Vision Quilt

Vision Quilt Calls for Gun Violence Awareness  
By Elizabeth Hallet, Peace House Board Chair

The Peace House-sponsored Vision Quilt Project got new visibility June 2 in Ashland’s downtown plaza on National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Sixty local participants displayed quilt squares commemorating those who have lost their lives or been affected by gun attacks. Rogue Valley Peace Choir and speakers from the community were present. Participants wore orange, to underscore the sense that we are all potential targets with the current lack of gun control in our communities.

Vision Quilt panels made by people ages 7-95 were displayed and participants were invited to add to the national Vision Quilt movement.

Together We Can

Since August 2015 Vision Quilt panels have been made by gun owners and non-gun owners ages 7-95.

Oregon panel makers come from Roseburg, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, White City, Medford, Phoenix, Talent and Ashland including youth from the Maslow Project, Life Art, Ashland High School Black Student Union, Ashland Middle School, Rogue Valley Community College and Southern Oregon University. Our mayor and his wife, John and Jane Stromberg have made a panel. In addition, people from all walks of life in Arizona, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Washington have made panels.

In the last two weeks, Cathy Deforest reports:

  • We made panels with incarcerated youth from Oakland and Richmond, California, through the Alameda County Probation Department.
  • Met with parishioners from Glide Memorial Church in SF. They made panels that will be used in Silent Protests outside of Gun Shows at the Cow Palace this summer and fall.
  • Met with African American Quilt Guild of Oakland and invited individuals to make panels for the Vision Quilt.

Whenever more than 12 panels are made from one community, the panels remain in that community to be exhibited in community centers, libraries, schools, colleges and places of worship.

PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE!

Future plans include:

  • Students from Ashland Middle School who will take 2O Vision Quilt panels to Washington, DC.
  • 50 youth and 20 families in Chicago, this summer, will be making panels through the Veterans Art Museum and the Chicago Public Library

Much more is underway within this exciting new project. If you are excited about getting involved, please contact Cathy Deforest through:

The Vision Quilt
PO Box 3192
Ashland, OR 97520

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Posting 6/21/2016 To balance the horror of Orlando and the disappointment of the US Senate to pass gun legislation, we have three good news stories to share with you about the Vision Quilt.  Vison Quilt website.

ONE: Twenty three students from Ashland Middle School met in Washington DC today with staff from Oregon’s two US Senators, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, as well as Represenative Greg Walden. They showed the Congressmen the Vision Quilt and urged their support to prevent gun violence.

TWO:  Next week, 20 youth in Chicago are making Vision Quilit panels through the National Veterans Art Museum and the Chicago Public Library.  Six wonderful women from Southern Oregon made gorgeous journals for each young person. The hand-made journals were shipped to them today! Veterans and their families as well as youth from another neighborhood public library will be making panels throughout the summer.

THREE: In honor of Orlando and Charleston, Vision Quilt particpated in two vigils this past week. We also held a Vision Quilt workshop this weekend. Young and old came to make panels. Thank you Team Vision Quilt!

Urge people to join our efforts!  Make a panel: www.visionquilt.org

 

TOGETHER WE CAN

PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE

The Vision Quilt

PO Box 3192

Ashland, OR 97520

visionquilt@gmail.com

www.visionquilt.org

www.facebook.com/visionquilt

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