#DetentionIsDeadly  #FreeThemAll #D4CCQuiltProject

Guest contributor: Jane Hopkins Walsh


 Social justice movements have historically incorporated arts based visual components to amplify their messages by using images and visual art to literally making the invisible more visible. Examples of this include Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party  and the AIDS quilt

As an arts based medium, quilts are powerful semiotic vehicles for protest and memory, and actual representations of comfort and care. Throughout history, suffragettes, abolitionists, enslaved people, Vietnam war protesters, and HIV/AIDS and 911 survivors have used fiber art and the quilt medium to come together in communal spaces for the purpose of grieving, memorializing and honoring others, and for communicating political opinions about important issues of the day.

This week, health care providers from the group called Doctors for Camp Closure, (D4CC) are coordinating a nationwide 24-hour protest vigils outside detention centers to draw attention to the serious risks of infection from CoVid-19 in detention centers and prisons nationwide. In solidarity and collaboration with community groups around the nation, D4CC are incorporating many arts based events including poetry reading, music, story telling, reflective journaling, and the creation of a virtual and actual protest quilt called the #D4CCQuiltProject.

 Using the social media platform Instagram and the use of the project hashtags, the virtual  #D4CCQuiltProject project will “sew” together images from the nationwide protest, banner messages, and other images or words drawing attention to the risks of CoVId-19 infection for detained and incarcerated people. The #D4CCQuiltProject can also spotlight less obvious historical and structural issues of the Capitalocene that are driving refugees to immigrate around the globe including persistent white settler colonialism, neoliberalism, militarization, persistent extraction of living and non living resources around the world by the Global North, and climate related extremes- all factors driving im/migration globally and to the US, and contributing to conditions of extreme poverty, violence, and food and water insecurity throughout the world. Structural violence issues 

MIssion Statement:  The #DetentionIsDeadly  #FreeThemAll Quilt Project messages are intersectional social justice messages and may include these ideas among others :

  • Show healthcare worker support for the Free Them All movement to release people detained by ICE during COVID pandemic, draw media attention to the dangers of incarceration, and increase public support for decarceration
  • Prisons and detention centers are filled with impoverished Black and Indigenous People of Color, and Undocumented People, and they are increasingly the largest sites of COVID-19 infection
  • Social distancing in detention or prison to reduce the risk of COVID-19 is impossible.
  • As health care providers we oppose detention.
  • Many prisons and detention centers in the US are capitalist oppressive for-profit systems that filled with people who have been disadvantaged across generations by the very systems that now hold them prisoner.
  • Migration to the US is driven by intersectional issues for which we as US citizens are complicit including US colonialism, climate injustice, capitalist extractive industries, globalization and neoliberalism (think sugar, palm oil, hydroelectric power, coffee, lumber, beef, global agriculture to name a few).
  • Native American and Indigenous land rights issues in the US are erased within discussions of immigration. (One example among others is: May 2020 The Wampanoag Tribe in in Massachusetts are struggling to retain land rights).
  • LQBTQI issues get erased in the discussion of immigration and detention.

Project Vision   

  • A virtual quilt that “sews” together square virtual images that align with the purpose of the action. and/or 
  •  An actual quilt that has names, images etc on fabric and that can be actually sewn together and/or 
  • An intersectional art project that is open to the greater art community. 

Project Guide: How to Participate 



VIrtual Quilt 

  • Take a square photo of any message or image that aligns with issues of social justice, examples above, open to interpretation; the only restriction is the photo/image must pass minimum standards for social media, ie) non vulgar non obscene etc
  • Can be poetry, single words or phrases, a photo of a flower, headline in news, anything, names of deceased persons to honor who have been impacted by structural violence, See some image examples below. 
  • You may superimpose a message on a photo you already have. You may superimpose the project hashtags, or a message on a picture of your Protest Banner.
  • A Square image is needed to “fit them together “
  • Upload to Instagram with 3 primary hashtags #DetentionIsDeadly  #FreeThemAll#D4CCQuiltProject
  • Secondary hashtags are fine too but you have to use these 3 so we can “find” the “images” on Instagram you can also Tag @doctorsforcampclosure 
  • Ultimately, the images can be placed on colored squares see below and “sewn” virtually into a virtual quilt. This will happen in the near future after we have a number of images.
  • The quilt will be shared on social media to amplify the messages

Actual Quilt

  • During the vigil, before or up to two- four weeks after vigil,  people can mail me 12 by 12 inch squares of actual fabric with messages hand written or sewn , and I will sew them together and make them onto a physical quilt. 
  • Any fabric is acceptable but dimensions should be 12 inches by 12 inches
  • This is a way to get the public, friends, kids,  and family members involved in this cause.
  • People can include the creation of a physical square as a way of reflecting during the 24 hour vigil. Think child art, spontaneous, no pressure to have any “art” or sewing skills. Just has to be about 12 by 12 fabric based no rules on type of fabric.
  • People can invite local community groups to participate in the creation of squares.
  • PM Jane Hopkins Walsh for address where to send fabric.
  •  Fabric must reach me by +- June 15th 2020. 
  • The actual quilt could be part of a larger traveling protest quilt that gets added on to in other future protests. 
  • Ultimately the actual and the virtual quilt could be part of larger intersections with the art community to amplify and intersect our messages. For example we could have sew-ins in protest in NYC or other places, intersecting with other protests, or the quilt could travel to other cities and immigrant groups to include diverse social movements and groups all over. This is fluid and open to discussion as it unfolds.


Credit these 4 tags for this image above please
@voxpopuliprintcollective @shimartnetwork #voxpopuliprintcollective

Credit for this image: from Twitter user@denimfemme Lou Murrey

Credit for the quilt images are
Instagram @janewalsh357 #BorderQuiltProject

Credit for the two quilt images above are
Instagram @janewalsh357 #BorderQuiltProject

Credit for this image
@voxpopuliprintcollective @shimartnetwork #voxpopuliprintcollective


About Jane Hopkins Walsh

Protest Opinions in this document are My own
Pronouns She / Her
Jane Hopkins Walsh MSN, PNPC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Primary Care at Longwood
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA  02466

Volunteer and Board Member
Central American Relief Efforts

PhD Candidate and Research Fellow
Boston College
William F. Connell School of Nursing
Enrolled: Center for Human Rights and International Justice
Lynch School of Education
Jonas-Blaustein Scholar Cohort 2018-2020



Plática on “Decolonizing Nursing”

On March 9, 2020, Caroline E. Ortiz hosted a “plática” (Spanish for a heart-to-heart talk) on Zoom, bringing together nurses from many U.S. locations to share and discuss the challenges of racism in nursing – the process of “Decolonizing Nursing.”  This was in part a follow-up to Peggy Chinn’s post on Nursology.net, and followed up here on January 16th.  Caroline recorded the session so that others may still contribute to the “plática” – post your comments and ideas below!

Decolonizing Nursing

On Tuesday I published a post on Nursology.net that I want to be sure all NurseManifest followers also see!  The post will be the front page for the week, but go to the post itself to see comments, and to add your own!  Here is the link to the post – https://nursology.net/2020/01/14/decolonizing-nursing/.

The Nursology.net focus, of course, is on the effect of colonization on the development of nursing knowledge – the ways we think, the ways our mental models shape our practice.  But to me, this post also illustrates an important fact about the academic enterprise – it is also inherently political.  As a political enterprise, it holds the power to sustain the status quo, or to challenge and change the status quo.  Ultimately, theoretical knowledge development can be a powerful tool for activism.

Take, for example, the central focus of nursing theory on the “individual” – the individual person as an independent person with unfettered free will, one who has, or can access all the resources needed.  We know how distorted this view is, and unrepresentative of the real world.  We also know, on so many levels, that we do not practice as if this is so.  Another example – the metapardigm concept of the “environment” – a concept that is always poorly conceived and that ends up being the “catch-all” for central, vitally important dynamics we often refer to as “social determinants of health.”

It is time to shift how we think, and the academic enterprise of theorizing needs to make the revolutionary turn to do so.  Indeed, there are seeds of possibility already embedded in many nursing theories and philosophies.  One of the most important is the idea of fundamental patterns of knowing in nursing that was  initially described by Barbara Carper in 1978 – an idea that took immediate “hold” on the nursing imagination and remains so today as a powerful tool to resist “empirics” alone as the basis for nursing practice.  And there are nursing theories already “out there” that reflect this same kind of holistic embrace that have great potential to undergo significant shifts.  For example, in response to my “Decolonizing Nursing” post, Anne Boykin and Savina Schoenoffer have already planned discussions to consider revisions of the Theory of Nursing as Caring to “decolonize” their ideas.

Then equally important, there is the task of creating new theories grounded in a new, decolonized nursing metaparadigm!  Many who follow this blog are well equipped, and ready, to do just this!!  So keep those ideas flowing, and use this and other important visionary nursing platforms (importantly Radical Nurses), to nurture your ideas and develop visions for the future!

Call to Action: Join a March Against Migrant Detention Camps in Washington DC October 19, 2019

Information provided by Jane Hopkins Walsh

A group named Doctors for Camp Closure (D4CC) is organizing a protest march in Washington DC on October 19, 2019 to petition congress to act on behalf of migrant people imprisoned in unsafe and inhumane conditions in detention camps. This grassroots coalition appears to lack significant nursing representation. I blog today to invite concerned nurses to join the physicians and medical students, who have come together to form D4CC to protest against continued human rights violations of refugees and asylum seekers. D4CC is collecting signatures and will march to physically present them to congress on October 19th. Please consider joining the protest march and also signing the petition. Everyone is invited to march – not just doctors and nurses.

Over the past years, many of us as concerned nurses, have asked ourselves and each other how we can organize to protest the detention of refugees and asylum seekers. Several Radical Nurse blog posts have addressed the unjust and inhumane practices of detaining immigrant people and families, and of separating children from their parents. Thousands of children and families are still imprisoned- detained under conditions that are contributing to suffering, illness, and preventable deaths, and causing irreversible trauma for refugees that have already experienced tremendous hardships.

recent policy decision from US officials not to vaccinate detained immigrant people against influenza is especially cruel. As the globe braces for a particularly bad flu season, this dangerous government mandate is expected to cause serious illness and death among detainees who are imprisoned in extremely overcroweded conditions. I cannot, we cannot, sit passively by and watch this unfold.

Collectively building relationships to join together for a common cause are basic principles of grass roots organizing. Groups intersecting and forming coalitions are powerful strategic tools used to create social change. I urge you to join D4CC to ensure that nursing has a strong presence in this important protest. I envision a group renamed: Doctors and Nurses for Camp Closure. Please join me. Sign the petition today. Come to DC on October 19th.

The future depends on what you do today ~~Mahatma Gandhi

Jane Hopkins Walsh is a Spanish speaking pediatric nurse practitioner at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a PhD Candidate in Nursing and Jonas-Blaustein Scholar at Boston College. She is enrolled in a certificate program at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at the BC Lynch School of Education.

Jane is a volunteer and board member for the longest-serving NGO in Honduras called Cape CARES (www.capecares.org). Jane is passionate about social justice and immigrant rights and volunteers for Project Reunify (www.reunify.org), the Dilley Pro Bono Project (https://www.immigrationjustice.us/volunteeropportunities/dilley-pro-bono-project) and The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law  (www.centerforhumanrights.org).


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Act now to participate: a protest quilt honoring refugee children who have died seeking asylum

Announced today on the Radical Nurses website!

Jane Hopkins Walsh just announced a quick call to activism, and a way to participate in the Augusta, GA Nursing Activism Think Tank whether you can be there or not!  Jane is making a protest quilt in honor of the refugee children who have died while seeking asylum since 2016.

Please send Jane 12 by 12 inch pieces of fabric by July 5, 2019. You can send plain fabric or write a message or phrase in sharpie pen.

This will be a drifting, community-based, international activism project. Message Jess Dillard-Wright for the exact address for sending fabric

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