A new initiative called Welcome Blanket takes the length of President Donald Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall and reimagines it as thousands of “welcome” blankets for refugees. The goal is to knit blankets from 2,000 miles of yarn — the projected length of the border wall — over the next three months. Each one has a little story of the knitter’s own family immigrant story attached. This is a positive way to make a statement in what you believe. For more information on the project, how to get involved, and ideas for your own project go to www.welcomeblanket.org
The blankets you make, along with your enclosed notes, will be displayed together in an inaugural show at the SMART Museum at University of Chicago beginning in July 2017 and officially opening in September 2017. After the show’s close, the blanket packages will be distributed to refugees and other immigrants through resettlement organizations.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
– Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” (1883), written on
The Statue of Liberty“
I will build a great wall— and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me— and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
– Donald Trump, Candidacy Speech (June 2015)