Drone Quilts In Fairbanks, Alaska

December 19, 2017

Submitted by Rob Mulford, Chap. 146, Fairbanks, Alaska

North Star, Veterans For Peace Chap. 146 and the Alaska Peace Center is currently displaying the Drones Quilts Project Quilts at the Noel Wien Public Library. The display, Installed on Dec. 1, will show through Dec. 31. We have received only very positive responses so far (Dec. 19). One of the library's director's was most impressed by the fact that a local veterans group was a sponsor. 
We have one-each Drone Quilts displayed at the Chena Ridge Friends Meeting and the Fairbanks Unitarian Universalist Fellowship church as well. I hope to have photos of those soon. 
The attached photos of the displayed quilts and information include VFP lifetime members Heather Koponen (associate)

Excerpted from the Drones Quilt Project's website:

"The idea for a Drones Quilt came from some women in the UK who started the project as a way to memorialize the victims of U.S. combat drones.  We believed that there were lots of anti-drone activists in the U.S. who would like to make our own version of a Drones Quilt, and so the idea traveled across the Atlantic.  The idea is to collectively create a piece of artwork which connects the names of activists with those killed.  The names humanize the victims and point out the connectivity between human beings.  Plans for the American version of the quilt include creating educational materials, photographs and information which together with the quilts will create an exhibit which will travel the country, informing and educating the American public.  Sadly, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, only about 20% of the drone victims have been identified, so there are many, many victims whose names are not known.  Additionally, Pashtun culture prohibits the release of an adult woman’s name, as they consider that an invasion of her privacy, so there are hundreds of women’s names which may never be known to us.  We are remembering these unnamed victims with quilt blocks that say “Anonymous,” “Unnamed Woman,” “Unnamed Man,” or “Unnamed Child.”  The important thing to remember is that each victim was a human being, with hopes, dreams, plans, friends and family.  We hope that the Drones Quilt Project will help us remember that we are all the same–we are not worth more, and they are not worth less.  We all have value."