THE DRONES QUILT PROJECT
Remembering & Confronting the Reality of Drone Warfare
Exhibition * Reception * Discussion
Wednesday, January 13, 7:00 PM
Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
Free and open to all. Contributions Requested. Wheelchair accessible.
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“The idea is to collectively create a piece of artwork which connects the names of activists with those killed. The names humanize the victims and point out the connectivity between human beings.”
The Drones Quilt Project was created to raise awareness about the illegal and immoral use of weaponized drones by the United States, which are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, primarily in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Each block of the quilts bears the name of a drone victim and was created by a different individual. The Drones Quilt Project exhibit has been seen by thousands as it has traveled around the country for the the past 18 months, visiting 20 cities.
The idea for a Drones Quilt came from some women in the UK who started the project as a way to memorialize the victims of U.S. combat drones. They believed that there were lots of anti-drone activists in the U.S. who would like to make their own version of a Drones Quilt, and so the idea traveled across the Atlantic. The idea is to collectively create a piece of artwork which connects the names of activists with those killed. The names humanize the victims and point out the connectivity between human beings.
A number of the quilts will be on display for one evening only at Los Altos Library. Longer exhibitions are being scheduled at local churches (please see exhibit list below). The exhibition will include a light-snack reception and a discussion of the current state of US drone wars around the country and what we as activists can do to rein in remote-controlled killing. The evening will allow you plenty of time to view and talk about the artwork. The discussion portion will be led by Paul George, Executive Director of Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, who has spoken extensively about the US drone program.
List of other exhibition venues coming soon!
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Co-Sponsored by Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, Veterans for Peace Chapter 101, San Jose Peace and Justice Center and Los Altos Library