Friday, January 13, 2017

For the Cause

Alyson, Darcy, Mary Jo, Natalie, Brit and Ellen. #pussyhat

Many of my friends are participating in the Pussy Hat Project . I thought it would be a good way to promote the Women's March on Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, the day after the Presidential Inauguration. Kat Coyle of The Little Knittery yarn shop in Atwater Village wrote a simple pattern for the hat. The pattern has gone viral and millions of people are knitting and crocheting hats for themselves and other marchers to wear on January 21st. 
The mission of the Pussy Hat Project, as stated on their website is: To provide the people of the Women's March on Washington, D.C. a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard. 

This will also provide people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and support women's rights. If over 1 million people wear a pink hat to the Women's March on Washington, the world will see that we stand together, united. By knitting a hat for a marcher, you are a powerful part of a visual statement.

There is also a march in our City of Los Angeles on January 21st. Here is their mission statement:
We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families--recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
WOW! Those are all powerful words. I support the marches across the country for equality. I knitted six pussy hats for my friends and for myself. I plan to wear my hat on January 21st to show my support!
There is still time to knit or crochet your own hat. Follow the directions for Kat's hat OR if you'd prefer to crochet your hat, Kim Werker has written a wonderful pattern that looks similar to the knitted hat. Kim calls it the "Show-Up Hat." Quoting Kim, "One of the simplest and most intimidating ways to stand up for what's right is to show up when it matters!"
Kim Werker's crocheted "Show-Up Hat"
The more we are seen, the more we are heard. Let’s come together to support women’s rights in a creative and impactful way.


At 7:33 PM PST, Blogger gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

I like the way you put it! great hats (but of course)!


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