Most Southern Lancaster residents do not see themselves in activist stereotypes, many of which are anti-rural. Working from local farm signage and cultural traditions, we researched slogans and aesthetics to properly respect and revitalize explicitly local heritages of resistance – to create something community members could feel pride (and power) in.
Unconventional tactics have included the assembly of a 50ft quilt to carry into actions. On the space where a local convents land was being taken, we assembled an outdoor chapel, complete with pews. Actions have included assembling potlucks in front of construction sites, caroling, and nuns offering the workers prayers and bread.
These actions have flipped the preferred media script, from ‘protestors’ versus progress, to more nuanced investigations of local community values, and the regulatory process. They’ve changed the center of the conversation from the pipeline, to the value of the area communities.