Bitch is a way to check in with your neighbors and build consensus across communities. We share questions and experiences with different topics critical to the international women’s movement. Stitching in solidarity with citizens earning a fraction of their economic value, the Q2 2019 Cunt Quilt (Gap$) will be the 10th quilt made by feminists since the 2016 election. According to a recent UN report, the last decade has demonstrated the lowest growth in pay parity globally and domestically. Further investigation into pay disparity reveals a historic and systemic form of economic violence that is simultaneously domestic and structural. Experts from the finance industry will lead a discussion about the history and future of pay while engaging with participant’s current economic challenges. 

Airing the nation’s dirty laundry since the 2016 election, thousands of self-identifying women have donated their used panties to the national Underwear Audit. Hundreds of feminists have sewn several Cunt Quilts and performed their citizenship at dozens of protests to honor the diversity of challenges we face in the fight for our humanity. Ranging from access to reproductive rights, to gender violence, housing vulnerability, LGBTQ visibility, economic inequality, immigration sanctuary, disability rights, racial justice, religious freedom and environmental protection; the spectrum and depth of our civil rights will become visible. Feminism is the acknowledgment that structural injustices exist in our community and that equality is achieved through action.

Cunt Quilt History:
Reacting to the 2016 US election, the artist began a national Underwear Audit to collect worn out women’s underwear to sew onto Queen sized bed sheets at Stitch n Bitch craft salons. The Cunt Quilt dissent flag is born on protester’s backs at marches to demonstrate an intersectional women’s movement. Stitch n Bitch participants celebrate the political heritage of women’s work such as Arpilleras Desaparecidos, Underground Railroad Codes, and Concentration Camp Quilts by creating a banner with their own message. While communicating their needs, the community will stitch an image in a democratic, crowd-sourced fashion. A performance of citizenship in three acts; the Underwear Audit accounts for our bodies, the Stitch n Bitch builds solidarity, and the Cunt Quilt holds our governing bodies accountable. This endurance project will continue until there is a woman in the White House.
www.coralinameyer.com
https://lambastic.wordpress.com/

Cunt Quilt @ Queens Museum S.T.E.P show

Saunter Trek Escort Parade… (S.T.E.P.)
A two part exhibition of walk-based work with Flux Factory and the Community Partnership Exhibition Program

We are pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Saunter Trek Escort Parade… (S.T.E.P.), curated by Christina FreemanEmireth Herrera and moira williams. Exhibition Dates: Oct 28 2018-Dec 2 2018

The first part of the exhibition and related events will take place September 6th – September 30 in and around Flux Factory with gallery hours on Saturdays & Sundays from 1-6PM, and by appointment. A special Flux Thursday will take place on September 13 as part of S.T.E.P.

The second part of the exhibition will take place at Queens Museum’s Community Partnership Gallery, October 28 to December 2.

Performances and walks will take place October 28November 4November 11and December 2

S.T.E.P…. seeks to be an overlapping convergence and entanglement of walking, walk-based works and programming, mobilizing throughout New York.  S.T.E.P… embraces the many ways and bodies we walk while asking how walking as a creative act can challenge notions and open conversations around visibility, gender, labor, exploration, counter-mapping, colonialism, feminism, motherhood, contesting borders, community building, calling out gentrification, street harassment, (dis)ability, carbon debt, who sets the pace and measurement of the world, the power of dreams, and our entanglements between all of these and one another. S.T.E.P…. is open to all people of all abilities.

Saunter Trek Escort Parade… (S.T.E.P….) events are free and take place throughout New York City. To register for upcoming event associated with the Queens Museum iteration, please RSVP by clicking on the title of the event:

October 28, 2018, 12 – 4 PM  

Opening Reception for S.T.E.P

Manchester Rambler, with Morag Rose + The Loiterers Resistance Movement

Stitch N Bitch, participatory performance by Coralina Rodriguez Meyer

Territorial Hissings, sound workshop by Dominika Ksel

November 4, 2018, 1-4PM

+ Acts of Inexactitude, performance by Sara Morawetz

+ Utopia – just around the corner, walk by Geert Vermeire  

November 11, 2018, 2-5PM

+ On Love, A Crystalization, walk by Magali Duzant

+ 10AM-12PM Trees of Forests Not Yet Here: walk by Lisa Hirmer

(Queens Botanical Garden)

December 2, 2018, 12 – 5 PM

Closing Reception for S.T.E.P

+ Red Line Labyrinth, walk by Walis Johnson

Available for self-guided remote experience throughout the duration of the exhibition:

+ Sleepwalks, by Lee Pembleton and Andrea Williams.

About the Curators:

Christina, Emireth and moira met at Flux Factory’s residency in 2016. Christina’s practice intervenes into existing systems, approaching culture as something we actively shape together. moira williams’ co-creative practice weaves together performance, bio-art, food, sound, sculpture and group walking as a lived experience. Emireth Herrera is a curator who aims to reveal social transformation through democratic processes.

Participating Artists + Collaborators:

Francheska Alcantara, Artcodex (Mike Estabrook + Vandana Jain), Becky Brown + Annette Cords, Compassionate Action Enterprises (Joan Giroux + Lisa Marie Kaftori),  Magali DuzantBrendan FernandesGudrun Filipska + Carly Butler,  Alexander Freeman, FRONTVIEW, Angeline Gragasin,  David HelbichLisa Hirmer,  Maya Kaminishi JeffereisWalis JohnsonKubra Khademiillesha KhandelwalDominika KselCoralina Rodriguez MeyerLisa MyersKristyna and Marek MildeSara MorawetzMorag Rose + The Loiterers Resistance MovementJulie Poitras Santos, Phil Smith, Camille TurnerGeert Vermeire + Stefaan van Biesen + Simona Vermeire, Jevijoe Vitug plus Walking Discourse (Astrid Kaemmerling + Minoosh Zomorodinia)

Support + Sponsors:

Support for Saunter Trek Escort Parade… (S.T.E.P….) is provided by Friends of Flux, Queens Museum, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, in-kind support from Materials for the Arts, ART WORKS arts.gov,  the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature.

Cunt Quilt in Times of Israel Press January 2019

Smaller but still angry, Women’s Marches draw thousands across US

With protest movement divided by anti-Semitism allegations, tens of thousands demonstrate in Washington and other cities against Trump policies. 20 January 2019, 2:00 am

Demonstrators gather at Freedom Plaza during the 2019 Women's March on January 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP)

Demonstrators gather at Freedom Plaza during the 2019 Women’s March on January 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP)

WASHINGTON — Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women’s March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump’s White House.

The original march in 2017, the day after Trump’s inauguration, flooded the city with pink-hatted protesters. The exact size of the turnout remains subject to a politically charged debate, but it’s generally regarded as the largest Washington protest since the Vietnam era.

This year was a more modest affair for multiple reasons, with a crowd estimated in the tens of thousands packing several blocks around Freedom Plaza, just east of the White House, for a daylong rally. The march itself took about an hour and only moved about four blocks west along Pennsylvania Avenue past the Trump International Hotel before looping back to Freedom Plaza.G

Organizers submitted a permit application estimating up to 500,000 participants even though it was widely expected that the turnout would be smaller. The original plan was to gather on the National Mall. But with the forecast calling for snow and freezing rain and the National Park Service no longer plowing snow because of the shutdown, organizers on Thursday changed the march’s location and route.

As it turned out the weather was chilly but otherwise pleasant, and the mood among the marchers a now-familiar mix of sister-power camaraderie and defiant anger toward Trump and the larger power structure.

Demonstrators hold signs on Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women’s March in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

As always the Trump administration was the direct target of most of the abuse — with fresh bitterness stemming from more recent events like Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s successful confirmation last fall despite a direct accusation of sexual misconduct when he was in high school.

One sign declared, “Strong women only fear weak men.” Another stated, “MOOD: Still pretty mad about Kavanaugh.”

Parallel marches took place in dozens of cities around the country.

In New York, several hundred people converged on Manhattan’s Foley Square, near the Brooklyn Bridge. Many more took part in a separate march in Central Park organized by women angered by what they saw as the anti-Semitism of the movements leadership.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected Democratic congresswoman who has emerged as a progressive favorite and a bugbear of conservatives, spoke at both New York rallies.

“Last year we brought the power to the polls, and this year we need to make sure that we translate that power into policy,” she said at the Central Park rally, to loud cheers. “That means we won’t let anyone take our rights away.”

In Los Angeles, a few hundred demonstrators gathered in Pershing Square downtown and marched to Grand Park.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport and I came out to continue to stand for that proposition, said Ellen Klugman of Marina Del Rey. “If I don’t go, who will?”

A protester takes part in the Third Annual Women’s March LA in downtown Los Angeles, California on January 19, 2019. ( VALERIE MACON / AFP)

In Denver, protester Jacquelynn Sigl said it’s a mistake to focus solely on Trump.

“It’s not OK, the rhetoric the president has today, but it’s also important to know this isn’t an anti-Trump rally,” she said. “This isn’t about him. It’s about the thought that’s running across the country right now.”

At a march in Iowa, where she was campaigning for president, New York Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand addressed anti-Semitism allegations against the movement’s senior leadership, which have roiled preparations for the marches.

“We know there is no room for anti-Semitism in our movement. We know this,” Gillibrand said, according to CNN. “We know that our movement is empowered when all of us lift each other up.”

In November, Teresa Shook, one of the movement’s founders, accused the four main leaders of the national march organization of anti-Semitism.

The accusation was leveled at two primary leaders: Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American who has frequently criticized Israeli policies, and Tamika Mallory, who has maintained a public association with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

People rally during the Third Annual Women’s March LA in downtown Los Angeles, California on January 19, 2019. (DAVID MCNEW / AFP)

Shook, a retired lawyer from Hawaii, has been credited with sparking the movement by creating a Facebook event that went viral and snowballed into the massive protest on Jan. 21, 2017. In a recent Facebook post, she claimed Sarsour and Mallory, along with fellow organizers Bob Bland and Carmen Perez, had “steered the Movement away from its true course” and called for all four to step down.

The four march organizers have denied the charge, but Sarsour has publicly expressed regret that they were not “faster and clearer in helping people understand our values.”

Some progressive groups declined to take part in this year’s marches, and several Jewish women said they felt torn and opted to take part in separately organized rallies.

For her part, participant Ann Caroline called the controversy “heartbreaking,” but added that to march for women’s rights “doesn’t mean that I align myself with the founders’ values.”

Thousands of demonstrators gather at Civic Center Park during the Women’s March in Denver, Colorado on January 19, 2019. (Jason Connolly / AFP)

Despite pleas for unity, the internal tensions were most keenly felt in New York, where an alternate women’s march organization held a parallel rally a few miles away from the official New York Women’s March protest.

As New York march director Agunda Okeyo was making her opening remarks, an activist named Laura Loomer came on stage and shouted that the march “does not represent Jewish people” and called it “the real Nazi march.”

Loomer is a longtime political provocateur whose previous protests have included handcuffing herself to a Twitter office after the service banned her and jumping a fence at a home owned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

As Loomer was ushered from the stage, Okeyo challenged her.

“This is not a negative day,” Okeyo said. “You’re not coming with that. We’re not doing that today. What we’re doing today is we’re going to uplift each other and we’re going to make sure we stay positive.”

Cunt Quilts @ Women’s March LA January 2019

A boisterous team of 20 fierce, male and female identifying feminists marched four Cunt Quilts during the 3rd annual Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles to City Hall on Saturday, January 19, 2019. After a scribbling slogans on the protest flags on the stirring streets, the crew including members of the international feminist organization Tomorrow Girl’s Troop marched with thousands of peaceful protesters headed to a rally lead by activists across genders and backgrounds. Despite a problematic position expressed by Women’s March leaders in NYC, the Los Angeles march was lead by a separate grass roots movement of feminists who have been on the ground making important moves in government, media and in our communities. Our group waved our spirits high- denouncing the fractured news- and marched in solidarity with feminists from all faiths.

An increasing number of children have joined their parents in supporting a feminist future for their generation and others to come, since the marches continue to be a non-violent sanctuary for the public to perform their citizenship.

One of the most disturbing experiences I’ve had during a protest was when a childhood friend showed up to carry the quilt with a black eye. I learned that a rape kit takes over 3 months to produce results. Apparently the only way to initiate justice for a sexual assault case is to have a surveillance camera active in your apartment when you go out for the night. After hearing her sordid story of sexual assault and battery, I was moved to tears by her bravery in not only sharing her trauma- but transgressing her victimhood by boldly bearing her wounds to a monstrous crowd. Her image is burned in my mind, and propels me forward when my exhaustion from the project sets in. I am eager to hear of her perpetrator’s conviction as the wheels of justice turn at a square’s pace. The most painful detail of her account was that she was drugged and assaulted by a comedian who used his platform for sexual violence; rather than providing the much-needed humorous relief in such virulent times.

Overcoming the lag of slowed activism after a lack of support from DC networks, the originally planned Stitch n Bitch and march adapted to a more committed group on the West coast. I was inspired by the grass roots women who collaborated to make both events happen with such short notice. Another hurdle I jumped was transcending the government shut-down odds of negotiating post office bureaucracy. Half the quilts I shipped (prior to shut down) arrived in time for the march after being held hostage for over a month and a half. Boxes marked “Refused” arrived at my tropical studio as though they had been probed and tampered.

Most of all the march was an inspiration to start 2019 off with a renewed sense of urgency and motivation to continue solidarity building in various forms. This year’s Women’s March, as well as national elections swinging left- were testaments to a growing momentum to overcome the supremacist odds upon which our nation is built: one link at a time.

Cunt Quilt (Traffic) @ Textile Factory DTLA January 2019

Skivvy shop mannequin in the fashion district, downtown LA.

An inquisitive crew of women gathered Thursday January 17, 2019 during a light drizzle in an artist’s studio at the Textile Factory in downtown LA. A sombre glow radiated an otherwise vacant fashion manufacturing center where a handful of artists, activists, mothers, investors, public relations experts and community engagement officers gathered to learn about local and national human trafficking.

A highly accomplished, stunning femme, expert in public health and director of Journey Out; Cherise Charleswell lead a discussion about victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Her organization helps victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome their fears, and empower them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. In collaboration with international feminist organization Tomorrow Girls Troop, and fellow activists- a new Cunt Quilt was made following a Q&A session with Cherise on how to identify and report human trafficking, ways citizens can become involved, and the systemic pressures that create our slavery culture. Rampant in our historical, legal, visual, technological and media framework is a dark cycle of consumer-generated violence that pushes victims (predominantly children, women and trans individuals) into forced labor. Shedding light on the verbal and symbolic language perpetuated by pop songs, social media and the porn industry; Cherise pointed out signs ranging from walking to gestures, tattoos as ownership brands, and the depths of corruption that enable high profile “Johns” (or prostitution consumers/abusers) to go unpunished- while victims bear the punitive burden.

Carrying the conversation into craft action, participants shared their own stories and experiences with the porn and sex industry while brain storming the Cunt Quilt image. After debating between the prevalent logos on mud-trap tire flaps of women in coquettish positions, and the fashion aesthetics of prostitution from high heels to worn out sneakers; the group conceded to an image that combines a hovering cursor over a broken weblink with a traditional “bathroom lady” logo breaking a chain link. The group pinned down over 30 pairs of worn out women’s underwear onto a used queen size bedsheet to create Cunt Quilt (Traffic). Later that evening I reinforced their efforts with a borrowed sewing machine, complements of my Emmi Meyer who co-organized the event.

Stitch n Bitch participants with non-profit partner Cherise Charleswell, director of Journey Out.

Q1 Stitch n Bitch (Traffic) LA January 2019

Stitch n Bitch 6-10pm 1/17/2019 @Textile Factory DTLA
840 Santee St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2208, United States
Free and open to ALL genders. Snacks and materials provided. Free street parking in front of building after 6pm
text 305-742-7054 or 646-288-5824 or dm @Lambastic for building access

Building momentum and solidarity for the Women’s March in January, we will gather our community of feminists to build solidarity and craft a protest flag in our intersectional image on Thursday 1/17 6-10pm. In collaboration with Tomorrow Girls Troop TGT (international feminist organization) and Journey Out (sex trafficking survival organization); we will build consensus, pin down and stitch up our worn out women’s underwear onto stained, Queen sized bed sheets at a cozy craft night. Participants from all genders will create a new Cunt Quilt (the official flag for our Femilia) to be carried at the Women’s March in LA on 1/19. We will bear the flag on our backs like a superhero cape as a sanctuary space during the Women’s March. Snacks & materials provided. Free and open to the public. All genders welcome.

The quarterly Stitch n Bitch is a way to check in with your neighbors and engage participants from diverse backgrounds to share questions and experiences with different topics critical to the international women’s movement. Stitching in solidarity with victims of human trafficking, the Q1 2019 Cunt Quilt (Traffic) will be the 9th quilt created by feminists since the 2016 election. Human trafficking is a global epidemic whose victims are primarily women, girls and trans individuals. The conversation will be lead by Dr. Stephany Powell, Executive Director of Journey Out: a LA based non profit leading the fight for the freedom and survival of all those whose lives have been destroyed by sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation. According to a UN report, 80% of global human trafficking victims are women and girls; predominantly women of color from economically disadvantaged communities. The highest proportion of victims are abducted and transported to heavy consumer economies such as the US and EU for sex slavery. California is a major human trafficking hub with almost half of all US victims originating from Asia and Latin America. Recent crackdowns in LA and SF have only scratched the surface of a global epidemic whose underground market is difficult to quantify, and even more challenging to understand. Further investigation into modern slavery reveals a historic and systemic form of violence that is simultaneously domestic and structural.

Airing the nation’s dirty laundry since the 2016 election, thousands of self-identifying women have donated their used panties to the national Underwear Audit. Hundreds of feminists have sewn 8 Cunt Quilts and performed their citizenship at dozens of protests to honor the diversity of challenges we face in the fight for our humanity. Ranging from access to reproductive rights, to gender violence, housing vulnerability, LGBTQ visibility, economic inequality, immigration sanctuary, disability rights, racial justice, religious freedom and environmental protection; the spectrum and depth of our civil rights will become visible.

​We are concerned that the ​four leaders of the Women’s March, Inc. are supporters of anti-Semitic people and organizations.​ We clearly state that we don’t support anti-Semitism. We will still participate in the Los Angeles Women’s March because ​we think the March has grown into something beyond these particular organizers. It’s one of very few truly public opportunities that feminist immigrant artists, and women of color can relate to in this country and it has been the best opportunity for those women to show visibility.

Cunt Quilt History:
Reacting to the 2016 US election, the artist began a national Underwear Audit to collect worn out women’s underwear to sew onto Queen sized bed sheets at Stitch n Bitch craft salons. The Cunt Quilt dissent flag is then born on protester’s backs at marches to demonstrate an intersectional women’s movement. Stitch n Bitch participants celebrate the political heritage of women’s work such as Arpilleras Desaparecidos, Underground Railroad Codes, and Concentration Camp Quilts by creating a banner with their own message. While communicating their needs, the community will stitch an image in a democratic, crowd-sourced fashion. A performance of citizenship in three acts; the Underwear Audit accounts for our bodies, the Stitch n Bitch builds solidarity, and the Cunt Quilt holds our governing bodies accountable. This endurance project will continue until there is a woman in the White House.
www.coralinameyer.com
https://lambastic.wordpress.com/

Donate worn-out women’s underwear to:
Coralina Rodriguez Meyer
401 69th St #P103
Miami, FL 33141

Give us your poor, your tired, your worn out panties; yearning to breathe free! No matter the condition, they will be a revelation of the shameful, the sanitized, the washed up, the worn, the probed, the holy, the scarlet, the loosened, the exonerated, the secret and the secreted! #cuntquilt#underwearaudit#cuntcongress @Lambastic

Art is not in the service of pleasure; it’s a public service.
Mujeres Unidas, Jamas Seran Vencidas

Journey Out Los Angeles https://journeyout.org/about/

Journey Out is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit leading the fight for the freedom and survival of all those whose lives have been destroyed by sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation. Their mission is to help victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome their fears, and empower them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. Survival, Hope, Freedom. The three most basic and necessary steps.

LAPD crack down on sex slavery
https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-human-trafficking-20180130-story.html

US Statistics on Human Trafficking
https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/2018/findings/country-studies/united-states/

Massage Parlors
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-massage-parlors-sex-trafficking-3-300-12548768.php

Beauty Industry & Human Trafficking
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/nyregion/at-nail-salons-in-nyc-manicurists-are-underpaid-and-unprotected.html

Americas Society statistics on Human Trafficking from Central, South America
https://www.as-coa.org/articles/weekly-chart-human-trafficking-americas-0

UN report on human trafficking
http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/global-report-on-trafficking-in-persons.html