Your Monument Quilt Story

The Monument Quilt is a truly collective project. After making history by blanketing the National Mall with 3,000 stories from survivors, we want to document our own histories with this project. As we prepare to tell the story of this historic event – the first and largest national monument to survivors of sexual and intimate […]

Walking In My Truth: An Interview with Marissa Alexander

As we are in the middle of Women’s History Month, FORCE is proud to share this interview with Marissa Alexander. Marissa Alexander is a survivor and an advocate, who was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in August of 2010 for firing a single warning shot after being attacked by her then estranged husband. In […]

Monument Quilt History Series: Kalima Young

In honor of Black History/Herstory Month, FORCE seeks the publicly recognize the contributions Black leaders have had in the creation and execution of our biggest project, The Monument Quilt. Today we honor Dr. Kalima Young, activist and educator who was a part of visioning the Monument Quilt before it existed and currently is a part […]

The Monument Quilt History Series Part 2: Deletta Gillespie

The Monument Quilt owes its existence to Black leadership. Last year,¬†we interviewed Dr. Joan Gaither, whose master quilting practice sparked the inception of the Quilt and whose support and guidance continues to be woven in. To kick off Black History Month we look to honor another leader who has been a part of the Quilt […]

Victim-Survivors Deserve Better.

Candidates Speak (Or Not) on Standing for Survivors #victim-survivorsdeservebetter As part of the Listening Campaign to Disrupt Rape Culture, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture asked our candidates for office to respond to a series of questions about ending rape culture, supporting victim-survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence, and how they will address specific intersections between […]

The Monument Quilt History Series Part 1: Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither

  By Shanti Flagg, FORCE Studio Director & Collective Member Welcome to the first installment of the Monument Quilt History Series! With this series, we aim to highlight some of the incredible people who influenced the creation and direction of this now enormous project. It takes so many passionate and generous people to make this […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: Launching the Monument Quilt History Series!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Launching the Monument Quilt History Series! By Shanti Flagg, FORCE Studio Director & Collective Member   The Monument Quilt project began in 2013, and will culminate in 2019 in a massive display that will transform the National Mall in Washington, DC into a public healing space for survivors. We have collected over 3,000 stories […]

FORCE is seeking a Community Organizer in Baltimore

Who we are: FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is an art activist collective that works to upset the dominant culture of rape and promote a counter-culture of consent. We believe that a more difficult and honest conversation needs to happen in America to face the realities of sexual violence, and we envision a world where every […]