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Sewing the Seeds of Activism in an Age of COVID: the “Auntie Sewing Squad”

When Dec 11, 2020
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
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In March 2020, performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong initiated an effort with friends to sew masks for essential workers in response to the Federal Government’s failure to provide adequate supplies of PPE.  “The Auntie Sewing Squad” rapidly grew into a national team of mask-makers—mostly women of color—who sew masks for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, including women’s shelters, Native American citizens living on reservations, undocumented workers, and poor communities of color.  Comprised of college professors, actors, teachers, filmmakers, labor organizers and many others, the Auntie Sewing Squad proudly “trace the lineage of this sewing to our mothers and grandmothers, immigrant and refugee communities in America, and underpaid women of color garment workers globally.”  This webinar will feature several members of the Auntie Sewing Squad who will remark upon the group’s genesis and activities, its place in the history of activism by, and on behalf of, communities of color, and their contributions to a forthcoming essay collection focused on the activities and significance of the Auntie Sewing Squad as a “movement” to be published by the University of California Press.