When, America, Will There Be Liberty and Justice for All?

When, America?

“When, America?” Response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, & Ahmaud Arbery. Pencil, acrylic, letterpress, & digital, 14×11″ Kim Vanderheiden, 2020

“Liberty and justice for all” is an idea we’ve never lived up to, –never even have come close. A year or two ago, when the Pledge of Allegiance was led in assemblies in my children’s school, I stopped saying the words, and instead, with hand over heart, decided to pray that someday it will be true.

The featured artwork is a Tenderly Project piece on the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, police brutality, and racism in America.

The Tenderly Project is a meditation on the sacred value and beauty of all beings. The thick, jumbled tangle of botanical illustrations represent the chaotic, exuberant, too-much-to-comprehend fullness of life in our world. The intention is to work in a state of prayer, holding the subject tenderly, and extend healing and justice to the subject and those touched by similar life experiences.

This piece may be copied and shared without seeking further permission from the artist if used to seek justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, or to promote equal justice for all in our country.

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