The story of the shirt:
On the night of January 27 and in response to executive orders about building a border wall and banning Muslim people, BeLoved community members wrote a love letter orders in front of the Federal Building spelling out the word L-O-V-E in candles to those who felt threatened by the orders and to remind our nation that love is our politics and our economics. The police asked us to move so we re-lit it at our community house. Our friend, Harry said, “It looks like a church in here.” Ponkho says, “This IS a church!” Amy replied, “Yeah, the church of resistance!” The next day, Ponkho created this Church of Resistance design and the Church of Resistance was born! The Church of Resistance migrates across borders and segregated boundary lines, is anti-racist, multi-cultural, concretely loving and deeply welcoming! It resists the politics of fear/ hate and supports an economy of sharing where life can flourish! This is what we try to live at BeLoved Asheville every day!
Ponkho Bermejo is an indigenous artist and activist that uses art and music in the work of resistance and building community.
BeLoved worked with black business owner and community activist Ray Mapp (A-Town Custom Printing) to print the shirts.
Proceeds benefit BeLoved Asheville’s hospitality & resistance work!