Canary Project: Tallahassee, FL with Campers at the Life Changers Church July, 2017

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote at length, and in the starkest and most personal terms, about what it means to be policed in America when you are black or brown. In the final section of her dissent in Utah v. Strieff—a Fourth Amendment case that probed whether the existence of an outstanding arrest warrant could serve as retroactive justification for an otherwise illegal police stop she said, “We must not pretend that the countless people who are routinely targeted by police are “isolated.” They are the canaries in the coalmine whose deaths, civil and literal, warn us that no one can breathe in this atmosphere. They are the ones who recognize that unlawful police stops corrode all our civil liberties and threaten all our lives. Until their voices matter too, our justice system will continue to be anything but.”

I asked 25 African American campers from the Life Changers Church to write a story on conflict and then make the object with 14 Ceramics white artists.

1.Write 2-3 sentences based on a story of conflict that they are aware of, and or experience
and or hope for resolution that they are concerned about either locally, nationally or globally.
2.Then draw a picture of one object that describes this story. It can be anything that is
important individually to them.
3.We want to hear your stories and have these stories be part of the community
4.WE are a community that is multi-ethnicity (black- white brown) and I want us to all all work
together for common good.

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