Joining the "Quilted
by Shafik Asante and Associates
"Quilters" are those of us who
believe that building an inclusive society i.e. alliance builders,
community builders is what our major responsibility must be in
If you already agree that "quilting"
is what you are about, you are already in the "Quilted Circle!"
If you are willing to work with others to build a new "inclusive"
society, we need you! Our challenge is to figure out how we can
do so together with other "quilters" all over the globe.
Those of us in the "quilted circle"
believe that "we are one though not the same." What
this means in the real world is that "quilters" will
oppose all forms of "exclusion" every opportunity we
get. This means opposing all the negative "isms" we
come across daily i.e. racism, sexism, able-ism, ageism, etc.
These "isms" play a key role in keeping people from
recognizing their oneness. If we can play some role in helping
people to recognize that community building is a solution to
our turning on one another, we believe we are then truly quilt
building and building the new villages for the next century.
A "Quilt Weaver" is an alliance
builder. This may be done at your school, in your workplace,
your church, your neighborhood. The point is to start weaving
wherever you are now. In other words do what you can do within
your own networks and circles to get people together to start
thinking and discussing important issues of the day.
It is important to recognize that there
are millions of "quilters" out there already. As we
all say TOGETHER WE ARE BETTER. Two wonderful African proverbs
sum up our philosophy of work and life "It takes a whole
village to raise a child." (Akan proverb) and "When
spider webs unite we can tie up the lion."
We use the word QUILT to represent our
valued diversity and the work CIRCLE to represent our interconnectedness
and our interdependence. In traditional African and Indian villages,
sitting in a circle represents, among other things, unity of
mission and equality of leadership. Collective leadership and
ownership of the QUILTED CIRCLE is our vision. We are building
it. You are welcome to come.
" We want to be clear about what we
are asking. We desire that our unity of purpose be based on four
Our desire to end fragmentation.
Our real recognition that "together
we are better."
Our commitment to build a better society
Our recognition and appreciation of our
All the QUILT WEAVERS today are aware that
either we make major changes in how our society is moving or
we will continue to suffer major consequences. QUILT WEAVERS
understand that the varying gifts we bring to the QUILT is the
only thing that makes it whole. We hope that those who receive
this writing will be with us in this effort. Help us weave better
relationships with one another. Help us be that human broom that
is willing to sweep away the dirt that gives birth to "isms"
which prevent us from uniting around our common interests. Let's
meet in the circle. Weave with us! Opposing the "isms"
is what the "Quilted Circle" supporters are all about.
Will you be with us?
Call or fax and let us know.
Bahiya Assante, Nkosi Assante, Sabina Virgo
403 N. 54th St.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19139.
fax : 215-472-9323
It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child
Note: The name "Asante"
means thank you. In a recent ceremony of friendship and to recognize
the interconnectedness in their work and lives three of the authors
chose to take the same last name.