Every now and then I get this rush of optimism and feel like the world is starting to become a better place. And I feel like we can make a difference. And I feel like there is such a thing as justice. And then I read a story like this.
Olek has been inspiring me and my work for years. She is one of the few ‘yarnbombers’ out there who doesn’t do her work to make shit pretty rather to make a difference. She is political. She is outrageous. She is fearless.
So to think someone like Olek can be so wholeheartedly shafted by the system in such an obvious case of injustice really does give me the chills. The idea that her situation was exacerbated by the fact she was carrying scissors – like me and all my friends do – really did fill me with dread. But of course, the thought that defending yourself from unwanted sexual attention can turn into an arrest, charges and convictions is truly messed up.
We can’t let our sister go through this without a fight.
I call all of you readers in the UK to get outraged about this case. Write to your MP, your newspaper, talk about it to your friends, engage other artists in solidarity actions and most importantly, raise some funds! This case MUST be successfully appealed.
There aint a huge amount of organising I can do from the other side of the globe. But I will do my darnedest to raise some cash. You have two top ways to donate. Visit Olek’s appeal site and grab one of her awesome postcards or prints. Or get into the radical cross stitch shop and get yourself a pattern or some zines and I’ll give 100% to Olek. Make sure you say in the notes it’s for Olek (in case you’re reading this ages into the future).
Olek, we love you and we’ve got your back sister.
Love and rage and solidarity