Archive

Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Drones Quilt is a project of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. FoR is a charity that promotes nonviolence and peace and works to end armed conflict, campaigning on peace issues and educating about a philosophy of nonviolence.

The quilt is a work of advocacy. It’s a really simple project designed to raise awareness about drones and remind the government that those killed by drones are human beings, whose lives are sacred. Each square of the quilt is made by someone like you, who writes their name and then the name of a victim on a square of fabric. By doing so you advocate for that person, you put your name next to theirs as a sign that you stand in solidarity with them. These are then sewn together to create a visual petition.

Drones are remotely detonated weapons, which can be used in the Middle East, for example, but detonated by someone in Nebraska. They reduce human beings to dots on a screen, tiny blobs of light in the control room of an army base. They are also inaccurate and wildly random in their targets, often killing civilians miles away from military bases or nominated “targets”. The quilt restores humanity to those killed or maimed and reminds people that for every single victim of a drone there was a real person with loves, desires and a life.

We want to take the quilt to Parliament next year to advocate on behalf of those killed needlessly. Britain is already involved in the drones industry and wants to be more so. This is unacceptable and barbaric.

It’s easy to get involved:

1. Using the tab at the top, read some stories about people killed or maimed by drones. Choose a story that resonates with you.

2. Cut a square of fabric 30cm by 30cm.

3. Sew, write, embroider or paint your name and the name of someone killed by a drone onto your square. Be as creative as you can!

4. Pop it in an envelope and post it to Peace House, 19 Paradise Street, Oxford, OX1 1LD

5. Tell people! The more squares, the bigger the quilt, the more impact.

e-mail emma@for.org.uk with any questions. To read more about the Fellowship of Reconciliation, check out our website at http://www.for.org.uk. To learn more about drones go to dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/

Advertisements