Oxford is such an active town, it’s like a sparkle box of engaged-ness in a sea of tweed. On Saturday, we took the FoR message of nonviolence in action to their “One World Fair” and spoke to loads of people.

The timing of the event meant we were plugging two things shamelessly. 1) Carol concert and 2) Mini drones quilt. Because people have busy lives, we took as much of the effort out of making a square as possible. We provided the material, a spare bit of fabric for sewing on in pretty shapes, instructions and a freepost envelope. We got one back immediately from the lovely folks at the World Development Movement next door to our stand and gave out about 20 to others who said they’d like to get involved with the project. We also gave out badges with our fancy new logo on, proudly stating “FoR peace – nonviolence in action”, one of which we gave to a lady for whom it was the first peace movement she’d become a member of, that day.

We got an updated list of drones strike casualties from the bureau of investigative journalism, so this time we were giving people a name from the list in the hope of not duplicating too many.

If anyone would like one of these packs and receive the name of a person for whom to advocate, then drop us an email at emma@for.org.uk

FoR Icon Logo Square
FoR peace – nonviolence in action since 1914

Dear quilters everywhere,
If any of you heard about the drones quilt and thought, “what a good idea!” and then life took over and no square happened, fear ye not.

We’ve had so many requests for the big quilt – eventually 13m x 2m – that we’re making a smaller one. Unfortunately, there are more than enough names to make many many quilts, so making another, more portable quilt won’t be a problem…so long as we have people like YOU to make squares and prayers.

Names of civilian victims are available here. If you’re making it as part of a group project, in the interest of trying to cover as many names with as fewer duplicates as possible, please let me know which list/source you’d like so I can tell you if someone’s covered it yet.

What to make:
A square of material (something sturdy-ish but not denim/leather/bulletproof vest material)
30x30cm
with the name of a drones victim
your name
and prettiness

Adding the age of the victim and yourself is optional. For a few ideas, see the homepage.

Then send it to:
Drones quilt
Peace House
19 Paradise Street
Oxford
OX1 1LD

Don’t worry if art isn’t your thing. What matters is remembering civilian victims as people and not statistics. Let’s make this thing beautiful!

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