Power to the People is my #wordquilt submission to Words, Unbound, the Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s special exhibit at this year’s Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. It’s just a flimsy at this point, but I had to prepare a statement for the entry form, so I’ll say it here, too. * * * * *
When Abraham Lincoln uttered the words “Government Of the People, By the People, For the People,” he was exhorting Americans, in the midst of the Civil War, to not allow the ideal of representative democracy to perish. Lincoln began the Gettysburg Address by reiterating the principles of equality and human rights set out in the Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self evident.
I made Power to the People to remind my fellow Americans that they are governed by consent, and that government should be carried out for the benefit of all citizens, and not just for those with the means to take and hold power. I also made it because, in the words of another great American, Martin Luther King, Jr., we find ourselves faced with the fierce urgency of now. I think we have a unique opportunity and an absolute responsibility to take back our government and remake our country in a way that fulfills the enlightened ideals upon which it was founded. I used the iconic pink in this piece as a call out to women to seize this moment of nascent power and use it to make our country better in all the ways we can and we do.
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