How a PSA hoodwinked America into thinking Climate Change was the fault of individual in/action.

Advertisement by the Ad Council for Keep America Beautiful in 1971.

“Some people have a deep, abiding respect for the natural beauty that was once this country,” pause for dramatic effect while trash is slung out of a car window, “and some people don’t.” Insert a single tear. “People start pollution. People can stop it.”

You may recall a certain prolific, slightly racist PSA from the 1970s that I can recall seeing on TV as a kid in the 90s. The Crying Indian commercial that sparked the environmental movement. You gotta hand it to ‘em, it…


Can we also talk about the garment workers and the whole supply chain involved with style and fashion? The whole issue of style and fashion predominately refers to women, and I think it's really a disservice to not talk about how the women in the 'fashion' industry are treated, not just in who is considered stylish, but in who made our clothes. Female seamstresses still get paid less than their male counterparts across the globe. You also raise the idea of style and fashion to the elitist, which disregards so many others.

I don't think this article considered women enough and I actually find it a little sexist in what it didn't say.


What a beauitufl tribute, Mr. President. My condolences to you and your family. A grandmother's warmth is a special thing indeed. I recently lost my grandmother, as well. She was one of my favorite people and her absence will be felt; yet I am also beyond grateful for the love and lessons and warmth she gave me throughout the years.


How Many More Hearts Have to Break Before We See Real Change? Tapestry by Ericka Leigh for Sewn Apart.

I made this tapestry two years after two mass shootings happened in the same day. I’m sharing it here because the question still begs to be asked, How many more hearts have to break before we see real change?

The answer seems so easy, the research is out there. Stricter gun laws in the US would save a lot more lives. How many more mass shootings does America have to see before we see change? How much more pain? The discrimination against the AAPI community is not okay. The femicide is not okay. …


You can take the deaths out of it, uber rich folks and celebrities still get away with harming people and causing extreme damage to their lives. Take Woody Allen, Jeffery Epstein, Bill Cosby, and more. For years and decades, society sided with the abuser because they could buy their way out of it. Or the superrich nobodies like Brock Turner who can rape a woman and get a slap on the hand. This spaks to a larger issue about how we don't value women. But to your point, the rich and famous get away with a lot more than just manslaughter.


Photo by Regina as the Photographer

It was a slap in the face. My long time partner told me he fell out of love with me and checked out a while ago. It was our eight year anniversary. That afternoon, the news declared all events were cancelled and the world would go on lockdown to slow the spread; it was insult to injury. That was a year ago this week, not long after the WHO named the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus a pandemic. I was left sitting on the bed with my heart breaking in my hands and no where to go.

It’s hard…


Photo by Aaron McNeile at a BLM Peaceful Protest in Tampa, Florida, June 2020.

When I heard the news that only a third of people voted in my county during last week’s primary race — and it was the highest turnout in almost 20 years — I was appalled. Shocked. Angry. I anticipate voter turnout will be higher in November for the big election. However, it is our right as citizens to vote. Hundreds of people from decades past have fought for my right to vote. …


Photo by Regina as The Photographer

The car crashed I heard.

“We need to pray” she said.

Someone has fallen they found.

“It doesn’t look good” we were assured.

My friends are dead.

Let’s go back to FloridaI thought

There is sun and beach and family

The internal battle I still fought.

Rejuvenate

Relax

Refresh

Restore

There was no release.

There was a needle in his arm

And there was no life.

Come home they said.

Be with family they said.

It’s good for you they said.

We’ll take care of you.

How can you take care of me now

When you’re caring for them?

They…


Photo by Kristin Ellis for Sewn Apart

Happy birthday Frida! You would be 111 years today.

What a life! What a woman! What an incredible human. The life of Frida Kahlo — Mexican painter, feminist, activist, outspoken artist, storyteller of life, phenomenal woman — is such an original work of art; you can’t help but be inspired.

This is a human who as soon as I learned about, I admired. Yet I did not develop a deep appreciation for her until I met another strong woman and good friend who had a deep appreciation. It was my wonderful and lively Peruvian friend, Sandra, who adored Frida and…


Alternate title: Hopeful. by Marina Vitale on Unsplash

Maybe you can relate.

I wake up and my heart is still racing. I wonder if I even slept. Yesterday held a few disappointments. Yesterday was a good day for lessons. Lessons about communication and clarification, the importance of asking questions and having as many details as possible.

I’m glad it’s Friday, but I’m still disappointed in myself for feeling like I’ve wasted half of this week. I’ve been getting stuck in unhealthy thought patterns — losing time comparing myself to others, remembering wounds, judging myself and others, feeling sad. I feel behind. …

Ericka Leigh

Artist. Entrepreneur. Sustainability Advocate. Musings on the intersections of life, the environment, art, & fashion. www.sewnapart.com/www.thesewistsociety.org

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