The Monument Quilt by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is a collection of over 3,000 stories by survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and our allies, painted and stitched onto red fabric. Our stories blanket highly public, outdoor places to create and demand space to heal, and resist a singular narrative about sexual violence. Pictured here is the 50th and final display, in June 2019 on the National Mall.
Members of the FORCE staff collective shaped the vision of the Monument Quilt, and it was guided by FORCE’s Leadership Team. The staff collective currently includes Charnell Covert, E Cadoux, Mora Fernández, Hannah Brancato, and Shanti Flagg. Former staff collective members include Saida Agostini, Robin Marquis and Rebecca Nagle. The Monument Quilt was co-founded by Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle in 2013. The Leadership Team currently includes Amber Melvin, Alexis Flanagan, Greg Grey Cloud, Jacob Simpson, Jadelynn Stahl, JP Przewoznik, Dr. Kalima Young, Kate Bishop, Leigh Ann Sham, Liz Ensz, Lorena Kourousias, Norwood Johnson, Rachel Gilmer, and Winter Miller.
The Monument Quilt was launched in 2013, and over the past six years, FORCE collected nearly 3,000 squares of the quilt with messages of affirmation and stories from survivors. We’ve partnered with over 100 organizations across the US and in Mexico, to organize 50 Quilt displays in 33 different cities. Cities include, in order from most recent: Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Madison, NJ; Houston, TX; Athens, OH; Fort Belvoir, VA; Towson, MD; Mexico City, Mexico; San Francisco, CA; El Paso, TX; Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; Santa Barbara, CA; Valley Center, CA; Tempe, AZ; Tulsa, OK; Fort Hood, TX; Annapolis, MD; Fort Meade, MD; Washington, DC; Nashville, TN; Jacksonville, FL; Oklahoma City, OK; Middleton, CT; Queens, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Durham, NC; Oshkosh, WI; Chicago, IL; White River, SD; Quapaw, OK; Des Moines, IA; Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Arden, NC.
I co-founded FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture in 2010. By and for survivors, FORCE is an art and organizing collective. Nationally known for producing large-scale public art, FORCE believes that a more difficult and honest conversation needs to happen in order to face the realities of sexual violence. FORCE is currently collectively led by Charnell Covert, E Cadoux, me, Shanti Flagg, and Mora Fernandez. For further information, visit FORCE’s website.