Sewing & Protecting our communities – June 2020

As the kitchens evolved and grew two immediate needs emerged. The first was the need for cloth and protective masks and the second was a broader political discussion about violence under hard lockdown. The increased presence of police and military who enforce the hard lockdown created increased instances of violence. Violence in the domestic setting also increased under this hard lockdown. The women gathered to discuss these questions politically and strengthen their structure of community monitoring and policing whilst also sewing and creating hand and machine sewn masks and aprons for those who attend their soup kitchens. The aprons created a uniform among the BDF group while the masks practically fulfilled the need for preventive covid-19 measures.