Build Movements Not Walls | Samantha Nieves, 2019
Build Movements Not Walls The quilt that I am working on is called, “Build movements not walls,” the saying is in all red expect for the word wall which is white with the embroidery being red making it look like a wall. I choose this saying because as a latina, I have seen how the people of my ethnicity have been affected since Trump has come into office. Trump has been pushing to build a wall in between the U.S. and Mexico. I choose this saying because we don’t need walls to make our country better and stronger. What we need to stand up for those who don’t have say in our country. In the quilt there are more than one pickett signs that represent a human right movement that affects the hispanic/latino community. One of the picture signs states, “si se puede,” which connects to the Cesar Chavez. “Si se puede,” stands for yes we can in english. Many hispanic are not granted the same job opportunity as a white person. Coming from a mexican household I have seen how my parents have struggled. I also see how people look down upon latinos/hispanics as if they are not capable of doing the job . In American Progress it emphasis, “And in 2007, the median family income for a white family was $54,920, compared to a Hispanic median family income of $38,679.” It angers me that hispanics are not paid what they deserve and work for. My father has worked in construction since I was little and I have seen how much time and effort he puts in his job but he does not get paid enough as other workers due to his status. Another of the picket signs states, “defend daca.” Daca stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is a immigration policy. Ever since Trump came into presidency, he has tried to take daca away. This hits very personally because my brother is a dreamer. Without Daca he would have not been able to attend a university or have job opportunities. It is sickening how many do not understand that DACA is a way of giving opportunity to immigrants who have been here majority of their whole life. When designing this quilt I choose people holding picket signs because that how movements and marches happen. A way for people to take actions is to voice their opinions and thoughts for those who don’t get have a say here in the United States. By promoting theses movements we are spreading awareness that not everyone has the same opportunities others do here in the United States. The people are in different colors because we all are different but at the end of the day we are humans that deserve to be treated equally. I hope that when people look at my quilt they understand that by participating in these human right movements we can help make our country strong and supportive of all.
Artist BioSamantha Nicole Nieves grew up in San Francisco until she was 5 and then her family moved to San Lorenzo, California. Samantha is Mexican-American, as her parents are from Mexico. She is the first in her family to be born in the United States and also the first women in her family to attend college.