SO (Sew) America Cares
SO (Sew) America Cares raises awareness about the consequences of the Family Separation Crisis. Its mission is to advocate for the children cruelly separated from their families at the border and to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to participate in starting an open dialogue about harmful and draconian immigration policy in our community and the rest of the country. This project was created in support of Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) by South Florida artist Aurora Molina with the belief that art can impact the social context of these families and children effected by current immigration policy.
We cannot allow these traumatized children to be forgotten. Our plan is to "sew" them back, to never allow them to be lost again. Some of their faces will be sketched on cloth and participants are encouraged to stitch and sew on the drawings to recover the faces of these children. Thread by thread the community will dwell on the current circumstances of these children who never asked to be illegal aliens.
We have chosen to use textiles because textiles embody who we are and reflect our traditions and history, the raw fibers or threads reflecting the bonding and interlacing material to Sew America. As in prehistoric times, textiles and fibers narrate the history of the world.
Many of these faces will be sewn to become part of a larger piece, a quilt that reflects the lives of these children, the diversities of their origins and experiences. If you'd like your kit to be a part of this quilt displayed in museums, please mail your finished piece to:
Peace Love Art Yoga
2925 Salzedo St
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Proceeds will be used to help support AI Justice, an organization that provides vital legal services to vulnerable immigrants who would otherwise go without representation. AI Justice staff has represented hundreds of children who had been separated from their families, some as young as three years old, and has helped reunite over 100 of them with their families. AI Justice continues to serve unaccompanied minors and families facing separation due to detention and/or deportation.
Participation in this social art project not only demonstrates a moral connection in the lives of these children but a strengthening of the very fabric of our own community.
Your generous support will ensure that we can continue our vital work protecting and promoting the rights of immigrants.
Once you complete your kit, make sure to post a photo on social media, use #SewAmericaCares and tag
Americans for Immigrant Justice!