August 3, 2020

An open letter to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

You have the opportunity on August 6 to lead the Commonwealth of Virginia in dismantling the symbols of racism and oppression that are ubiquitous on the grounds of our local courthouses. There are 51 Confederat...

June 6, 2020

On Thursday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced the imminent removal of a monumental equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond. Northam said, "In Virginia we no longer teach a false version of history...and in 2020 we can no longer honor a system that was b...

August 3, 2019

An exhibition titled Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism is on display August 1 - October 25 at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County in Rochester, NY. Curated by Juliee Decker and Hinda Mandell, this exhibition explores craft as a "creative force to...

January 22, 2019


Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and a holiday for Commonwealth of Virginia employees. My husband and I had a leisurely walk and then went to a movie we'd looked forward to seeing, Green Book. The title comes from a travel guide that listed hotels, resta...

November 22, 2018


Happy Thanksgiving from The Kudzu Project! Early this morning, we installed knitted kudzu on the University of Virginia's statue of George Rogers Clark, who is touted as the "Conquerer of the Northwest."

Depicted on horseback, Clark is surrounded by six figures on...

November 17, 2018

On Wednesday, November 14th, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors was presented with a petition signed by nearly 600 citizens demanding the removal of the Confederate statue in front of the county courthouse. The 1909 monument was erected by the United Daughters o...

October 24, 2018

On any given day, a courthouse is filled with people of different genders, races and ethnicities, socio-economic and educational backgrounds, and varied reasons for being there. What do they have in common? In 51 localities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, they...

August 31, 2018

Last week protesters at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill took matters into their own hands, toppling the statue of an anonymous Confederate soldier known as "Silent Sam." Someone placed a cap that read "Do it Like Durham" on the crumpled monument, referring to...

August 10, 2018

With the anniversary of August 11 and 12 fast approaching, we citizens of Charlottesville are preparing ourselves for the worst. Even though the organizers of last year's white supremacist rally have been denied a permit to assemble here and claim to have relocated the...

July 13, 2018

These often repeated words are intended to soothe the powerless, bullied and abused. But they provide cold comfort at best. Names hurt. If they didn't, we wouldn't need this saying.

It is painful to see my hometown of Staunton, Virginia, embroiled in conf...

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