2014-2015

12th Annual MI Students Political Issues Conference
Sponsored by MI Democracy Institute, Henry Ford College and the League of Women Voters, this event was attended by 600-700 students from 6 area colleges. Many Michigan politicians, including Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Senator Debbie Stabenaw addressed the group. Our quilts were on display as students discussed critical issues, including gun violence that need to be addressed.

November 6, 2015
Peace and Justice Conference
Sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of Detroit, this conference for women and pastors from Presbyterian churches was hosted at the Second Mile Center, located in a poverty stricken/high crime rate neighborhood. There were three presentations: The Second Mile Center, RMQP and a Federal Agent/Investigator discussing human trafficking.

November 4, 2015
Fallen Angels Night
This is the second year Church of Messiah invited us to participate in this memorial event. Each participant is given a paper angel on which they write the name of their loved one who was lost to violence. Our quilts were placed on the alter as many people, including the Detroit Police Department, politicians and an array of organizations were recognized for their work in making the community safer. The keynote speaker was Charlie LeDuff, a Detroit native and Pulitzer Prize winning author/journalist. At the conclusion of his speech, he pointed to our quilts and said, "We know that our work will be done when there is no need to create another quilt!"

October 26, 2015
State-Wide Episcopal Convention
In 2014, The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan displayed our quilts while working on and passing the following resolution: "I commit to the pursuit of laws that keep guns out of the hands of criminals, prioritize the needs of at-risk children, provide care for those suffering mental illness, and address the many ways in which our culture trivializes violence. I commit to holding my lawmakers, my community, and my own household accountable." Once again, they displayed our quilts this year as they continue to address the pressing issues of our times..

October 23-24, 2015
Silence the Violence Parade and People's Festival
This is the eighth year Church of Messiah, Cease-Fire-Detroit and Gift of Life sponsored this event. Speakers included Congresswoman Debbie Dingell who spoke passionately and personally about gun violence. Dignitaries and prominent guests included Warren Evans, Brenda Jones, Mary Sheffield and Andrew Humphrey. Rick Fldman also paid tribute to Grace Lee Boggs on her 100th birthday. Over 200 people walked in the pouring rain, carrying our photo signs while joining Pastor Barry in his chant: "Silence the Violence! Stand Up! Speak Out!"

June 27, 2015
Open Arms Memorial Balloon Release
Open Arms, St. John Hospital hosted a beautiful and emotional memorial service for the families who have lost loved ones to violence. Our quilts were placed in a lovely setting in front of huge stained glass windows at the Dossin Maritime Museum, Belle Isle. The event culminated in a balloon release near the Detroit River as family members and volunteers called out the names of the victims.

June 26, 2015
Pastor Ovella and the "Thou Shall Not Kill" Billboard
Thank you Pastor Ovella for including us in the dedication of your "God Said 'Thou Shall Not Kill"' Billboard. Your billboard above a quilt with the images of innocent gun violence victims makes such a powerful statement. For more information about the "Thou Shall Not Kill" campaign or to donate to another billboard, visit their website: the ucoa.org


June 23, 2015
Community Unity Walk
This event was sponsored by Save our Children's Future of Michigan and attended by Crime Stoppers, Detroit Crime Commission and a host of other groups and individuals who are focused on gun violence prevention and community safety. RMQP board members, families and volunteers joined the walk, carrying signs that replicate individual quilt squares. At the end of the one mile walk against a backdrop of our quilts, Mayor Duggan, Police Chief Craig and other local dignitaries addressed the participants.

May 9, 2015
Women Creating Caring Communities 5th Annual International Women's Day Celebration
UAW Women's Dept. and the Boggs Center hosted a wonderful day long event which brought together individuals and organizations from throughout the area to share their wisdom and experience and exchange ideas on creating caring communities. This is the consecutive second year that we have been invited to display the Remember Me Quilts at their International Women's Day event.

March 14, 2015
Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Mid Winter Training, Grand Rapids
A very special thank you to Robert Stevenson (pictured at left), Executive Director of MACP for providing us with the opportunity to exhibit our quilts and share our story and to Janeice Marrow, Executive Assistant, for all her help during the conference. We were very warmly welcomed by conference attendees and appreciate this wonderful opportunity to connect with communities throughout Michigan. Pictured at the right are a few of the Board of Directors - Kenneth Vanderlinden, District 12 Representative, Director of Public Safey, Escanaba, Neal Rossow, retired chief, Flat Rock and John Calabrese, Directory of Public Safety, Petoskey.

February 4-5, 2015
MLK Day Celebration at Martin Luther King Sr. High School, Detroit
The Remember Me Quilt Project joins students at Martin Luther King Senior High School to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Throughout the school, symbols of segregation and discrimination, such as separate "colored" and "white" drinking fountains and klan posters were displayed and the history changing Selma to Montgomery march was remembered.

January 19, 2015
MLK Day Celebration with Dearborn Area Interfaith Network
The Remember Me Quilts were displayed during the Dearborn Area Interfaith Network's "Building the Beloved Community" program in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thank you to our hosts, the Islamic House of Wisdom, Dearborn Heights, MI. Heights, MI.
Area leaders, including State Rep. George Darany, Rabbi Dorit of the Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network, Dearborn Police Chief Haddad, Dearborn Mayor O'Reilly, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined attendees representing all faiths from our community to celebrate Dr. King.

January 18, 2015
Fallen Angels Program at Church of the Messiah, Detroit
Remember Me Quilts are displayed as part of the Fallen Angels Service at Church of the Messiah, Detroit. During the service, a bell was rung as each participating family who lost a loved one to gun violence recited the victim's name and community members working to make a difference were acknowledged.

October 27, 2014
Episcopal Diocese of Michigan Passes A Gun Violence Prevention Resolution, Lansing
The Episcopal Diocese of MI, bringing a Remember Me Quilt with them, met in Lansing. While acknowledging the rights provided by the Second Amendment, they passed a resolution laying out very specific actions our lawmakers need to take to reduce the loss of life to gun violence.

October 25, 2014
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church Quilt Show
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit gave us center stage to display Remember Me Quilts during their annual quilt show. The Wednesday Night Quilting Sisters at Hartford generously donated their time and talent to piece one of the quilts.

October 25, 2014
WOW, Flint Youth Conference
A Remember Me Quilt was displayed in Flint at a Youth Conference sponsored by WOW Community Action where leadership, achievement and responsibility toward one another was discussed..

October 24, 2014
Annual Peace Day Celebration, Flint
The Remember Me Quilt Project joins the Genessee County Committee for Community Peace in their Annual Peace Day Celebration. Attendees joined in several dances of universal peace, followed by guest speakers discussing initiatives that promote non-violence and peace.

October 4, 2014
Thank You Flint
Presented the completed Flint quilt to Mayor Walling and Kenyetta Dotson of WOW Community Action Group and thanked them for their support. We were joined by a number of the Flint quilt families.

October 2, 2014
Interview for HBO Documentary
HBO interviews us for a documentary on social activism in Detroit, scheduled to be aired in the Spring of 2015. Interview took place at Church of the Messiah whose incredible programs will be highlighted in this TV special.

September 28, 2014
NAIN (North American Interfaith Network) Annual Conference
NAIN's 26th Annual Conference was held at Wayne State University this summer. About 150 people from all over North America, representing a broad spectrum of faiths attended and their leadership invited us to display Remember Me Quilts.

August 10-12, 2014
Dearborn Home Coming
Remember Me Quilts were on display in the Community Tent during Dearborn Homecoming Weekend. Attended by 150,000+ people, this was a great venue to remind the public of the pressing need to address/reduce gun violence.

August 1-3, 2014
Caring for our Public Spaces
Remember Me Quilts joined WOW Community Action in Flint to help beautify a public green space. Children placed their handprints on this newly white-washed log and painted words of peace, love and hope on stones placed in a ring around a large tree. The quilts were on display as a reminder of the role we all play in keeping our neighborhoods safe.

May 22, 2014
Discussing the quilt project with Congressional Candidate Debbie Dingell
Debbie Dingell met with us to learn about the quilt project and discuss community safety challenges and issues.

May 12, 2014
Meeting with Dearborn Mayor and Police Chief
Presentation of the quilt project to Mayor O'Reilly and Police Chief Haddad including a discussion of the great support the project has received from Dearborn organizations and how the project could continue to work with the City of Dearborn and the community.

April 9, 2014
Presenting The Quilts To Michigan's First Lady
Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder visited Open Arms at St. John Providence to discuss childhood and bereavement. Mrs. Snyder took the opportunity to see the Remember Me Quilts that were on display and discuss the quilt project.

April 4, 2014
News 4 Detroit Interviews
Remember Me Quilt Project founders, along with Mothers of Murdered Children and Open Arms families gathered together to tell their stories to WDIV Channel 4 News. The program will air on May 6, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.

March 25, 2014
Women Creating Caring Communities
Remember Me Quilts were displayed at the UAW-GM sponsored "Women Creating Caring Communities" which is held each year on International Women's Day. The overriding sentiment of the viewers was that we will know our job is done when there are no more pictures to place on quilts.

March 8, 2014
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