70 years ago on 9th October John Lennon was born in Liverpool. 30 years ago on 9th December he was shot dead in New York City.
The West Everton Community Council (WECC) and One World Week alongside The Craftivist Collective is taking part in the Liverpool Bluecoat Bed-In to celebrate John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The Bluecoat event takes part from October 9 – December 9, 2010: our Bed-In is on December 1, 2010.
During our Bed-In we want to raise awareness of global issues in our own community and amongst the people of Merseyside. We may represent a specific community but we come with our global concerns to a bed in the bluecoat. We want to raise awareness of national and international inequality and demand change – we want to see an end to the social chasm between those who have and those who need. Ours is a peaceful protest that wishes to engage all people in crafty action: Craftivism! We will make lovely stuff and change the world by stealth and beauty.
We think that ‘all you need is love’ but unless you make an effort to share it out equally some people get more love than others. We want to demonstrate something of our love for the community we live in, the city we have been brought up with and the world that embraces us. We believe that that only way we can do this is to demand equality, justice and peace.
We will be engaging in craftivism activities in bed. We will knit, sew and stitch our way to peace. Before the bed-in we will offer craftivist kits to anyone who is prepared to stitch for us – we aim to gather stitchers from across the globe. These mini-protest-stitch-kits will be completed and put together to form a massive protest duvet during the bed-in. This duvet will then be filled with white feathers to symbolise our hope for peace.
WECC is a group of people who work toward justice and equality in an urban community – we are neighbours, activists, artists and friends. In recent times we have organised a fantastic series of events to celebrate our community called Out of The Blue – this is a festival of creativity that takes place in and around Everton Park
Craftivist Collective is a global community of people who marry craft processes to activist aims. Their purpose is to expose the scandal of poverty and human rights injustices through the power of craft and public art. This is always done through provocative, non-violent creative actions http://www.craftivist-collective.com/).
One World Week – One World Week is a Development Education Charity. Each year, “The Week” is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally (http://www.oneworldweek.org).