February 01, 2017 2 min read 4 Comments

When we designed the UNITY logo, I deliberately chose the word unity for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to be sure that the design was accessible and open to everyone. I didn’t want anyone who might have somewhat different political beliefs to feel like the hoodie or tote bag was not for them because the message was too radical. I wanted knitters, crocheters, and fiber artists to feel like it was a chance for us all to stand together. United together. I didn’t want to exclude anyone. Or offend anyone. Or reveal myself to be “too political.” 

Not even two weeks into the current presidency,  much of that has changed. I cannot continue to behave as if everything is “business as usual.” There is nothing usual about the Executive Orders coming out of the Trump White House. In times like these, we all have a responsibility to resist tyranny. History will judge us by how we protect our most vulnerable populations. Now is the time to draw a line in the sand. So, I want to be clear about the image. A raised fist has a strong meaning. In this case, it serves as a sign of knitters, crocheters, and fiber artists united against oppression. Against racism, misogyny and xenophobia. We stand united against injustice. 

In the coming months, you can expect to see more fundraising efforts from us. Instead of selecting exclusively non-partisan organizations, we will be raising money to support groups that are acting in opposition to Trump’s agenda. I will raise my voice and be counted among the people resisting tyranny. I encourage you to do the same.

Yours in unity,

Karida Collins
Owner and President of Neighborhood Fiber Co.

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4 Responses

Kathy Jo
Kathy Jo

May 16, 2017

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love your message and will be supporting you in every way I can. Where’s the best way to hear about fundraising efforts? I am resisting in my city on a regular basis and am currently working with a family seeking sanctuary. I will use my privilege so that other’s can thrive and stand with you against injustice.

Paola Maranan
Paola Maranan

February 26, 2017

Thank you for this and for unapologetically standing up for justice.


February 11, 2017

Are you selling these online?


February 07, 2017

You are rockin’it! Love the unity fist and the decision to make it real. No more PC. This is NOT NORMAL. Thank you!

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