Craftivism: butterflies to remind the world that migration is beautiful

Members of Parliament may find images of butterflies winging into their inboxes as Quakers round the UK seek to remind them about the value of migration. Suki Ferguson from the Friends House writes about the latest Peace and Social Witness craftivism project:

In these socially-distanced times, craft projects are an ideal way to share your values. As mentioned in our last update, Quakers have been making textile butterflies. These homemade butterflies celebrate migration, and will be sent out to MPs, asking them to back desperately needed changes to the government’s ‘hostile environment’ migration policies. This craftivist campaign will go live on Fri 18 Dec, International Migrant’s Day.

As the UN notes: ‘throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life.’

The butterfly campaign for migrants follows last month’s white poppy craftvism which helped put working for peace higher on the Remembrance Day agenda.

To get involved craft a butterfly, take a picture of it, and email it to Friends House. The Friends House team can then share it on social media 18 Dec.

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