WOMEN AGAINST HATE / UNITED BY LOVE
A window exhibit at River Arts Downtown (590 Water St, Prairie du Sac)
Viewable from the sidewalk, 24/7
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:
Hate divides. It is the ultimate toxin. The sicknesses it spawns—bigotry, intolerance, racism—affect everyone in our country. Women most of all.
But hate also unites. It bonds us together. We find each other. We grow louder, and reach a pitch that must be heard.
American writer and social critic, James Baldwin, wrote that “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
We are women united against hate. We are mothers, sisters, grandmother and caretakers. We are joined together purposely to shine a light, capture attention, and push back against injustice.
Art plays an important role in this process. It brings people together, encourages them to connect thereby opening up new possibilities. Art provides a critical lens—an opportunity to focus with an acute sense of truth and renewed openness.
A collective effort of artists and activists, “Women Against Hate United by Love” is a platform, an entry point for a female-led anti-hate campaign united against bigotry, intolerance and racism. The creative building blocks for our artwork and messaging are women’s stories—powerful, tough, revealing stories of injustice, tragedy, strength, and amazingly, hope.
Our goal is to challenge stereotypes and inspire greater empathy and understanding in opposition to hate rhetoric directed at immigrant communities, racial and religious minorities, and other marginalized groups.
Art is our language; sometimes it is how we scream.
We are “Women Against Hate United by Love.” We are diverse, we care, and we are powerful.
We will win.
Artists: Kelly Parks Snider, Rachel Griffin, Leigh Garcia
Special thanks to Women Against Hate United By Love founding mothers:
Janan Najeeb, Markasa Tucker, Astar Herndon, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Xela Garcia, Livia Rowell-Ortiz and Kathy Flores, Tammie Xiong, Jacklyn Velasquez, Shantel Carson, Bridget Piggery, Keisha Robinson, Basha Harris, Guadalupe Romero, Freya Nuemann, Maikue Vang, Jane Bartell, Amy Ongiri, Dr. Bola Delano Oriaran, Norys Pina, Dr. Sabrina Robins, Jessica Cavazos, Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Tracy William-Maclin