Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
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The Clothesline Project

Originally posted as a comment in michaelnolan's journal - he posted about his experience viewing The Clothesline Project.

Please go there and read about it.

The Clothesline Project was here on campus two years ago, and will be returning next week.

My shirt is blue. On it is a circle of hands. On each hand, I've written the name of a loved one who is a rape or sexual abuse survivor.

The shirt didn't have room enough, but I tried.

In the center, I wrote:

"King Solomon's Mines
Exit 75
I'm still alive
I'm still alive..."

That's from "Hotel", by Tori Amos - lots of people believe that that verse directly related to "Me and a Gun"'s

"So I'll just keep on driving
'Cause he'll soon know where I live
And I wanna live
Got a full tank and some chips..."

Because I am still walking, as she is still driving.

I don't know what to do this year. I did a ritual for the healing of rape survivors last year. I got 236 names, and lit a candle for each of them. My sitting room was wall-to-wall tealights, each one with a name written on it.

There are so many of us.

I'm going to do the ritual again this year, though I'm not sure how I'll manage it, as I know so many more of you now. And, inspired by michaelnolan's volunteering at his local rape crisis center, my Blog-A-Thon charity this year will be the DeKalb County Rape Crisis Center - which, frankly, needs the money more than last year's charity, RAINN.

Locals who want to decorate a shirt - and I reccomend it, it's amazingly therapeutic - you may do so on campus on...

Tuesday, 4/6 - 10 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday, 4/7 - 10 AM - 9 PM
Thursday, 4/8 - 10 AM - 5 PM
Friday, 4/9 - 10 AM - 3 PM

If you want company, I can come with you around lunchtime and on Wednesday night. And even if you don't do a shirt, even if you're not a survivor, I would like to request that you come out anyway and walk through the hall. Just walk through and see and feel. I can be there Wednesday night to walk with you.

EDIT: Also, locals - they could use art supply donations, fabric paint, things to glue on, glitter glue... you can drop donations off my house, and I'll bring it in. Also, can someone please link to this on the Atlanta LJ communities? Maximum exposure for this project, please.

If you're not local - I can decorate a shirt for you, if you'd like. And I will take pictures, although no picture can really capture it.

Walk in strength and love....
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