On October 26 and 27, New Orleanians gathered at various buildings in downtown New Orleans to project large scale messages asking viewers:
Believe in Justice + Equity? Believe in Anti-Racism + Inclusion? Believe in Honesty + Respect? Believe in Integrity?
“The values of this network are who I am- and when I'm not, it's who I aspire to be. To have them projected throughout the city ... gave me a greater sense of worth and belonging; the projection was a sharing of those feelings,” said Chita Manuel, NOW LOVE member. The group hopes that these projections will inspire others to vote their values in the midterm elections.
Petrice Sams-Abiodun, another NOW, LOVE member, reflected on the symbolic connection between one of the buildings and the messages projected: “The courthouse is a place where laws are created and enforced to promote social order. It was so empowering to see the values illuminated on the Hale Boggs Court Building on Friday.”
“I am exhausted from the ‘Us’ versus ‘Them’ mentality of our current political dialogue,” said NOW, LOVE member Annie LaRock. “I appreciate our NOW LOVE focus on values, because we can connect with others around the ideals we have in common.”
Sams-Abiodun reflected that the projections were an opportunity, “to engage others in our community in connecting to what really unites us, our values. Voting our values is important now more than ever given the current political, social and economic climate.”