What was your reaction to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling? The staffers at the Secular Coalition for America were angry, but they know that anger alone won’t change anything. They opted instead to create a visual that might stick in people’s heads when they’re in the voting booth (or, in the case of members of Congress, voting on legislation).
It’s a giant wall of separation between church and state, and they’re inviting everyone to #KnitABrick (get it?):
If you can’t knit, you can sponsor someone to knit one for you.
If organizers collect 400 bricks, they will carry them to the steps of the Supreme Court. If they collect 800, they will deliver them to Congress. And if they collect 1,200, they will walk over to the White House and hand them over to President Obama’s staff.
“People tend to be impacted when they see a visual demonstration, and that is what this is,” said Lauren Anderson Youngblood, the coalition’s director of communications. “It’s a visual demonstration of people’s anger about this decision and a constructive way to show lawmakers that they have the ability to change it.”
Before you dismiss this as useless or silly, Kimberly Winston points out that this sort of campaign isn’t new:
Other groups have engaged in protest knitting. In 2012, “Government Free VJJ” organized people to knit pink uteruses for male lawmakers who were making laws regarding women’s contraception. “Wool Against Weapons” is a British organization that knits to protest nuclear arms factories, and Australia’s “Knitting Nannas Against Gas” rallies grandmothers (and others) to knit in protest of gas mining.
The goal is to remind people that the wall of separation must remain in place. It’s not a replacement for active lobbying or arguing for and against legislation, but considering how easily voters and representatives ignore logical arguments in defense of protecting women’s health options, it’s not a bad idea to try an alternative approach. If you’d like to participate, all the details are here.